Lexington teen sets Rubik’s cube speed record
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Henry Clay High School ninth-grader Lucas Etter, of Lexington, set what is largely considered the most coveted and recognized world record in the speedcubing community. His time for a single solve of the Rubik’s cube 3X3 – only 4.90 seconds – was marked on November 21 during a World Cube Association-sponsored competition outside of Baltimore, Maryland.
His time will be a Guinness World record as well after the two-month application process, according to his mother, Dana Mendenhall-Etter, a LAN/WAN technician for Fayette County Public Schools. Lucas says he practices various cubes daily, but specializes in the 2X2 (for which he holds the world record average), 3X3 and 4X4.
He has been competing since the age of 9. He attributes his success to algorithm memorization, spatial skills, muscle memory and lots of practice.