MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., April 19. LAST weekend, the Great Wolf Swim Team took a bite out of two NAG relay records in the 13-and-14 age group, and also added eight Minnesota age-group records, during the Howlin Fast Swim Meet, held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
On Saturday, the quartet of Pete Stacy, Anton Safonov, Roman Becicka and Zack Strumbell clocked a national record in the 800-yard freestyle with a time of 7:07.74. The effort dipped under the former 13-14 mark, set at 7:09.91 by Circle C Swimming in 2002. The Great Wolf relay also featured a state record as Stacy led off in a sizzling 1:42.99.
During Sunday action, Great Wolf claimed an NAG record in the short-course metric format, as it popped an effort of 1:41.46 in the 200-meter freestyle relay. The squad consisted of Becicka, Stacy, Zack Strumbell and Luke Strumbell. The former mark of 1:43.15 was set by Black Hawk (Iowa) in 2003.
In the 200-yard free relay, the same Great Wolf foursome gave a run at Black Hawk’s NAG record (1:27.35), but came up a little short with a time of 1:28.05. Still, that swim shattered the state record by more than four seconds. The unit of Becicka, Stacy, Luke Strumbell and Kyle Winiecki also made a run at the NAG record in the 400-meter free relay, finishing in 3:45.30, not far off the standard of 3:44.34.
Other state records for the week were secured in the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard medley relay, the 800-meter free relay and the 400-meter medley relay.