Mac Clark, 15, Breaks a Decade-Old LSC Record at Christiansburg Sectionals

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 1

March 24th, 2023 Club, News

2023 Christiansburg Speedo Sectionals

  • March 23-26, 2023
  • Christiansburg, Virginia
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The 2023 Speedo Sectionals Championships in Christiansburg, Virginia kicked off Thursday with a two-race distance day before the meat of the action begins on Friday.

In the boys’ 100 free, Mac Clark from Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics won in 9:12.57. That is a 13.59-second drop for the 15-year-old. His previous personal best was done in December of 2022, and in the aggregate he has dropped 20 seconds in the last 12 months.

The swim smashed the old 15-16 Allegheny Mountain LSC Record in the event that was set in 2009 by Matthew Scahefer at 9:21.65.

With three years to go in the 15-18 age group, Clark is now within four seconds of the 15-18 Allegheny Mountain LSC Record in the event. That record currently sits at a 9:08.89 done by C. Ludwick in 1981.

That record is the oldest LSC Record in a yards course in the Allegheny Mountain region by more than a decade.

Another 15-year-old, Ian Platts-Mills, was 2nd in 9:18.95, which is almost a four second drop for him.

The girls distance group swam the 1650 on Thursday, and Hayley Clark of the North Carolina Aquatic Club won in 16:36.38 to take her first-career Sectionals title.

Clark is a Princeton commit, and the distance freestyles have been a domain where Penn has dominated the Ivy League in recent seasons. Clark’s 14:36 would have been 8th at this year’s Ivy League Championships, just two seconds behind the team-leader Megan Rich, a freshman.

In fact, all three of Princeton’s scorers at Ivies last season in the mile will still be on the team when Clark arrives in the fall, so she’ll have a good, and rising, group to train with.

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Stephen "Sid" Cassidy
2 months ago

Way to go Mac!

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