GREENSBORO, North Carolina, December 13. LAST night, SwimMAC’s age group girls proved to be too strong in the 400-yard medley relay with a 1-2 effort at the USA Swimming Winter Junior Nationals. Tonight, SwimMAC went a step further by taking down the 15-18 U.S. National Age Group record in the 200-yard medley relay.
SwimMAC’s Kathleen Baker (24.42), Maija Roses (28.08), Alyssa Marsh (23.93) and Lauren Rhodes (22.84) smashed the meet record with a 1:39.27. That swim beat SwimMAC’s time of 1:40.82 from last year, but more importantly dashed the Rachel Bootsma-led Aquajets 2010 National Age Group record from the record books. The Aquajets’ Bootsma, Abby Duncan, Hailey Szews and Tess Behrens had owned the mark with a 1:39.40.
Academy Bullets’ Natalie McGovern, Alexis Preski, Mary Schneider and Avery Braunecker took second in 1:40.73, while SwimMAC’s B squad of Heather Merritt, Caitlin Casazza, Elsa Welshofer and Jessica Merritt earned third in 1:40.78.