The U.S. Olympic Trials are an incredible meet, and an incredible, jaw-dropping experience. But while the whole of the swimming community keeps one eye on Omaha, the rest of the swimming doesn’t stop. Training continues, and meets still happen in other parts of the country.
One such meet was going on in the Potomac Valley, where on June 24th the Potomac Marlins hosted some of the DC-Area’s best age group swimmers.
That includes Curl Burke’s Cassidy Bayer, a 12-year old who posted a 2:18.61 in the 200 long course fly to win the race by 30 seconds. Not only did that earn her a huge victory, it handily broke the 11-12 girls National Age Group Record. The old record was set by Courtney Kalisz (of the North Baltimore Kalisz’) at 2:19.32 in 2003. This swim also gives her a Winter Nationals cut at only 12-years old, meaning she’s achieved those cuts in the 100 and 200 butterflies in both courses.
Cassidy didn’t swim the 100 fly at this meet, but with a best of 1:03.78 she’s just over a second away from Dana Vollmer’s record in that race as well. She should have a few more opportunities before aging up on September 9th (She was born 9-9-99).
The Potomac Valley, and specifically Curl Burke, had a great week to close out June. As Bayer was posting this swim, one of her teammates, 15-year old Katie Ledecky, was preparing to break National Age Group Records at Trials and even earned her way onto the Olympic Team in the 800 free. Curl Burke is the biggest club team in the country
Bayer trains under Paul Makin in the Virginia arm of the team, whereas Ledecky is across the state-line in Maryland working with Yuri Suguiyama.