2019 Honorees: Kayla Han and Joey Campagnola
10 & Under Girls
Kayla Han – Brea Aquatics (Brea, California)
Han, who had ended 2018 with a 10-and-under National Age Group record in the 200 IM (2:13.33) at last December’s Southern California Swimming Winter Age Group Championships, continued apace for the first five months of 2019. While still 10 years old, she lowered her own NAG in the 200y IM three times, to settle at 2:11.99 in March. She also broke the NAG record in the 500y free with 5:13.45 in January. And she kicked off long course season with a NAG record in the 200m IM, going 2:28.70 at Speedo Grand Challenge.
|200 IM||SCY||2:12.24||3/17/19 (p)|
|200 IM||SCY||2:11.99||3/17/19 (f)|
Although she aged into the 11/12s in June, Han managed to finish the year with 18 top-10 times for the 10-and-under age group. She was #1 in the SCY 200/500 free and 200 IM and the LCM 200/400 free and 200 IM. She ranked #2 in the 100y free, 100y IM, 50/100m free, 100m breast, and 100m fly; #3 in the 100y breast and 100y fly; #4 in the 50y free; #5 in the 50m fly; #9 in the 100y back; and #10 in the 50y fly.
Han had the top IMX scores among 10-year-olds for the 2018-19 SCY season and for the 2019 LCM season. She was also the #1 11-year-old in IMX rankings for 2019 LCM.
Han moved to La Mirada Armada in October. As an 11-year-old, she is so far ranked 3rd for the 2019-20 SCY season in the 400y IM, 8th in the 200y IM, and 9th in the 500y free. She cracked the top-100 list for 11-12 400y IM at CA-NV Sectionals in December, vaulting to #36 with 4:28.87. She finished 2019 with the #6 girls 11-12 400m IM time in the nation for the season.
Raquel Maldonado – Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club (Chicago, IL): Maldonado aged up before the summer but she still finished the year with 14 top-ten performances for 10-and-under girls. She was the 2nd-ranked 10-year-old for the 2018-19 SCY season in IMX scores.
Maldonado maintained the #1 rankings until the end of the year for 10-and-unders in the SCY 50/100 free, 50 back and 100 fly, and the LCM 50/100 free and 50/100 fly. She finished #2 in the 200y free and 100y back, #3 in the 50y fly and 100y IM, #5 in the 500y free, and #10 in the 100y breast.
In alphabetical order:
- Victoria Mori – Beach Cities Swimming-CA: Mori put up 11 top-10 performances, including the #1 times for the year in the 100y breast and 100m breast. She was #2 in the 100y fly, 200y IM, and 400m free; #3 in the 500y free, 50m breast, and 200m IM; #5 in the 50y breast; #7 in the 200y free; and #9 in the 100m fly. She wrapped up the 2018-19 SCY season with the #3 IMX score for 10-year-old girls and the #3 IMX score for 11-year-olds in the LCM season.
- Lexi Sereno – Pacific Swim-SI: Sereno was only 9 years old for the first eight months of the year, but she was nonetheless one of the top performers in the 10-and-under age group during 2019. In IMX rankings, Sereno was the #1 9-year-old for the 2018-19 SCY season and the #2 10-year-old for the LCM season. She finished 4th in the 200y IM; 6th in the 50/100y free, 100y fly, and 100m fly; 7th in the 100y IM; 8th in the 200y free and 100y back; and 9th in the 100m free.
10 & Under Boys
Joey Campagnola – West Florida Lightning Aquatic (Largo, FL)
Campagnola was the top performer in the 10-and-under age group throughout 2019, notching 18 top-10 times in 23 possible events. He was the #1 10-year-old in IMX rankings for the 2019 long-course season and finished the year with the fastest times in five events: the 100/200/400m free and 50/100m back. He was 2nd in the 500y free and 50m fly; 3rd in the 50m free and 200m IM; 4th in the 200y IM; 5th in the 200y free and 50y back; 6th in the 100y free; 7th in the 50y free and 100y back; and 8th in the 50y fly, 100y IM, and 100m fly.
Since turning 11 this fall, Campagnola has already improved his PBs in the 50/100/200y free, 100y back, and 100y fly.
Luka Mijatovic – Santa Clara Swim Club (Santa Clara, CA): Mijatovic didn’t swim his first race as a 10-year-old until the month of May but he was still one of the top performers in the 10-and-under age group throughout 2019. He had 17 top-10 performances, 7 of which were done as a 9-year-old. Mijatovic wrapped up 2019 with the top time in the 200m IM and was 2nd in the 100m back; 3rd in the 200y free, 50y back, 100y breast, 400m free, and 100m fly; 4th in the 500y free, 100y back, and 100/200m free; 5th in the 100y IM; 6th in the 200y IM and 50m back; 7th in the 100y free and 50y fly; and 8th in the 100y fly.
He ranked #1 in IMX for 9-year-old in the 2018-19 SCY season and was #2 among 10-year-olds in the LCM season.
In alphabetical order:
- Parker Macho – Eastern Iowa Swim Federation-IA: Macho was the #1 10-year-old in IMX rankings for the 2018-19 SCY season and #3 for the LCM season. He closed out 2019 with 11 top-10 times, including the #2 200y free, 400m free and 200m IM; #3 100/500y free, 100y IM, and 100/200m free; #4 200y IM; #5 100y fly; and #7 100m fly.
- Luke Vatev – Hornet Age Group Swim Club-IL: Vatev graced the top-10 lists 13 times in 2019. He was 4th in the 50y back, 50/100m back, and 100m fly; 5th in the 100y back and 50/100m free; 8th in the 200m free; 9th in the 100y free and 50m fly; and 10th in the 50y free and 100y fly. He ranked 2nd in IMX for 9-year-olds in 2018-19 SCY season.
- Peter Vu – OC Riptide Aquatics-CA: Vu finished the year with 12 swims in the top-10. He was #2 in the 50/100y breast, 100y IM, and 50/100m breast; #5 in the 200m IM; #6 in the 50m fly; #7 in the 200y IM and 50m free; #8 in the 100m free and 50m back, and #9 in the 100y back.
|Year||10-U Girl||10-U Boy|
|2018||Alexis Mesina||Timothy Lee|
|2017||Erika Pelaez||Kaii Winkler|
|2016||Leah Hayes||Jaeddan Gamilla|
|2015||Miriam Sheehan||Ronald Dalmacio|
|2014||Meghan Lynch||Andrew Rogers|
|2013||Lillie Nordmann||Winn Aung|
|2012||Regan Smith||Destin Lasco|