2020 Swammy Awards: Age Group Swimmer of the Year – 10 & Under

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2020 Honorees: Lexi Sereno and Spencer Belbot

10 & Under Girls

Lexi Sereno – Pacific Swim (Poway, CA) / Front Range Barracudas Swim Club (Thornton, CO)

Sereno achieved 13 top-ten times in the 10-and-under age group during the truncated 2020 swim year, finishing among the six fastest swimmers in the country in all her events. She earned her best SCY times in the first few months of the year as a member of Pacific Swim in the San Diego-Imperial LSC. By August, she had moved to Colorado and was attached to Front Range Barracudas Swim Club, where she added several LCM bests before aging up to the 11/12s.

Sereno led the nation for 10-and-under girls in the SCY 100 fly, 100 IM, and 200 IM, and the LCM 100 fly; she was #2 in the SCY 500 free and 100 back; #3 in the SCY 100 free and LCM 100 back; #5 in the SCY 50 back and 100 breast; and #6 in the SCY 50 free and 200 free and LCM 100 free.

She wrapped up the 2019-20 SCY season with the #1 IMX ranking for 10-year-olds girls.

Rank Event Age Time Std Meet Date Team LSC Points
1 100 FL SCY 10 1:02.49 “AAAA” 2020 SI SC Junior Olympics 2/9/2020 PS SI 942
1 100 IM SCY 10 1:02.96 “AAAA” 2020 SI SC Junior Olympics 2/8/2020 PS SI 1001
1 200 IM SCY 10 2:18.52 “AAAA” 2020 SI SC Junior Olympics 2/9/2020 PS SI 932
1 100 FL LCM 10 1:12.91 “AAAA” 2020 CO MACS vs CUDA Dual 8/15/2020 CUDA CO 911
2 500 FR SCY 10 5:27.40 “AAAA” 2020 SI Presidents’ Day Senior 2/15/2020 PS SI 971
2 100 BK SCY 10 1:02.33 “AAAA” 2020 SI SC Junior Olympics 2/8/2020 PS SI 981
3 100 FR SCY 10 57.36 “AAAA” 2020 SI SC Junior Olympics 2/9/2020 PS SI 896
3 100 BK LCM 10 1:17.07 “AAAA” 2020 CO MACS vs CUDA Dual 8/15/2020 CUDA CO 852
5 50 BK SCY 10 29.93 “AAAA” 2020 SI SBA 12/U Meet 1/19/2020 PS SI 919
5 100 BR SCY 10 1:13.00 “AAAA” 2020 SI SC Junior Olympics 2/8/2020 PS SI 896
6 50 FR SCY 10 26.68 “AAAA” 2020 SI SBA 12/U Meet 1/18/2020 PS SI 851
6 200 FR SCY 10 2:07.36 “AAAA” 2020 SI SBA 12/U Meet 1/18/2020 PS SI 851
6 100 FR LCM 10 1:08.04 “AAAA” 2020 CO MACS vs CUDA Dual 8/15/2020 CUDA CO 809

Runner-Up

Rylee Erisman – Laker Swim (Orlando, FL): Erisman aged out of the 10-and-unders in the spring but she still finished the year with 14 top-ten performances for the age group. Although she swam her LCM times in January 2020, she remained #1 in the country until the end of the year in the LCM 50 free, 50 back, 100 back, and 50 fly. She ranked #2 in the SCY 50 back and LCM 200 free, 100 fly, and 200 IM; #3 in the SCY 100 back and LCM 100 free; #4 in the SCY 50 free; #5 in the SCY 500 free; #7 in the SCY 200 free; and #9 in the SCY 100 free.

