In the closing heats of the women’s 800 free relay at the 2013 Potomac Valley Swimming Long Course Senior Championships, a group of 13-14 girls from the Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP) not only won over their 15-18 year old teammates, they broke the National Age Group Record in the event.
The team of Cassidy Bayer, Megan Byrnes, Lea Gwennap, and Emily Meilus combined for an 8:29.38 that broke an 8:33.25 set by the Dynamo Swim Club in 2009. That Dynamo team consisted of Taylor Schick, Nicole Stafford, Jamie Christy, and Hayley Durmer, who are all either entering their freshmen or sophomore years (Schick at Arizona, Stafford at Stanford, Christy at USC, and Durmer, the only one to stay East, at Virginia).
Bayer – 2:06.26
Byrnes – 2:07.72
Gwenap – 2:07.59
Meilus – 2:07.81
Two of the four swam the 400 medley relay right before, and the decision to go for this record came at the last minute, so the correct names are not currently up on the results, but NCAP coach Paul Makin confirmed the order above. This relay included a 2:06.26 leadoff for Bayer, who is only 13 years old, which was really impressive. She is the newcomer to this group who in the winter broke the 800 yard record for the age group with Hannah Baker leading off.
Other notable wins on the first night of this meet include:
- a 55.56 from 16-year old NCAP swimmer Andrew Seliskar in the boys’ 100 back;
- a 1:02.42 from incoming Arizona transfer (by way of Florida State) Elizabeth Pepper;
- a 4:56.13 from FISH 13-year old Isabella Rongione in the girls’ 400 IM; and
- a 4:25.40 from Virginia senior Bradley Phillips in the boys’ 400 IM, just missing his lifetime best in his first long course meet of the summer.