Leah Hayes Creeps Closer to Missy Franklin’s 13-14 200 IM NAG Record

by Madeleine Lepesant 3

August 10th, 2019 News


Leah Hayes, 13, powered her way to a 2nd-place finish in finals of the 200 IM at the 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships. Her morning swim was two seconds off of Missy Franklin’s 2009 NAG record, set at the 2009 Junior Nationals. This evening, Hayes closed that gap and is now only 0.36 away from the record.

Between her morning and evening swim, Hayes took 4.56 seconds off of her entry time of 2:17.62. Her time makes her the second fastest 13-14 200 IMer of all-time in the United States.

Franklin (2009) Hayes (2019 prelims) Hayes (2019 finals)
Fly 28.74 29.85 29.24
Back 32.88 34.15 33.84
Breast 39.63 39.44 39.09
Free 31.48 31.37 30.89
  2:12.73 2:14.81   2:13.06

Hayes finished 0.32 seconds behind Justina Kozan, 15, who touched in a time of 2:12.74.

In addition to the 200 IM, the Fox Valley Park District Riptide team member also swam the 100 breast and the 400 IM. She placed 27th in the breast, finishing in a time of 1:12.22, and she finished 9th in the 400 IM clocking in at 4:46.48.

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Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

There’s something with Riptide. 🙂 Regan Smith’s club is Riptide. Leah Hayes’ club is Fox Valley District Riptide team.
Impressive showing from the 13-year-old girl in IM races this week. 2.13 and 4.46, WOW!

Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Bobo! You’re back!

Reply to  Cole
1 year ago

You’re late he’s been here for a few weeks hehe