After setting a new 15-16 NAG record in the 200 medley relay, the same four from the Virginia Gators teamed up again later in last night’s session to set a new 15-16 NAG record in the 200 free relay. Both records were previously held by a SwimMAC relay. Read more about their medley relay NAG here.
|SWIMMAC (OLD RECORD)||GATORS (NEW RECORD)|
|Kathleen Baker (23.10)||Olivia Bray (23.19)|
|Nora McCullagh (22.89)||Caroline Kulp (22.99)|
|Caitlin Casazza (23.26)||Emma Muzzy (22.53)|
|Lauren Rhodes (22.59)||Whittney Hamilton (22.28)|
Both Emma Muzzy and Whittney Hamilton went faster than any one split on the SwimMAC relay– Hamilton was a tad faster on the 200 medley anchor leg, but her 22.28 was still the fastest split and an impressive one, considering her best time coming into this meet was a 23.08. The foursome took a sizable chunk out of the old relay, a 1:31.84, lowering the mark to a 1:30.99.
Olivia Bray and Whittney Hamilton are still just 15 years old, while both Emma Muzzy and Caroline Kulp are 16. Muzzy had an excellent prelims session today, going 1:59.63 for the top 200 IM time of the morning and adding a 1:03.31 in the 100 breast and a 53.89 in the 100 back as well. Bray, meanwhile, posted a 52.77 in the 100 back and a 24.22 in the 50 fly for top seeds in both races. Hamilton went 24.58 for the 2nd seed in the 50 fly A final, while Kulp qualified for the A final in the 100 breast with Muzzy.