Luka Mijatovic Lowers 13-14 National Age Group Records in 500 and 1000 Freestyle

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Luka Mijatovic Lowers 13-14 National Age Group Records in 500 and 1000 Freestyle

Over the past eight months, 14-year-old Luka Mijatovic has been on a record-breaking tear in the longer freestyle events. He currently owns seven National Age Group marks in the 13-14 age group, with marks in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500-meter free in long course plus the 500, 1000 and 1650-yard free in short course. And this weekend, he took down two of his own records at a low-profile local meet.

At the Pleasanton Seahawks Short Course Senior Open, Mijatovic crushed his own 1000 free record by almost four seconds, swimming a time of 8:55.41. He was already the only swimmer his age to ever break 9:00 in the event, having broken Matthew Hirschberger’s previous NAG record (which had stood for 10 years) since March.

Two days later, Mijatovic recorded a blazing mark of 4:17.07 in the 500 free to lob more than five seconds off his previous NAG mark of 4:22.50, which in turn was two-and-a-half seconds under the previous NAG mark.

That 500 free time puts Mijatovic within two seconds of the NAG mark in the 15-16 age group, which belongs to Drew Kibler at 4:15.36. The only 16-and-under swimmers to ever eclipse Mijatovic’s time are Kibler, Hirschberger, Sean GrieshopMaximus WilliamsonJake Magahey and Trey Freeman. In the 1000 free, Mijatovic’s latest performance would rank him ninth all-time in the 15-16 age group, and given his recent stunning performances, it would be no surprise if Mijatovic can eclipse those records within the next two years.

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