GREENSBORO, North Carolina, December 13. WELL, that didn’t take long. Atlantis’ Lindsey Horejsi downed the hallowed 15-16 U.S. National Age Group record of Megan Quann (now Jendrick) in the 100-yard breast during prelims of the USA Swimming Winter Junior Nationals, and Newburgh’s Lillia King went right over the top in finals.
Horejsi clocked a 59.75 this morning to beat Quann’s previous 2000 record of 59.80 that stood since these girls were three years old. Tonight, King dropped a quick 59.67 to take the record into another stratosphere. She split it 27.69, 31.98. Horejsi took second in 1:00.21, as she couldn’t duplicate her earlier effort, while Walnut Creek’s Heidi Poppe took third in 1:00.64.
As explained earlier today, the women’s breaststroke is going through a revolution this year with records falling everywhere. This is just the latest in an evolution of the women’s breaststroke that began last summer when Rebecca Soni started breaking some serious barriers before taking an extended break. That revolution pushed on this summer with Yuliya Efimova, Ruta Meilutyte and Rikke Moeller Pedersen all taking part in rewriting all of the long course meter record books, as well as the 50 and 100 in short course meters. Efimova completed the clean sweep today with a world record in the 200 breast at the European Short Course Championships.