Theodora Taylor, Filp Nowacki Break British Junior Records in 100 Breast at OJI


  • December 14-17, 2023
  • Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Short Course Meters (25 meters), 18 & Under/Open Para Categories
  • Live Stream
  • Meet Central
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After 14-year-old Amelie Blocksidge kicked off the Ontario Junior International (OJI) with a British junior record in the SCM 1500 freestyle on Thursday (15:48.49), two more young Brits broke national junior records in the 100 breaststroke on Friday at the Toronto PanAm Sports Centre.

At just 14 years old, Theodora Taylor blasted a 1:06.98 in the girls’ 100 breast to beat 15-year-old Halle West (1:07.19) by just a couple tenths of a second and take down the British junior record along the way. Taylor dropped more than two seconds off her entry time from last December (1:09.49), dipping under the British junior record of 1:07.21 by Kayla Van Der Merwe in 2018. With her runner-up finish, West was only about a second off the Canadian girls’ 15-17 national age group (NAG) record of 1:06.03 by Ashley McMillan in 2021.

British 16-year-old Filip Nowacki also fired off a new national junior record in the boys’ 100 breast, sneaking under the one-minute barrier for the first time in his career. He came into the meet with a lifetime best of 1:01.65 that he improved to 1:01.30 in prelims before ripping a 59.81 to lead the final. In the process, Nowacki knocked more than half a second off the previous British junior record of 1:00.47 clocked by Callum Melville in 2021.

Paul Dardis posted a personal-best 1:45.05 in the 200 free to beat University of Calgary Swim Club (UCSC) teammates Laon Kim (1:46.14) and Aiden Norman (1:46.35). Dardis, a 17-year-old Florida commit, shaved nearly a second off his previous-best. 1:45.89.

At the end of the session, the UCSC trio narrowly missed the club’s own boys’ 15-17 NAG record in the 800 free relay by .05 seconds with a runner-up finish in 7:10.85. Team Britain took the victory in 7:09.77 thanks to the quartet of Evan Davidson (1:48.45), Jacob Mills (1:47.23), Luke Hornsey (1:48.05), and David Annis (1:46.04).

Among the other bright spots for the Canadian squad was 18-year-old Ella Jansen, who pulled off an impressive 200 free/400 IM double. The Tennessee commit triumphed in the 200 free with a winning time of 1:55.06, dropping almost half a second off her previous-best 1:55.50 from last October. Then Jansen took the 400 IM title in 4:34.47, about four seconds off her personal-best 4:29.79 from last December.

A couple other future NCAA talents earned 1st-place finishes on Friday evening.

Michigan commit Lorne Wigginton, 18, won the 400 IM by more than two seconds with a personal-best 4:08.23. He shaved more than a second off his previous-best 4:09.71 from last December.

Miami commit Ashlyn Massey, 17, captured the 100 fly crown in 58.64, dropping exactly half a second off her previous-best 59.14 from 2021. Florida commit, previous-best 1:45.89

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4 months ago


4 months ago

Super swim from Filip and really good to see some much needed signs of life in the junior boys BR ranks – That’s the second age group mark in recent weeks after 15yo Max Morgan went 27.1 in the 50.

4 months ago

Laon Kim’s time puts him at #1 for 15 year olds, #2 for 15-16 and #5 for 15-17 so he’s starting his assault on those NAGs.

4 months ago

Missed another future NCAA swimmer win: Delia Lloyd (OSU) in the 50 back, which I think put her in the #2 spot for the 15-16 NAG.

Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
4 months ago

Delia edged out 15 year old Madison Kruger of the Brock swim club who is another promising backstroker. She is the top seed in todays 100 back.

Reply to  Tanner-Garapick-Oleksiak-McIntosh
4 months ago

I’m really excited about Madison. I’ve got her penciled in for the 2nd spot in the 200 back at Trials if her rate of improvement keeps up.

Bo Swims
Reply to  ScovaNotiaSwimmer
4 months ago

Sienna & Taya also OSU verbals

Reply to  Bo Swims
4 months ago

Yeah, they’ve got quite the Canadian contingent coming up. Angove as well.

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