arena Swim of the Week: Mikayla Tan Hits Fastest Girls’ 11-12 100 BR Since 1998

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Mikayla Tan has been absolutely on fire in 2022, asserting herself as one of the top age group stars in the United States with some scintillating swims in the girls’ breaststroke events.

Despite only turning 12 earlier this year, Tan has been delivering some of the quickest times we’ve ever seen in the girls’ 11-12 age group of late, including swimming the second-fastest time ever in the age group in the 200 breast (SCY) before turning 12 back in February.

Tan’s talents were on full display earlier this week, as her club, DART Swimming, hosted a two-day “Post HS” on Monday and Tuesday that featured both short course yards and long course meters racing.

The highlight of Tan’s swims came in the SCY 200 breast, where she ended up taking down the 11-12 NAG with a time of 2:15.38, but her performance in the LCM 100 breast was also something truly remarkable.

Tan recorded a time of 1:12.75, which not only lowered her previous best (1:13.11) and moved her up to third all-time in 11-12 history, but it was also the fastest time a swimmer has produced in the age group in nearly 24 years.

The 11-12 NAG belongs to Carly Geehr, who swam a time of 1:09.87 back at the U.S. Summer Nationals in 1997. The second-fastest time is a 1:11.96 from Annie Babicz in 1998, and now the third-best is Tan, who overtakes the likes of Annie ZhuKristen CaverlyLaura DavisLiliy Willis and Sophia Umstead in the all-time U.S. 11-12 rankings.

All-Time U.S. Performers, Girls’ 11-12 100 Breaststroke (LCM)

  1. Carly Geehr (ROSE), 1:09.87 – 1997
  2. Annie Babicz (UN), 1:11.96 – 1998
  3. Mikayla Tan (DART), 1:12.75 – 2022
  4. Annie Zhu (LGAC), 1:12.82 – 2007
  5. Kristen Caverly (NOVA), 1:12.83 – 1997
  6. Laura Davis (TERA), 1:12.91 – 1997
  7. Lilly Willis (TAC), 1:12.99 – 2019
  8. Sophia Umstead (MLA), 1:13.05 – 2019
  9. Isabelle Najjar (EST), 1:13.23 – 2014
  10. Eva Crouse (BEAR), 1:13.30 – 2012

In addition to her NAG record in the short course 200 breast and this 100 breast long course swim, Tan also swam a best time of 1:03.35 in the SCY 100 breast to move into sixth in 11-12 history and dropped six seconds in the LCM 200 IM (2:24.20) to tie for 28th all-time among 11-12s.

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4 days ago

Too bad they couldn’t be bothered to find Carly’s 200 time when they created the 11-12 200 record. Jim pretty sure she broke 2:30 that summer.

Reply to  JimSwim22
3 days ago

Nope, but Laura and Kristen were amazing at the 200. Both were 2:31-2:32ish I think!

4 days ago

What was in the water back in 1997-1998?

Reply to  CraigH
4 days ago

Several fast girls.

Reply to  CraigH
4 days ago

It was the Amanda Beard effect!

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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