14-Year-Old Kayla Han Becomes #3 American 13-14 All-Time in Girls 400 IM – 4:43.60

by Spencer Penland 4

August 26th, 2022 National, News

2022 JUNIOR PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

GIRLS 400 METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – FINAL

  • Jr World: 4:29.01 – Summer McIntosh, CAN (2022)
  • Jr Pan Pac: 4:39.76 – Becca Mann, USA (2012)

Podium:

  1. Mio Narita, Japan – 4:36.79
  2. Hayla Han, USA – 4:43.60
  3. Ayami Suzuki, Japan – 4:43.70

American Kayla Han, who turned 14 years old at the beginning of the summer, earned silver in the girls 40o IM tonight at the 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Honolulu. She swam a 4:43.60, taking 1.03 seconds off her previous personal best in the event, which was set at the U.S. International Team Trials in April, when Han was still 13.

With the swim, Han, who still has about 9 months left as a 14-year-old, has now risen to #3 all-time among Americans in the 13-14 girls age group. She’s got her work cut out for her to move up any further in the rankings, however, as the top 2 performers, Becca Mann and Katie Hoff, were both under 4:40 as 14-year-olds. Coincidentally, Mann’s 13-14 National Age Group Record of 4:39.76 was also the Junior Pan Pacs Record in the event, which was broken by Japan’s Mio Narita tonight.

All-Time Top 10 Performers – U.S. 13-14 Girls LCM 400 IM:

  1. Becca Mann – 4:39.76 (2012)
  2. Katie Hoff – 4:39.82 (2004)
  3. Kayla Han – 4:43.60 (2022)
  4. Claire Tuggle – 4:44.81 (2018)
  5. Elizabeth Beisel – 4:44.87 (2007)
  6. Mariah Denigan – 4:45.41 (2018)
  7. Erika Hansen – 4:45.58 (1984)
  8. Avery Klamfoth – 4:45.72 (2022)
  9. Jenny Parmenter – 4:46.36 (1995)
  10. Leah Hayes – 4:46.48 (2019)

For comparison, here is a split breakdown between Han’s swim tonight and Mann’s 13-14 NAG, which was also the Jr Pan Pacs Record in the event.

SPLITS KAYLA HAN – 2022 JR PAN PACS (FINALS) BECCA MANN – 2012 JR PAN PACS (FINALS)
100m (Fly) 1:05.25 1:03.85
200m (Back) 2:17.96 (1:12.71) 2:17.31 (1:13.46)
300m (Breast) 3:39.13 (1:21.17) 3:38.30 (1:20.99)
400m (Free) 4:43.60 (1:03.47) 4:39.76 (1:01.46)
FINAL TIME 4:43.60 4:39.76

Han is already faster than Mann on the backstroke leg, but there’s a lot of work to be done on fly and free to get down to Mann’s splits. It’s important to note that Mann’s freestyle split of 1:01.46 is very fast, and Han wouldn’t need to get down to that speed in order to break Mann’s record. The good news for Han is that she’s already faster than Mann was on the middle 200 of the race.

Han first made headlines last year, when she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials at the age of 12. She turned 13 before the Wave I Trials began, but she was still the youngest competitor at the meet. Since then, She’s only continued to drop time across a wide variety of events. The IMs and distance freestyle events have remained her greatest strengths. As for what’s left of Han’s schedule at these Championships, she’s set to race the 400 free tomorrow and the 1500 free on Saturday.

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Trish Fleischer
3 months ago

just WOW! the future is exciting for this young woman!

cynthia curran
3 months ago

Well good for her.

MCH
Reply to  cynthia curran
3 months ago

Good kid. Works hard. Good to see. Keeps it low key unlike some others. Thanks Kayla.

bubo
3 months ago

Erika Hansen dropped a nuke back in ‘84