Tyler Lu Breaks Michael Andrew’s 13-14 National Age Group Record


  • January 11th-14th, 2018
  • Weyerhaeuser Kking County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Washington
  • Meet Site
  • Live Results: Meet Mobile “2018 Washington Open”

Tyler Lu of the KING Aquatic Club broke a National Age Group on Saturday – the 3rd day of the 2018 Washington Open. In the last individual event of the day, he swam a 3:51.54 in the 400 IM, which pipped Michael Andrew‘s 3:52.08 set in 2014.

While Lu has 3 National Age Group Records as part of relays, this marks his first individual record. The record came after a 12-second drop among the day: his best time coming into the day with a lifetime best of 4:03.62 a month ago, dropped it to 4:01.17 in prelims, and then dropped it nearly another 10 seconds in finals. Lu’s time, if done in a few months (he ages up in March), would rank him 31st all-time even in the 15-16 age group.

Below are some split comparisons. The difference between Lu’s record and Michael Andrew‘s old record is pacing – while Lu was behind pace on the fly leg, he out-split Andrew on the other 3 legs.

Tyler Lu Tyler Lu Michael Andrew
Old Best NAG Record Old Record
Fly 57.02 53.96 51.94
Back 59.37 57.35 58.40
Breast 1:09.81 1:06.19 1:06.32
Free 57.42 54.04 55.42
Total 4:03.62 3:51.54 3:52.08

Incidentally, Andrew’s record-breaking swim knocked 2 seconds from his old personal best. His count is now down to 22 NAG Records: 10 in long course and 12 in short course.

Other Saturday Results from Federal Way

  • Coop Deryk won his 2nd event of the meet – taking the 100 fly in 48.28 to go with his Friday win in the 50 free.
  • 14-year old Amy Tang from the Pacific Dragons Swim Team won the girls’ 100 fly in 54.18. That’s the 4th-best time so far this season in her age group nationally.
  • Katharine Berkoff followed up her electric 200 back from Friday with a 1:48.17 in the 200 free – which put her 2 seconds clear of the field. Her previous best time was 1:49.04 done at Winter Juniors in December.
  • Van Mathias won the boys’ 100 free in 1:38.00, beating out Luke Thornbrue (1:38.34).
  • Sarah Nicholls won the girls’ 100 breast in 1:02.27. She trailed Ellie Jew at the halfway mark, but was 6-tenths better on the back-half to win.
  • Sarah DiMeco won the girls’ 400 IM in 4:19.72, which adds to her 500 free win of 4:51.65.

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JP input too short

That’s just mind boggling. My mind is literally boggled.


Why? Records are made to be broken. This was MA’s weakest NAG record.

JP input too short

Doesn’t mean I can’t be impressed.


agree but i dont get the downvotes on newtoswimswam’s comment tho


These downvotes don’t bother me at all. Most experts & coaches on this site would agree that MA’s 4IM NAG record was set back when his main focus was (still is, IMHO) on sprints (50/100 plus 2IM). Lu’s swimming well and hope he continues to improve.


Somebody get this kid a sponsorship!!! (It’s a joke people, chill)


What is pipped?

which pipped Michael Andrew’s 3:52.08 set in 2014.

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