TAC Titans Break National Age Group Record Even Without Star Swimmer


  • July 27-30, 2022
  • Triangle Aquatic Center, Cary, NC
  • LCM (50 meters)
  • Results on Meet Mobile “2022 Futures Championships – Cary NC”
  • Web Results

A group of swimmers from the TAC Titans broke a National Age Group Record at last weekend’s Futures Championships in Cary, North Carolina, even racing without the team’s superstar in the age group.

Showing off the depth of the club, a group of 17-18 girls swam a 4:08.71 in the 400 medley relay. That broke the 2014 record of 4:11.47 by more than two-and-a-half seconds. The old record was set by the King Aquatic Club in Seattle, and was part of a fairly-old set of relay records in this age group when compared to most.

The TAC team of Taylor MorrisSamantha ArmandCharlotte Hook, and Keelan Cotter combined for the new record-setting effort in their home pool. The team didn’t have Tokyo 2020 Olympian Claire Curzan, who was across the country in Irvine, but the team still has plenty of other stars – including National Team member Charlotte Hook.

Also under the old record was a 17-18 relay from Club Wolverine. Lily CleasonEdwina JaletBrady Kendall, and Hannah Bellard combined for a 4:11.33, which is a Michigan LSC Record and faster than King’s old national record.

Splits Comparison:

New 17-18 Record Old 17-18 Record
New 17-18 #2 time
Back Taylor Morris – 62.94 Hannah Weiss – 61.18
Lily Cleason – 62.46
Breast Samantha Armand – 70.98 Carolyn McCann – 69.50
Edwina Jalet – 71.63
Fly Charlotte Hook – 58.6 Heidi VanderWel – 63.34
Brady Kendall – 60.40
Free Keelan Cotter – 56.19 Ashley Sutherland – 57.45
Hannah Bellard – 56.84
Total Time 4:08.71 4:11.47 4:11.33

Hook’s butterfly leg was a huge difference maker for TAC as they annihilated the old record. She alone was almost five seconds faster than VanderWel was on the old KING record-setting relay.

The 15-18 record, which allows for younger swimmers to join the action, remains at a 4:06.93, set by the Elmbrook Swim Club in Wisconsin in 2021.

Hook will join Curzan at Stanford next fall, while the other three members of the team all return to TAC for another season. Morris will swim for Michigan in 2023, Armand will swim for UNC, and Cotter will swim for NC State.

Individually, Hook won the 100 fly (59.04) and 200 fly (2:09.26) at the Futures meet. In total, the group combined for 11 A-final finishes at the Cary Futures meet.

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NC swimmer
3 months ago

This headline is poor! Celebrate the swimmers that set the new record.. they are talented and rockstars themselves!!

Why Are Swim Parents So Whiny?
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

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NC swimmer
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

Your right, you do what you need to get someone to click. As a reader it just seems like the in the past these type of headlines were more like X TEAM BREAKS 15-18 NAG MEDLEY RELAY

maximum mchuge
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

Is Charlotte Hook not a big enough star?

maximum mchuge
3 months ago

Also, the second place team, CW, was under the old record with all 17-18s.

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

CW just happy to be included in the article. Thanks for the shoutout. Well done TAC!

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