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IRVINE, California, August 1. PLENTY of records fell during the 400-meter freestyle relays at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals.
Women’s 400 free relay
Carmel had quite the day as not only did it own the 100-meter free finale, it used that superior fire power to take down the meet record and the 15-18 U.S. National Age Group record in the 400 free relay. The squad downed the meet record with a 3:44.88. That smashed the previous record of 3:45.58 set by SwimMAC a year ago. The team of Rachel Hayden (57.37), Veronica Burchill (56.06), Claire Adams (56.23) and Amy Bilquist (55.22) rocketed their way to the top time, as the time also broke the 15-18 U.S. National Age Group record of 3:45.50 set by the Colorado Stars with Missy Franklin in 2010. No one else even came close tonight. Read more on the national age group record, including the Colorado Stars splits and Franklin’s ridiculous anchor leg.
Palo Alto Stanford’s Jennifer Campbell (57.60), Leah Goldman (56.54), Sarah Kaunitz (57.76) and Ally Howe (56.59) took second in 3:48.49, while North Baltimore’s Mary Pelton (57.51), Easop Lee (56.80), Maddie Runge (58.96) and Heidi Miller (56.24) finished third in 3:49.51.
Bolles (3:50.43), Dynamo (3:50.58), SwimMAC (3:50.76), City of Mobile (3:50.97) and Scottsdale (3:51.18) rounded out the top eight in the timed final event.
Heat 2 (Carmel’s record-breaking swim)
Men’s 400 free relay
The Indiana University junior team of Ian Finnerty (51.32), Max Irwin (50.52), Brandon Colonis (53.23) and Blake Pieroni (49.55) managed to take down the meet record with a 3:24.62 out of heat one. That swim beat the 3:26.15 set by Alamo Area in 2011 by a long-shot. Tennessee Aquatics’ Will Arthur (52.65), Joshua Romany (52.06), Walker Higgins (50.57) and John Myhre (52.13) finished atop the second heat in 3:27.41 for second in the event tonight. SwimAtlanta’s Powell Brooks (52.00), Alex Taylor (52.28), Jordan Ross (51.80) and Tom Peribonio (51.82) placed third in 3:27.90.
Palo Alto Standford (3:29.17), Upper Dublin (3:29.18), Nitro (3:29.24), Bolles (3:29.37) and Canyons (3:29.77) claimed the rest of the top eight spots in the timed finale. Upper Dublin’s swim broke the 15-16 national age group record.