Leah Hayes Breaks 8-Year Old National Age Group Record in 100 Breast

At the 2018 Illinois Swimming Age Group Championships (held, ironically, in Wisconsin), Leah Hayes swam a 1:02.63 in the 100 yard breaststroke. That broke the old Illinois State and National Age Group records in the event.

The old 11-12 National Age Group Record was a 1:02.86 done by Minnesota-native and future Texas Longhorn Olivia Anderson in 2010.

Hayes took her swim out in 29.52 and came home in 33.11. Her previous best of 1:06.01 was set in December at a mid-season meet.

While Hayes currently holds 4 National Age Group Records in long course meters (as a 10 & under), this is her lone national record in yards. Her long course efforts include an 8 day period in 2016 where she broke 5 long course records.

In other swims at this week’s meet, Hayes also raced to a 1:49.16 in the 200 free, and still has 5 more races at this weekend’s meet: the 50, 100, and 200 frees, the 200 IM, and the 50 breaststroke. Her 200 free time is also a State Record.

Hayes trains with the Fox Valley Park District Riptides in suburban Chicago.


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Hahaha I thought the title said she broke and 8 and under state record. I saw 1:02 and I almost pissed myself.


Me too lol!!


I had the same reaction! I was shocked.

bobo gigi

Illinois championships held in Wisconsin 😆
Congrats. She was a star in the 10 and under age category. Now she attacks the 11/12 records. Versatile swimmer.

Former Illinois Swimming Swimmer

I was on that team. She’s an amazing swimmer and great friend.?

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