Rank Event Age Time Std Meet Date Team LSC Points
1 50 FR LCM 10 30.38 “AAAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/18/2020 LAKE FL 847
1 50 BK LCM 10 33.70 “AAAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/18/2020 LAKE FL 980
1 100 BK LCM 10 1:14.14 “AAAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/17/2020 LAKE FL 932
1 50 FL LCM 10 32.32 “AAAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/17/2020 LAKE FL 900
2 50 BK SCY 10 29.73 “AAAA” 2020 FL Spring Age Group Champs 3/7/2020 LAKE FL 933
2 200 FR LCM 10 2:23.92 “AAAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/17/2020 LAKE FL 877
2 100 FL LCM 10 1:14.00 “AAAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/19/2020 LAKE FL 884
2 200 IM LCM 10 2:43.30 “AAAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/19/2020 LAKE FL 872
3 100 BK SCY 10 1:03.47 “AAAA” 2020 FL Spring Age Group Champs 3/8/2020 LAKE FL 944
3 100 FR LCM 10 1:06.99 “AAAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/19/2020 LAKE FL 843
4 50 FR SCY 10 26.53 “AAAA” 2020 FL Spring Age Group Champs 3/7/2020 LAKE FL 862
5 500 FR SCY 10 5:35.38 “AAAA” 2020 FL Spring Age Group Champs 3/7/2020 LAKE FL 910
7 200 FR SCY 10 2:07.60 “AAAA” 2020 FL Spring Age Group Champs 3/6/2020 LAKE FL 846
9 100 FR SCY 10 58.30 “AAAA” 2020 FL Spring Age Group Champs 3/8/2020 LAKE FL 861

Honorable Mention

In alphabetical order:

  • Selena Nicor-Pereira – Clearwater Aquatic Team-FL: Nicor-Pereira was another swimmer whose early performances, in the first quarter of the year before the pandemic shuttered the pools, kept her near the top of the age group through December. She notched 11 top-ten times, including the #2 LCM 50 back and 100 back; #3 LCM 200 free and 50 fly; #6 SCY 100 back and LCM 50 free; #6 SCY 100 fly and LCM 100 fly and 200 IM; #8 LCM 100 free; and #9 SCY 50 back.
Rank Event Age Time Std Meet Date Team LSC Points
2 50 BK LCM 10 35.57 “AAAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/18/2020 CAT FL 864
2 100 BK LCM 10 1:17.06 “AAAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/17/2020 CAT FL 852
3 200 FR LCM 10 2:30.04 “AAAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/17/2020 CAT FL 775
3 50 FL LCM 10 33.69 “AAAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/17/2020 CAT FL 823
6 100 BK SCY 10 1:04.79 “AAAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/17/2020 CAT FL 901
6 50 FR LCM 10 31.77 “AAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/18/2020 CAT FL 760
7 100 FL SCY 10 1:04.58 “AAAA” 2020 FL Spring Age Group Champs 3/7/2020 CAT FL 883
7 100 FL LCM 10 1:18.96 “AAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/19/2020 CAT FL 766
7 200 IM LCM 10 2:54.32 “AAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/19/2020 CAT FL 734
8 100 FR LCM 10 1:10.41 “AAA” 2020 FL Al Soltis Memorial 1/19/2020 CAT FL 734
9 50 BK SCY 10 30.48 “AAAA” 2020 FL Spring Age Group Champs 3/7/2020 CAT FL 879
  • Ava Richardson – Pearland Aquatics-GU: Richardson knocked out most of her top performances in January but she still wrapped up 2020 with 10 top-ten times for the age group. She was the 2nd-fastest 10-and-under girl in the LCM 400 free, 50 breast, and 50 fly; she was 5th in the LCM 100 free and 100 fly, 6th in the LCM 50 back, 7th in the LCM 50 free, and 8th in the LCM 100 back. Richardson also made the top-ten lists in the SCY 50 breast and 100 IM, finishing the year 8th in both.
Rank Event Age Time Std Meet Date Team LSC Points
2 400 FR LCM 10 5:29.69 “AAA” 2020 GU KATY Invite 1/10/2020 PEAK GU 687
2 50 BR LCM 10 41.38 “AAA” 2020 GU KATY Invite 1/11/2020 PEAK GU 765
2 50 FL LCM 10 33.49 “AAAA” 2020 GU KATY Invite 1/11/2020 PEAK GU 834
5 100 FR LCM 10 1:07.95 “AAAA” 2020 GU KATY Invite 1/11/2020 PEAK GU 812
5 100 FL LCM 10 1:18.14 “AAAA” 2020 GU KATY Invite 1/12/2020 PEAK GU 785
6 50 BK LCM 10 37.40 “AAA” 2020 GU KATY Invite 1/12/2020 PEAK GU 756
7 50 FR LCM 10 31.99 “AAA” 2020 GU KATY Invite 1/12/2020 PEAK GU 747
8 50 BR SCY 10 34.14 “AAAA” 2020 GU PEAK Champs ll 2/23/2020 PEAK GU 858
8 100 IM SCY 10 1:06.97 “AAAA” 2020 NT Short Course TAGS Champs 3/6/2020 PEAK GU 868
8 100 BK LCM 10 1:20.58 “AAA” 2020 GU KATY Invite 1/11/2020 PEAK GU 759

