Fast Friends -- February 24, 2000
Two 13 year old Sprinters...Courtney Cashion from the Irvine Novas and Amanda Weir from SwimAtlanta are turning some great times early this short course season. The two swimmers are members of the National Junior Team that will compete in Barcelona, Spain this spring. They first got to know each other last summer when Amanda trained during summer vacation with the Novas. Since the National Junior camp in Colorado Springs the swimmers are becoming fast friends.
Both swimmers are sneaking up on the national age group 100 yard free record of 49.65, held by Grace Cornelius.
At the UNLV Winter Invite Courney won the 50 Free against a field of college competition in 23.34. In the 100, she made the Olympic trial cut in the prelims with a 50.91, and finished fourth in the finals. She dropped her time further with a 50.76 leading off the Nova 400 free relay.
Coming off her 7th place finish in the 50 at the US Open (the average age of the rest of the field was 26!), Amanda swam a 50.76 in the 100, a 23.25 in the 50 and a senior cut of 1:50.59 in the 200 free competing in the Woody B. Malone age group meet.