Odam sets four records

July 21, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Hayden Odam set four Bullhead City Barracudas swimming records at Bullhead City Municipal Swimming Pool on Saturday morning.

Odam went to town during Bullhead City’s home meet against Kingman and Lake Havasu.

“As an 8-year-old, he’s definitely ahead of his time, but he works hard,” said Barracudas head coach Ed Catalfamo about Odam. “We’ve got him doing senior practices and he really fits right in, which is usually ... socially we don’t do that very often.

“He steps right in, keeps right up, gets along with all of the older kids and it’s benefiting him talent-wise because this is really where he should be at because of his advanced technique and his strength as a younger swimmer.”

The Barracudas 7-8 boys swimmer, Odam recorded a time of 1 minute, 39.82 seconds to set the record in the 100-meter individual medley, which broke his previous mark of 1:41.74, which was set on May 26.

Odam set the record in the 25 backstroke at 20.55, which broke his previous mark of 21.36 held since May 26; he set the 25 breaststroke record at 25.04, which he set at 26.60 on May 26; and he also set the 25 freestyle at 17.47, which topped his old mark of 17.89 held since May 26.

Odam was not the only Barracuda breaking records during the Bullhead City club’s victory against Kingman’s and Lake Havasu’s short-handed teams, which featured far fewer competitors than the victors.

“We had some good swims today,” said Catalfamo on Saturday. “We had some times drop. We’re definitely going in the right direction — records are still being broken.”

Mary Hessom, 11-12 girls, set a record in the 50 breaststroke at 43.72, and Kingzsten Bristol, 9-10 boys, set a record in the 50 backstroke at 42.14.

Hessom eclipsed the previous mark set by Anna Lewis on June 24, 2006 at 44.46, and Bristol topped the previous mark of 45.11 set by Jacob Catalfamo on June 19, 2010.

“The best part of today was how far along the kids have come with just their technique,” said the 22-year Barracuda head coach. “We’re getting less disqualifications, and the kids are really grasping onto all of the training and they’re working hard on their strokes and not just trying to muscle through it.”