12-year-old Meghan Lynch came up with a pair of top-10 swims all-time within the 11-12 age group on Saturday night of the Michael Lohberg Invite in Coral Springs, Florida.
Lynch, who competes for the Greenwich YWCA Dolphins, started off the day by blasting the second-fastest 400 IM in age group history in a timed final event.
Lynch broke five minutes for the first time, going 4:58.56 to chop four seconds off her best and rocket up the all-time charts. Previously 7th on the list, Lynch now sits 2nd behind only Olympian Elizabeth Beisel, who was 4:55.35 back in 2005.
At that night’s finals session, Lynch would go 2:37.52 to win the 200 breast, jumping to #6 on that list. Lynch’s best before the meet was a 2:40.40. She’s now about three off the NAG record, held by Annie Zhu at 2:34.28.
In an interesting twist, Lynch is still about 3.5 seconds off the fastest recorded 11-12 swim in American history. That comes from Laura Davis in 1997 – Davis was 2:34.07. However, her swim came before NAG records were kept in 200-meter distances for 11-12s, and when USA Swimming began tracking those events, it elected not to retroactively award NAG records to swims done in the past.
Lynch also won the 200 free in 2:07.80. That’s 20th all-time in the 11-12 age group.
Another notable swim out of Saturday’s finals: 15-year-old Aitor Fungairino cut more than a second off his lifetime-best in the 200 free, going 1:52.87 to come with in a second of the Olympic Trials cut.
Full results are available on Meet Mobile under “2016 Michael Lohberg Invitational- CSSC-061716.”