U.S. Junior Nationals: Dagny Knutson Wins Another as Meet Records Get Hammered

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, August 6. THE Dagny Knutson train kept on rolling during the third day of swimming at the U.S. Junior Nationals held in Minneapolis. Knutson followed up a pair of golds last night with another victory tonight.

Knutson, 16, of Minot YMCA opened the third night with a meet record in the women's 200 free. She clocked a time of 1:59.91 that broke her preliminary standard of 2:00.01. That effort cleared the 2:01.19 set by Chelsea Nauta back in 2005. Catherine Breed, 15, of Pleasanton placed second in 2:00.40, while Rebecca Jones, 17, of Tide touched third in 2:00.61. Both times were under Nauta's old record.

Rob Andrews of Great Lakes followed with a meet-record time of 1:51.49 in the men's 200 free. He clipped the 1:51.74 set by Titus Knight back in 2006. Trevor Scheid of Jewish Community also beat the old record with a second-place 1:51.73. Nick D'Innocenzo, 17, of Magnus finished third in 1:51.94 after pacing prelims in 1:51.82. Notably, Jordan Huff, 16, of Dubuque Area won the consolation heat in 1:51.74.

Haley Anderson, 16, of Sierra Marlins continued the meet-record onslaught with a standard in the women's 400 IM. She turned in a time of 4:47.19 to eclipse the 4:48.25 set by Elizabeth Beisel last year. Amber McDermott, 15, of Salmon Bay finished second in 4:49.77, while Julia Kucherich , 16, of York YMCA took third in 4:50.39.

Andrew Gemmell, 17, of Delaware Swim Team capped the individual meet-record rollout with another standard in the men's 400 IM. He posted a time of 4:22.36 to break his prelim standard of 4:23.75. His earlier swim crushed the 4:26.41 set by Matt Thompson last year. Charlie Rimkus, 17, of Mission Viejo placed second in 4:25.29, while D'Innocenzo snagged third in 4:27.43.

The meet records kept falling in the relays. Brophy East's quartet of Ashley Evans, Traycie Swartz, Haley Krakoski and Whitney Lopus checked in with a time of 8:16.85 in the women's 800 freestyle relay. That performance erased the 8:19.65 set by Club Wolverine with an anchor of current Olympian Allison Schmitt in 2006.

The only meet record that withstood the challenge this evening came in the men's 800 freestyle relay. SwimMAC-Carolina's time of 7:36.27 recorded last year stayed on the books. Palo Alto's contingent of Ben Hinshaw, Nick Trowbridge, Adam Hinshaw and Matthew Murray won this year's race, however, with a time of 7:39.80.

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