RALEIGH, N.C., December 21. COMPETING at the Speedo Capital Classic earlier this month, the YMCA of the Triangle Area Swim Team blasted the National Age-Group record in the 15-and-16 category in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Racing at the Pullen Aquatic Center, Triangle Area clocked a time of 1:33.92, well under the former record of 1:35.00. That standard, set by the Dallas Mustangs, had lasted since 2001.
Teresa Long got YOTA off to a sizzling start with a split of 23.24 and Jessalyn Crawford kept the speed burning on the second leg with a split of 23.95. Crawford was followed by Mandy Myers, who checked in with a third-leg performance of 23.07 and Candace Cooper brought the squad home with a split of 23.66. The team, coached by Ron Turner, entered with a seed time of 1:35.47.