Anyone who showed up late to today’s North Coast Section swimming championships missed perhaps the most exciting race of the day. Carondelet’s 200-yard medley relay team, made up of Madison White (backstroke), Allison Gargalikis (breaststroke), Christina Ray (butterfly) and Chelsea Chenault (freestyle) set a new national high school record in the event with a time of 1:40.80. The previous record of 1:41.68 was set a year ago by Carmel High School in Indiana. The scariest part might be that the Cougars’ relay team is comprised entirely of non-seniors. Chenault and White are freshmen, Ray is a sophomore and Gargalikis is a junior.
Other highlights: Chenault broke the meet’s oldest girls record, the 500 freestyle, on Friday and lowered it today with a 4:43.43. California’s Sarah Anderson held the previous record of 4:44.50 for 17 years.
Kasey Carlson, regarded as one of Northern California’s most accomplished high school swimmers ever, wrapped up her career at Las Lomas with titles in the 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle, though she did not break either of the records she set last season. She leaves Las Lomas and enters USC as the national high school record holder in the 100 breaststroke.
There will be more on Carlson, Chenault and Carondelet in tomorrow’s paper.