Kaii Winkler Breaks National Age Group Record by 6 Seconds (VIDEO)

10-year old Kaii Winkler has broken his second National Age Group Record in two weeks.

Swimming in a time trial as the FGC Area 3 Developmental Championships in Pembroke Pines, Winkler put in a 5:08.77 in the 500 yard freestyle on March 4th. That improved upon the National Age Group Record of 5:14.14 set in 2012 by Ivan Puskovitch

On a windy day outdoors, Winkler’s splits were:

  • 57.70
  • 1:02.94
  • 1:03.49
  • 1:03.54
  • 1:01.10

A week earlier, Winkler broke one of the older records in the national age group record books – Mitch Stoehr’s 200 free from 2003.

Winkler also time-trialed a 200 IM, where he swam 2:12.86. That’s about half-a-second away from Chas Morton‘s legendary 1982 record of 2:12.29.

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Flood Aquatics
4 years ago

FGC is on a role!!!

swimmahhhh
Reply to  Flood Aquatics
4 years ago

*roll

Amanda
Reply to  Flood Aquatics
4 years ago

With Kai, Joshua and Erika swimming at JO’s this weekend I think more records will fall.

Uberfan
4 years ago

Dat name tho

Hswimmer
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Das a cool name, I wouldn’t mind it

Bigly
4 years ago

Time trials for 10 year olds?

Dirk Winkler
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

These were Kaii’ first time trials.

Lane Four
4 years ago

The kids today are such better technicians than when I was their age. I would have never guessed that was a ten-year-old boy swimming! Way to go, Kaii!

stevenactionjackson
4 years ago

I saw the swim. It was a very nice swim. He probably could’ve gone faster had he had someone swimmingly next to him.

I worry about time trialing a kid that age but I am not his parent so I will stay quiet. I just wonder where he will be in 6 or 7 years.

DrSwimPhil
4 years ago

I’ll say it…(and this is not to take away from the kid’s accomplishments, good on him) this was nothing more than a self-stroking ego move by the coach. There’s virtually no reason a 10yr old of this caliber is time trialing in a meet like this, especially if their “big” meet is the following week. Maybe it’s ok if the kid can’t make his actual big meet (family trip, school, etc), but by accounts below and elsewhere, that’s not the case. This was nothing more than the coach “showing the kid off”.

Adawg
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
4 years ago

No his brother was competing, so he decided to do a time trial.

applesorangesandbananas
Reply to  Adawg
4 years ago

i think his brother swam next to him in the 200IM. He swam solo in the 500.

Gordon
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
4 years ago

I fail to see how providing an opportunity for the swimmer to reach one of his personal goals before he ages up is a “self-stroking ego move”. The swimmer has his eyes set on beating those records. He deserves every opportunity he can get. He has worked incredibly hard and deserves at least that much.

Dirk Winkler
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
4 years ago

Hi Dr.Swimphil
I am Kaii’s dad and just want to let you know that the coach had little to do with it besides of course preparing Kaii and the rest of the Miami Swimming Junior Group.
After Kaii started breaking state records the natural progression was to take a look at the national records and he took it upon himself to set those as his goals, they seemed attainable to him and because he does age up at the end of march he wanted to take every opportunity to better his time and possibly do something extra special, nothing more to it. Nobody stroking their own ego, just a talented young swimmer that is inspired by true sportsmanship… Read more »

Ivan Puskovitch
4 years ago

Congratulations on breaking my record! It’s about time it has gone down. You split it great and have a bright future in distance freestyle! Keep it up. Side note: it’s “Puskovitch”, not “Puskavoitch”.

Aquatics
Reply to  Ivan Puskovitch
4 years ago

Congratulations to Kaii on breaking your NAG and classy of you to congratulate him, Ivan. I remember when you broke that and the brief you wore:-)

Dirk Winkler
Reply to  Ivan Puskovitch
4 years ago

Thank you Ivan!
I will show Kaii your comment!
Cheers,
Dirk

Ivan Puskovitch
Reply to  Dirk Winkler
4 years ago

I look forward to seeing him in the national rankings in the coming years! I hope he continues with this path of success.

Sccoach
4 years ago

Even with the age, a kid having a chance at a NAG is a rare opportunity, you have to let him go for it as much as he wants. As long as the coach isn’t forcing him to do this, I have absolutely no problem with it. Good job to Kaii and his coach

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