13 YO Jacqueline Zipagan Swims 50.06 100 Free Lead Off Breaking Jenny Thompson Record

Anya Pelshaw
by Anya Pelshaw 6

December 23rd, 2022 Club


  • December 15-18, 2022
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • “2022 NE BGSC SCY New England Senior Meet” on MeetMobile
  • Providence, RI

Jacqueline Zipagan of Bluefish Swim Club led off the 400 freestyle relay in a 50.06. That broke Jenny Thompson‘s New England Swimming LSC record of 50.10 which stood from all the way back 1987.

That was a personal best time for Zipagan and also faster than she swam to finish second in the individual event as she swam a 50.54 then. Her previous best stood at a 51.18 from February 2022.

That was one of three LSC records that still stood in Thompson’s name so now only two remain. Thompson still holds the 13-14 50 free (22.83) and 15-16 50 free (22.66).

Thompson went on to win eight Olympic gold medals, all of which came from being a member of the US relays. Notably, she was a member of all of the US Olympic 400 freestyle relays from 1992-2004. She won a total of 12 Olympic medals. Thompson is also a former World Record holder in the LCM 50 and 100 freestyles.

Zipagan won the 200 free at the meet in a personal best time of 1:48.69. That was a best time by over five seconds as her previous best stood at a 1:53.75. Bluefish’s 400 free relay went on to finish second with a final time of 3:26.82.

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5 months ago

How could y’all forget that Dr. Jenny Thompson was also a world record holder in the LC 100m butterfly? It was one of the crowning achievements of her career. She broke Mary T’s 100 fly WR that had stood for 18 years at 99 Pan Pacs and then Susie O’Neill got the 200 record a year later.

Coach Chackett
5 months ago

Awesome swim and I might learn how to spell Jacqueline Zipagan eventually. Right now, I’m copying it. I wish I could get SWYMS to work so I could easily see who else is swimming fast in this event this season.

Coach Tom
5 months ago

Congrats, Jacqueline!! Keep your eye on this kid.

Kent McMillan
5 months ago

Congratulations Jacqueline. You topped a mark by one of our most decorated USA Olympians. Now Dr. Jenny Thompson, she has 12 total Olympic medals. Best wishes Jacqueline for an outstanding swimming career!

A swimmer
Reply to  Kent McMillan
5 months ago

As her teammate I can say she is a very hard worker and deserves this

5 months ago

Go Bluefish! Congrats to Zipagan!

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Anya Pelshaw

Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Government & Law and Economics at Lafayette College. There she is …

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