This morning, we reported that 27 National Age Group Records had been broken already in March. We tempted fate. That was only true for a few more hours, as the Scottsdale Aquatic Club 13-14 boys broke two NAG Relay Records in a time trial at the local Cactus and Aquatic Fitness Center (as always, pending officialization by USA Swimming that all protocols were followed). This meet was a chance to overlap those swimmers who had qualified for Sectionals with those who’s focus is age group LSC Championship meets.
The same four swimmers, Ryan Hoffer, Jack Blake, David Goll, and Aaron Apel broke both the 200 and the 400 free relay records.
First, they swam a 1:25.63 in the 200 free relay, which knocked more than a second-and-a-half off of the 1:27.35 set by the Black Hawk Area Swim Team in Iowa. This Scottsdale relay is very different from their predecessors. The Black Hawk Area Swim Team didn’t have any one swimmer who individually ranks in the top 80 13-14’s of all-time, with their stars being Jordan Wessels and Nick Cordes.
This Scottsdale team, on the other hand, boasts two of the five fastest 13-14’s in history: the Age Group Record holder Hoffer, and Jack Blake whose 20.85 ranks him 5th all-time.
The splits for that 200 free relay: Hoffer 20.33, Blake 20.32, Goll 21.60, Apel 23.38.
About half-an-hour later, the same group stepped up again and put up a 3:10.47 in the 400 free relay, knocking down the 3:11.42 set again by the Black Hawk Area Swim Team. The splits in that relay: Goll 48.53, Blake 46.01, Hoffer 44.74, Apel 51.19.
When you’ve got a relay of 13-14’s, and your slowest split is a 51, you know that you’ve got a really good relay.
The video of the 200 free relay is above, and below is the video of the 400 free relay. Both are thanks to Brian Hoffer: Ryan’s uncle, and the former head coach for 18 years of the University of Missouri.