Jaqueline Clabeaux came ready to swim to this year's Winter Classic held at George Mason University's Jim McKay Natatorium, Dec. 8-11.
The 12-year-old from York broke the girls 11-12 100 breaststroke meet record by two seconds (1:07.73), outpacing the competition with every stroke. On the same night she set meet records in the 50 backstroke in a time of 28.25 and the 100 individual medley in 1:02.11. She also set records in the 50 freestyle (25.02), 200 breaststroke (2:29.22), 100 freestyle (54.82), 50 breaststroke (30.82).
“These kids are swimming out of their minds right now,” said meet director, Bill Marlin. “It's a fast pool and we brought in a lot of great teams this year.”
Many area clubs had to choose between the Winter Classic Invitational and the Tom Dolan Invitational, which also took place this weekend and has faster cut times.
When asked about the decision, coaches responded similarly.
“We can bring 80 swimmers to this meet and we don't have to split up our team. It makes it simple for us,” said Greg York, head coach of York swimming.
“This is a fast meet. Winners here would compete at any championship meet,” said All Star Aquatics coach Bob Walker. He added, “It's great for these younger swimmers to see their older teammates fired up and racing.”
The team atmosphere was palpable as entire teams stayed on their feet cheering on their teammates throughout finals as meet records fell on every night.
Clabeaux was just one of many swimmers to break meet records over the course of the weekend.
14-year-old Hannah Lindsey (ASA) broke the girls 13-14 200 freestyle record in a time of 1 minute 52.23 seconds.
In the girls open 200 freestyle, Caroline McTacggart (ASA) narrowly missed the record by half a second with a time of 1:50.65. She also missed in the 100 freestyle (50.51). On the final day, she would grab the record in the 50 butterfly with a time of 24.97.
Christopher Stankiewicz (Sea Devils) broke the boys 13-14 50 breaststroke record in a time of 28.14.
Kayla Brumbaum (17) broke the girls open 50 breaststroke record in a time of 29.40 swimming for Rappahannock Area YMCA (Fredericksburg, Va.)
On Thursday night, Chris Atkinson (SNOW) broke the boys 10 & Under 500 freestyle record in a time of 5:59.23.
ASA's Adrian Lin (14) tied the boys 13-14 50 freestyle record in 22.47. On the final day, he broke the 100 freestyle record in a time of 48.36.
Alice Treuth (14) from Coastal Aquatics shattered the girls 13-14 200 backstroke by nearly six seconds (2:01.94) in a heat where the top five finished below the previous record.
The boys 13-14 and open 200 IM records went down. Sea Devils' Rory Lewis Jr. (14) set the record in the 13-14 event in 1:59.53. SNOW's Matthew Fedderly (25) won the open event in 1:51.52.
SNOW's Carrie Lee (14), a week out from her first Winter Nationals, broke the meet record in the 13-14 100 backstroke in 57.81.
Upper Main Line YMCA from Berwyn, Pa. came to compete, placing swimmers in nearly every final , including many event winners. Their own Nick Graesser (17) won the boys 200 open freestyle (1:42.19) and set records in the open 50 backstroke (23.61) and 100 backstroke (49.82).
Shannon Rauth (16) from UMLY won the girls open 100 butterfly in 55.99.
Teammate Emily Cornell (13) won the girls 13-14 50 backstroke.
SNOW's relay of Lee, Imelda (14), Kylie Jordan (14), and Pim Silpacharn (14) from the meet record in the girls 13-14 medley relay (4:04.41). The same four girls would set another relay record on the final day in the 13-14 400 freestyle relay (3:39.97).
Mary Flinn (18), Brumbaum, Bailie Monahan (17), Casey Hurrell-Zitelman (22) broke the girls open 400 medley relay record in 3:54.23 for the RAYS.
Alex Ewart (14), Jeffrey Tse (14), Matt Brady (14), and Connor Ganley (14) from the Greater Baltimore Swim Association set the boys 13-14 400 freestyle record in 3:25.77.
UMLY finished their meet with wins in both open 400 freestyle relay events. The team of Amber Zimmerman (15), Rauth, Emily Harris (15), and Molly O'Brien (17) set the girls record in 3:33.81.
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