Magnolia Snags 800 Free Relay NAG, But NAC Goes Even Faster



After an impressive showing in the 200 medley relay to open the meet, the Nashville Aquatic Club girls were at it again about an hour and a half later, registering the fastest 4×200 free relay in 18 & under girls history at the Winter Junior East Championships in Knoxville.

The quartet of Allison RaabGretchen WalshElla Nelson and Alex Walsh combined for a time of 7:05.85, which lowers the juniors record of 7:07.81 set by Carmel last year.

The time was also nearly two seconds under the 15-18 National Age Group Record, which stood at 7:07.82 from SwimMac in 2014, but due to Grechen being just 14, the record will not count.

However, shortly after at the West Championships, Magnolia Aquatic Club clocked 7:05.91 to officially break the NAG. Like Nashville, Magnolia had a pair of sisters on the team, with Lucie and Lillie Nordmann on the lead-off and anchor legs. Monica Gumina and Kaitlynn Sims were the other two legs, as they topped the Austin Swim Club who were also under the old record in 7:07.59.

The splits for both teams are as follows:

Nashville Magnolia
Raab – 1:48.11
Lu.Normdann – 1:46.16
G.Walsh – 1:46.17
Gumina – 1:46.96
Nelson – 1:47.42 Sims – 1:47.60
A.Walsh – 1:44.15
Li.Nordmann – 1:45.19
7:05.85 7:05.91

SwimMac’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ squads took 2nd and 3rd at the East Championships, posting times of 7:11.92 and 7:14.23 respectively.

Prior to this race, Nashville had an impressive showing in the 200 medley relay placing 2nd to Cardinal Aquatics in 1:38.74. Both Walsh sisters and Raab swam on that relay as well, as Gretchen blazed home with a 21.01 anchor.

At the West Championships, Fort Collins won the 200 medley relay in a new NAG of 1:37.65 with Magnolia back in 4th.

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Dan D.

That’s ludicrously fast. . . Scratch that–NAC has gone to plaid!

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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