ORLANDO, Florida, March 19. WITH barely anytime to breathe, another National Age Group record falls at the NCSA Junior National Championships in the women’s 17-18 200 butterfly. Nation’s Capital’s Janet Hu posted a 1:52.92 for the win, just hundredths under the previous NAG set by Elaine Breeden in 2007 (1:52.99).
Although Hu went into the final at the top seed with a 1:55.74 from prelims, she wasn’t the one people were looking to for a new NAG. It was Cassidy Bayer, who was chasing her own girls 13-14 NAG, set at a 1:56.01 at the Tom Dolan Invitational in December. Bayer finished the event second with a 1:56.08, just a few hundredths off her best time and NAG.
Dynamo’s Kylie Stewart took third in the event with a 1:56.30, after a win in the 200 backstroke earlier in the night in which she broke the 1:50 barrier. Stewart dropped over six seconds from her seed time this morning.