The NCAP boys didn’t lead this 400 medley relay from wire-to-wire. With backstrokers like Jack Conger and Andrew Jovanovic leading off the Rockville Montgomery and NASA Wildcat Aquatics relays, respectively, that would’ve been quite a lofty challenge.
Philip Hu got them out with a 49.19, and then passed off to Carsten Vissering (53.66), Andrew Seliskar (47.56), and Paul O’Hara (44.62) for a new National Age Group Record of 3:15.03.
Hu and O’Hara are both college-bound next year, but the real meat of that relay, the middle two legs of Vissering and Seliskar, are 15 and 16, respectively. With such a huge pool of talent to pull from, those two should certainly break this record at least one more time before their prep careers are over. They might be the two best 15-16 breaststrokers we’ve ever seen in the United States.
That time broke the 3:16.76 set by SwimMAC last year; the caveat is that the same four swimmers from the Carolina club (Darmody, Chadwick, Josa, and Manchester) will get a shot at this same relay on Sunday at the Nashville, Tennessee Sectional Championship meet. That foursome has been swimming exceedingly well in the meet and already took down the 400 free relay NAG Record.