Pine Richland’s Zoe Skirboll breaks 10&Under NAG record with 54.89 in 100 free at NASA Showcase

Clearwater, Florida’s NASA Showcase meet for 14&under swimmers continues to chug along, with 10-year-old Zoe Skirboll setting a new National Age Group record on night 3.

Skirboll won the 10-year-olds heat of the 100 (short course yard) freestyle, going 54.89 to go under a national record six years older than she is. The previous mark, set in 1999, was a 55.23 from Chelsea Nauta. Skirboll came in with a best time of 55.59 set last month, and bettered that by a longshot in finals of the NASA meet to break the NAG.

You can find full results of the meet on Meet Mobile, or try the live results page here.

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Coach
6 years ago

Fast swim – but are we sure she’s eligible for NAGs?

Ferb
Reply to  Coach
6 years ago

Please elaborate.

Danjohnrob
6 years ago

Wow, Zoe! That’s an amazing time! Keep up the good work.

Lane Four
6 years ago

These kids are getting faster and faster and faster. I am astounded. Wow!

Lynne Shine
6 years ago

Congratulations Zoe! Allegheny Mountain Swimming is so proud of you!

nemofish
6 years ago

Why is that child in a half grand swimsuit. . .

anonymous
Reply to  nemofish
6 years ago

It might be because for some people it is an hour’s income.

pre
Reply to  nemofish
6 years ago

they should have an age limit on those suits

MaineSwimming152
Reply to  nemofish
6 years ago

I think when a 10 year old can go faster than most high school swimmers its ok to wear a tech suit.

pre
Reply to  MaineSwimming152
6 years ago

at that age, with that speed? shouldn’t matter. instills a message it’s about the suits.

TJ
Reply to  pre
6 years ago

We are all entitled to our opinions, but how about you just congratulate the girl, for breaking the record, instead of blaming or giving responsibility to the suit. Do you really think the paper suits all the kids wore back in the day did do the same thing?
As far as an age limit? Why? Cause there something dangerous about the suit? No.
Cause some people cant afford it? Next time you’re buying your child something everyone cant afford don’t cause its not fair.
In the words of Taylor Swift haters gonna hate!
You go Zoe, you rock!

pre
Reply to  TJ
6 years ago

I never disparaged her, you’re inventing that. she’s obviously extremely talented and has probably worked extremely hard, and should be very proud of herself. I did not bother to directly congratulate her because I doubt a 10 yo is reading the comments section of swimswam.

I AM concerned with suit usage, which is NOT specific to this case: it seems clear to me she probably would have been able to break that record without the suit (again, not giving any credit to anything but the child). However, this IS a broader issue USA swimming should be looking at. Clearly you have your opinions and they differ from mine, which I respect, but I do believe a dialogue should be… Read more »

Nemofish
Reply to  TJ
6 years ago

I am in no way disparaging this talented young girl. I think, she did a wonderful job! And I am definitely not giving any credit to the suit, quite the opposite.

Hulk Swim
Reply to  pre
6 years ago

Suit rant /

what sport do kids even as young as 10 wear substandard equipment ‘just because’? You see little dudes on the soccer field in fancy cleats like Ronaldo, kids on the court wearing amazing Jordans… little leaguers are swinging 2-3 hundred dollar bats.

The attitude that suiting up is bad is bizzare. Let’s take a 16 year old girl for example. If the goal is to swim at USA Juniors this summer, why would she not suit up at prelims in a local prelim/finals invite? What’s she learning there? How to swim slow in the morning or not try at all and cruise… then suit up at night and voila! Super fast- right?

But she can’t do that… Read more »

Nemofish
Reply to  Hulk Swim
6 years ago

So we’re discussing 10&unders wearing $500 dollar swimsuits, and your argument is centered around a 16 year year old going after a juniors cut and an Olympic champion. . . There is a world of difference in the cognitive capacity of a 10YO and a 16YO, let alone an Olympic champion!

I’m not sure what the prelim/finals thing has to do in regard to this.

I am just worried about the social dynamic of Fifth graders using this expensive technology. How do you explain to a less fortunate competitor that she NEEDS to wear this uncomfortable, expensive suit to go fast, but it’s not actually necessary??? Isn’t that the definition of cognitive dissonance? How do you explain that to the… Read more »

Mark Rauterkus
6 years ago

Coach’s kid swims lights out! Dang. Super fast. Way to go Yinz guys.

Warmup Sprinter
6 years ago

Not that impressive. I went 53 something in highschool…

Lane Four
Reply to  Warmup Sprinter
6 years ago

LOL I get it! LOL

bobo gigi
6 years ago

WOW! Big congrats!
I don’t really understand some of the comments above but that’s life….
10-year-old American girls are really on fire this week.
Zoe Skirboll in Florida
Miriam Sheehan, Claire Tuggle or Mia Tandingan in California

Hulk Swim
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

There’s an anti suit wearing segment of USA Swimming that thinks one should only wear a suit at your one end of season meet… (also, they tend to fall into the camp that you’ve only for one chance to swim fast every 6-9 months…)

And 12-under should wear pocket drag suits or something to make them tougher, I guess…

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