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.