The oldest swimmer in the A-Final of the men’s 100 breaststroke at the 2014 Husky Invitational in Federal Way Washington is 21-year old Seattle University swimmer Gabe Wheeler. Of the 8 swimmers to advance to compete for the title, almost all of them are at least 16.
The one exception is 12-year old King Aquatic Club swimmer Ethan Dang, who has broken another National Age Group Record with a 58.53 over 100 yards. That makes him only the second swimmer in history to go under a minute in this age group and breaks the 11-12 record of 59.90 previously held by Reece Whitley.
Dang’s previous best was a 1:00.35 two weeks ago. What’s shocking is that the last two record holders before Dang both towered over him at the same age: Reece Whitley and Michael Andrew, and before them this record stood for almost 20 years.
The all-time top 5:
- Ethan Dang, 58.53, 2014
- Reece Whitley, 59.90, 2012
- Michael Andrew, 1:00.07, 2012
- Christopher Miller, 1:00.84, 1994
- Rafael Cul, 1:00.88, 2003
As compared to other strokes, it’s exceedingly rare for top breaststrokers to develop at this young age. None of the 14 fastest American 100 yard breaststrokers in history have a single entry on the 11-12 All-Time Top 100 lists in any stroke or distance. Few of those top 100 breaststrokers have been as far ahead of the crowd as Dang is, however.