During Friday evening’s finals session at the Nation’s Capital Invitational, 14-year-old Grace Sheble of NOVA of Virginia stole the show in the 400 IM. She posted a time of 4:09.00 to win the event, recording the No. 2 all-time performance for American 13-14 girls.
Only Katie Hoff has been faster than Sheble among girls that age. Hoff swam 4:08.44 back in 2004, a mere four months before she won the long course version of the Olympic Trials. Sheble moved past the likes of Becca Mann and Ella Eastin on the all-time list.
Watch video of her race below:
Sheble also won the 100 breast for the 13-14 girls in 1:02.65. Afterwards, she spoke about what the performance meant to her, what it meant for her immediate future outlook on the sport and what it was like swimming against twin sister Caroline.
Also, check out a video interview with Nation’s Capital’s Sean Conway, who finished second in the men’s 400 IM Friday night. Conway spoke about his experience at U.S. Winter Nationals and what he gained from that as he moves forward in his swimming career.