TAC Titans Break Girls 13-14 NAG In 200 Medley Relay

2018 TYR JUNIOR NATIONAL CUP

  • March 20-24, 2018
  • Lynchburg, VA (Liberty University)
  • Meet Central
  • Meet results available on Meet Mobile

Competing at the 2018 TYR Junior National Cup, the TAC Titans team of Brooke ZettelCharlotte HookClaire Curzan and Elena Dry broke the girls 13-14 200 medley relay National Age Group Record with a time of 1:41.86. That swim broke the previous record of 1:42.77 set by the Aquajets Swim Team in 2012.

The swim earned the Titans the gold medal for the meet, despite it being a 16 & under event. Curzan and Dry are both just 13, while Zettel and Hook are 14.

Check out a comparison of the splits between the new record set by the Titans and the old record from the Aquajets below:

Aquajets (2012) Titans (2018)
Heidi Katter – 26.78 Brooke Zettel – 25.56
Olivia Anderson – 27.93 Charlotte Hook – 28.85
Bre Throne – 25.15 Claire Curzan – 23.85
Kaia Grobe – 22.91 Elena Dry – 23.60
1:42.77 1:41.86

The Titans gained a ton of ground on the Aquajets with Zettel’s 25.56 lead-off and Curzan’s 23.85 butterfly leg, with Hook and Dry’s breast and free splits doing the job to get them well under the previous record by 0.91. When the Aquajets broke the record six years ago, they knocked it down by 2.5 seconds. The record before them belonged to the Lake Oswego Swim Club, who went 1:45.11 in 2008.

The Ohio State Swim Club took 2nd to the Titans in a time of 1:42.94, with breaststroker Logan Lawhorn (28.30) and freestyler Mia Brown (23.48) both out-splitting the winners. However, none of their swimmers were under 15 years of age.

This is just one of many NAGs that have fallen so far in the meet, and with such fast times being produced, they have come into question.

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Sccoach

I’m confused as to why you guys keep posting articles about records at this meet when it’s obvious that the times are false.

Ferb

In this case, the margin by which they broke the record is considerably greater than the consistent 0.4 second difference between the timing system and the hand times. However, it does raise the question that if they are awarded the record, what will the new record be.

The bigger question for me is why was this not dealt with on day 1, as soon as it was apparent that the clock times were consistently 0.4 seconds faster than the hand times.

NCSwimFan

This definitely stands as a NAG regardless of the 0.39 seconds discrepancy. And Curzan’s 23.85 would be unaffected as it comes from a split and not from the time they leave the wall. That’s an absolutely monstrous time from the NAG record holder in the 11-12 girls 50 and 100 fly. Followed it up with a “flat start” 23.6 later in the day as well.

OfficialDad

If the times are ruled invalid and USA Swimming decertifies the meet, it is unfortunate, but the record will not stand, regardless of whether they beat the record by 0.38 or by 6 seconds.

Sccoach

You don’t get to keep a false time because of how talented you are. That’s not how things work.

NCSwimFan

That’s true, and I misworded my previous statement. The girls would have still been under the old NAG had the 0.39 been added in. Obviously if the results are voided, the results are voided, and there’s nothing they can do.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times - SCM (LCM) 50 FR - 24.56 (25.12) 100 FR - 53.58 (56.70) 200 FR - 1:56.07 (2:04.29) 1500 …

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