ANN ARBOR, Michigan, May 20. WHILE Michael Phelps grabbed all the headlines last weekend at the Domino Grand Prix Meet in Ann Arbor, a younger North Baltimore Aquatic Club teammate of his was setting off fireworks of her own.
Twelve year-old NBAC ace Courtney Kalisz set six 11-12
national age group records in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The meet was held from May 16-18.
Courtney is coached by Paul Yetter, and trains in Harford County, Maryland.
Courtney swam a 5:03.58 400 meter individual medley in the preliminary session on May 17, and then topped the record in finals with a 4:58.49, good for fourth place. The previous record was 5:05.60, set by Andrea Lehner in 2001.
1:06.81 – 2:20.78 – 3:50.61 – 4:58.49
By 100s: 1:06.81 – 1:13.97 – 1:29.83 – 1:07.88
On May 18, Courtney swam to two more records in the preliminaries. Her 2:21.15 200 meter backstroke broke Erica Meissner's record of 2:25.31, set in 2001, and her 2:22.65 in the 200 fly broke Amanda Sim's record of 2:22.69, also from 2001.
In the finals, Courtney finished third in both events, lowering the 200 backstroke standard to a 2:19.81,
and the 200 fly to a 2:19.32. The backstroke swim was under the Long Course National Time Standard.
Courtney's splits in the 200 back: 1:08.95 – 1:10.86;
Courtney's splits in the 200 fly: 1:08.00 – 1:11.32
Courtney now holds 11-12 records for the 200 back and 200 fly in both short course yards and long course meters.