15-Year-Old Nikol Popov Breaks 100 Yard Breast NAG at CIFSS Division I Finals

Nikol Popov, a sophomore at Valencia High School in Valencia, California, broke the girls’ 15-16 National Age Group Record in the 100 yard breaststroke on Saturday at CIF-SS Division I Finals in Riverside. Popov, whose best time coming into the meet was 1:00.62 from March 2015, knocked .39 off her PB to go a lifetime-best 1:00.23 in prelims on Thursday. She then came back to finals on Saturday and cleared 1:00 for the first time, clocking a 59.64 to win the event, and taking a whole second off her previous best. Although she missed Jessica Hardy’s Division I meet record of 59.20 dating back to 2005, Popov did break Lilly King’s NAG mark of 59.67, set in December 2013 at Winter Junior Nationals.

  • Nikol Popov, May 2015 – 28.04 / 31.60 = 59.64
  • Lilly King, December 2013 – 27.69 / 31.98 = 59.67

The most impressive thing about Popov’s swim is that she is still 15 and has a whole year to see how low she can take the record.

The 100 meter breast record is 1:07.05; Popov went 1:09.64 at Nationals last summer as a 15-year-old.

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7 years ago

If she lived in Russia, her name would be Nikol Popova. 🙂

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Wow! Almost a full second drop! 15/16 NAG record at 15! Impressive!
And she showed last year she could swim fast in long course too.
We have a future breaststroke star in the making.
But being named Popov, it is only natural to shine in the pool. 🙂

7 years ago

Wow a National HS record (Weitzeil) and NAG record (Popov) from 2 swimmers on the same club team, Canyons Aquatic Club!

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