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Kayla Han Rips 4:46.01 LCM 400 IM to Become #1 13-Year-Old All-Time, #7 13-14

2022 CA MVN FRAN CRIPPEN SWIM MEET OF CHAMPIONS

On Saturday night at the 2022 Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions, 13-year-old Kayla Han out of La Mirada Armada blew away the field in the women’s 400 IM, roaring to a 4:46.01. The swim beats out her previous best of 4:47.92, which she swam at the 2021 US Open this past December. The performance makes Han the #1 13-year-old all-time in the event, beating out Leah Hayes‘ previous top 13-year-old mark of 4:46.48. Notably, only 3 13-year-olds have been under 4:50 in the LCM 400 IM before.

Here are the top 5 13-year-olds all-time in the girls LCM 400 IM:

Rank
Time
Swimmer
Meet

1
4:46.01
Kayla Han
2022 CA MVN Fran Crippen SMOC

2
4:46.48
Leah Hayes
2019 Summer Junior Nats

3
4:49.49
Grace Sheble
2016 IN NCSA Summer Swimming Championships

4
4:50.17
Becca Mann
2011 Pro Swim – Minneapolis

5
4:50.31
Elizabeth Beisel
2006 Summer Nationals

Additionally, Han has now risen to #7 all-time in the 13-14 girls age group. She now sits 6.25 seconds off Becca Mann‘s 13-14 NAG of 4:39.76, which has stood since 2012. Han is the 11-12 NAG record holder in the event. Below, you’ll see the all-time top 10 rankings in the 13-14 girls LCM 400 IM:

Rank
Time
Swimmer
Meet

1
4:39.76
Becca Mann
2012 Junior Pan Pacs

2
4:39.82
Katie Hoff
2004 PC Santa Clara International

3
4:44.81
Claire Tuggle
2018 Jr Pan Pacific Champs

4
4:44.87
Elizabeth Beisel
2007 Summer Nationals

5
4:45.41
Mariah Denigan
2018 Pro Series – Atlanta

6
4:45.58
Erika Hansen

7
4:46.01
Kayla Han
2022 CA MVN Fran Crippen SMOC

8
4:46.36
Jenny Parmenter

9
4:46.48
Leah Hayes
2019 Summer Junior Nats

10
4:46.73
Allie Szekely
2012 Summer Junior Nats

Here is a split comparison between Han’s race tonight, and her previous best time from the 2021 US Open in December of 2021.

Split
Kayla Han – 2022 CA MVN FRAN CRIPPEN SWIM MEET OF CHAMPIONS
Kayla Han – 2021 TOYOTA US OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Fly
1:05.07
1:05.96

Back
1:13.48
1:14.08

Breast
1:23.92
1:23.44

Free
1:03.54
1:04.46

FINAL TIME
4:46.01
4:47.92

Han improved by 1.49 seconds on the front half of the race versus her December performance, and she was nearly a second faster coming home on freestyle.

In addition to the 400 IM tonight, Han clocked a new personal best of 2:02.17 in the 200 free to finish 2nd. With that swim, Han has become the #4 13-year-old all-time in the LCM 200 free. Here are the all-time top 5 13-year-old performers in the girls LCM 200 free:

Rank
Time
Swimmer
Meet

1
1:59.11
Claire Tuggle
Irish Open Swimming Championships

2
2:00.74
Erin Gemmell
2018 Summer Junior Nats

3
2:01.96
Claire Weinstein
2021 Pro Series – Richmond

4
2:02.17
Kayla Han
2022 CA MVN Fran Crippen SMOC

5
2:02.22
Carly Geehr
1998 US Sum Nationals

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