While older brother Brandon Hatanaka took off for Minnesota and recently locked up an Olympic Trials cut, younger sibling Nick is proving people better take notice of him, too.
The Loveland High School junior opened the season last Thursday by taking down the city record in the 100-yard breaststroke, notching a 55.70 in the Indians’ first meet of the year. The old standard was 55.80 by Derek Thrush of Loveland, set back in 1997.
“I didn’t even know it was the record,” Nick said early this week. “That’s pretty good. We all talked before that first meet, and we were feeling pretty good coming in.”
Nick and many of his teammates were coming off a strong showing at sectionals, meaning he was coming off a period of rest. He said his goal is to post a time in the 56s by the end of the year, but a lot of that will depend on what happens later this month at the Grand Prix meet in Indianapolis, he said. He hopes while he’s there he can hit his own trials cut in the breaststroke, needing a long-course time of 1:07.