SWIMMING: Federal Way's Thomas Anderson sets National Age Group Record in backstroke

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Federal Way's Thomas Anderson set a National Age Group Record in the 100-yard backstroke on March 16 when he swam 48.73.
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For the second time in his swimming career, Federal Way teenager Thomas Anderson set a National Age Group Record.

This time it came in the 100-yard backstroke. The 14-year-old Anderson became the first swimmer in the 13-14 age group in the United States to swim under 49 seconds. Anderson swam a 48.73 in the 100 back at the Speedo Champions Series Western Region Meet March 16 at his hometown pool, the King County Aquatic Center.

Anderson's time broke the old USA Swimming record in the event set by Gray Umbach (49.20).

"I was trying definitely to go under 49," Anderson told

Anderson swam the first 50 yards in an amazing 23.32 en route to the record.

It was Anderson's second National Age Group Record. His King Aquatic 200 medley relay team set another record last year with a time of 1:52.78. Anderson swam the leadoff backstroke leg and was followed by Mitch Hovis, Koppi Kolyvek and Zach Johnson. The old record was set by the Irvine (Calif.) Aquazot in 2008.

Anderson started swimming competitively at the age of 11 and now is in the pool seven days a week for three to four hours every day. He has been with the vaunted King Aquatic Club since he was 12 and swims between a mile and a half and three miles every practice.

Anderson also helped Marine Hills win the Seattle Summer Swim League All-City title last year for the first time in the program’s history.


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