Two of the most captivating 12-year old swimmers in history have both rolled through the age group in the last year, and it’s time for a quick update on how NCAP’s National Age Group Record breaker Cassidy Bayer and Kansas National Age Group Record demolisher Michael Andrew are swimming this fall.
Bayer raced this weekend at the Rockville-Montgomery hosted National Age Group Challenge meet. With NCAP (formerly Curl-Burke) likely beginning to build into some heavy yardage, now well into the swing of their season, the 13-year old Bayer looks phenomenal. At this weekend’s meet, her first of the season, she swam a 24.30 in the 50 free, a 2:03.88 in the 200 fly, and a shocking 55.30 in the 100 yard fly.
A 55.30 is an amazing time for a 13-year old if it comes at the end of a season. Coming this early in the year, it’s shockingly good (only 7 swimmers of the same age have been better than that in the last decade, period). She’s still a long way from the 53’s that Felicia Lee was going at this age, but this is a great start to her season.
Recall that this summer, Bayer broke all three 11-12 National Age Group butterfly records in long course. Read all about her long course exploits here.
This whole meet was stocked with fantastic results, showing just how much quality age group talent is concentrated in the Potomac Valley. Full results are not yet available online, but just picking-and-choosing a few events:
- Rockville-Montgomery 12-year old Sanjay Wijesekera already went a 1:52.0 in the 200 free, a time already better than all but one swimmer was through October and November last year – nationwide.
- The York YMCA’s Kacey Oberlander won the 14-year old girls’ 100 backstroke in 56.38.
- NCAP 14-year old Brandon Fabian won the 14-year old boys’ 50 freestyle in 22.61.