At the 2016 Women’s NCAA Championships, Indiana freshman Miranda Tucker swam to a new 17-18 National Age Group Record in the women’s 100 breast. She was 3rd place in her first ever NCAA championship final, posting a time of 58.10. That cut over a half second off her previous best time, which was a 58.58 from the 2016 Big Ten Championships.
The previous NAG record belonged to U.S. Olympian Breeja Larson, who set the bar at 58.51. Larson, a Texas A&M graduate, swam that time as a freshman at NCAAs in 2011. When comparing their splits, Tucker has the faster 1st and 2nd 50, but she’s notably faster on the back half. She came home in a 30.48, while Larson was 30.72 on her 2nd 50 during her record-setting swim.
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Tucker also earned a spot on the list of the top 10 100 breaststroke performers ever. Her swim tied Rebecca Soni for 10th all time. She’s still 18 until June, which means she has a chance to go after the 200 breast record and try to break into the top performances in that event as well.