Nova of Virginia Breaks NAG Record in 400 Medley Relay from 2012

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 1

December 09th, 2017 National, News


The 13-14 girls’ 400 medley relay team from Nova of Virginia Aquatics (NOVA) broke a National Age Group Record on Friday at the NCAP Invite.

The group of Josephine FullerGrace ShebleCaroline Sheble, and Olivia Erickson combined to win the event in 3:44.77. That broke the previous record of 3:45.02 set by the Aquajets out of Minnesota in 2012 (Heidi Katter, Olivia Anderson, Bre Thorne, Kaia Grobe).

The Aquajets broke that record at the 2012 Minnesota Age Group Championships, where, even without their best-known alumnus Rachel Bootsma they broke four 13-14 National Age Group relay records by an average of 1.88 seconds.

The big difference for the NOVA relay was the butterflier Caroline Sheble, who took 4-tenths off the proverbial ‘record line’ with her 55.29 split. The comparative splits are below:

NOVA Aquajets
New Record (2017) Old Record (2012)
Back Fuller – 56.61 Katter – 56.88
Breast Grace Sheble – 1:02.66 Anderson – 1:02.21
Fly Caroline Sheble – 55.29 Thorne – 55.70
Free Erickson – 50.21 Grobe – 50.23
3:44.77 3:45.02

The Sheble girls are twin sisters, and through 3 days of competition have combined for 155 individual points. That includes a dominant 4:09.00 win for Grace in the 400 IM on Friday by 5 seconds, and 2 relay wins that included both sisters. Grace Sheble also won the 13-14 100 breaststroke n an even faster time than her Saturday relay split (1:02.65), the 13-14 200 fly (1:57.68), was the fastest 500 freestyler in prelims before scratching finals (4:50.61), and was 2nd in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.18).

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4 years ago

Amazing group of girls!

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