Within 1 day of each other, Advait Page and Srihari Nataraj took out the men’s Indian 1500 freestyle and 100 backstroke records. Page delivered a 15:23.66 in the 1500 freestyle at the 2021 Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo, United States while Nataraj lowered the 100 backstroke mark to a 53.90 at the 2021 Settecolli Trophy.
In Mission Viejo, Advait Page swam to victory in the men’s 1500 freestyle with a 15:23.66 to shave just under 2 seconds off Kushagra Rawat‘s former mark of 15:25.22 which he set at the NSW State Championships in Sydney, Australia back in March 2020. The swim for Page was a 6-second improvement upon his entry time in the event of 16:29.54.
Page also collected gold at the 2021 Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions by nearly 30 seconds, finishing ahead of Vuk Celic‘s 15:52.60 for second place and Aryan Nehra‘s 156:58.19 for third.
Page has raced for India at the 2019 World Swimming Championships and entered only in the men’s 800 freestyle, delivering an 8:10.35 for 29th overall.
At the 2021 Settecolli Trophy in Rome, Italy, Srihari Nataraj raced to a silver medal in the men’s 100 backstroke with a 53.90, becoming the first Indian to crack 54 seconds in the event. His record-breaking swim was an improvement upon his own previous record in the event of 54.07 which he set earlier this year at the 2021 Uzbekistan Open Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. At that meet, Nataraj also broke the men’s 50 backstroke Indian record with a 25.11.
Nataraj has raced for India a number of times including at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the 2019 World Championships, and the 2019 World Junior Swimming Championships. Most recently, Nataraj delivered a 54.45 gold medal performance in the 100 backstroke at the 2021 Belgrade Trophy in Serbia. Nataraj also holds the men’s 200 backstroke Indian record at a 2:01.70 which he set at the 2019 World Junior Championships.
While Nataraj’s 53.90 Indian record was within 0.05 seconds slower than the 53.85 FINA A standard, Indian could still potentially name him to their 2021 Olympic squad as it was under the 55.47 FINA B cut.