Ethan Dang Adds 10 & Under SCY 100 Breaststroke NAG Record to Resume

King Aquatic Club’s Ethan Dang broke the 10 & under short course 100 breaststroke mark this past weekend at the annual KING Valentine’s Meet in Federal Way, Washington with a 1:07.25 in the 100 yard breaststroke. That broke Michael Andrew’s 2010 swim of 1:08.53 – crushed it in fact – by over a second. He also holds the long course record for the age group.

Dang isn’t quite as big as Andrew was at that age, but has impeccable technique. This swim, in fact, was 2.5 seconds better than Dang’s own previous best of 1:09.72.

He turned in 32.30, which also blew away the old Pacific Northwest Swimming LSC Record that already belonged to him at 32.99. In other swims in this meet, he also swam a 1:02.35 in the 100 IM. That’s nearly a second away from Andrew’s national record in that event, but it did a number on another LSC Record: Coming into this season, former Arizona standout Kevin Munsch had held that mark from 2001 at 1:06.58. That is how you break a record.

World Record holder Ariana Kukors (left) with NAG Record holder Ethan Dang. Photo Courtesy: KING Boosters

World Record holder Ariana Kukors (left) with NAG Record holder Ethan Dang. Dang’s coach Keith Ure also coached Kukors until she was 12 years old. Photo Courtesy: KING Boosters

All swims from the meet for Dang:

  • 500 free – 5:41.60
  • 200 IM – 2:20.61
  • 100 fly – 1:10.80
  • 200 free – 2:06.90
  • 50 free – 26.58
  • 100 IM – 1:02.85 (PNS LSC Record)
  • 100 breast – 1:07.25 (NAG Record)

Dang’s breaststroke was three seconds faster than his butterfly – though don’t misconstrue that with his butterfly being weak in any way. In fact, he is the top-ranked 10 & under this season in the LSC in that 100 fly as well (though this wasn’t his best time); his 100 breaststroke would be the LSC’s fastest 100 butterfly or backstroke this season in the age group. That’s how good that swim was. Unofficially, awaiting updated lists from after this weekend, Dang leads the PNS in 9 of the 12 individual events this season.

Special thanks to Ethan’s parents for posting the video and KING coach Doug Djang for sending it our way.

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9 years ago

That was amazing…

10 years ago

It will be interesting to see him swim a 400 im

Vivian wang
10 years ago

Are you the sister of Gabby Dang?

Reply to  Vivian wang
10 years ago

no im just her friend shes on a different team than me

Reply to  Ethan Dang
9 years ago

Hi Ethan, it’s Kaira from your team. I don’t think you know me that well, but great swim!

Reply to  Vivian wang
9 years ago

Well, he’s a boy, so he couldn’t be her sister.

10 years ago

It’s interesting to note that the fastest reported time this year for 11 year old boys is a 1:07.89 in the 100 breast.

bobo gigi
10 years ago

Cool, there are boys and girls in the same race. But the girls haven’t helped Ethan Dang as Michael Phelps had helped Libby Trickett in 2007 for her 100 free world record. Congrats to him! To break so easily a record owned by Michael Andrew, the king of NAG records, is very impressive.

10 years ago

Dang….thats fast.

10 years ago

WHOA! That kid is smoking fast. I had the pleasure to see him swim and gave him some tips in the warm down pool at the 2012 Western Zones. This kid is a star!

10 years ago

Dang also swam a 2:28.87 in the 200 breaststroke last December! We’ll now see what he can do as an 11 year old!

Reply to  WHOKNOWS
9 years ago

He now has a 2:22-something 200 breaststroke.

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