Vinny Marciano Breaks Michael Andrew’s NAG Record in 50 Free

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.

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7 years ago

Welp, he’s tall!!! Off with his head!!! His training stinks!!! He’s a man child!!! He’s peaked already!!! Yeah, but what has he done LCM??? Check his urine!!!

etc. etc. etc.

Reply to  Hulk Swim
7 years ago

If Michael Andrew is 6’9″ and can rip redwoods out of the ground, this kid must be at least 6’4″.

7 years ago

On a completely less sarcastic note…


bobo gigi
7 years ago

Impressive record by Mr Marciano.
Congrats to him.
I expected from him an assault on the 200 back record but he didn’t and redeemed himself by breaking the 50 free record.
He’s definitely good in other strokes than backstroke. His fly and free are pretty fast too.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Hulk Swim, if you want a funny photo with 2 off the most famous US age group swimmers of the moment, here’s one.

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

2 of the most famous US age group swimmers of the moment.
Reece Whitley is 6’6″ and Destin Lasco must be around 5’3″ or 5’4″.
Both kids break NAG records.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

With his hair going backwards, Mr Andrew looks more and more like Gary Hall Junior. 🙂
Ok. He still has to take a few pounds of muscle for a perfect ressemblance but there’s something. 😆

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

I thought the exact same thing!

7 years ago

Will Vinny have a chance to break MA’s 100yard free NAG Record?

47.95 Michael Andrew
48.62 Vinny Marciano

bobo gigi
Reply to  lostriver
7 years ago

It will be hard but he has a chance.
Like in the 100 back (52.32) and the 200 free (1.45.52) as well.

7 years ago

Hulk, Vinny Marciano is about 6 feet, which makes Michael Andrew around 6 foot 4 or 6 foot 5

Lane 0
7 years ago

Vinny’ 5’10-11ish, I swim with him. Vinny had a bad 50 free at JO’s (a DQ). I expected him to drop time but didn’t expect him to get this record.
Watch out for his 100fr, 50 fly, and 100 fly, he seems to have a lot of speed at the moment.

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