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Scarlet Aquatics has quietly been churning out some elite age group swimmers of late, and that was on full display earlier this month at the Martha McKee Charlotte Open at SwimMAC’s Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
Ken O’Reilly, the longtime head coach at the Scarlet site based out of New Jersey, led several of his athletes to impressive swims at the competition, including 14-year-old Chloe Kim dropping nearly five seconds in the 800 freestyle (8:47.86) to set a new New Jersey LSC Record for 13-14 girls. Additionally, Kim moves into 60th all-time in the age group.
Another Scarlet swimmer that stood out was 16-year-old Eric Lee, who established new best times in the 200 IM (2:05.85) and 400 IM (4:27.43) to rank 84th and 85 all-time, respectively, in the boys’ 15-16 age group.
O’Reilly, who has been the head coach and CEO at Scarlet for over 20 years, also coached Kim, Kate Hurst and Steven Bendoraitis to the U.S. International Team Trials in late April, all qualifying in the 1500 freestyle.
Along with head age group coach Erin Miller, O’Reilly’s athletes are beginning to make more and more of an impact in the sport on the state and national stage.
And while he isnt’ coached by O’Reilly, Brandon Anand, a Scarlet swimmer based out of the Rutgers site and coached by Tom Speedling, also had an impressive showing in Charlotte, which you can read more on here.
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