The 13-14-year-old boys from the Cincinnati Marlins made a big run at the record books this weekend, breaking National Age Group records in both medley relays at the Ohio Junior Olympics.
The Marlins first broke the 200-meter medley relay mark on Friday night. That was the team of Carson Foster (13), Jake Foster (14), Matthew Sims (14) and Kevin Thibodeaux (13), which went 1:50.60 to win the meet by a whopping five seconds.
That also took down a 13-14 National Age Group (NAG) record, which previously stood at 1:51.48 from Indiana’s Washington Township team in 2014.
Cincinnati’s splits in their record-setting relay:
- C. Foster – 28.23
- J. Foster – 29.85
- Sims – 26.76
- Thibodeaux – 25.76
The next night, 3 of the 4 swimmers would return for the 400 medley, where they dominated in similar fashion.
Carson Foster once again manned backstroke, Jake Foster breaststroke and Sims butterfly, while 13-year-old Jacob McDonald took over on the free leg. That team went 4:03.15 in the 400-meter distance, getting over a second under the old NAG record of 4:04.42.
That NAG already belonged to the Marlins from just last year, with Jake Foster serving as the breaststroker on both relays. The 2014 team included Justin Grender, Foster, Nicholas Perrera and Joshua McDonald.
But despite losing three of the four legs, the Cincinnati Marlins managed to continue lowering the National Age Group record. Their splits from tonight’s race:
- C. Foster – 1:01.08
- J. Foster – 1:05.33
- Sims – 1:00.07
- McDonald – 56.67