The 2013 Speedo Champions Series meet in Federal Way, Washington is host to a lot of very impressive senior-level swimmers this weekend. That includes names like Tyler Messerschmidt, a Cal All-American who is taking a leave from the team this season; and what is likely the last yards meet for Missy Franklin before she gets to Cal.
The first headline, however, goes to an age grouper: 14-year old Ryan Hoffer from the Scottsdale Aquatic Club. He took the 7th seed in prelims of the 100 free with a 45.11, which is a new National Age Group Record. It breaks the 45.21 set by Edward Kim of Bellevue Aquatics in 2010 in this same pool, in fact.
Hoffer already holds the 50 record for 13-14’s with a 20.45 late last year. Just a few lanes over in the final, Messerschmidt will be a good target for Hoffer to watch: he’s a fellow Arizonan and a former age group star himself.
There are a whole lot of Cal Bears at this meet. Messerschmidt took the top seed in that 100 free in a 43.1. Missy Franklin (who will be there next fall) took top seeds in both the 100 free (48.00) and the 200 back (1:52.29). Another future bear Long Gutierrez took the top seed in the 200 fly in 1:47.64.
Other notable swims include a 2:00.27 200 breaststroke from Current Swimming’s Thomas Brewer. That’s a best time for him by a full second, and he’s only 16.