Swimming in the final of the women’s 100 fly at the Minnesota Grand Prix, Beata Nelson of Southwest Aquatic Team went 51.08 to break the 15-16 Girls 100 fly National Age Group record for the second time in two weeks.
Last Saturday at the Wisconsin High School State Championship, Nelson went 51.70 to break the National Age Group record of 51.78 set by Katie McLaughlin of Mission Viejo at the 2014 California CIF-Southern Section high school championships. That record still stands as the national independent school record, however.
In Minneapolis, Nelson was top seed in finals with 52.13. To her right was McLaughlin. Nelson was out like a rocket, turning all alone at the 50 in 23.69. Equally impressive was her closing speed. McLaughlin, who as a 200 butterflier tends to have a better second half, put in a great effort but couldn’t catch her. In the end Nelson won by about a body length.
A comparison of the three most recent NAGs in the 15-16 100 fly shows:
McLaughlin – May 2014 – 24.49/27.29 = 51.78
Nelson – November 15, 2014 – 24.08/27.62 = 51.70
Nelson – November 20, 2014 – 23.69/27.39 = 51.08
Nelson’s 51.08 is now the fastest time ever swum by an 18-and-under American girl of any age; it just slipped under the girls 17-18 NAG mark of 51.18 set by Natalie Coughlin in 2001.