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Sharks’ Vann Breaks State Mark

Posted: March 20, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Gavin Vann, 12, of Bentonville recently set a state record for 11- and 12-year-old boys in the 100-yard backstroke during the Arkansas Swimming Inc. Age Group Championships in Little Rock. Vann had a time of 59.66 seconds, breaking a previous mark set in 2005 by former Bentonville standout Pearson Gean, now at Virginia.

Steve Duwel saw Gavin Vann’s split time during the 200-yard backstroke and knew something big was about to happen. It did — just in a later event.

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