The Irvine NovAquatics 13-14 boys are on a tear this summer. First they broke the national age group record for the 800 free relay (8:00.81) at Southern California Swimming’s June Age Group meet. (That record was then surpassed three weeks later by Cincinnati Marlins with their 7:58.64)
Next they went after the 200 free relay (1:41.00) at Los Angeles Invitational a week ago. (A couple of days later that was eclipsed by Washington Township with 1:39.56)
And now they have completed the freestyle relay trifecta with the missing piece: the 4 x 100.
Competing at the Southern California Junior Olympics Relay Day at Mission Viejo, the NovAquatics quartet of Owen Kao, Justin Nguyen, Andrew Koustik, and Hunter Hitchens went 3:37.77 to crash through the 3:40.75 barrier set by Wildcat Aquatics (Andrew Jovanovic, Brian Walsh, Kevin Tom, Stephen Shull) in 2009.
NOVA’s splits on 7/27/2014:
Owen Kao,14 – 53.33
Justin Nguyen, 14 – 55.14
Andrew Koustik, 14 – 55.53
Hunter Hitchens, 14 – 53.77
Final time – 3:37.77
Prior to this relay, the NovAquatics quartet’s best flat-start 100 times were:
Kao – went 53.34 at this JOs (seed time was 54.07)
Nguyen – went 54.85 at JOs (seed time was 55.29)
Koustik – 55.72
Hitchens – went 53.32 at JOs (seed time was 54.10)