Bluefish Swim Club Crushes 11-12 National Age Group Relay Record

A group of 12-year olds from the Bluefish Swim Club in New England have broken the USA Swimming National Age Group Record in the 400 yard free relay for 11-12s by almost 3 seconds.

The team of Landon HimJames MistoErik Watka, and Ty Lutz swam a 3:27.94 in a time trial on Saturday at the ABF Snow Angel Classic. The old record was a 3:30.67 done in 2016 by a SwimMAC Carolina relay.

Of the 4, Misto is a 6th grader and the rest are 7th graders. Watka will age up before their spring championship meet, though the club does have another 11-12 of similar speed that will at least give them a chance at repeating the record then.

Comparative Splits:

SwimMAC 2016 Bluefish 2017
Brayden Brewer – 52.08 Landon Him – 51.53
Stephen Kim – 52.33 James Misto – 53.29
Nathan Adams – 53.64 Erik Wakta – 52.37
Baylor Nelson – 52.62 Ty Lutz – 50.75

The big boon for the Bluefish was the 50.75 anchor from Lutz – almost a second faster than anybody on either the old or new record-setting relay swam.

The Bluefish swimmers train not only in the same group, but most of the time in the same lane according to Bluefish coach Greg Gillette. The group is coached by Ryan Yucka

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4 years ago

Go Bluefish! Hooray! 🙂

4 years ago

The first split was a 51.53, not 52.5

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4 years ago

How is it that ty lutz best time is a 59.06 but he went 50.75 on the relay?????? i know flying starts make it faster but not by over 8 seconds

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4 years ago

wait its yards……my bad

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4 years ago

well maybe he hasn’t swam it for a while and for this meet he was tapered and in a tech suit

4 years ago

Cheers for the ABF boys!

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