Kayla Han Rips 4:46.01 LCM 400 IM to Become #1 13-Year-Old All-Time, #7 13-14

by Spencer Penland 5

April 02nd, 2022 News

2022 CA MVN FRAN CRIPPEN SWIM MEET OF CHAMPIONS

On Saturday night at the 2022 Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions, 13-year-old Kayla Han out of La Mirada Armada blew away the field in the women’s 400 IM, roaring to a 4:46.01. The swim beats out her previous best of 4:47.92, which she swam at the 2021 US Open this past December. The performance makes Han the #1 13-year-old all-time in the event, beating out Leah Hayes‘ previous top 13-year-old mark of 4:46.48. Notably, only 3 13-year-olds have been under 4:50 in the LCM 400 IM before.

Here are the top 5 13-year-olds all-time in the girls LCM 400 IM:

Rank Time Swimmer Meet
1 4:46.01 Kayla Han 2022 CA MVN Fran Crippen SMOC
2 4:46.48 Leah Hayes 2019 Summer Junior Nats
3 4:49.49 Grace Sheble 2016 IN NCSA Summer Swimming Championships
4 4:50.17 Becca Mann 2011 Pro Swim – Minneapolis
5 4:50.31 Elizabeth Beisel 2006 Summer Nationals

Additionally, Han has now risen to #7 all-time in the 13-14 girls age group. She now sits 6.25 seconds off Becca Mann‘s 13-14 NAG of 4:39.76, which has stood since 2012. Han is the 11-12 NAG record holder in the event. Below, you’ll see the all-time top 10 rankings in the 13-14 girls LCM 400 IM:

Rank Time Swimmer Meet
1 4:39.76 Becca Mann 2012 Junior Pan Pacs
2 4:39.82 Katie Hoff 2004 PC Santa Clara International
3 4:44.81 Claire Tuggle 2018 Jr Pan Pacific Champs
4 4:44.87 Elizabeth Beisel 2007 Summer Nationals
5 4:45.41 Mariah Denigan 2018 Pro Series – Atlanta
6 4:45.58 Erika Hansen
7 4:46.01 Kayla Han 2022 CA MVN Fran Crippen SMOC
8 4:46.36 Jenny Parmenter
9 4:46.48 Leah Hayes 2019 Summer Junior Nats
10 4:46.73 Allie Szekely 2012 Summer Junior Nats

Here is a split comparison between Han’s race tonight, and her previous best time from the 2021 US Open in December of 2021.

Split Kayla Han – 2022 CA MVN FRAN CRIPPEN SWIM MEET OF CHAMPIONS Kayla Han – 2021 TOYOTA US OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Fly 1:05.07 1:05.96
Back 1:13.48 1:14.08
Breast 1:23.92 1:23.44
Free 1:03.54 1:04.46
FINAL TIME 4:46.01 4:47.92

Han improved by 1.49 seconds on the front half of the race versus her December performance, and she was nearly a second faster coming home on freestyle.

In addition to the 400 IM tonight, Han clocked a new personal best of 2:02.17 in the 200 free to finish 2nd. With that swim, Han has become the #4 13-year-old all-time in the LCM 200 free. Here are the all-time top 5 13-year-old performers in the girls LCM 200 free:

Rank Time Swimmer Meet
1 1:59.11 Claire Tuggle Irish Open Swimming Championships
2 2:00.74 Erin Gemmell 2018 Summer Junior Nats
3 2:01.96 Claire Weinstein 2021 Pro Series – Richmond
4 2:02.17 Kayla Han 2022 CA MVN Fran Crippen SMOC
5 2:02.22 Carly Geehr 1998 US Sum Nationals

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JoeSwimmer
9 months ago

Sippy Woodhead should be listed as the #3 13 year old in US history for the 200 free LCM. At the USA-USSR dual meet Sept 3rd & 4th, 1977 in Leningrad, Woodhead went 2:01.08, which was the top USA time and the third ranked time in the world for 1977.

Rev
9 months ago

Are you sure Tracy Caulkins was not faster at 14 than 446?

Pacific Whirl
Reply to  Spencer Penland
9 months ago

You mean 1977?

chris
9 months ago

look out 2024