Rose Bowl 10&U Boys Break 200 Yard Medley Relay NAG Record at Intrasquad Meet

Ronald Dalmacio, Nathan Kim, Max Cahill, and Axel Frau of Rose Bowl Aquatics Swim Team took down the National Age Group Record in the boys 10-and-under 200 yard medley relay over the weekend, during an intrasquad long course meet at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. The ROSE quartet went 2:01.26, beating the 2:01.82 mark set by The Fish (JT Ewing, Johnny Bradshaw, Nicholas Arndt, and Liam Redman) in 2014.

The Rose Bowl boys swam all alone in their heat on Friday evening in a short-course yards set-up. They had been .1 off the Southern California Swimming LSC record and had wanted to give it one more try before Dalmacio ages up later this month. Not only did they break the SCS record, but they cleared the NAG mark as well. Moreover, Dalmacio broke the NAG record in the 50 back by .74 in his leadoff leg, becoming the first 10-year-old boy in history to crack 27 seconds. Each of the other three went significantly faster than their previous best times:

Swimmer Stroke Time Previous Best
Ronald Dalmacio 50 back 26.91 27.65
Nathan Kim 50 breast 36.52 37.54
Max Cahill 50 fly 30.22 31.36
Axel Frau 50 free 27.61 28.91


The side-by-side comparative splits are:

ROSE 2015 2:01.26 FISH 2014 2:01.82
Ronald Dalmacio 26.91 J. T. Ewing 31.98
Nathan Kim 36.52 Johnny Bradshaw 32.60
Max Cahill 30.22 Nicholas Arndt 29.94
Axel Frau 27.61 Liam Redman 27.30



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7 years ago

Should this even count? It’s an intrasquad meet with no other competition in the pool. I don’t know the rules about things like this, but doesn’t seem like a “natural” occurrence. Those are huge drops with no competition swimming next to them.

Reply to  Clusterfly
7 years ago

I don’t know if you read their previous best times, it’s not so much of a huge drop. Seems like these kids were just swimming to get their goal times, and they did. You don’t need someone to be physically racing next to you to push yourself to be faster. They were just aiming for an LSC record but also rewarded a NAG all because they know how to race. That to me shows maturity considering they are kids. More power to these young athletes.

Reply to  Clusterfly
7 years ago

If anything, I think swimming by yourself is a detriment because you have no way to gauge how fast you are going. Jack Conger set the American record in the 200 fly this past February at a time trial. That time trial wasn’t a “natural occurrence” but it still counted. As long as the pool is regulation length and the swimmers swim legally, I don’t see why records shouldn’t count. Congrats to these young men!

Reply to  dmswim
5 years ago

thanks. I’m nathan Kim little kid with the thumbs up. People say that it should’nt count but thanks a lot

Reply to  Clusterfly
5 years ago

come on

7 years ago

Endless crop of young male backstroke talent right now it seems like

Lane Four
7 years ago

I am absolutely astounded by Ronald’s opening split. Absolutely astounded. Congratulations to the boys for their National Record! Well done.

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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