ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, December 10. PLAIN and simple, she's an amazing talent.
Competing on the first night of the annual North Baltimore Aquatic Club Christmas Invitational, Katie Hoff posted a pair of breathtaking victories, as she soared to first-place performances in the 200-yard freestyle and 200 individual medley. In the I.M., Hoff lowered her own 15-16 age-group record with a scorching time of 1:55.91. Her former record was a 1:56.71, set in 2004.
Representing NBAC, Hoff also produced a sensational swim in the 200 free, thanks to a 1:44.50 clocking. That swim wasn't far off the 15-16 age-group record of Sippy Woodhead, who popped a time of 1:44.10 in 1979. For good measure, Hoff swam a 1:03.13 breaststroke leg on North Baltimore’s victorious 400 medley relay.
Hoff, though, wasn’t the only athlete supplying stellar times. In the 13-14 age group, NBAC’s Felicia Lee won the 100 fly in 54.15 and bested the competition in the 200 I.M. with a mark of 2:03.05. Lee wasn’t far off the 13-14 age-group fly record of Dana Vollmer, who blazed 53.53 in 2002. Meawhile, Courtney Kalisz won the 100 fly in the open division with an effort of 56.61 and prevailed in the 1,000 free in 9:58.36.
On the male side, Daniel Madwed (Sharks) corralled a trio of triumphs, including a 49.12 outing in the 100 fly. One of the United States’ rising stars in the fly events, the 16-year-old also won the 200 free (1:39.29) and the 200 I.M. (1:53.13).