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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, December 5. CALIFORNIA’s Natalie Coughlin certainly impressed with a top time of 21.79 to lead the way in prelims this morning in the women’s splash-and-dash at the U.S. Winter Nationals, but top billing out of prelims has to go to NCAP’s Janet Hu.
Hu, who already charted a 21.90 this morning as a relay leadoff to break 22 seconds for the first time, tied the 17-18 U.S. National Age Group record in the event with a 21.89 to qualify second amongst a group of mostly 20–year-old veterans. That swim matched Faith Johnson’s mark from earlier this year to tie her as one of the fastest 18-and-unders in the history of the sport.
SwimAtlanta’s Amanda Weir (21.97), SwimMAC’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (22.07), SwimMAC’s Madison Kennedy (22.08), Utah’s Traycie Swartz (22.36), Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell (22.40) and SwimMAC’s Kelsi Hall (22.45) made up the rest of what is a veteran-laden finale.