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Laon Kim Shaves Half A Second Off His Own 400 Free NAG With 4:01.28 At Canadian Trials

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By Ben Dornan on SwimSwam

2023 CANADIAN SWIMMING TRIALS

During the first prelims session at 2023 Canadian Swimming Trials, Laon Kim established a new 13 – 14 boys Canadian national age group record in the 400 freestyle. Kim swam a 4:01.28 to shave 0.52 seconds off his former record of 4:01.80, which he set just a few weeks prior in February 2023.

Split Comparison

Kim – Canadian Trials 2023 Kim – February 2023
100 57.21 57.87
200 1:57.87 (1:00.66) 1:59.67 (1:01.80)
300 2:59.81 (1:01.94) 3:01.56 (1:01.89)
400 4:01.28 (1:01.47) 4:01.80 (1:00.24)

Kim opened the 400 freestyle almost two seconds quicker this time, hitting a 1:57.87 200 split compared to the 1:59.67 he started with in February. He was a bit slower, however, on the back half of the race in March, resulting in a near-identical time.

A few weeks before Trials at the 2023 Eastern Canadian Championships, Kim swam a new NAG in the 200 freestyle, taking out Cole Pratt‘s 1:54.04 from 2017 with a 1:53.32. Kim currently holds the 13 – 14 Canadian age group records in the long course 50, 100, 200, 400, and 800 freestyles. His 100 freestyle record (51.75) and former 400 free record came from February 2023, his 50 (23.81) and 200 freestyle records from March 2023, and his 800 freestyle record (8:23.15) from 2022.

Kim swims for HYACK Swim Club, based in Coquitlam, British Columbia. He is entered in 11 events at Canadian Trials: all six freestyle events, the 100 butterfly, the 200 IM, the 50 backstroke, the 200 butterfly, and the 400 IM. In the 1500 freestyle, Kim’s entry time is a 16:12.80, which is only 12 seconds slower than the 13 – 14 NAG in the event that Alex Baumann set back in 1979.

SwimSwam: Laon Kim Shaves Half A Second Off His Own 400 Free NAG With 4:01.28 At Canadian Trials

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