Race video above, courtesy Than Aung.
Winn Aung of the Redding Swim Team in California had two of his National Age Group Records broken this weekend. One went when Dare Rose swam 2:11 in the 200 meter fly in Florida, and the other came when Aung himself became the youngest American to ever break two minutes in the 200 meter freestyle with a 1:59.72 at the Arena Grand Challenge in Clovis.
That was faster than his old mark of 2:00.11 that was done just under a month ago. Before June, Matthew Hirschberger had held the record of 2:00.88 since 2011.
Aung very nearly got the record in prelims with a 2:00.33, and then managed to dip under the two-minute mark in finals where he placed 5th in a field made up entirely of high school swimmers otherwise.
Splits – 27.60-30.34-31.20-30.58 = 1:59.72
In his other races at the meet, the 12-year old phenom swam a 1:00.46 in the 100 meter fly; 25.42 in the 50 meter free; and 4:14.90 in the 400 meter free.
Once the dust is settled, and presuming all swims from this weekend are ratified by the records committee, Aung will be the holder of 8 National Age Group Records – 3 in short course, and another five in long course.