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Disclaimer: Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The Swim of the Week is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.
DART Swimming’s Ayden Tan took down an 11-year-old National Age Group Record on Thursday, taking hold of the boys’ 10 & under mark in the 100 breaststroke (LCM).
Competing on the opening day of the 2023 Bill Rose Classic in Elk Grove, Calif., Tan put up a time of 1:18.56 in the final of the boys’ 100 breast, erasing the previous NAG record of 1:18.71 set by Ethan Dang in 2012.
Tan was coming into the competition having reset his personal best time down to 1:19.09 at the Woodland Spring Classic in May, and showed that he was on good form when he nearly took that mark down in the prelims, clocking 1:19.19.
He also won the 50 fly on Thursday, clocking 30.72 to mark a significant best time (and come within eight-tenths of the NAG record), and on Friday morning, he put up a time of 2:33.73 in the 200 IM.
Tan is already the holder of the 200 IM NAG at 2:27.23, set in April at the SMST Spring Splash.
Earlier this year, Tan broke NAG records in short course yards in the boys’ 10 & under 100 IM (1:00.89) and 200 IM (2:10.12).
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