ORLANDO, Florida, March 21. NATIONS Capital’s Cassidy Bayer isn’t messing around when it comes to the butterfly events. After watching her take down legendary Mary T Meagher’s 13-14 200 butterfly National Age Group record at the Tom Dolan Invitational in December, it was only a matter of time before its 100 butterfly counterpart fell.
It happened on the fourth night of the NCSA Junior National Championships. Bayer touched the wall in a 53.30, six one-hundredths of a second under Elizabeth Nelson’s 53.36 13-14 NAG.
Nelson, now 15, set the NAG record last year and was (somewhat ironically) racing next to Bayer in the A final heat. Nelson took second in the event with a 52.49, 8 tenths ahead of Bayer. First place went to Nations Capital’s Janet Hu, who set a NAG in the 17-18 200 butterfly earlier in the meet.