Justina Kozan Breaks 40-Year-Old Age Group Record

In 1978, Sippy Woodhead turned in an unthinkable 1:46.40 in the 200 free, setting the Southern California swimming LSC record for the 13-14 age group in short-course yards.

Forty years later, that mark has finally been broken.

Justina Kozan of Brea Aquatics bettered Woodhead’s mark by swimming a 1:45.77 at the Kevin B. Perry invite last weekend.

Woodhead still holds the records for 200 and 400 free long course events, also in 1978, the longest national age group records.

But Kozan took more than a half second off the previous mark — and it wasn’t her only record.

Kozan swam the 200 IM in 1:58.57 to break the 13-14 record set by Ella Eastin (1:59.27) in 2011. She set the 100 free record (49.05) beating Lindsey Engel (49.37, 2011) and the 100 fly in 52.83, beating Eva Merrell (53.19, 2014).

Kozan had the 200 fly record and bettered that mark, but Mission Viejo’s Katie Crom went even faster with a 1:56.00 to set the mark and a national age group record.



  1. Logan Lessard

    Hey guys, it’d be nice if you would precise: yards or meter?

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        It’s SCY. Congrats to Justina!

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      Daniel D'Addona

      Thank you it has been updated. We will try to be more precise in that regard in the future.

  2. Pat Kennedy

    Congratulations to this incredibly talented young lady, her family and coaches.

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    Chu Hock

    Actually, the event was won by Zephy Koh in 1:54.68.

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    Chu Hock

    Actually the event was won by Zephy Koh in 1:54.68.

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      Chu hock

      For the 200fly. Amazing 14-year olds!

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      She isn’t 13-14

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      Daniel D'Addona

      Thank you that has been updated.

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    Swim Dad

    She isn’t 13-14

  6. Liz Hudson

    This is awesome! Reminds us of how amazing Sippy was back then… wearing a nylon suit I’m sure.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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