Racing against collegiate and professional competition, the NCAP girls’ 200 yard free relay in prelims might have been overlooked, sitting as just the 7th seed.
However, with four swimmers 18-and-younger (in fact, all four are 17-or-younger), they have broken the 15-18 National Age Group Record in the event.
Their 1:31.09 beat SwimMAC Carolina’s 1:31.84 rather handily, in thanks part to a 21.90 lead-off from Janet Hu, which is .01 shy of the individual 17-18 National Age Group Record.
The new record holders are Hu (17), Laura Branton (16), Kylie Jordan (15), and the distance World Record holder Katie Ledecky (22.41).
Here’s the comparative splits from the old record-holders from 2012:
|SwimMAC ’12||NCAP ’13|
|Kathleen Baker – 23.10||Janet Hu – 21.90|
|Nora McCullagh – 22.89||Laura Branton – 23.45|
|Caitlin Casazza – 23.26||Kylie Jordan – 23.33|
|Lauren Rhodes – 22.59||Katie Ledecky – 22.41|
Don’t sleep on the SwimMAC girls at this year’s Winter Juniors, which will be held next weekend in Greensboro, either though. When they swam that relay last year, all four were 15’s or 16’s (they still hold that record), so they could challenge it a few more times before they’re through.
Between Hu and Ledecky, the pair’s names now appear 10 times combined in the National Age Group Record books.