Jacob Whittle Swims Britain’s Fastest-Ever 100 Free by a 13-Year Old

13-year old Jacob Whittle (Courtesy: Derventio Excel)

13-year old Jacob Whittle of the Derventio Excel swim team in England’s East Midlands region has broken his country’s National Age Record in the 100 long course meter freestyle.

Swimming at a hosted meet at Pond’s Forge in his team’s May Long Course Meet, Whittle swam a 53.79 in the 100 free. While technically swimming in the 14-year olds race, as they were categorized by year of birth not date of birth, he won’t actually turn 14 until September, 2018.

The time breaks the 2017 record set by Ned Sharp at 53.85. Before Sharp, the record of 54.21 by Jack Smith had stood since 2009; Smith is currently racing for Columbia University in the United States.

A handful of 13-year olds around the world have been sub-54 (with the less-than-definitive fastest we could find being Germany’s Johannes Hintze, who was a 52.58 in 2013), but USA Swimming’s domestic database has a record of only 2, the same number as the UK: Andrew Trepanier in 2014 (53.63), and Dare Rose, who swam 53.99 in 2016.

Whittle opened in a 26.08, and came back in 27.21. Earlier this month, he swam the second-fastest time in age group history in the 50 free with a 24.74, and he improved that on Saturday with a 24.68 (still 2nd-best behind Smith’s 24.65).

“Jacob is a great kid with a top attitude,” said Derventio coach Jamie Main. “This season he’s grown not only in stature but more in terms of how he races & manages a meet. This is important as he races every event in the programme across a season from 50m to 1500m Free, both IM’s and all strokes. It’s always a busy meet for J but lots of fun racing different distances & strokes. Huge credit has to go to his coach, Jack Chambers, who is doing a great job at developing our age group swimmers. Also to Jacob’s home coach, Glenn Fisher, at Ripley for his early skill development work.

“His parents are very supportive with Mum being on our committee & Dad volunteering at every meet.”

Whittle’s other results on the weekend (LCM):

  • 100 breaststroke – 1:12.86
  • 400 IM – 4:54.72
  • 200 free – 1:59.80
  • 200 IM – 2:13.90
  • 100 fly – 1:01.78