Nashville Aquatic Club’s team of 13-year-olds smashed the national age group (NAG) record in the 13-14 400 medley relay Saturday night at the Southeastern Championship in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Nashville’s team of Alex Walsh, Ella Nelson, Kallie Chelsvig and Lauren Hurt went 4:18.41, blasting away the old record held by a star-studded group from North Baltimore Aquatic Club.
The old record was a 4:20.82 set in 2008 by the team of Elizabeth Pelton, Jordan Surhoff, Camryne Morris and Natalie Beale.
Pelton, of course, went on to a stellar college career with the reigning NCAA-champion California Bears. But all three would go Division I for college swimming: Surhoff to Texas, Morris to Tennessee and Beale to Liberty.
The exciting part about this Nashville team, though, is that they broke the record with a full year still left in the age group. All four swimmers are just 13 years old, and Nashville obliterated the old record by over two seconds.
Here’s a look at the team’s splits:
- Walsh: 1:02.67
- Nelson: 1:11.83
- Chelsvig: 1:03.46
- Hurt: 1:00.45
The relay keyed on a great leadoff leg from Walsh, who became one of the youngest Olympic Trials qualifiers in the nation last month with a 1:01.79 in the 100 back.
Nelson was just under her lifetime-best on the breaststroke leg as was Hurt on free, and Chelsvig was a full second and a half under her PR in the individual 100 fly.
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