Lakeside Aquatic Downs Winter Juniors, 17-18, and 15-18 NAGs in 800 Free Relay with 6:20.34

2023 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West

Boys’ 800 Yard Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals

  • Meet Record: 6:22.78 – Lakeside Aquatic Club (M Williamson, C Lucas, M Hatcher, R Paulk), 2022
  • 13-14 NAG Record: 6:55.16 – SwimMAC (Osman, Turner, Clontz, Bartee), 2021
  • 15-16 NAG Record: 6:30.45 – Rose Bowl Aquatics (Dalmacio, Kim, Larrick, Maurer), 2021
  • 15-18 NAG Record: 6:22.78 – Lakeside Aquatic Club (M Williamson, C Lucas, M Hatcher, R Paulk), 2022
  • 17-18 NAG Record: 6:23.21 – Carmel Swim Club (Davis, Rothrock, Hadley, Mitchell), 2019


  1. Lakeside Aquatic Club ‘A’ (Williamson, Lucas, Hatcher, Paulk) – 6:20.34 *MEET RECORD*
  2. Rose Bowl Aquatics ‘A’ (Li, Noguchi, Liu, Kim) – 6:29.54
  3. Irvine Novaquatics ‘A’ (Maksymowski, Chen, Hitchens, Santos) – 6:33.05


Lakeside Aquatic Club’s Maximus Williamson (17), Cooper Lucas (18), Max Hatcher (17), and River Paulk (18) went on a record-breaking spree to open the 2023 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals – West in Westmont, Illinois, on Wednesday night.

Combining for 6:20.34 in the 4×200 freestyle relay, the foursome from suburban Dallas took 2.34 seconds off their own Short Course Juniors meet record, set in 2022. They also broke a pair of National Age Group records in the process: the 17-18 NAG (6:23.21) that had been held by Carmel Swim Club since 2019, and the 15-18 NAG record that this same Lakeside quartet set last year at Winter Juniors West (6:22.78).

The Lakeside boys swam in the same order as last year, with Williamson followed by Lucas, Hatcher, and Paulk. All four of them were faster.

As he did a year ago, Williamson led off with a National Age Group record. Last time it was the 15-16 NAG; this time, the 17-year-old Williamson cracked the 17-18 NAG mark with 1:32.00. That is a full 1.07 seconds faster than his leadoff last year.

Lucas (1:33.57) and Hatcher (1:36.91) improved their splits by about half a second, and Paulk (1:37.86) was about four-tenths faster than he’d been a year ago.

Splits Comparison:

Lakeside Aquatic Club, 2023 Lakeside Aquatic Club, 2022 Carmel Swim Club, 2019
New SC Winter Juniors, 17-18, and 15-18 Record Old SC Winter Juniors and 15-18 Record Old 17-18 Record
1st leg Maximus Williamson – 1:32.00 Maximus Williamson – 1:33.07 Wyatt Davis – 1:33.68
2nd leg Cooper Lucas – 1:33.57 Cooper Lucas – 1:34.13 Gus Rothrock – 1:37.94
3rd leg Max Hatcher – 1:36.91 Max Hatcher – 1:37.44 Griffin Hadley – 1:37.54
4th leg River Paulk – 1:37.86 River Paulk – 1:38.14 Jake Mitchell – 1:34.05
Total Time 6:20.34 6:22.78 6:23.21

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