Leah Hayes just will not stop this summer. The 10 year old from USA Athletic Club Tidal Waves Swim Team in Illinois broke the 50 breast 10 & under NAG record today with a 36.06. This is a best time by 1.65 seconds for Hayes.
The swim was done at the Central Mega Zones Championships that are being held this weekend at IUPUI. Hayes’ time just slides under the old record of 36.13, set in 2014 by Meghan Lynch of Greenwich, CT. Of note, Hayes was not very far ahead of 2nd place Lucy Thomas, who posted a 36.41 and was nearly faster than Lynch’s record herself. Thomas trains with Schroeder YMCA in Wisconsin, and was part of a NAG record-breaking 200y medley relay back in February.
Hayes is representing Illinois at this Zones meet, and anchored Team Illinois’ winning 200 free relay with a 28.60. Her team finished more than two seconds ahead of Team Indiana, which was anchored by Adele Zyniewicz. This afternoon, Zyniewicz also swam a 1:10.26 to win the 10 & under 100 fly by over four seconds.
Two weeks ago at Indiana’s LC Championships at IUPUI, Zyniewicz broke the 50 free NAG record held by Miriam Sheehan, though Hayes broke Zyniewicz’s record last weekend at the Illinois Age Group Champs held in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.
Hayes now owns 10 & under NAG records in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, and 50 breast. There are still two more days of competition left at this meet, and Hayes and Zyniewicz are expected to go head-to-head in another big matchup in the 50 free tomorrow in Indianapolis.
Results for the Mega Zones meet is on Meet Mobile under ‘2016 CZ 14 and Under Mega Zone at The NAT.’