Liam Egan Breaks 35-Year Old Bobby Hackett New England Swimming LSC Record

Just as the dust settled from Julia Roy breaking a 36-year old Kentucky State Record on Saturday, Liam Egan of Crimson Aquatics broke a historical record of his own. At the New England Swimming LSC Senior Championships, Egan broke the New England Swimming Open Record in the 15-18 400 free with a 3:56.64.

That took down a record set by another candidate for the Mount Rushmore of swimming: Bobby Hackett. He was a 3:58.78 in July of 1978.

Hackett was the 1976 Olympic silver medalist in the 1500 free. The reason why this record is really notable is that Hackett won his Olympic silver medal when he was classified as a 15-18 (he was 16) and also broke a World Record in the 800 free.

This tied 4 other swims (from the same month in 1978) as the oldest record in New England Swimming.

Egan is entering his senior year of high school, and counts himself among the top distance recruits in the country in the class of 2014.

Full, live meet results available here.

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Arizona Gold

Another record went down last night. At the Arizona State Age Group Championships last night, Seth Chun swimming unattached for Arizona Gold tied the Ryan Murphy’s 11-12 200m fly record at 2:14.40. Congrats to Seth

C Martin

Also watch for Hackett’s 1500 record to possibly go down this afternoon (not by Liam Egan; he isn’t swimming this race) by Thomas Duvall.


When reporting these record breaking performances, it would be appropriate to recognize their coach of record. It seems that your emphasis of performance is in relation to collegiate swimming for high school swimmers. I’d like to know who their present club coach is – not necessarily what collegiate program is going to benefit from the work the club coach has put forth to get the swimmer to the present level.


agree with you big time. this happens alot

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