10 & Under Boys

Spencer Belbot – North Baltimore Aquatic Club (Baltimore, MD)

In the first half of the year, while he was still 10 years old, Belbot clocked 13 top-ten times in 23 possible 10-and-under events. He wound up with the most number 1 swims in the age category for 2020. In SCY, he led the nation in the 100 breast while in LCM he was the fastest in the 100 free, 200 free, 100 back, and 200 IM. Belbot also finished with the 3rd-fastest times in the SCY 200 free and 200 IM and LCM 50 back, 50 breast, and 100 breast. He was 4th in the SCY 100 IM, 8th in the SCY 500 free, and 10th in the SCY 50 breast.

He was the #3 10-year-old in IMX rankings for the 2019-20 short course season.

Rank Event Age Time Std Meet Date Team LSC Points
1 100 BR SCY 10 1:11.90 “AAAA” 2020 MD LSC 14 & U CHAMPIONSHI 3/7/2020 NBAC MD 921
1 100 FR LCM 10 1:06.20 “AAAA” 2020 NJ Jim Wood Memorial Invitation 1/12/2020 NBAC MD 855
1 200 FR LCM 10 2:23.77 “AAAA” 2020 NJ Jim Wood Memorial Invitation 1/11/2020 NBAC MD 850
1 100 BK LCM 10 1:17.77 “AAAA” 2020 NJ Jim Wood Memorial Invitation 1/10/2020 NBAC MD 830
1 200 IM LCM 10 2:42.80 “AAAA” 2020 NJ Jim Wood Memorial Invitation 1/11/2020 NBAC MD 864
3 200 FR SCY 10 2:03.36 “AAAA” 2020 MD LSC 14 & U CHAMPIONSHI 3/7/2020 NBAC MD 899
3 200 IM SCY 10 2:17.35 “AAAA” 2020 MD LSC 14 & U CHAMPIONSHI 3/6/2020 NBAC MD 952
3 50 BK LCM 10 35.89 “AAAA” 2020 NJ Jim Wood Memorial Invitation 1/12/2020 NBAC MD 827
3 50 BR LCM 10 40.30 “AAAA” 2020 NJ Jim Wood Memorial Invitation 1/11/2020 NBAC MD 828
3 100 BR LCM 10 1:26.74 “AAAA” 2020 NJ Jim Wood Memorial Invitation 1/10/2020 NBAC MD 861
4 100 IM SCY 10 1:04.76 “AAAA” 2020 MD LSC 14 & U CHAMPIONSHI 3/7/2020 NBAC MD 935
8 500 FR SCY 10 5:32.37 “AAAA” 2020 MD LSC 14 & U CHAMPIONSHI 3/5/2020 NBAC MD 876
10 50 BR SCY 10 33.88 “AAAA” 2020 MD LSC 14 & U CHAMPIONSHI 3/6/2020 NBAC MD 882

Runner-Up:

Jack Maddan – Dad’s Club Swim Team (Spring Valley, TX)

Unlike most of the award winners in this age group, Maddan swam the lion’s share of his top performances in October, November and December. He had 11 top-ten swims, including the #1 LCM 100 breast and 100 fly; #2 SCY 50 breast; #5 LCM 100 free; #6 SCY 50 free, 50 fly, 100 fly, and 100 IM; and #10 SCY 100 breast and 200 IM and LCM 200 free.

Maddan ranked #1 among 9-year-old boys in IMX scores for the SCY season that ran from September 2019 to August 2020.

