As we continue to roll through the Australian State Championship meets, next up is the New South Wales 13-18 State Age Championships, and in addition to the vast amount of local talent, the Japanese have supplemented the competition with a 14 & under Junior National Team.
This is a Long Course Meters meet.
The highlight of the meet so far is a New South Wales and Australian All-Comers-crushing record for 13-year olds in the girls’ 200 fly, where Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa swam a 2:10.73 to win by over 11 seconds in her age group. The old All-Comers record belong to her countrymate Saori Haruguchi from back in 2001 with a 2:12.70.
In comparison, since at least the year 2000 the fastest American we’ve seen at that age is seven-tenths slower (Cassidy Bayer). That time would have qualified Hasegawa for the semi-finals at last year’s World Championships.
The young Hasegawa also has won the 200 free (2:06.27) and the 100 fly (59.72), the latter of which is not quite her best time, but breaks Yolane Kukla’s 13-year olds Australian All-Comers Record as well.
Among other impressive competitors from the Japanese team thus far include 14-year old Ippei Miyamoto, who won the boys’ 14 years 200 IM in 2:08.10 and 100 breast in 1:05.02.
Full results for this meet, which runs through Saturday, can be found on Meet Mobile.