14yo Grace Sheble Blasts 4:09.00 400IM at NCAP Invite Day 2

Torrey Hart
by Torrey Hart 10

December 09th, 2017 Club


  • December 7-10th
  • University of Maryland
  • Short course yards
  • Psych Sheet
  • Results on Meet Mobile (2017 NCAP Invitational)

Amongst an impressive field, 14-year-old Grace Sheble put up a historic performance in the girls’ 400IM on Friday at the 2017 NCAP Invitational. She split 57.09/1:04.68/1:09.91/57.32 for a final time of 4:09.00. She now is the second fastest 13-14 swimmer ever in the event, with Katie Hoff being the only girl to ever go under 4:09. Meghan Lynch took second in a still-quick 4:16.24, followed by Caroline Sheble in 4:24.75.

The invite features a number of swimmers who swam at Winter Nationals last weekend, mostly in “off” events, or just a wider range of events. Here are the highlights from days 1 and 2:

  • 14-year-old Paige McKenna won the girls 13-14 race in 16:53.12, while 15-year-old Chase Travis won the open race in 16:19.57. 17-year-old Brooke Travis was second in 16:21.36.
  • On the boys’ side, 14-year-old Logan Deal, 13-year-old Cole Greenberg, and 14-year-old Alex Misiaszek went 1:3.75, 16:37.58, and 16:39.07, with the rest of the field nearly 20 seconds behind. Daniel Gyenis won the 15+ race in 15:26.45.
  • Madison So won the 12&under 500 in 5:08.96, well over two seconds ahead of her closet competitor. Matt Beehler won the boys’ race in 4:54.02, over 8 seconds ahead of Michael Mullen‘s 5:02.12 second-place swim.
  • In the boys’ 100 breast, three 14-year-olds were under 1:00. Eric Liao went 59.23, Dylan Danaie 59.41, and Joseph Hong 59.55.
  • 17-year-old Morgan Scott topped the girls’ open 200 free in 1:46.60, while Reece Whitley grabbed the win on the boys’ side in 1:37.23.
  • Phoebe Bacon, 15, won the open girls’ 100 fly in 53.26, followed by 18-year-old Cassidy Bayer in 53.55. Also under 54 was 15-year-old Abby Harter in 53.75. Reece Whitley topped the boys’ race in 48.26, followed by Steven Thalblum in 48.53, and Philip Manoff in 48.73.
  •  Tess Howley dropped a 58.53 in the girls’ 11-12 100 back, while Matt Beehler won the 11-12 boys’ race in 57.41.

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3 years ago

Not sure what the results were of this meet, but I’m pretty sure Matt Beehler didn’t win the mens 100 back in 57.41.

Reply to  Michael
3 years ago

It’s an 11-12 race.

Steve Swims
3 years ago

Why aren’t the fast 15-18 year olds at junior nationals?

Reply to  Steve Swims
3 years ago

NCAP always hosts this meet as apposed to traveling for Junior Nationals.

Tom from Chicago
3 years ago

I think Whitley negative splits his 100s.

3 years ago

I think Katie Hoff’s record in the 400IM is one of if not the oldest 13-14 record.

Reply to  Troy
3 years ago

Hoff’s time then, and this time mid-season are both mind-blowing. Incredible swims!!!!

Swimmer NOVA
Reply to  Gator
3 years ago

Grace is about to turn 15, so this was her last chance.

3 years ago

So what is Katie Hoff’s Time in 400-IM, wish the article would state it so that I don’t have to look it up.

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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