Zoe Skirboll Jumps into All-time Top-10 for 13-14 50 Free with 25.94

2019 USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships

Day 5 Finals heat sheets

Zoe Skirboll from Racer X Aquatics in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has cracked the top-ten all-time in the 50 free for the 13-14 age group. Skirboll notched a personal-best time of 26.04 in prelims on Saturday morning to qualify fifth for the final. That time moved her to tie for seventeenth place on the all-time list. In the final she knocked another 10/100 off her new PB to break 26 seconds for the first time. Her new lifetime best of 25.94 now ranks as the ninth-fastest in history for 13-14 girls.

Not a bad birthday present.

In fact, Skirboll turned 15 on Saturday but was still 14 when the meet began, so the swim counts in the 13-14 age category.

Skirboll is one of only eleven swimmers in the age group to have broken 26 seconds:

Rank Time Swimmer Meet Date Location
1 25.23 Missy Franklin 2009 Speedo Junior Nationals 8/9/2009 Federal Way
2 25.38 Lia Neal 2009 U. S. Open 8/3/2009 Federal Way
3 25.52 Anya Goeders 2015 Speedo Junior Nationals 8/2/2015 San Antonio
4 25.53 Claire Curzan 2018 Winter National Champions 11/28/2018 Greensboro
5 25.57 Gretchen Walsh 2017 U.S. Open Champs 8/5/2017 E. Meadow
6 25.60 Kate Douglass 2016 Charlotte PSS 5/13/2016 Charlotte
7 25.75 Angela Coe 2019 IN Age Group Due in the Pool 5/11/2019 Indianapolis
8 25.88 Lindsey Case   3/31/2017 Indianapolis
9 25.94 Zoe Skirboll 2019 Speedo Junior Nationals 8/10/2019 Stanford
10 25.96 Rachel Wittmer   7/24/2013 Minneapolis
11 25.97 Camille Spink 2019 PV NCAP June LC Invitational 5/31/2019 Stafford

Skirboll’s swim also ties for 81st on the all-time 15-16 list, as a reference. It takes 25.28 to crack the top-10 for that age category.

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Jim Skirboll
4 years ago

Zoe’s birthday is August 11!
So she was 14 still.

Reply to  Jim Skirboll
4 years ago

Congratulations Zoe and Happy Bday!!!!!

4 years ago

“In fact, Skirboll turned 15 on Saturday but was still 14 when the meet began, so the swim counts in the 13-14 age category”

Not to take away from a fantastic swim from the young girl, but that’s a pretty odd rule ha.

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

It’s a silly rule.

Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

Imagine trying to administer a meet where swimmers swim in different age groups throughout the meet. Age Group High Points awards?

Reply to  John
4 years ago

Exactly. This is a perfectly reasonable rule and extends a b-day cutoff by a few days at most.

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