The group of young women from the Aquajets in suburban Minneapolis that tore up the 13-14 age group record books is now in the 15-16 age group, and they just barely missed a National Age Group Record (and had they been a week earlier, they would have gotten one).
Zoe Avestruz, Courtney Evensen, Emma Wittmer, and Kaia Grobe combined for a 1:44.55 at the Minnesota LSC Senior Championships that was .02 seconds away from the time swum by the Scottsdale Aquatic Club just a week ago at their equivalent meet in Arizona.
Had they been just a few fingernails longer, this latest incarnation of the Aquajets would’ve been a reclamation of a record that their elder teammates (including Rachel Bootsma and Tess Behrens) held before Scottsdale broke it.
The splits for the current group were:
Avestruz and Wittmer combined last year as half of a national age group record-breaking 200 medley relay. Grobe, Wittmer, and others of their teammates also have combined in the past to hold four of the five records in the 15-16 age group.
In other words: the Aquajets are having success with their young swimmers, and continuing it across multiple generations.