GREENSBORO, North Carolina, December 12. IT didn’t take long for Carmel Swim Club to undercut its own 15-18 U.S. National Age Group relay record in the 200-yard event at the USA Swimming Winter Junior Nationals. In fact, it happened in the first swim of the evening.
Carmel’s Rachel Hayden (22.82), Amy Bilquist (22.07), Claire Adams (22.87) and Veronica Burchill (22.37) put together a sizzling time of 1:30.13. That performance beat the 1:30.49 posted this morning by Rachel Hayden (22.95), Amy Bilquist (22.07), Claire Adams (22.71) and Veronica Burchill (22.76) in prelims.
Previously, Janet Hu, Laura Branton, Kylie Jordan and Katie Ledecky had set the record at USA Swimming Nationals with a 1:31.09 swimming for Nation’s Capital.
Carmel’s swim is so fast that it would have placed 12th last season at the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships, just ahead of Missouri’s 1:30.16 and behind SMU’s 1:30.07. That’s a ridiculously impressive time for a group of 15-18 year olds.