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.