Athena Meneses Kovacs Lowers Day-old Mexican NAG in the 50 fly with 26.74

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Friday, 23 August 2019

14-year-old Athena Meneses Kovacs, who won’t be 15 until the very end of December, lowered her own Mexican National Age Group Record in the 50-meter butterfly on Friday night in Budapest. Swimming in the final at 2019 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, Meneses Kovacs went 26.74 to take another .03 off the national mark of 26.97 she had established in the semi-finals on Thursday night. Earlier Thursday she had been the ninth-fastest out of heats with 27.07, which was at the time a personal-best by .16.

Meneses Kovacs lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and trains with Eagle Aquatics. She is one of only two 14-and-under girls in the United States to have broken the 27-second barrier in the 50m fly; the other one is Claire Curzan (26.18). Curzan was the bronze medalist in the 50m fly final on Friday night in Budapest with 25.81.

Meneses Kovacs has moved into the top 15 in the world for 18-and-under girls in the 50m fly. She ranks 13th, tied with Japan’s Mayuka Yamamoto for 2019.

50 Butterfly LCM Female

Rank Time First name Last name Nation
1 25.69 Penny Oleksiak CAN
2 25.70 Torri Huske USA
3 25.77 Anastasiya Shkurdai BLR
4 25.81 Claire Curzan USA
5 26.04 Yichun Wang CHN
6 26.12 Naele PORTECOP FRA
7 26.14 Maggie MacNeil CAN
8 26.56 Xintong Lin CHN
9 26.57 Yerin Park KOR
10 26.65 Luanna Oliveira Nunes BRA
10 26.65 Angelina Kohler GER
12 26.70 Anastasya Gorbenko ISR
13 26.74 Mayuka Yamamoto JPN
13 26.74 Athena Meneses Kovacs MEX
15 26.75 Helena Biasibetti ITA
16 26.76 Lillie Nordmann USA
17 26.81 Sara Junevik SWE
18 26.83 Olivia Bray USA
19 26.86 Sophie Yendell GBR
20 26.87 Costanza Cocconcelli ITA


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Adrián Mancebo
3 years ago

Some information in this article’s wrong. Meneses has broken today her own absolute Mexican record in 50 fly, which she set yesterday in the semifinals in 26.78. The 26.97 was the old Mexican record from Lili Ibáñez.

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