Fairweather Follows-Up With 400 Free NZL Age Record – 4:06.54

NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (NZL)

After firing off a New Zealand national age record for 17-year-0lds in yesterday’s 200m free event, world junior champion Erika Fairweather repeated the feat in today’s 400m free.

Stopping the clock in a mark of 4:06.54, Fairweather crushed her own previous record of 4:10.18 set just this past February. Although the freestyle ace had been faster than that outing with a then-lifetime best of 4:07.23, she was just 16 when she raced that result in February of 2020. Her birth date is December 31, 2003.

As such, Fairweather’s 4:06.54 time here checks-in as her new career-quickest, as well as the fastest Kiwi time ever posted by someone not named Lauren Boyle. She solidifies her spot on the New Zealand roster for Tokyo with this swim, easily getting under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 4:07.90 needed for this summer’s Olympic Games.

For perspective, Fairweather would rank as the 8th fastest U.S. women’s 17-AND-18-yr-old in history with tonight’s result.

Additionally, worldwide, Fairweather’s historic swim checks her in as the 6th fastest women’s 400m freestyler in the world this season. Splits for Fairweather’s performance tonight are below.

2020-2021 LCM Women 400 Free

KatieUSA
Ledecky
04/10
3:59.25
2Wang
Jianjiahe
CHN4:03.0212/31
3Tang
Muhan
CHN4:05.6801/01
4Lani
Pallister
AUS4:06.1912/14
5Leah
Smith
USA4:06.3704/10
6Simona
Quadarella
ITA4:06.4903/31
7Anna
Egorova
RUS4:06.5812/13
8Beril
Bocekler
TUR4:06.6402/21
9Merve
Tuncel
TUR4:06.8312/26
10Waka
Kobori
JPN4:07.2402/04
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Troll in the Dungeon
4 days ago

Impressive, good work.

Dee
4 days ago

She really has the profile of a potential Olympic season bolter. One to watch.

Last edited 4 days ago by Dee

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