RACE VIDEO: Aquazot’s Eva Merrell nabs 100 fly NAG for 13-14s at Winter Juniors

Watch Aquazot 14-year-old Eva Merrell become the fastest 13-14 100 butterflyer in history in the video above. Merrell is in lane 2.

As reported by SwimSwam’s Jared Anderson:

Girls 100 fly

  • Meet Record: 52.44 – Danielle Nack, 2013
  • 11-12 NAG: 54.73 – Regan Smith, 2014
  • 13-14 NAG: 53.30 – Cassidy Bayer, 2014
  • 15-16 NAG: 51.08 – Beata Nelson, 2014
  • 17-18 NAG: 51.18 – Natalie Coughlin, 2001

Though top seed Maddie Banic ran away from the field early in the championship final, the Junior National title ultimately went to Mid-Valley’s Mackenzie Rumrill when Banic was disqualified for what looked like a one-handed touch on her turn at the 50-wall. Banic went out fast, but Rumrill ran her down over the final 50. Banic got the touch, but her 52.65 was wiped out by the DQ, leaving Rumrill’s 52.77 as the top time.

14-year-old Eva Merrell wound up second, going 53.19 for Aquazot, and Victoria Edwards out of Longhorn Aquatic slid up to third place in 53.43. That time for Merrell is a new  National Age Group record in the 13-14s, beating the 53.30 set by Cassidy Bayer last year.

Palo Alto’s Heidi Katter just eked out a win over Katrina Konopka of Y-Sparataquatics for fourth, 53.60 to 53.72, and Brittany Usinger of Walnut Creek was 53.94 for sixth. Megan Doty (54.49) rounded out the A final.

Taylor Garcia was impressive in winning the B final, going 53.44 to run away from that field.


You can find our full day 3 recap here.

You can view race videos from all A finals on day 3 here.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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