Irvine Novaquatics Breaks Another 11-12 National Age Group Record

A group of 11-12 boys from Irvine Novaquatics has taken almost 2 seconds off the National Age Group Record in the 200 long course meter free relay.

The team of Nick GrulkeHumberto NajeraJoey Chang, and Allen Cai combined for a 1:47.05, which breaks the old record of 1:48.80 set in 2011 by the South Florida Aquatic Club.

The splits:

  • Grulke – 26.97
  • Najera – 27.14
  • Joey Chang – 26.94
  • Allen Cai – 26.00

The same foursome broke the 400 free relay record in June of this year in 3:54.06.

Irvine is swimming at the Southern California Junior Olympics this week. As of posting time, they have 6,345 points as a team – which is more than double the next-closest team Brea Aquatics (2812.5 points).

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3 years ago

nova is more than 3 times the size of brea

Q Kelly
3 years ago

I am a Nova coach, and I would like to congratulate those four boys on another AMAZING swim, but I also want to add that Brea did a tremendous job with a MUCH smaller JO team. Congratulations to all!!!

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