Cornell Recruit Alex Syrkin Breaks 1:50 in Women’s 200 FR at ROSE Intrasquad

2021 CA ROSE May Intrasquad

  • May 9th, 2021
  • Rose Bowl Aquatics, Pasadena, CA
  • Short Course Yards (25 yards)
  • Results on MeetMobile

Rose Bowl Aquatics conducted an intrasquad meet this past weekend, resulting in 3 broken NAG relay records. You can read about the record-breaking relays here.

In addition to the relays, ROSE swimmers posted many huge improvements in their individual races. 17-year-old Alex Syrkin had a breakthrough in the women’s 200 free. Syrkin topped the field with a 1:49.98, breaking the 1:50 mark for the first time in her career. Syrkin entered the weekend with a personal best of 1:52.94, which she had just swum back in March of this year. She also swam a lifetime best of 24.53 in the 50 free, chipping .04 seconds off her previous best.

Hojung Yoon, 15, led the field in both the women’s 100 and 200 backstrokes. In the 100 back, Joon swam a 57.72, dipping under 58-seconds for the first time in her career. She went on to post a 2:02. 32 in the 200, dropping 2 seconds from her lifetime best.

13-year-old Otis Tsai posted a massive drop in the men’s 100 back, clocking a 59.54. The swim marked a 5.16-second improvement, and the his first sub-1:00 100 back. 15-year-old Nathan Kim also had a huge drop in the men’s 100 breast. Kim swam a 58.73, coming in well under his previous best of 1:02.84. Kim went on to touch first in the men’s 50 free, posting a 21.42. That swim was also a huge drop for Kim, coming in 1.78 seconds ahead of his previous best.

Ray Liu, 14, also had a breakthrough performance, dropping 9.60 seconds in the 200 back. Liu took 3rd in the men’s 200 back, swimming a 1:59.53, improving nearly 10 seconds from his previous best, and breaking 2:00.

Chris O’Grady, an 18-year-old, broke 2:00 in the 200 breast for the first time in his career. Leading the men’s event, O’Grady swam a 1:59.56, touching the wall 1.84 seconds ahead of his previous best. 16-year-old Zach Larrick won the men’s 100 fly in a lifetime best 50.42. Larrick was well under his previous best of 53.59, which he swam as a 14-year-old back in 2019. Larrick also clocked a best in the 50 free, swimming a 21.78.

In the women’s 100 free, 14-year-old Sophia Georgino swam a 56.23, breaking the 1:00 barrier for the first time. Georgino had a lifetime best of 1:00.25 heading into the meet, which she had established in 2020. Similarly, 15-year-old Pierce O’Grady broke the 50-second mark in the men’s 100 free. O’Grady swam a 48.42, taking almost 4 seconds off his previous best of 52.37.

William Kim touched first in the men’s 200 IM, swimming a 1:52.79. The swim marked a 1.00-second drop for the 16-year-old.


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