Hayden swam for the Farragut High School team for four seasons, serving as the team captain during his senior year. He was a four-time all-American and a city record holder in high school and was named an Army National Guard Medalist. He was also a Junior National Qualifier and Finalist, and a National Qualifier. Hayden transferred from Georgia Tech prior to the start of his sophomore year. Hayden graduated Emory with a degree in neuroscience & behavioral biology.
Again, Hayden’s first taper meet of the season was the Miami Invite where he placed 3rd in the 200 fly and 4th in the 100 fly. At UAAs, he placed 6th in the 100 fly and 10th in the 200 fly. At NCAAs, Hayden placed 12th in the 100 fly(48.81) and 19th in the 200 fly(1:50.59).
At the Miami Invite, Hayden swam season best times in all of his events. He won the 100 fly for the second year in a row and placed 3rd in the 200 fly. At UAAs, Hayden placed 3rd in the 100 fly. At NCAAs, he placed 11th in the 100 fly(48.83) and 25th in the 200 fly(1:51.98).
Hayden transferred to Emory after a year at Georgia Tech, and attending the Miami Invite in his first season as a sophomore. He won the 100 free and placed 2nd in the 100 fly. At UAAs, he placed 2nd in the 100 fly. At NCAAs, Hayden dropped time in the 100 fly and placed 6th(48.59). He also swam the 500 free in a time of 4:36.29.