Leading up to the first official meet of the summer, members of one of the Burke Center Penguins youngest relay teams discovered if they swam close to their best times they might have a shot at cracking the Colonial Swim League record in the 8-and-under 100-meter medley relay. Whether the extra motivation fueled their speed over the weekend or not, the quartet made good at its first opportunity.
The Burke Center Penguins lost their dual meet 239-205 to Franklin Farm on June 26, but not before eight-year-olds Cassidy Hoeft, Shelby Cleal, Rachel Luteran and Eleanor Mulvenon finished 1:25.48 to best the previous CSL mark of 1:28.69 that stood for 32 years.
“It was pretty cool to watch some of the youngest kids do so well,” Penguins Coach David Hovak said. “For four girls to be that fast at each stroke, they’re strong swimmers who have a lot of fun and the attitudes and enthusiasm that’s key for young swimmers. I think a lot of the older kids took notice. It might be a little extra motivation for some of the other age groups to try to do just as well.”
The young Penguins’ success highlighted a handful of records broken over the weekend. Also in the CSL, Barrington’s Michael Herrmann, 16, broke the league mark in the boys 18-and-under 50-yard backstroke with a time of 25.78. Herrmann set the previous CSL record of 26.04 in 2009.
Jacqueline Clabeaux, 10, broke a Northern Virginia Swim League record in the girls’ 10-and-under 50 breast with her time of 37.88 in Greenbriar’s meet against Shouse Village. The previous record of 38.19 was set by Natalie Leake on Aug. 2, 2003.
Meanwhile in the Prince-Mont Swim League, Tyla Jackson, 10, erased the league mark of 15.76, which was set in 1995, in the 10-and-under 25 fly with her 14.10 swim for the Theresa Banks Swim Club. Jackson also set a new pool record in the 50 free (29.30) during Theresa Banks’ 301.5-272.5 win over the MVP Dolphins.
Ledecky unbeaten in summer swims
Chevy Chase Recreation Association’s 404-381 win over Palisades in the Montgomery County Swim League’s Division H, pitted two of the area’s top 13-year-old swimmers – Katie Ledecky and Caroline McTaggart — against each other in several events.
Both posted two of the top five times kept by USA Swimming for girls 13-and-under in the 100 free this season. But this weekend Palisades’ Ledecky would not be beaten.
Through the first two summer dual meets, Ledecky, who swims for Curl-Burke, has not lost an event and continues to excel after a notable performance in March when she won five individual events and took first in a relay at the 14-and-under Potomac Valley Swim Junior Olympic championships.
Ledecky took first in each event she swam once again, edging McTaggart in the 50 free (27.67), 100 I.M. (1:09.50) and 50 fly (31.10) in addition to winning the 50 breast (38.75) and helping the top 175 free relay team (1:59.87).