By Chandler Brandes, Swimming World College Intern
The 2016 Metropolitan Junior Olympic Championships were March 11-13, hosted by the Long Island Aquatic Club at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, New York. The meet is a regional championships for swimmers ages 14 and under.
Complete results: 2016 Metro Junior Olympics – Results
Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics (AGUA) had an exciting and memorable meet. AGUA won the meet with 3328 points, 647.5 points ahead of runner-up Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC). Their win marked LIAC’s first defeat in over a decade.
Twenty-three records were broken throughout the three day meet, ten of them coming from AGUA swimmers. Isabel Gormley set new meet records in the girls’ 13-14 100 back (56.88), 200 back (2:02.53), and 200 IM (2:04.08).
The AGUA girls’ 13-14 200 free relay (1:37.95) was also a new meet record. Their 400 free relay (3:31.45), 200 medley relay (1:47.29), and 400 medley relay (3:55.85) were all new meet and league records.
The boys’ 11-12 400 free relay (3:39.13) set a new meet mark, as did the boys 13-14 200 free relay (1:32.05) and 400 free relay (3:19.43).
Westchester Aquatics’ Joy Jiang set six new records throughout the meet in the girls’ 11-12 100 free (52.90), 100 back (57.05), 200 back (2:03.04), 100 fly (56.73), 200 fly (2:03.35), and 400 IM (4:28.28). Her 100 back and 200 fly were also new Metro league records.
AGUA, former club team of 2012 Olympian Lia Neal, trains at the George Delacorte Olympic Pool on the Upper East Side campus and at a 25-yard lap pool at the Battery Park City campus. Every year, AGUA trains more than 300 children six to 18 years old from five boroughs of New York City, northern New Jersey, and around the world.