Peter Makin missed setting a league record in his first event on Saturday at the division 6 championship meet by less than three-tenths of a second. It was his best shot at adding his name to the Northern Virginia Swim League’s storied record books despite entering the divisional meet with a time seeded more than a second off the mark in the 11-12 boys’ 50-meter freestyle.
Makin had blasted a 26.24-second split to lead off Fairfax’s mixed-age relay that would have shattered the league relay record in the event had they not been disqualified for an illegal takeoff. The 7-year-old record stands at 26.44.
After the disappointment of coming so close, Makin could have sulked. He wasn’t nearly as strong in his second event, the 100 individual medley, and had only chosen the event because he was seeded equally far from the league record in the 50 backstroke and reasoned the longer distance gave him more room to improve.
Improve he did.
Makin scorched the record in the event by over a second and half at Cardinal Hill to touch in 1 minute 6.53 seconds – a nearly three second drop from his entry time of 1:09.43. He broke Philip Hu of Mosby Woods’s record of 1:08.14 set by in 2007.
“We knew he had a chance coming into divisionals,” said Fairfax Coach Brian DuFour. “I thought he’d be close with the way he’d been swimming in practice, but I didn’t imagine he’d break the record by that much.”
Makin could have chosen the backstroke event where he is comfortably seeded more than a second and a half ahead of his nearest challenger. Instead, he chose an event in which he knew Chesterbrook’s Adi Kambhampaty, who set the league record in the breaststroke event on Saturday, would be waiting for him at all-stars and could help push Makin to a new best.
“I prefer a race,” Makin said succinctly.
He’ll have it. Kambhampaty also went under the league record at his divisional meet to win in a time of 1:07.56. Highlands’s Ben Charles touched in 1:08.77. The three represent the league’s fastest freestyler and backstroker (Makin) and breaststroker (Kambhampaty) and the second-fastest butterfly (Charles). The initial speed by Charles should push Makin to keep up early and the late charge from Kambhampaty in breast will again force Makin to respond.
“With Ben and Adi flanking him, he could go 1:05,” said Coach DuFour.
Makin better hope he can push the record as low as possible, because lurking behind him in the 9-10 age group is Hamlet’s Johnny Bradshaw.
Bradshaw crushed the record in the boys 10-and-under 100 individual medley at the division 2 divisional meet for a new record of 1:12.89. That time broke broke Andrew Seliskar’s record of 1:15.53, set in 2007, by more than two and a half seconds.
Bradshaw also won the 25 butterfly event in 14.85, just missing the league record of 14.53. Bradshaw, who owns the records in free (29.38), back (33.37) and breast (37.36), held the butterfly record after setting the mark in Week 3 with a time of 14.89. Justin Singletary of Fairfax broke Bradshaw’s time in Week 4 when he posted a 14.53.
The two will meet at all-stars on Saturday. If Bradshaw had reclaim the record from Singletary, he’d be the only swimmer in the books to lay claim to all five records in his age group.