On July 25th, the Scottsdale Aquatic Club hosted a last chance qualifier meet for teams in the state of Arizona looking to earn spots at Junior Nationals and Senior Nationals. With only about a 5 hour drive between Phoenix and Los Angeles, last-minute qualifiers still had a feasible chance of making the trip and swimming at the meet.
Swimmers primarily came from three clubs: Tucson Ford, the Phoenix Swim Club, and the hosts from the Scottsdale Aquatic Club (SAC), and included among the results was a 1:23.20 from SAC’s top 200 yard free relay.
With all four members of that relay being either 15 or 16, that was officially recognized earlier this week as a USA Swimming National Age Group Record.
The team included Ryan Hoffer, Jack Blake, Aaron Apel, and Kaleb Gould, which is almost the same group that set the 13-14 record in March of 2013 at 1:25.63. The only difference was Gould jumping in where David Goll held a spot for the 13-14 team.
The comparative splits (13-14/15-16)
- Hoffer 20.33/Hoffer 20.31
- Blake 20.32/Blake 19.81
- Goll 21.60/Apel 22.02
- Apel 23.38/Gould 21.06
As the splits above show the really big difference came from Apel’s improvement of over a second, though every leg of this relay improved at least a little.
Full results for that time trial are available here.