Rank Event Age Time Std Meet Date Team LSC Points
1 100 BR LCM 10 1:24.54 “AAAA” 2020 GU DADS LC Invite 10/25/2020 DADS GU 909
1 100 FL LCM 10 1:14.26 “AAAA” 2020 GU DADS LC Invite 10/24/2020 DADS GU 864
2 50 BR SCY 10 33.11 “AAAA” 2020 GU SSAN Invite 11/7/2020 DADS GU 926
5 100 FR LCM 10 1:09.34 “AAAA” 2020 GU DADS LC Invite 10/24/2020 DADS GU 761
6 50 FR SCY 10 26.54 “AAAA” 2020 GU SSAN Invite 11/7/2020 DADS GU 839
6 50 FL SCY 10 28.32 “AAAA” 2020 GU SSAN 12 & Un Champs 12/5/2020 DADS GU 903
6 100 FL SCY 10 1:03.55 “AAAA” 2020 GU SSAN 12 & Un Champs 12/6/2020 DADS GU 899
6 100 IM SCY 10 1:04.85 “AAAA” 2020 GU SSAN Invite 11/7/2020 DADS GU 932
10 100 BR SCY 10 1:14.91 “AAAA” 2020 NT Short Course TAGS Champs 3/6/2020 CFSC GU 845
10 200 IM SCY 10 2:20.94 “AAAA” 2020 GU SSAN 12 & Un Champs 12/6/2020 DADS GU 895
10 200 FR LCM 10 2:33.14 “AAA” 2020 GU DADS LC Invite 10/25/2020 DADS GU 709

