Nation’s Capital Downs Two Relay Records On Night One Of NCSA Summer Championships

Photo Credit: Christopher Rattray

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, August 5. KATY Aquatic Team’s Hanna Huston took home the first individual title of the meet in the women’s 800 free, while Nation’s Capital set records in two of the four relays during the first night of racing at the National Club Swimming Association Summer Swimming Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium.

Huston opened up the competition with a win in the women’s 800 free, dropping 10 seconds from her seed time to win in 8:51.01. Top seed Kelsey Vetalice of The Woodlands tacked on a few seconds to her entry time to take second in 8:52.22, while Taylor Pike of Razorback Aquatics finished right behind in third at 8:52.40. No one came close to the NCSA long course record, an 8:41.08 set by Swim Pasadena’s Samantha Vandenberg in 2004.

The first of the three NCSA record-setting swims came in the men’s 200 freestyle relay, as North Bay Aquatics’ foursome of Nicholas Bigot, Stefan Kranenburg, Sheldon Boboff and Peter Lewczyk tied the NCSA record of 1:35.57 set by CATS Aquatic Team last year. Nation’s Capital had a go at the NCSA record as well, but Grant Goddard, James Patrick, Luke Thorsell and Adrian Lin came up just shy with a 1:35.89. Quinn Risley, Tyler Sesvold, Nathaniel Jesko and Joseph Milinovich of Academy Bullets Swim Club rounded out the top three in 1:36.84.

A second NCSA record fell in the women’s 200 freestyle relay, as Nation’s Capital Swim Club’s Hannah Baker, Katelyn Mack, Jasmine Hellmer and Robyn Dryer held on to win in 1:46.26, lowering North Bay Aquatics’ record of 1:46.91 from last year. Both the second and third place teams also broke the previous record; Academy Bullets Swim Club’s Avery Braunecker, Kayla Filipek, Emily Ryan and Hanna Blankemeier got to the wall second in 1:46.66, followed by Lakeside Swim Team’s Monica McGrath, Brooke Bauer, Bryn Handley and Cameron Brown in 1:46.87.

Nation’s Capital kept the ball rolling in the women’s 200 medley relay with another NCSA record. Carrie Boone, Natalie Purnell, Andi Mack and Hannah Baker touched in 1:57.62, cutting .15 off North Bay Aquatics’ top time from last year’s meet. Mickayla Hinkle, Kristin Erf, Sophia Bisch and Ava Howard gave St. Croix Swim Club a second place finish with their 1:58.67, while Nation’s Capital’s B team picked up third with Emily Meilus, Leslie Cole, Jasmine Hellmer and Robyn Dryer touching in 1:58.91.

The Jersey Wahoos closed out the night with a win in the men’s 200 medley relay, thanks to Alexander Martin, Steven Shek, Jon Burkett and Zachary Fong. They hit the wall first in 1:46.31, ahead of Academy Bullets’ Tyler Sesvold, Brandon Tran, Cavan Smith and Quinn Risley (1:46.56). Nation’s Capital touched third with Luke Thorsell, Timothy Wu, Nicholas McGarry and Grant Goddard finishing in 1:46.98.

Nation’s Capital leads the combined team standings through five events with 393 points, followed by Academy Bullets (296) and Lakeside Swim Team (238).

Results from the meet are available on the Meet Mobile app.

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Author: Emily Sampl

Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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