Cassidy Bayer Breaks 34-Year Old NAG Record at Tom Dolan in 200 Yard Fly

14-year old Cassidy Bayer of the Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP) has broken one of those all-time, all-time National Age Group Records on Saturday night at the 2013 Tom Dolan Invitational.

Opting to race in her 13-14 age group, rather than the Open Final, Bayer swam a 1:56.01 in the 200 yard fly, which broke the 1:56.58 that Mary T. Meagher swam back in 1979. At the time, Meagher was already one of the best swimmers in the world, and the longevity of her record proves that.

Bayer has been lighting  up the butterfly NAG Record books in the last few years. Besides Meagher, she also counts Olympic champion Dana Vollmer among the names on her hit list, though until now most of her damage had been done in long course.

It’s been a while since the United States had a young female butterflier of Bayer’s caliber come along. Next she’ll target Meagher’s long course records, which are probably the greatest still standing in USA Swimming.

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bobo gigi
7 years ago

Congrats champion!
I’ve watched the race live and I’ve supported her to break that legendary record.
I repeat for 3 years she’s the next US butterfly star.
She has a tremendous talent.
You should put that swimswam photo for your article.
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In my opinion the swimswam photo of the year.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Miss Bayer isn’t just a butterfly swimmer.
She’s very versatile.
At the same meet she has swum 4.15 in the 400 IM and 23.29 in the 50 free.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

It was the second oldest NAG record on the women’s side.
The 500 free 11/12 NAG record of 4.49.51 by Cynthia Woodhead in 1977 is still the oldest.

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