NOVA of Virginia Breaks 13-14 800 Free Relay NAG Record by 6 Seconds

The 13-14 girls from NOVA of Virginia Aquatics have annihilated the National Age Group Record in the 800 yard freestyle relay.

Swimming at a team-hosted Senior Time Trial meet, the group of Grace ShebleCaroline ShebleOlivia Erickson, and Cooper Ackerly combined for a 7:18.96. That broke the old record of 7:25.00 done by Dynamo Swim Club in 2016.

3 of the 4 NOVA legs swam faster than their counterparts from the old record-setting relay, including a Cooper Ackerly anchor that was faster than Dynamo’s anchor by 3 seconds to put an emphatic finish on the record.

NOVA of Virginia Dynamo Swim Club
New Record Old Record
Grace Sheble- 1:48.19 Tristan Ulett 1:49.76
Caroline Sheble 1:50.32 Addie Farrington 1:52.05
Olivia Erickson 1:50.12 Jade’ Foelske 1:49.50
Cooper Ackerly 1:50.33 Abby Grottle 1:53.69
7:18.96 7:25.00

At their big winter meet, the NCAP Invitational, this group didn’t swim the 800 free relay. They instead raced the 400 free relay (3:26.45), the 200 medley relay (1:44.87), the 400 medley relay (3:44.77), and the 200 free relay (1:35.42). That 400 medley relay was also a National Age Group Record.




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Those girls are good, hungry, talented and well coached. Congrats to NOVA.


Very impressive. Great Job.


olivia erickson!!! ON THAT GRIND!!!! swim flex zone

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