A wave of Potomac Valley records were broken by area swimmers, along with four National Age Group records, at the 2011 Tom Dolan Invitational, held at the University of Maryland's Eppley Center.
17-year-old Jack Conger broke the boys 17-18 200 backstroke NAG record in a time of 1 minute 40.41 seconds. The RMSC standout was in a league of his own from start to finish, exhibiting the high turnover rate that earned him two “A” Finals at last week's Winter Nationals. Conger also won the 100 butterfly (47.46) and 100 backstroke (46.98), both PVS records. He holds the NAG record for the boys 15-16 200 backstroke as well.
The other two NAG records were taken down from out-of-town phenom Michael Andrew (12) from Missouri Valley. On Saturday night, Andrew broke his own boys 11-12 50 freestyle NAG record with a time of 21.96 [Correction: Michael Andrews had broken this record last week in 21.85]. He followed up his performance the next day by breaking the NAG record in the boys 11-12 100 individual medley by half a second in a time of 55:05. Andrew also set PVS open records in the 50 butterfly (24.46), 50 breaststroke (28.70), 100 butterfly (1:01.26), 100 breaststroke (1:01.26), and 100 butterfly (49.68), for a total of seven records in seven swims.
Curl-Burke's 'A' relay team of Brandon Goldstein (14), Carsten Vissering (14), Benjamin Lambert (14), and Owen van Krimpen (14) broke the meet's only relay NAG record in the 13-14 400 medley relay in a time of 3:35.24.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist, and the meet's name-sponsor, Tom Dolan was in attendance to hand out awards and sign autographs. Dolan grew up in northern Virginia and trained with Curl-Burke. Also in attendance was Madeleine Crippen to present the 2011 Fran Crippen Memorial Mile awards. Fran Crippen, Madeleine's brother, lost his life during an open water swim in October of last year.
“Kids from this area, and those who travel to this meet, get to see fast swimming up close and realize that getting to that next level isn't magical, it's about hard work and setting goals,” said Dolan. “That dream to get to the next level becomes tangible when they can see others doing it.”
Along with Conger and Andrew, 11 other swimmers broke PVS open and resident records.
Vissering set PVS records in the 100 breaststroke (57.95), 200 breaststroke (2:03.02), and 200 IM (1:56.18). He was .13 seconds off the NAG record in the 200 breaststroke.
12-year-old Cassidy Bayer (Curl-Burke) set the record in the 11-12 50 butterfly (25.76), just .26 off the NAG record, and 100 butterfly (56.81). She also won the girls 11-12 50 freestyle (24.64), 50 backstroke (28.22), and 100 freestyle (53.90).
14-year-old James Murphy (Machine) set the 13-14 PVS record in the boys 13-14 200 freestyle with a time of 1:43.24. He won the 100 freestyle event as well (47.76).
Janet Hu (16) dominated the girls open butterfly events, winning both the 100 (53.59) and 200 (1:57.88) for PVS records. Trailing NOVA's Emma Nunn (1:58.90) with a 50 left, Hu (Curl-Burke) used her second-to-last turn to pull even with Nunn before pulling away on the final 25. She also set the 15-16 record in the 100 backstroke (54.00) and 200 IM (2:00.26), as well as a PVS resident record in the 200 backstroke (1:56.07), despite finishing second in the event.
The boys 13-14 50 freestyle saw some blazing fast times, with two swimmers going under 22 se
conds. Jake Goroshko out touched Central Bucks' teammate Greg Brocato to win in 21.74. Valerie Yoshimura (Suburban Seahawks) won the girls side in 23.39.
Allie Szekley (13) won the 13-14 girls 200 breaststroke in PVS open record time of 2:16.42. The Central-Bucks' swimmer also won the 13-14 girls 100 breaststroke (1:03.75) and 200 backstroke (2:01.03).
Brian Tsau (14) won the 13-14 500 free in PVS open record time with a 4:34.69. Gregory Song (14) won the boys 13-14 400 individual medley 4:06.04. The Curl-Burke teammates finished one and two in the 13-14 boys 1,000 freestyle.
Truong set the boys 11-12 200 IM PVS record in 2:04.47. He also won the 11-12 boys 100 backstroke (57.17). He finished second in the 100 IM (56.47) and 100 butterfly (56.67), but still set the PVS resident record in both.
Traveling with Delaware Swim Team, Kaitlyn Jones (17) and Lily Dubroff (14) also had great meets. Jones won the girls open 200 freestyle (1:49.59), 400 IM (4:11.67), and set a PVS open record in the 200 backstroke (1:55.05). Dubroff set the record in the 13-14 girls 100 freestyle in 50.58, also winning the 400 IM (4:20.55) and 200 IM (2:03.22).
Lea Gwennap (12) went under one minute in the girls 11-12 100 IM, setting the record in 59.83. She also won the 100 backstroke (58.66), 200 backstroke (2:04.65), and set the PVS record in the 200 freestyle in 1:53.33, battling teammate Emily Meilus (Curl-Burke) in each event. Meilus took second in all three.
Distance specialists Katie Ledecky (14) and Garrett Powell (17) easily won the girls and boys open 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle events. Ledecky (Curl-Burke) won both of her events by a full lap, going 16.24.20 in the 1,650 and 9:36.92 in the 1,000. She was seven seconds off her 13-14 NAG record in the 1,000. She also won the girls open 500 in 4:44.01.
With the entire RMSC coaching staff urging him on from deck, Powell broke 15 minutes in the 1,650 (14:58.83), setting the PVS open record. His cap began to slide up his forehead around the halfway point in the race, finally losing the cap completely with a 500 to go. He also set the record in the 1,000 on Friday night, narrowly missing breaking 9 minutes in 9:00.87. Powell rounded out his meet with wins in the boys open 200 freestyle (1:39.57) and 500 freestyle (4:23.14).
The relay team of Ledecky, Andi Mack (14), Megan Byrnes (14), and Sofia Revilak (14) broke the PVS record in the girls 13-14 800 freestyle relay in 7:35.43 for Curl-Burke. Also from Curl-Burke, Goldstein, Song, van Krimpen, and Tsau set the boys 13-14 record in 7:06.04. Ledecky, Mack, Revilak, and Hannah Baker (13) also broke a PVS record in the 13-14 400 freestyle relay (3:30.31).
In the open 800 freestyle relays, Sarah Haase (17), Ellen Anderson (17), Reia Tong (17), and Ashleigh Ferguson (17) broke the girls record by six seconds in 7:25.26 for RMSC. Conger (17), Powell (17), Matthew Colket (16), and Barry Mangold (17) posted a time of 6:433.68 for RMSC's boys relay, also setting a new record. RMSC also set the records in the girls and boys open 400 freestyle relays. Tong, Natalya Ares (17), Catherine Mulquin (16), and Corrigan McIlmail (15) went 3:26.47 for the girls. Conger, Powell, Trevor Irish (18) , and Mangold went 3:02.92 for the boys.
Both 400 open medley records went down. Kristina Li (15), Natalie Martin (18), Hu, and Taylor Vincent (16) from Curl-Burke broke the PVS record in the girls open 400 medley relay (3:44.97), while the RMSC team of Powell, Harrison Cu (15), Conger, and Irish broke the boys 400 medley relay in 3:22.90.
Record-setting relay performances weren't just limited to area swimmers. GYWD's 13-14 boys set Connecticut-LSC records in the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay, as did the 10 & Under girls in the 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay.
For full results from the 2011 Tom Dolan Invitational, click here.