14-Year-Old Kayla Han Swims 4:11.34 400 Free At Indy Sectionals


  • March 23-26, 2023
  • IU Natatorium – IUPUI, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters)
  • Psych Sheet
  • Meet Results (Post Session, under “Meet Days”)
  • Meet Results on Meet Mobile: “Spring 2023 Speedo Sectionals”

Yesterday marked the third day of racing at the 2023 Indianapolis Speedo Sectionals, with swimmers taking on the 100 back, 400 free, 100 breast, 200 fly, and the 800 relay for the men.

Highlighting the evening for the both the men and women was the 400 freestyle. Olympian Drew Kibler got his hand on the wall first in the men’s race, touching in a personal best time of 3:52.25. Kibler’s previous best time stood at 3:52.75, which he had done back in 2019. The closest he had been since then was a 3:54.63, which he swam at thePro Swim stop in Fort Lauderdale earlier this month.

Kibler, who returned to Carmel to train, has been on fire this weekend. He opened his meet with a personal best time in the 50 free, then returned the next day to post a world-leading 200 freestyle. His final event will be the 100 freestyle, set to take place today.

18-year-old Aaron Shackell finished just 0.17 behind Kibler to take 2nd in a best time of 3:52.42. Shackell, a Cal commit, nearly ran down Kibler in the final 100. Shackell closed in 57.93, which is almost a second faster than Kibler’s final split (58.83). Shackell took off three seconds from his previous best time, and is now ranked 42nd all-time in the 17-18 age group.

14-year-old Kayla Han threw a best time of 4:11.34 to win the women’s 400 freestyle. She dropped nearly two seconds from her previous best of 4:13.22, which she swum at the International Team Trials last April. Her time moves her from 12th to 6th all-time among 13-14 girls.

15-year-old Lynsey Bowen finished 2nd, also with a big best time. Bowen stopped the clock at 4:12.28, which is over seven seconds faster than the best time she set at this meet a year ago. Bowen still has over a year remaining in the 15-16 age group, but her swim currently ranks her 49th all-time.

Carmel’s Molly Sweeney cracked the 1:10-barrier for the first time in the women’s 100 breaststroke. The 15-year-old touched 1st in a 1:08.83, which is a second and a half drop from her best set at Summer Juniors. Sweeney’s time put her 15th in the 15-16 all-time rankings. Dani Karnaugh and Mary Elizabeth Cespedes also secured Olympic Trial cuts in the event, as they finished at 1:09.73 and 1:09.83, respectively.

Josh Bey from the Highland Hurricanes won the men’s 100 breaststroke. The 16-year-old dropped over two seconds on the day to post a 1:02.44, moving him to #16 all-time for 15-16 boys.

Daniel Diehl came within a second of his own National Age Group (NAG) in the men’s 100 backstroke. Diehl, 17, posted a 53.70, marking his 4th-fastest time ever in the event.

Other Event Winners:

  • Carmel’s Berit Berglund won the women’s 100 backstroke with a 1:01.00. The swim was not a personal best, but secured Berglund her Olympic Trials cut as her PB was done before the qualifying window opened.
  • Gregg Enoch from Carmel dominated the men’s 200 fly. He cleared the field by about two seconds to post his 2nd-fastest time ever at 2:01.98.
  • Alex Shackell topped the women’s 200 fly field, stopping the clock at 2:10.90 to come within a second of her PB. Lainy Kruger took 2nd at 2:12.96, and also secured an Olympic Trials qualifying time.
  • SwimMac’s team of Norvin Clontz (1:52.16), Jack Haywood (1:56.42), Alex Ayers (1:54.60), and Caleb Madari (1:52.90) combined for a winning time of 7:36.08 in the men’s 800 freestyle relay. The fastest split of the event belonged to Will Modglin from Zionsville Swim Club, who anchored in 1:51.50.

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