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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, February 20. LAST year's edition of the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships featured a national high school record in the women's 400-yard freestyle relay. This year's meet will showcase some of the best athletes from private schools along the Eastern seaboard racing for team and individual glory.
SwimmingWorld.TV is proud to once again provide the live webcast of the two-day meet that will see Germantown Academy defend its girls' team title and Peddie School try to repeat as the boys' team champions. Will we see another national high school record this year in Kirk Natatorium on the campus of LaSalle University?
The preliminary swimming sessions begin at 8 a.m. Eastern time Friday and Saturday, with the webcast set to start at 7:50 a.m. Each day's finals are set for a 5:05 p.m. start, with the webcast beginning at 4:50 p.m.
You can watch the free live webcast on the event's landing page on SwimmingWorld.TV for prelims and finals. Each finals session will also be streamed on SwimmingWorld.com.
If you miss any of the races on the live stream, you will be able to find them on the landing page for free on-demand viewing shortly after each session. We'll also bring you interviews with some of the top names from the meet.
Among those expected to vie for titles include Georgetown Prep's Carsten Vissering, who just broke the national independent high school record in the 100 breaststroke two weeks ago at the D.C. Metros championship with a 53.49. Will he drop the .11 needed to break the overall national high school record of 53.39 set last year in California by Steven Stumph? Also expected to swim well in that race on Saturday will be Reece Whitley, who is tearing through national age group records in the breaststrokes for the 13-14 age group.
Shannon McKernan, who is not only going for a 100-200 freestyle double but is aiming to break the 26-year-old meet record of 49.76 in the 100 free, set by Grace Cornelius in 1988.
Another race to watch is the boys' 100 butterfly, as Peddie senior Patrick Park will try to beat the meet record of 48.09 set in 1987 by future Olympic champion Mel Stewart.
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The meet, now in its 114th year, has seen numerous national high school records and nationally-ranked times posted. We invite you to join us on the live webcast to watch more memorable moments that will be a part of swimming history! In the meantime, here are two of the top swims from the 2013 meet. First is the national record swum by Germantown in the girls' 400 free relay:
And here's the boys' 400 freestyle relay, in which Peddie became the third school in history to break the coveted 3:00 barrier:
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