Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick
The team of Allen Cai, Humberto Najera, Joey Chang, and Nick Grulke from Irvine Novaquatics broke the 11-12 National Age Group Record in the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:54.06. This was the third NAG set the weekend of June 16-18 across the country.
The previous mark stood at 3:58.04 from 2014, when Carson Foster, Jacob McDonald, Ansel Froass and Kevin Thibodeaux of the Cincinnati Marlins set the standard.
At the time, the Marlins were the first group of 12 and under boys to break the 4:00 barrier. Now, the foursome from Novaquatics has added yet another NAG to their team’s resume.
The latter includes two of the same swimmers who set the 11-12 400 free relay mark this weekend: Humberto Najera and Joey Chang. Two years ago, they teamed up with Joel Hernandez, and Mitchell Schott.
This time around, the boys had the following splits:
Cai – 57.51
Najera – 59.05
Chang – 58.68
Grulke – 58.82
This is the first time a group of 12 and under boys have ever had all four swimmers split under 1:00. The previous record was led by a 57.65 split from Carson Foster, the NAG record-holder in the 10 & Under 50 butterfly, but included a 1:00.7 split.