SwimMac Girls Break 15-18 400 Medley National Relay Record At TarHeel States Championship

The SwimMac Carolina girls are competing at the TarHeel States Championship meet hosted by SwimMAC at the Charlotte Latin SwimMAC Center. The relay team of Kathleen Baker (17), Caitlin Casazza (17), Elsa Welshofer (17), and Nora McCullagh (16) cruised through the previous record of 3:36.89 set by NCAP in 2013.

The relay team time-trialed the event, finishing with a record time of 3:34.37. Baker gave her teammates a fantastic start, coming in for the exchange at 51.91. Cassaza dove in and split a 1:01.36, followed by a 52.20 100 fly split from Welshofer, and a 48.90 anchor leg from McCullagh.

The previous record was held by Janet Hu, Schuyler Bailar, Kylie Jordan, and Katie Ledecky.


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Jim C
8 years ago

It is cheesy because they hosted the meet, and they could have put the event on the meet calendar if they had wanted. Who knows, with the event on the calendar NCAP might have raced against them? Also I imagine one can swim faster in the smooth water of a time trial with only one team racing which seems unfair.

Blue and Orange
8 years ago

Not sure how this is “cheesy” considering that this meet was not their main focus. All four of these girls competed in a full slate of events at Senior Sectionals two weeks ago, so this was all post-season racing for them. Scratching all of their events to swim this was a no-brainer considering that they already had already finished their in-season individual competitions.

As for the “production” Coach Marsh made of the relay, you also have to realize that he is all about every member of the club being a part of the experience of fast racing. It made the race more exciting and put a little bit more pressure on the girls to hit that record mark. And why… Read more »

john paul
8 years ago

Agreed….kids scratch all their events to do a time trial. For a no competition relay time trial fully rested. Pretty Cheesy

NC Coach
8 years ago

Yes it was a great swim. Only problem was the production David Marsh and SwimMac made out of it and the other time trial that took place.

Hulk Swim
8 years ago


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Tony Carroll

The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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