Sandpipers Take Down Girls 13-14 NAG Record in 800 Free Relay at NCSAs

2019 NCSA Summer Championship

  • Tuesday, August 6 – Saturday, August 10, 2019
  • Indiana University Natatorium, Indianapolis, IN
  • LCM format
  • Prelims 8:30 AM / Finals 5:30 PM (U.S. Eastern Time)
  • Meet Central
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live results available on Meet Mobile under “2019 NCSA Summer Swimming Championships”

The 13-14 girls from Sandpipers of Nevada have been on fire this week at NCSA Summer Championship, dropping all kinds of time, picking up Olympic Trials cuts, and breaking National Age Group Records. After establishing new NAG marks in the 4×50 free relay and the 4×100 free relay, the SAND quartet of Paige Kuwata (14), Katie Grimes (13), Audrey Yu (14), and Arabella Sims (14) took a five-second bite out of the 4×200 free relay NAG record on Friday evening. The previous mark had been set in 2016 by Dynamo Swim Club.

Kuwata led off in 2:07.47. She was followed by Grimes (2:03.27), Yu (2:06.91), and Sims (2:03.23) for a combined 8:20.88. That’s fully 4.66 seconds faster than Dynamo’s 8:25.54. Notwithstanding Tristen Ulett’s 2:03.76 leadoff, the Sandpipers’ splits were, on average, over a second faster than Dynamo’s.

  Dynamo 2016   Sandpipers 2019
Tristen Ulett 2:03.76 Paige Kuwata 2:07.47
Jade Foelske 2:08.02 Katie Grimes 2:03.27
Abby Grottle 2:08.30 Audrey Yu 2:06.91
Addie Farrington 2:05.46 Arabella Sims 2:03.23
  8:25.54   8:20.88

So far this week, Grimes has earned Olympic Trials cuts in the 400 free, 800 free, and 400 IM; Sims has punched her ticket to Omaha in the 400 free and 800 free.

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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