Alex Valente Breaks Mike Cavic’s 15-16 National Age Group Record in 100 Fly

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 2

January 20th, 2014 Club, News

Thanks to Ken Takahashi for the tip on this story.

The latest National Age Group Record came from off of most peoples’ radars, though it sure-well should have.

In the final session of the 2013 California/Nevada Winter Sectional meet at East LA College, Alex Valente of the Santa Barbara Swim Club swam a 46.99 in the 100 yard butterfly to break the record of another Californian: one Mike Cavic. Cavic was a 47.10 back in 2001, and would go on to be the man that almost upset Michael Phelps’ 8 gold-medal run in Beijing while representing Serbia.

Valente left little doubt that he was fully spent on this race, splitting a rocket-fast 21.95 at the 50, and closing in 25.04. He left behind an impressive field that included Cal-bound Kyle Gornay, who was 3rd in 48.97. This makes Valente the first-ever 15-16 under 47 seconds in the 100 yard fly.

Valente was a 47.41 in the 100 yard race at last year’s CIF Southern Section Division I Championships when he was already 16 years old. Because of the unique California high school system, though, where their scholastic state championship meet isn’t until May, swimmers can realistically take a shot at a taper before their high school championships roll around. That allows Valente, who is a junior, to break this record here, even though he’ll be 17 when CIF championships roll around again.

Valente has been a 54.20 in the long course 100 fly, and finished 8th at the summer’s Junior National Championships.

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7 years ago

those kids are all shredded.

6 years ago

Genentically modified food doing it’s job..these kids look better than I did at twenty

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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