SwimMAC relay
Courtesy of: Swim MAC Carolina
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, July 25. AT the North Carolina state championships last weekend, SwimMAC Carolina not only walked away with a clear team championship victory, but notched three national age group relay records.

First up was the 200 freestyle relay, featuring the foursome of Faith Johnson (25.10), Maria Sheridan (26.86), Maija Roses (26.12) and Lauren Rhodes (26.29) posting a 1:44.37 in a time trial swim. The quartet obliterated the 17-18 age group record of 1:47.18 that had just been set by the JCC Waves two weeks earlier, and also dipped under the 15-18 relay record of 1:44.53 that had just been set by Scottsdale Aquatic Club on the other side of the country in Oregon.

Also of note in that relay was Johnson's leadoff. The University of Tennessee incoming sophomore came within a tenth of the national record of 25.00 that Kara Lynn Joyce has owned since 2004.


The other record fell in the women's 200 medley relay for the 15-16 age group. Nora McCullagh (backstroke, 29.81), Sara Stranick (breaststroke, 33.93), Alyssa Marsh (butterfly, 26.98) and Jessica Merritt (freestyle, 26.76) combined for a 1:57.48 to break the five-year old record in the age group set by Bluefish Swim Club with a 1:58.25. The team still has a long way to go in order to break the 15-18 national age group record, which stands at 1:54.46 by the Aquajets that included future Olympian Rachel Bootsma as the backstroker on that 2009 record swim.