In one day, at two different meets on the East Coast of the United States, we saw two of the fastest 200 yard freestyles by 13-14 boys in history.
First, Michael Jensen from the Upper Dublin Aquatic Club swam a 1:39.64 at the Tom Dolan Invitational, putting himself temporarily 5th on the all-time age group list.
He was one-upped in Knoxville at Winter Juniors, though, by Maxime Rooney of the Pleasanton Seahawks, who was a 1:38.42 for 5th overall in that race: knocking half-a-second off of Nick Silverthorn’s 1:38.94 National Age Group Record from 2010. Silverthorn is also a Pleasanton Seahawk: keeping the record in the family.
Rooney had a very impressive back-half of this race, opening in 47.9 and closing in 50.4 – a mature swim for a young swimmer.
It has been a great week for the Seahawks: high school’er Celina Li won her first Sr. National title in the 200 IM, and then their 11-12’s broke a National Age Group Record last weekend in the 200 yard medley relay.
The winner of that 200 free was Davie Nadadores’ Dylan Carter in 1:35.29; that was faster than the National Age Group Record in that race too for 15-16’s, though with dual citizenship it’s unclear yet if the swim will count.