All-City boys swimming: Norman North's Aiden Hayes defying age with accomplishments
NORMAN — A few weeks back, Aiden Hayes received a reminder of his age from a former Norman North teammate now in college.
Hayes is only 15 years old.
He does not have a driver’s license. He cannot even see an R-rated movie in a theater.
Yet, Hayes has already accomplished so much in a pool.
A star sophomore at Norman North, Hayes is a super-fast swimmer already breaking records few expected. In February, he broke two long-standing marks and is now The Oklahoman’s All-City Swimmer of the Year for a second straight year.
“These records are a pretty big deal, probably the biggest accolades I have,” Hayes said. “Those are two very accomplished swimmers both coming out of Oklahoma and to break those are a pretty big deal.
“It was just something to shoot for. I didn’t know if it was going to happen or not, so I was surprised when it did.”
Hayes broke former Jenks star Jake Pearce’s 50-yard freestyle record in 20.09 seconds. He later breezed past former Westmoore star and Olympic medalist David Plummer’s 2004 mark of 48.42 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke. Hayes swam that in 47.28 seconds.
And he also helped Norman North set two relay records.
This wasn’t even at his best physically. Hayes swam the two individual events faster during a non-school meet in December. With a club meet two weeks later, he was preparing more for that.
“It was basically a giant practice to work through and work hard,” Hayes said.
Now, Hayes is eyeing a spot in the Olympics Trials.
He’ll first attempt to qualify in May. If he falls short, he’ll try again over the summer. By then, he’ll be 16, likely with a driver’s license.
Perhaps he’ll also be one step closer to the Olympics.
“That is probably the second-greatest accomplishment you can have as a swimmer in the United States,” Hayes said of the trials. “To even have a chance to make the Olympic team is a big deal.
“It’s hard to wrap my head around.”