Three National Records Fall During Second Night of Finals at YMCA Nationals

GREENSBORO, North Carolina, April 2. AFTER just two days of action at the Greensboro Aquatic Center for YMCA Nationals, eight national records have fallen after four more went down on Wednesday, including three in the finals session. Meanwhile, Courtney Harnish and Nick Peterson each won their second individual titles of the meet.

Women’s 100 back
Emily Slabe chopped three tenths of a second off the YMCA national record in the prelims of the women’s 100 back, and she had enough left to win the title in the final. Countryside’s Slabe clocked 53.48 for the win after establishing the new national mark of 53.27 in prelims. That broke Marie Chamberlain’s record of 53.56 from last year. Slabe had to work hard in the final to hang on for the win, though, as York’s Meghan Small out-split her, 27.30 to 27.87, on the final 50, but Small had to settle for second in 53.68. Schroeder’s Ashlyn Schoof took third in 54.06, while Cape Cod’s Chamberlain settled for fourth, clocking 54.10.

Men’s 100 back
Nick Peterson earned a dominating win in the men’s 100 back, as his final time of 47.66 earned him the title by almost a second and fell just short of the 14 year old meet record of 47.34. A day after winning the 100 fly title, Peterson led Middle Tyger’s Brad Oberg narrowly at the 50, 23.05 to 23.16, but he pulled away to an easy win. Oberg ended up second in 48.58, while BR Ryall’s Maximillian St. George grabbed third in 49.12.

Women’s 400 IM
York YMCA’s Courtney Harnish dropped more than three seconds from her prelims time as she blasted the freestyle leg to a victory in the women’s 400 IM. Harnish overcame a two second deficit on the free leg after Middle Tyger’s Savannah Faulkner beat Harnish by a whopping nine seconds on the breaststroke split. In the end, though, Harnis touched first in 4:11.93, while Faulkner came in second at 4:12.39. Sarasota’s Sophie Cattermo posted a 4:17.57 for third.

Men’s 400 IM
In an epic race that came down to the wire, Wilton’s Maxwell Dolan touched out teammate Ian Rainey by just one one-hundredth of a second to win the men’s 400 IM as both went under the national record. Facing a deficit of more than a second and a half with 100 yards to go, Dolan charged the freestyle leg and got his fingertips on the wall barely ahead of Rainey’s, 3:46.81 to 3:46.82. Both swimmers crushed Mike Alexandrov’s national record of 3:48.79 from way back in 2003. No one came close to the two from Connecticut, while Western North Carolina’s Luke Lechner ended up third in 3:52.26.

Women’s 200 free
Less than 90 minutes after taking second in the 100 back, York’s Meghan Small picked up the win in a tight final of the women’s 200 free. Small clocked 1:47.15 for the victory as she got ahead of Schroeder’s Alexandra Meyer on the final 50. Meyer took second in 1:47.45, and Greater Flint’s Courtney Weaver took third. A day after winning the 100 fly, Weaver touched out Greater Holyoke’s Erin Voss for third, 1:47.86 to 1:47.87.

Men’s 200 free
Zachary Molloy took down the second national record of the night and third of the day as he eclipsed Nicholas Caldwell’s national record of 1:35.96 in the 200 free. Molloy touched in 1:35.66 as he beat out the rest of the field by more than a second. Springfield’s Ryan Held ended up taking second in 1:36.85, while Upper Main Line’s Benjamin Creekmore picked up third in 1:37.35.

Women’s 400 medley relay
Middle Tyger put up a national record time in the women’s 400 medley relay as Ali Gayler, Savanna Faulconer, Jessi Snover, and Katrina Konopka put up a 3:39.34, obliterating the 3:40.60 mark that York set last year. Schroeder ended up taking runner-up honors with Ashlyn Schoof, Gwen Worlton, Rina Krupsky, and Alexandra Meyers, who clocked 3:41.25. Sarasota’s Sophie Cattermole, Bethany Leap, Madison Jean, and Spence Atkins took third in 3:42.34.

Men’s 400 medley relay
Somerset Valley finished off the second night of the meet with as they cruised to a win in the men’s medley relay. Brad Zdroik, Zach Warner, Joseph Delbuono, and Jason Tan combined to clock 3:18.94, almost three seconds ahead of anyone else. Lakeland Hills’ Kyle Stefanides, Brandon Tutty, John Om, and James McElduff came in second at 3:21.65, while Triangle Area’s Alex Carson, Colin Ellington, Jonathan Glavich, and Noah Franz claimed third in 3:21.91.

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder has been a contributor to Swimming World since 2009. A native of Charleston, SC, he currently attends Duke University, where he works as the public address announcer for the varsity swim team.

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