SwimMAC Carolina Girls Break 15-16, 17-18, 15-18 NAG Records With A and B Relays

The ladies of SwimMAC Carolina, racing in their home pool at the Charlotte sectional meet (also known as the 2014 ESSZ Speedo Championship Series stop) have rewritten the record books quite literally for 15 & ups in the 800 free relay.

Not only did their “A” and “B” relays go 1-2 in this race, but both broke National Age Group Records.

The a relay swam a 7:07.82, which broke Mission Viejo’s 7:12.62 set in 1981 for 17-18’s, and also broke NCAP’s 7:09.89 for 15-18’s set in 2013. That old Mission Viejo record was one of only three that is older than the turn of the century in the yards record book. What’s even scarier is that it didn’t include the great Sippy Woodhead, who was on that team and a 17-18 at the time.

The splits for the 17-18 relay:

  • Kathleen Baker – 1:43.61
  • Rebecca Postoll – 1:47.7
  • Heather Merritt – 1:49.0
  • Lauren Rhodes – 1:48.5

That time just missed, by half-a-second, the NCAA Qualifying Standard (aka, the automatic standard)from last year, and all four swimmers are still in high school. Had they stacked their best 15-18 relay, they could have come up with a relay that might have gone untouched at the 15-18 level for a long time.

The “B” relay, meanwhile, was 2nd in 7:15.17, which break another NCAP Record of 7:16.04. The old NCAP relay included names like Janet Hu and Katie Ledecky, and was done in 2012.

That SwimMAC 15-16 relay included:

  • Jessica Merritt – 1:47.0
  • Nora McCullagh – 1:46.3
  • Alyssa Marsh – 1:49.8
  • Lauren Wallace – 1:52.0

Editor’s note: the splits were erred on the live results, so they are all thanks to SwimMAC coach John Fedena.

In Thursday night’s other race, the 1000 frees, Anna Jahns from Gwinett Aquatics won in 9:48.49, topping runner-up Lauren Oglesby (9:52.58) and 3rd-place finisher Sarah Giamber (10:11.51).

That’s a huge swim for the 16-year old Jahns; it cleared her own personal best (and team record) set at this same meet last year by a full 10 seconds.

In the men’s 1000 free, former U.S. National Teamer Chip Peterson swam a 9:09.40 to win. That’s his best time since the summer of 2012.

The top junior swimmer was Dirk Bell from Live to Play Swimming in South Carolina, who was a 9:17.66, and Justin Ress fromt he Marlins of Raleigh placed 3rd in 9:18.79.

Live to Play has done a great job of developing their distance swimmers; they had two in the top four, with another 18-year old, James Koval, touching 4th in 9:19.26.

And finally, in the 800 free relay, the North Carolina Aquatic Club pulled off a nail biter of an 800 free relay over SwimMAC Carolina, with NCAC touching in 6:40.90 and SwimMAC’s “B” relay swimming a 6:40.96. The winners from NCAC got a great front half, with William MacMillan (1:39.34) and Michael Wohl (1:39.18) both going under 1:40.

Still to come in this meet are appearances by SwimMAC’s pros. The men’s 200 free on Friday could be electric, with Dax Hill, Ryan Lochte, Laszlo Cseh, and Dion Dreesens scheduled to swim. Lochte is also entered in the 100 fly on Friday.


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MOR represent in the bottom corner! Great meet to watch so far, can’t wait to see what else Baker has in store for us!




You got that right HULK!

If Baker was in college, her 1:43.61 leadoff would be the 4th fastest in the NCAA so far this season, bettering Neal/Lopez/MacLean/Brandon/Chenault!


What’s crazy about Baker’s split is not only would it be 4th in the NCAA, but that that’s in an event she likely wouldn’t swim collegiately. Her backstroke and IMs are much better than her freestyle, and you could argue her breast and fly are equal to her free. I’ll go out on a limb and say she’s going to end her career with Olympic medal counts rivaling those of Coughlin, Torres, and Franklin.

Steve Nolan

Whoooaa, those’re 3 bonafide Hall-of-Famers right thurr. Temper the expectations, temper them.


I know it’s high, but she’s an amazing swimmer in everything. Tracy Caulkins-like. She’ll definitely be a great 800 free relay swimmer if her times continue as such, and she’ll be there in backstrokes and IMs. My high expectations have her in 800 free relay, 100/200 back, 200/400 IM, and 400 medley relay in Tokyo. No expectations for 2016, just a lot of fast swimming.

I agree she’s more likely a 200 IM, 100/200 Back candidate in college… but she’s gonna have something to think about with the 200 Free and 100 Back… Some fast girls in that back.

Either way, she’s gonna make one hell of an 800 Free Relay swimmer.


NCAAs in 200 free this year has 6 underclassmen in the top 10 (underclassmen will still be there when Baker arrives).
NCAAs in 100 back this year has 6 underclassmen in the top 10.
Really a toss-up.

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