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.