2021 MN MNSI LSC Senior State Championship
- July 29 – August 1, 2021
- Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center, Minneapolis, MN
- LCM (50m)
- Results on MeetMobile
On the final day of the Minnesota Senior State Championships, held at the University of Minnesota, Aquajets Swim Team 14-year-olds Drew Ploof, Henry Webb, Evan Witte, and Jiarui Xue teamed up to break a 13-14 boys National Age Group Record.
The boys broke the 13-14 400 free relay NAG, putting together a 3:36.01 to finish 3rd at the senior meet. They only raced in the meet on Sunday, indicating the intention was solely to race this relay and take a stab at the record. Breaking the previous NAG by 1.46 seconds, the quartet certainly capitalized on the opportunity presented to them.
Irvine Novaquatics held the previous record from the 2019 CA age group championship meet, where Allen Cai, Mitchell Schott, Joey Chang, and Nick Grulke combined for a 3:47.47. Here is a split comparison between the Aquajets team from this weekend, and the 2019 Novaquatics squad:
|2021 MN Senior State – Aquajets Swim team||2019 CA MVN SUMMER JOS – Irvine Novaquatics|
|Drew Ploof||54.41||Allen Cai||53.74|
|Jiarui Xue||54.58||Mitchell Schott||54.52|
|Eavn Witte||54.67||Joey Chang||54.73|
|Henry Webb||52.35||Nick Grulke||54.48|
Notably, all 4 Aquajets boys were significantly under their personal best times, all of which were from July of this year. Ploof led off in 54.41, dropping 0.46 seconds from his week-old personal best. Xue’s 54.58 was over a second under his 55.51 personal best, also a week old. Witte’s 54.67 was well under his lifetime best 56.31, and Witte’s blistering 52.35 anchor was over a second faster than his month-old 53.48 personal best.
You can view a video of the race below, provided by Aquajets’ Instagram account.
These young guys are just so great! This relay and the livestream clip that caught the moment was an electric and celebratory end to one very long season! Being on that deck and cheering as a TEAM wildly for this 3rd place relay was a highlight for us all – nearly impossible to capture the joy we all had without being there. These guys are not huge – yet. But they are full of promise as swimmers, teammates and more importantly, people. We are so proud of them and thankful to be part of a team that screams for each other until our throats are sore! The fans on deck and in the stands deserve a standing ovation, too! Truly,… Read more »
CONGRATS! But these guys are 14? They are massive!!!
Actually, they aren’t. They’re about normal size for their age. If you watch them in the Youtube link I posted, they are clearly smaller than most of their 15&O competitors in the same race.
This is very epic. Congrats.
Kate is one of the top 10 coaches in the country regardless of club, college or pro.
yessir aquajets close to top 10 club
kate’s an icon. the 🐐
For another video perspective, here’s the recording of the session, with this relay starting at about 1:35:30. Congrats to the Aquajets boys!
much better angle thanks!
WITTE SWAM TWICEEEEEE
I couldn’t tell which team it was she was filming.
lane 4, got third out of all 15 and over age group
Ole buddy on the far left has great build for some power work👀👀
your 6’5 205 right
it rounds to about that yes
AND YOURE 14??? AND 6’5???
it rounds to about that
are you actually the guy in the video?