Mihm Drops Three More Seconds For 4:24 IM At NCSAs Day 2


After dropping eight seconds in prelims, Allegheny North 17-year-old Rick Mihm cut three more to win the 400 IM in 4:24.27 at the NCSA Summer Championships.

That moves Mihm into a tie for 100th all-time in the 17-18 age group with more than a year left in the group and time dropping off fast. Mihm won the event by more than four seconds and checks in inside the top 20 17-18-year-olds in USA Swimming this year. The time also would have been 28th overall at the senior national championships last week.

One event later, 17-year-old Margaret Kleinsmith bettered her personal-best to win the 100 breast. Her 1:10.64 was almost a second better than the 1:11.40 she went in prelims, dropping almost three seconds from her previous best. Westchester Marlin Kleinsmith had a tough fight with 14-year-old Kaelyn Gridley, who finished in 1:10.74 for New Trier. Gridley moves to #18 all-time in USA Swimming’s 13-14 age group history.

Other event winners:

  • Germantown Academy’s Emma Atkinson won the 200 free to open the night, going 2:02.15. That’s a new best by half a second, and her second win of the week.
  • Eli Fouts won the boys 100 breast in 1:02.90. The Rockville Montgomery swimmer topped Swim GSA’s Christopher Mikuta by just over a tenth.
  • Rachel Klinker of the Lexington Dolphins picked up the 200 fly win in 2:13.83.
  • New Trier’s Ryan Gridley took home the boys 100 back by a full-second margin, going 55.17.

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What exactly is NCSA? Their “about” page doesn’t make it clear how it differs from USA Swimming. Only some clubs qualify to be in NCSA, it seems. Can those clubs also have USAS affiliation?


NCSA stands for National Club Swimming Association. Most clubs that are with USAS are eligible to swim at NCSAs with very few exceptions.

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Kaelyn and big brother Ryan broke the backstroke and breastroke IL records on that day. Kaelyn is not a great backstroker and Ryan is not a great breaststroker.

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