10-year-old Daniel Branon Breaks Phelps’ 1995 Meet Record

2019 Speedo Winter Invitational

During the Saturday timed finals session of the 2019 Speedo Winter Invitational, hosted by Berkeley Aquatic Club, 10-year-old Daniel Branon took down Michael Phelps’ 1995 10&U 50 fly meet record.

Branon, who trains at the same North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC) where Phelps grew up swimming, was entered with a 32.89 in the 50 fly psych sheets. He went on win the event with a time of 31.42, which surpasses the 24-year-old record of 32.39. Branon’s time is now 1.51 seconds away from the 10&U NAG, set by Carson Foster in 2012.

Branon was also victorious in the 200 IM, winning in a personal best of 2:45.57. His winning time just nipped at the 2007 meet record of 2:44.29.

Later in the evening senior finals session, 14-year-old Natalie Mannion (Commonwealth Swimming) not only won the girls senior 100 back, but also achieved an Olympic Trials cut. Mannion took the event in a 1:02.30, which just surmounted the 2020 trials cut of 1:02.69.

Other Session Highlights

NBAC’s Ryan Merani joined Branon in the record-breaking club when he broke the boys 13-14 meet record in the 200 fly. Merani finished in a 2:13.04, surpassing the old record of 2:13.25.

In the boys 13-14 50 free, NBAC’s Sam Kamdin stormed the event in a 25.77, just two-tenths off of the 2008 meet record of 25.65. Kamdin also flirted with the 100 free meet record later in the meet. His winning time of 55.82 was just one-tenth off of the 2008 record of 55.73.

Andrew Koek of LIAC also nearly missed a meet record. Koek won the boys 10&U 50 breast in a 38.13, only three-tenths off the meet record of 37.71.

LIAC teammates Brooke Armstrong and Matthew Peitler both had double-event wins in the 50 free and 200 free. Armstrong took the girls 11-12 50 free in a 29.21 and the girls 11-12 200 free in a 2:15.58. Peitler won the boys 11-12 50 free in a 29.56. In the boys 11-12 200 free, Peitler had a tight race for first against teammate Sean Green. In the end, Peitler out-touched Green 2:14.43 to 2:14.49.

Other Event Winners:

  • Girls 13-14 50 Free: Julia Golovina (Scualos), 27.97
  • Girls 10&U 50 Free: Kiera Harkins (BAC), 35.41
  • Girls 11-12 100 Fly: Praise Okodogbe (LIAC), 1:06.71
  • Boys 11-12 100 Fly: Ethan Nus (LIAC), 1:09.23
  • Girls 13-14 200 Fly: Taylor McNerney (NBAC), 2:32.21
  • Girls 10&U 200 IM: Angel Kadoorie (NBAC), 2:50.75
  • Girls 11-12 100 Breast: Ana Hazlehurst (NBAC), 1:21.74
  • Boys 11-12 100 Breast: Matt Zhao (LIAC), 1:21.67
  • Girls 13-14 100 Free: Logan Betkey (NBAC), 1:01.05
  • Girls 10&U 200 Free: Samantha Anderson (LIAC), 2:34.60
  • Boys 10&U 200 Free: James Darcy (LIAC), 2:25.72
  • Girls 13-14 400 IM: Skye Bilger (NBAC), 5:18.85
  • Boys 13-14 400 IM: Michael Ma (LIAC), 5:02.25
  • Girls 10&U 50 Breast: Chrissy Furlow (NBAC), 42.41

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“24 year old record”



Mary T was much longer lol

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Nick Pecoraro has had a huge passion for swimming since his first dive in the pool. He joined the sport at age 11 after his diagnosis of juvenile arthritis. Swimming became his second chance at sports and became the love of his life. He was a breaststroker and IMer when …

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