The King Aquatic Club boys broke the 13-14 year-old national age group record in the 400 yard medley relay this morning at the 2016 Northwest Region SC Age Group Championships in Federal Way, Washington.
Tyler Lu, Ethan Dang, Vladislav Elizarov, and Nickolas Elizarov collectively put together a time of 3:28.20 to break the previous record of 3:28.99 that the Cincinnati Marlins set back in August of 2011.
Lu was out in a swift 52.66 to get things started. Entering the water after Lu was age-group standout Dang who rocked a wicked 55.82 split on the breaststroke leg.
Vladislav Elizarov put forth a 51.17 fly split before handing things off to his twin brother Nickolas, who solidified the record with a solid 48.55 freestyle leg.
The boys’ age-group-record gave them the win.
One of the most impressive feats of the race lost in the commotion was the absolute depth that King Aquatic Club showed. Their ‘B’ team of Aaron Nguyen, Alejandro Flores, Alexander Richardson, and James Rinehart finished second in 3:39.12.
The ‘B’ squad’s time was also almost under the previous age group record, falling just 13 one-hundredths of a second short.
Flores, who was on the ‘B’ squad, was part of the winning and age-group record setting 200 medley relay earlier in the meet. He paired up with Lu, Dang, and Vladislav Elizarov Friday in order to break the record.
At this point in the meet, the King Aquatic Club is well ahead in the points totals for both men’s and women’s teams.