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High school swimming: Brighton's Long Gutierrez breaks national record

ST. GEORGE — Brighton freshman Long Gutierrez broke a national record in the 100 fly for 13-to-14-year-old boys at the Utah senior state championships on Saturday.

Gutierrez went a 49.02 in the event to break the previous national record of 49.18.

At just 14 years of age, Gutierrez broke the Utah state high school record in the event at the 5A meet a week ago, going 49.33.

On Saturday, his split in the first 50 yards was a half second slower than how fast he went at the 5A meet, but in attempting to chase down former BYU star Jorge Azevedo, Gutierrez blazed his way to the national record.

Gutierrez wound up finishing second to Azevedo, but his late surge pushed him over the top in terms of breaking the national record.

"He was just trying to chase down a 26-year-old, and that's truly why he was able to do it," said Brighton coach Todd Etherington.

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