13-year-old Kayla Han joins the top 1% of American swimmers, but she wasn’t 13 at the time

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 9:18 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - It’s been a week to remember for Kayla Han. The swimmer from Brea, California set a new personal record last weekend in the 400 IM to qualify for the trials. That was Saturday, Monday she turned 13-years-old, Wednesday she flew to Omaha and she will be competing again in the pool Saturday.

All that within seven days.

Her previous personal record in the event was 4:56, she trimmed six seconds off of it finishing in 4:50. Which was one second faster than the time needed to qualify for the trials.

She did it as a 12-year-old and now swims here as a 13-year-old which still makes her the youngest of the 1400 qualifiers. Because she was a late qualifier, Kayla’s coach from five years ago at her club La Mirada Armada, Kathy Hall, came with her to Omaha to help prepare. The club has multiple coaches here with several swimmers in both waves.

Han also broke several age-group records last weekend as well.

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