Fourteen-year old Kate Ledecky of Curl-Burke, smashed two 13-14 National Age Group yards records at the 5th Annual National Age Group Team Challenge. The meet was held at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center on November 12-13.
In one of the closest team competitions in years, Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club (222,262.20 points) edged Curl-Burke (218,946.40 points).
Ledecky broke a 33-year-old record in the 500 freestyle, swimming a time of 4 minutes 35.14 seconds. She eclipsed the previous mark –held by 1984 Olympic silver-medalist 1984, Cynthia Woodhead – by more than four and a half seconds.
The next day, Ledecky broke another National Age Group Record, this time in the 1,000 freestyle, in a time of 9:29.81. That record was previously held by another 1984 silver-medalist, Michelle Richardson (9:33.39).
Ledecky''s previous best time in the 1,000 was 9:40.01. According to USAswimming.com, her time is fastest swum by an American this year. These were her first National Age Group records.
Ledecky has four Olympic Trials cuts — in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events. She will swim her first high school meet as a freshman for Stone Ridge on November 15.
Curl-Burke placed first in the girls competition, winning for the first time in the meet's five year history, and finished second in the men's competition. RMSC won the boys side and finished second on the girls. RMSC has won the meet every year since its inception in 2007.
Ledecky earned Most Outstanding Performance recognition for the 500 free, alongside Curl-Burke teammate, Anthony Nguyen. They set meet records in all four of their individual events.
Ledecky's other meet records occurred in the 200 freestyle (1:47.76) and 200 IM (2:04.25), She also helped Curl-Burke in five first-place relay finishes. Anthony's records were in the 100 butterfly (1:06.34), 100 breaststroke (1:17.29), 200 freestyle (2:12.81), and 200 IM (2:25.68).
The meet followed the USA Swimming Virtual Meet format and was scored using USA Swimming's Power Points system, which awards 1,000 power points for a national record, and decreasing point values as the swimmers' times increase.
“This puts the emphasis on swimmers' times, rather than places, which is very positive in many coach
es' minds,” said Meet Director, Dave Kraft of RMSC.
All eight participating clubs, including Potomac Valley members Curl-Burke, Machine Aquatic and RMSC, were ranked in the top 100 out of USA Swimming's over 2,800 clubs.
In total, 44 meet records were broken out of a total of 134 events. Individual records set by PVS swimmers are listed below:
- Amanda Liu, age 9, (RMSC) – 100 back (1:11.35)
- Djordje Orcev, age 10 (RMSC) – 100 free (59.03); 200 free (2:06.03)
- Sanjay Wijesekera, age 11 (RMSC) – 100 free (54.65)
- Lea Gwennap, age 12, (CUBU) – 100 free (53.63); 200 free (1:54.18); 500 free (5:02.07)
- Timiothy Wu, age 12 (CUBU) – 100 free (52.28)
- Jaycee Yegher, age 12 (RMSC) – 100 breast (1:07.04)
- Cassidy Bayer, age 12 (CUBU) – 100 fly (56.54)
- Devin Truong, age 12 (RMSC) – 200 IM (2:05.95)
- Catherine Johnson, age 13 (RMSC) – 100 back (1:00.01)
- Dennis Lai, age 13 (CUBU) – 200 IM (2:01.17)
- Brooke Malone, age 14 (CUBU) – 100 breast (1:06.39)
- James Murphy (MACHINE) – 200 free (1:46.01); 200 fly (1:56.96)
- Brian Tsau (CUBU) – 500 free (4:39.48); 1650 free (16:09.32)
- Carsten Vissering (CUBU) – 100 breast (59.00); 200 breast (2:09.80)
For full meet results, click here.