Michael Andrew and Vinny Marciano provided the opening fireworks to the NASA Showcase Classic meet in Clearwater, Florida, each setting a National Age Group record.
Marciano, most known for his backstrokes, and Andrew, the first 14-year-old to break 20 in the 50 free, somewhat traded roles tonight, with Marciano breaking the 11-12 50 free NAG held by Andrew and Andrew crushing his record in the 200 back.
The meet breaks each age group into its own finals heat – so the top 10 13-year-old qualifiers compete in their final, while the top 10 14-year-old swimmers race in the next heat.
Marciano went 21.78 to win the 12-year-0lds heat of the 50 free. That took a tenth off the NAG record held by Andrew at 21.85. In the 11-year-old category, it was Leo Goldblatt who picked up the win, going 24.57 to touch out Cameron Mabon by .05.
Marciano also won the 200 back. His 1:56.11 topped the 12-year-old division easily, while Christopher Hardt went 2:06.02 to win the 11-year-old heat.
Andrew, meanwhile, broke his own 200 back NAG for the second time in a day. His 1:43.15 knocked another second off the mark after he lowered it by a second at prelims.
That won the 14-year-old’s heat, while Desmon Sachtjen took home the 13-year-old category at 1:56.17.
The second win came in the 50 free, where Andrew went 19.83 to win handily, though he was still a tenth off his NAG in the event. Also fast in that heat was Daniel Krueger, who went 20.28 for second place, not too far off what the 13-14 NAG was before Andrew got his hands on it earlier this year.
The 13-year-old heat went to William Myhre in 21.83, the first of his two wins on the night in the 13-year-old age bracket.
Andrew made it 3 wins for Indie Swimming on the night, going 24.74 to win the 50 breaststroke in the 14-year-old division. There are no NAG records kept in 50s of the strokes for that age group, but that time is still a blistering one for the versatile Andrew.
St. Charles’s Myhre won the 13-year-old’s heat in this race as well, going 27.80 to top Garrett Clasen by just .15.
Another double-winner was Nation’s Capital’s Katie Mack. She won the same combo as Marciano in the 11-12 division, pacing the 200 back and 50 free. Mack’s 2:00.57 was a good 1.5 seconds off her lifetime-best, but still won the 12-year-old heat by five seconds. She saved her best stuff for the 50 free, though, going a career-best 23.65 to win the event, holding off Clearwater’s Christina Cianciolo (23.83 for second).
The 11-year-old heats in those events went to Chase Travis of Delaware Swim Team (2:10.96 in the 200 back) and Jacey Hinton of First Colony (24.79 in the 50 free).
Joy Jiang also won a pair of titles. The 10-year-old won the 50 back to open up the meet, going 28.93 to win handily. She then came back to win a touchout of the 100 breaststroke, putting up a 1:14.20 to top Payton Baxter by two tenths.
In the 9&under finals of those two races, Nova’s Zoe Dixon went 30.03 to claim her own runaway victory in the 50 back, while Allie Hathaway out of Rochester, Minnesota went 1:20.62 to take the 100 breast heat..
For the 10&under boys, Johnny Bradshaw took a couple of wins. The 10-year-old won the 50 back for The Fish, going 28.83 in the meet’s first event. In the 9&unders, Joshua Zuchowski went 30.01 to take the title.
Bradshaw came back to win the 100 breast in 1:11.41, a runaway victory of 5 seconds in the 10-year-old division. Meanwhile his Fish teammate J.T. Ewing took the 9&under heat, going 1:21.34.
In the girls 13-14 200 back, Kristen Romano of Town Wrecker Swim Team went a lifetime-best 1:58.24 to crush the field. She won by 6 seconds in her heat and also topped everyone in the 13-year-old heat by a similar margin. That race went to Katrina Marty of Southwest Aquatics with a time of 2:04.65, touching out Emma Muzzy by just two tenths.
The 50 breaststroke in that age group went to Olivia Paoletti and Rabea Pfaff. The 14-year-old Paoletti won her heat for Delaware Swim Team at 29.76, while Pfaff took the younger end of the age group at 30.16.
The 11- and 12-year-olds also swam the 50 breast. For the girls, Giovanna Cappabianca led the way, going 29.50 to swim away with the 12-year-old title. The younger heat went to Gabriela Pierobon Mays at 31.24.
For the boys, 11-year-old Christopher Hardt put up the fastest 50 breast time in either heat. Hardt, who won the 11-year-old 200 back as well, went 28.97 to win his age bracket by a full second. 12-year-old winner Nicholas Torres wasn’t far behind, though, at 29.03.
In the girls 13-14 50 free, Serena Derderian won another race for the Delaware Swim Team. Her 23.61 was the fastest time overall, and the Bolles School’s Audrey Trieu went 23.99 for second. The 13-year-old’s heat went to Kaitlyn Barth of Southwest Aquatics. Her 23.95 was just enough to edge out Kasja Dymek by a tenth.
The session closed with the 11-12 1000 free for boys, which had one more double-winner. 11-year-old Leo Goldblatt won his heat, running away with things at 10:35.41. That was a margin of victory of almost 30 seconds in his age group. The 12-year-old title went to Adam Kerr, who put up a 10:02.45, beating out Nicholas Vance by 20 seconds.
Full results are available on Meet Mobile under “2014 NASA Showcase Classic.”