Of the six Country Club Swim League championship meet records broken by the New Albany Country Club team July 15 at Ohio State, four came courtesy of swimmers ages 12 or younger.
On an evening that began with NACC’s girls 8-and-younger 100-meter medley relay setting a meet record, the Penguins racked up 2,978 points and rolled to their fourth consecutive CCSL title.
Eight-year-olds Elyse Bergmann, Cali Demers and Carly Meeting teamed with Ashlyn Morr, 7, to win in 1 minute, 21.99 seconds, edging NACC’s 1:22.38 mark set in 2010 to establish the tone.
NACC later got record performances from the girls 15-and-older 200 medley relay (Taylor Berend, Amanda Jenny, Haley McLellan and Eleanor Smith, 2:06.2), the girls 8-and-younger 100 freestyle relay (Elyse Bergmann, Demers, Meeting and Morr, 1:13.14), the girls 11-12 200 free relay (Olivia Bergmann, Donley, Kass and Mia Lachey, 2:02.89), the boys 11-12 200 free relay (Andrew Bernsdorf, Mike DeAscentis, Andrew Donley and Thomas Lennox, 2:03.2) and the girls 13-14 200 free relay (Molly Berend, Miranda Donley, Carly Shocket and Jessica Zaper, 1:58.66).
The Penguins finished ahead of Scioto (2,304), The Lakes (2,122), Wedgewood (1,926.5), Kinsale (1,757.5), Tartan Fields (1,526.5), Country Club at Muirfield (1,127), Worthington Hills (929), Medallion (818.5), Brookside (729), Jefferson (595) and Columbus Country Club (370).
“This is quite amazing for us, all these records,” Penguins coach Stephanie Donley said. “We did stack the relays a little bit more than in the past because we haven’t had many opportunities to do relays and try to go for team records. They just wanted to get some team records that have been there since the 1990s, and this ends up happening.”
NACC’s boys 9-10 200 free relay of Ethan Halpern, Jared Kass, Jack Lindemann and Darden Spychalski also bested the old meet record of 2:22.05, set last year by Kinsale, but finished second (2:20.79) to Kinsale’s Luke Dawson, Christian Hosler, Max Miller and Luke Nester (2:16.76).
The Penguins’ Miranda Donley won the girls 13-14 50 free (28.21) and 50 butterfly (30.01) and was on the winning 200 medley relay (2:13.17).
Other top performers included Tartan Fields’ Kai VanBourgondien, who won the boys 7-8 25 free (16.17), 25 backstroke (19.68) and 25 fly (meet-record 16.9). Scioto’s Tommy Dilz won the boys 11-12 50 fly (31.5) and 50 back (31.69), was second in the 50 free (28.91) and helped the 200 medley relay to second place (2:20.54).
Hosler won the boys 9-10 50 free (32.26) and 25 fly (meet-record 15.62) and was on the winning 100 medley relay (meet-record 1:09.67).
Scioto’s Caroline Colombo won the girls 9-10 50 free (32.69) and 25 fly (16.8), Medallion’s Becca Knapper won the girls 15-and-older 50 free (27.31) and 50 fly (29.69) and Tartan Fields’ Jack Scott won the boys 15-and-older 50 free (24.56) and 50 fly (27.46) and was on the winning 200 free relay (1:47.31).