Kayla Han Shatters Beisel’s 11-12 400 IM NAG, Becomes Youngest Trials Qualifier

2021 CA SPEEDO GRAND CHALLENGE

  • May 28-31, 2021
  • Woollett Aquatic Center, Irvine, CA
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results on MeetMobile

La Mirada Armada’s Kayla Han, a 12-year-old, is on a roll at the 2021 CA Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine, CA this weekend. Following her day 1 performance in which she broke Claire Tuggle’s 11-12 girls National Age Group Record in the 400 free, Han came back on day 2 and shattered Elizabeth Beisel‘s NAG in the 400 IM.

Han took 2nd in the 400 IM, swimming a blistering 4:50.70, which marked a best time by 6.16 seconds. She also blew away the previous 11-12 girls NAG, which was held by Beisel at 4:55.35 from 2005. Unfortunately, Han’s splits for the race are currently unavailable, other than her 1:05.75 fly split, which is less than one-tenth of a second off her personal best.

With the swim, Han also picked up the U.S. Olympic Trials Wave I cut, which stands at 4:51.79. Han has now become the youngest Trials qualifier of this cycle, as she will turn 13 in June. It should also be mentioned that as a 12-year-old, Han is subject to USA Swimming’s restrictions on tech suits for 12 & unders, which can be found here. Assuming she enters at Trials next week, the restrictions on tech suits would not be in place, because USA Swimming allows 12&u swimmers to wear any competition-approved suit at national-level meets.

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swimmerswammer
3 months ago

…wow

Bruh
3 months ago

Sheesh

MX4x50relay
3 months ago

That’s just crazy

Hswimmer
3 months ago

Would be wild if she breaks 4:50 this summer

AFlyer
3 months ago

Amazing

MaggieMacNeilWalker
3 months ago

Awesome. I remember how excited I was when I went 4:50 in the 400 IM LCM when I was 12 too.

Hswimmer
Reply to  MaggieMacNeilWalker
3 months ago

I was 4:49.99 in 2010 USA swimming didnt recognize it

Yozhik
3 months ago

Why are people so fascinated with NAG records? What is the statistics of NAG record holders becoming close to world standards? Children have different genetically defined pace of development. Why are we encouraging the competition in this area?
It bears potentially a lot of risk with overloading a child when he/she is in the stage of rapid biological changes and his/her body hasn’t developed yet a mechanisms to withstand the stress. The psychological stress of high expectations can be even more damaging.

MSwim
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago
MarkB
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

I don’t have the stats right at hand but the former record holder was an OK 400 IMer as a Senior swimmer.

SCCOACH
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

Did you see who’s record she broke?

Yaboi
3 months ago

I’m sorry, did you just say she wasn’t even wearing a tech suit?

SwammaJammaDingDong
Reply to  Yaboi
3 months ago

The article said that she didn’t “where” a tech suit. I guess that means that she wanted to “wear” one but she didn’t know “where” it was… (Note the difference in usage Spencer)

Swimnick37
Reply to  Yaboi
3 months ago

Not only did she not wear a tech suit, she didn’t even have on one of the FINA approved 12 & under kneeskins. From the video it looks like she is just rocking an Aquablade suit.

thezwimmer
Reply to  Swimnick37
3 months ago

Don’t hate on the aqua blade! It’s a very comfortable suit and it definitely felt “technical” when I wore it back in the age-group days!

swimnick37
Reply to  thezwimmer
3 months ago

No hate at all – I love still seeing them at age group meets. Had one in college back in the day and we always tease one of the guys who to this day still pulls it out on alumni weekends. He doesn’t fit in it as well as he did in 1998, hahaha