Novaquatics 8-Year-Old Grace Wang Breaks Southern California Swimming Record From 1989

NOVApril LC Intrasquad Meet

  • April 21-23, 2023
  • Woollett Aquatic Center
    • Irvine, CA
  • LCM (50 meters)
  • Results on MeetMobile: “CA 2023 NOVApril Intrasquad Meet”

A pair of Southern California Swimming (SCS) records fell over the weekend at Irvine Novaquatics’ long-course intrasquad meet, including one that had stood since the 1980s.

Grace Wang, 8, clocked a 34.88 in the 50-meter fly to take down Nicole Beck’s previous 5-8 girls’ SCS record (34.92) set 34 years ago back in 1989. Beck went on to enjoy an All-American career at UCLA. Wang shaved more than half a second off her previous best from last month en route to the new standard. Only eight 7- or 8-year-old American girls have ever been faster.

Wang showed off her versatility by adding team records in the 100 fly (1:17.60), 50 back (38.90), and 100 back (1:23.67).

The second SCS record of the weekend came in the 9-10 boys’ 400 free, where 10-year-old Vincent Casciaro dropped more than 13 seconds off his lifetime best from last July to reach the wall in 4:42.27. That crushed Humberto Najera’s previous mark (4:47.82) from 2015.

Casciaro capped the meet with another team record in the 200 free, posting a personal-best 2:17.00 that lowered his previous best by more than two seconds.

Sahiel Pai, 10, took down a Novaquatics club record in the boys’ 9-10 50 breast with a time of 37.75, dropping over a second from last August. Hope Heumann, 8, added another team record in the 7-8 girls’ 100 breast with a 1:38.30, shaving nearly five seconds off her previous best from last May.

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10 months ago

Congratulations to these kids and the coaches who are obviously doing an amazing job with this age group.

Aussie Crawl
10 months ago

4:42 LCM ??
Wow for a 9 years old boy..

ct swim fan
10 months ago

When I read the story, I said out loud, how can an 8 year old girl do 34.88 in 50m Breast stroke and only be 9th all time. That’s impossible. I finally saw the picture which said it was fly. Still crazy, but more believable.

10 months ago

Events Sharpied on her arm … classic!

10 months ago

Dang that’s fast, I thought it was yards at first

10 months ago

Don’t think it’s that healthy to be reporting or keeping records for this age IMO…

Reply to  blueandgold
10 months ago

Completely agree

Golden Summer
Reply to  blueandgold
10 months ago

Media are starting with them younger and younger.. 😱

Iambic Pentameter
Reply to  blueandgold
10 months ago

Agree. Stop, already.

Reply to  blueandgold
10 months ago

I kind of agree, but if the LSC is going to maintain records for that age group, then it is newsworthy.

10 months ago


10 months ago

Your article says breaststroke which would be beyond crazy.

Reply to  Zippo
10 months ago

Yes, you should correct that before some 8 & Under parents have a stroke.

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