Kaii Winkler Drops 0.32 In 100 Free, Is Now #5 15-Year-Old All Time

by Emma Edmund 9

December 11th, 2021 News

SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – EAST

BOYS 100 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Daniel Diehl (CUY) – 43.59
  2. Kaii Winkler (EA) – 43.68
  3. Kamal Muhammad (SPAC) – 43.74
  4. Andres Dupont Cabrera (BSS) – 43.92
  5. Sebastien Sergile (SA) – 44.00
  6. Ben Denman-Grimm (MAKO) – 44.09
  7. Lucca Battaglini (UN-NC) – 44.23
  8. Spencer Arnou-Rhees (NAAC) – 44.37

The Saturday prelims of the East Winter Junior Championships are already heating up, with Kaii Winkler becoming the fifth-fastest 15-year-old of all time in the event.

Winkler swam the 100 in 43.68, coming in second in prelims after Daniel Diehl’s 43.59. Winkler’s previous personal best was 44.00. The Eagle Aquatics swimmer split the race in 21.06/22.62. Winkler’s time defeats Diehl’s best time from when he was 15.

Top 10 15-Year-Olds in the 100 Free (SCY)

1. Ryan Hoffer, Scottsdale Aquatic Club, 2013: 43.13

2. Jack Alexy, Somerset Hills YMCA, 2018: 43.44

3. Jack Walker, SwimMAC Carolina, 2016: 43.52

4. Jack Dolan, Rockwood Swim Club, 2016: 43.61

5. Kaii Winkler, Eagle Aquatics, 2021: 43.68

6. Daniel Diehl, Unattached, 2021: 43.85

7. Andrei Minakov, Terrapins Swim Team, 2017: 43.94

T-8. Adam Chaney, Unattached, 2018: 44.26

T-8. Grant House, Unattached, 2014: 44.26

10. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles School Sharks, 2011: 44.27

Winkler previously held the No. 7 spot with his time of 44.00 from the 2021 Florida FHSAA Class 1 Swimming Championships.

The current 15-16 National Age Group record stands at 42.67, held by Ryan Hoffer from 2014. Winkler’s time would rank him 16th all-time in the age group overall. 

Rounding out the podium heading into Saturday’s finals, behind Diehl and Winkler, is Kamal Muhammad of Spartan Aquatics, who swam the 100 in 43.74. 

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Pvdh
3 months ago

Still not sure why Kibler didn’t get a swim on the 4×1 if he’s in 1:45.0 shape in the 200

Randy Teeters
9 months ago

Add 15 year old Jeremy Kelly of Nitro to the list.
Lead off relay split of 44.06 at Jr’s West

Yaboi
9 months ago

This photo makes me uncomfortable

Walter
Reply to  Yaboi
9 months ago

Why?

Supafly23
Reply to  Walter
9 months ago

Because of the uplighting. Subjects aren’t usually lit from below. He is.

Patrick
9 months ago

That picture is really something. Is he from the future?

Swimparent
9 months ago

The pic is a smart move. Preppin for the NIL deal

Last edited 9 months ago by Swimparent
Big Mac #1
Reply to  Swimparent
9 months ago

Slightly creepy tho

Taa
Reply to  Swimparent
9 months ago

A little like David Bowie from the 70s