HardCore Swim of the Week: Faith Johnson (and SwimMAC Carolina)

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The HardCoreSwim of the week for the Wednesday, July 24th goes to Faith Johnson of SwimMAC Carolina and her teammates Maria Sheridan, Maija Roses, and Lauren Rhodes for their performance at the North Carolina LSC Senior Championships on Sunday.

There were plenty of choices for this honor, with almost a dozen National Age Group Records getting tied or broken over a crazy weekend of action, but as we’ve said, it would take something really unique for us to give a tie for the award.

Johnson’s swim wasn’t specifically a National Record, but it did land her 2nd all-time on the girls’ 17-18 All-Time list in the United States with a 25.10 leadoff on this relay: behind only Kara Lynn Joyce (still the best young sprinter we’ve ever seen in this country) and her 25.00.

The relay as a whole went on to swim a 1:44.37, which broke a record that was only two weeks old Not only did SwimMAC break the record previously held by the JCC Waves, they smoked it by 2.8 seconds.

The full splits of this relay:

Johnson 25.10
Sheridan 26.86
Roses 26.12
Rhodes 26.29


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8 years ago

Congrats to Star Aquatics / University of Tennessee on Johnson’s development before arriving in Charlotte this summer.
Plus, don’t forget Roses age group progression at Duke Aquatics through the 2010 season.

8 years ago

I disagree on Kara Lyn Joyce.

The best young sprinter USA has ever seen is Dara Torres. Hands down.

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