12-year old Vinny Marciano of the Morris County Swim Club in New Jersey is best known for his skills in the backstroke races, where he has many times broken National Age Group Records in the 10 & under and 11-12 age groups.
After Wednesday, he’ll begin to get more-and-more recognition for his other strokes too, which have always been very, very strong, if not quite as good as his record-breaking backstroke.
In Wednesday’s finals at the 2014 NASA Showcase Classic, Marciano swam a 21.78 in the 50 yard freestyle. Not only was that more than a full second improvement ahead of his previous lifetime best, swum in January, but that also broke the 11-12 National Age Group Record of, guess who: Michael Andrew.
Andrew was a 21.85 back in 2011, and went on to break the 13-14 record earlier this year as well, though he couldn’t repeat that performance in Wednesday’s 13-14 final.