Night three of the 2016 Speedo Winter Junior National Championships West ended on a high note as the men of Scottsdale Aquatic Club dashed their way to a new 15-18 National Age Group (NAG) record in the men’s 200 freestyle relay.
Teammates Jack Blake (20.25), Ray van Deusen (20.15), Parker Hughes (20.13), and Ryan Hoffer (18.76) posted a combined time of 1:19.29 to slip past the 1:19.55 set by Nation’s Capital Swim Club in 2015. Blake, van Deusen, and Hoffer are all 18, while Hughes is currently 15.
- SAC (Dec 2016): 20.25/20.15/20.13/18.76 – 1:19.29
- NCAP (Mar 2015): 20.25/19.41/20.31/19.58 – 1:19.55
Before NCAP set their 1:19.55 in 2015, the 15-18 200 free relay had belonged to SAC with a time of 1:19.56.
While SAC’s final relay time qualifies as a NAG record, it was not quick enough to break the championship meet record of 1:19.03. That record from 2012, although faster than the NAG record, does not qualify for a NAG as some members of Bolles relay team are not American.