Honorable Mention

  • Luke Vatev – Hornet Age Group Swim Club-IL: Vatev dominated the age group at the start of 2020 and registered nine performances in January and February that remained in the top-ten for the rest of the year. He posted the #1 SCY 50 free, 200 free, 50 back, and 100 back times, as well as the #2 SCY 50 fly and 200 IM; #3 SCY 100 fly and 100 IM; and #4 SCY 100 free. Vatev was ranked 2nd for 10-year-old boys in IMX points for the 2019-20 SCY season.
Rank Event Age Time Std Meet Date Team LSC Points
1 50 FR SCY 10 25.23 “AAAA” 2020 IN BBSC Circle City Classic 1/25/2020 HOSC IL 924
1 200 FR SCY 10 2:00.95 “AAAA” 2020 ILOP SCST CHICAGOLAND CHA 2/16/2020 HOSC IL 943
1 50 BK SCY 10 28.05 “AAAA” 2020 IN BBSC Circle City Classic 1/25/2020 HOSC IL 1042
1 100 BK SCY 10 1:00.62 “AAAA” 2020 IN BBSC Circle City Classic 1/26/2020 HOSC IL 1027
2 50 FL SCY 10 27.47 “AAAA” 2020 IN BBSC Circle City Classic 1/26/2020 HOSC IL 963
2 200 IM SCY 10 2:17.20 “AAAA” 2020 IN BBSC Circle City Classic 1/24/2020 HOSC IL 954
3 100 FL SCY 10 1:01.08 “AAAA” 2020 IN BBSC Circle City Classic 1/25/2020 HOSC IL 975
3 100 IM SCY 10 1:03.56 “AAAA” 2020 ILOP SCST CHICAGOLAND CHA 2/15/2020 HOSC IL 978
4 100 FR SCY 10 55.83 “AAAA” 2020 ILOP SCST CHICAGOLAND CHA 2/16/2020 HOSC IL 925
  • Luka Mijatovic – Santa Clara Swim Club-PC: Mijatovic was another early leader in the age category, swimming times from January and February that remained in the top-ten until the end of 2020. He was the fastest 10-and-under in the SCY 500 free and 200 IM; 5th in the SCY 50 fly; 6th in the SCY 50 breast; 7th in the SCY 100 free; 8th in the SCY 100 IM; 9th in the SCY 50 back; and 10th in the SCY 50 free and 100 fly.
Rank Event Age Time Std Meet Date Team LSC Points
1 500 FR SCY 10 5:17.84 “AAAA” 2020 PC QSS Race To JOs 2/28/2020 SCSC PC 975
1 200 IM SCY 10 2:15.85 “AAAA” 2020 PC SCSC SCY ZN1S 1/31/2020 SCSC PC 976
5 50 FL SCY 10 28.25 “AAAA” 2020 PC SCSC SCY ZN1S 2/1/2020 SCSC PC 908
6 50 BR SCY 10 33.80 “AAAA” 2020 PC SCSC SCY ZN1S 2/1/2020 SCSC PC 886
7 100 FR SCY 10 57.20 “AAAA” 2020 PC SCSC SCY ZN1S 2/2/2020 SCSC PC 876
8 100 IM SCY 10 1:05.02 “AAAA” 2020 PC SCSC SCY ZN1S 2/2/2020 SCSC PC 926
9 50 BK SCY 10 30.34 “AAAA” 2020 PC SCSC SCY ZN1S 2/1/2020 SCSC PC 889
10 50 FR SCY 10 26.82 “AAAA” 2020 PC SCSC SCY ZN1S 2/2/2020 SCSC PC 821
10 100 FL SCY 10 1:04.32 “AAAA” 2020 PC SBA C/B/A+ 1/11/2020 SCSC PC 876
  • Aiden Yeo – Rose Bowl Aquatic Club-CA: Yeo was still another example of swimmers whose January and February performances kept them in the top-ten all year. He was the 2nd-fastest10-and-under in the SCY 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 50 back, and 100 back; 3rd in the SCY 50 free and 50 fly; 4th in the SCY 100 fly; and 7th in the SCY 100 IM, for a total of nine top-ten swims.
Rank Event Age Time Std Meet Date Team LSC Points
2 100 FR SCY 10 55.56 “AAAA” 2020 CA AP ISCA Elite Showcase 2/16/2020 ROSE CA 934
2 200 FR SCY 10 2:01.74 “AAAA” 2020 CA AP ISCA Elite Showcase 2/15/2020 ROSE CA 929
2 500 FR SCY 10 5:21.75 “AAAA” 2020 CA AP ISCA Elite Showcase 2/14/2020 ROSE CA 948
2 50 BK SCY 10 28.90 “AAAA” 2020 CA AP ISCA Elite Showcase 2/14/2020 ROSE CA 984
2 100 BK SCY 10 1:01.71 “AAAA” 2020 CA AP ISCA Elite Showcase 2/16/2020 ROSE CA 993
3 50 FR SCY 10 25.96 “AAAA” 2020 CA AP ISCA Elite Showcase 2/17/2020 ROSE CA 876
3 50 FL SCY 10 27.65 “AAAA” 2020 CA AP ISCA Elite Showcase 2/15/2020 ROSE CA 950
4 100 FL SCY 10 1:02.33 “AAAA” 2020 CA AP ISCA Elite Showcase 2/17/2020 ROSE CA 936
7 100 IM SCY 10 1:04.87 “AAAA” 2020 CA ROSE Jan 31-Feb 1 Intra 1/31/2020 ROSE CA 931
  • Cayden Thomson – Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club-GU: Thomson notched nine top-ten swims, too, but his were all in LCM, from meets swum in August and October. He finished the year ranked 2nd in the LCM 200 IM; 4th in the 50 breast; 6th in the 100 fly; 8th in the 200 free and 100 breast; 9th in the 50 free and 100 back; and 10th in the 100 free and 50 fly.
Rank Event Age Time Std Meet Date Team LSC Points
2 200 IM LCM 10 2:45.84 “AAAA” 2020 GU CFSC Intrasquad 8/16/2020 CFSC GU 823
4 50 BR LCM 10 41.56 “AAA” 2020 GU CFSC Intrasquad 8/15/2020 CFSC GU 768
6 100 FL LCM 10 1:17.25 “AAAA” 2020 GU CFSC  Tri 10/10/2020 CFSC GU 787
8 200 FR LCM 10 2:32.33 “AAA” 2020 GU CFSC  Tri 10/10/2020 CFSC GU 721
8 100 BR LCM 10 1:31.13 “AAA” 2020 GU CFSC Intrasquad 8/16/2020 CFSC GU 768
9 50 FR LCM 10 32.15 “AAA” 2020 GU CFSC Intrasquad 8/14/2020 CFSC GU 750
9 100 BK LCM 10 1:20.93 “AAA” 2020 GU CFSC Intrasquad 8/15/2020 CFSC GU 751
10 100 FR LCM 10 1:10.46 “AAA” 2020 GU CFSC  Tri 10/11/2020 CFSC GU 729
10 50 FL LCM 10 35.19 “AAA” 2020 GU CFSC  Tri 10/11/2020 CFSC GU 729

Past Winners

Year 10-U Girl 10-U Boy
2020 Lexi Sereno Spencer Belbot
2019 Kayla Han Joey Campagnola
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

 

 

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Your boy
1 year ago

Charlie Harrington was also crazy fast he was .2 of the state record and probably would have broken it but COVID hit

LookingForAnswers
2 years ago

Trying to figure out how many of these young kids made it through the “age group gauntlet” and are still performing at a high level. Looks like we have a better turnout on the girls side than the boys

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2 years ago

https://swimswam.com/2012-swammy-awards-lasco-to-conger-age-group-swimmers-of-the-year/

Fun flashback. The boys’ 10 & Under winners and honorable mentions: Destin Lasco, Casrson Foster, Ethan Dang, Ivan Puskovitch.

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