Americans Break Junior World Record in Girls’ 400 Free Relay With Silver Medal Swim

  11 Braden Keith | August 29th, 2014 | National, News

The American girls’ 400 free relay on Friday at the 2014 Junior Pan Pac Championships may not have won gold, but they did get the Junior World Record.

The grouping of Stanzi MoseleyAmy BilquistKatie Drabot, and Katrina Konopka combined for a 3:40.14 for Team USA, which was faster than the 3:41.40 done by the Russians at last year’s Junior World Championships which is the benchmark for FINA to recognize records.

Australia is the second junior team to go under the old record, but do not officially hold it because at least one swimmer is too old. That brings up one of the challenges of how FINA has defined “junior” for these records – namely that swimmers can be on a junior team and at a junior meet, but not break a junior record. That’s especially tough in relay situations, where teams will have to choose between gold medals and Junior World Records, perhaps.

There are differing age rules for this meet as from FINA’s criteria for Junior World Records. Jr. Pan Pacs rules state that athletes must be 18 or under as of the first day of racing in Maui, whereas FINA defines juniors, on the women’s side, as being 17 or younger as of December 31st of the current year. Sophie Taylor was born in 1996, and therefore the Australians are not eligible for the World Junior Record.

Australia won in 3:39.73, and at the Youth Olympic Games, China won in 3:41.19, also under the old record, but also with one swimmer born in 1996.

The Americans’ record-setting splits:

  1. Moseley (1998) – 55.66
  2. Bilquist (1997) – 55.00
  3. Drabot (1997) – 54.46
  4. Konopka (1997) – 55.02

Australia’s winning time did break the USA’s Meet Record in the event, and included a 54.33 anchor split from Chelsea Gillett.

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The Junior WRs are defined in a way so as not to be obtrusive. Imagine an American swimmer who could set a Jr WR at the Olympic Trials but not the Olympics themselves. The Americans would not want the FINA giving such a swimmer an incentive to focus on the Trials rather than the Olympics. The FINA definition guarantees that there will not be a change in status between Trials and Olympics or Trials and another international meet–as long as both are held in the same year.

Purdue Pete

Speaking of a world perspective, has anyone had a Bobogigi sighting?

More importantly, where has Chinesesupreme been? That guy is a riot.

The headline is accurate. You’re confusion is more with the definition of ages and “junior” as per FINA definitions. You’re problem is more with FINA and less with this website.

You made a very unfair statement about this site being America-centric. Look at the LEN championship coverage. Swimswam I making huge strides in providing global coverage.

Check your facts before you act my friend.


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