SwimMAC Carolina – Team Elite Has a Great Showing at Nationals

Photography by Peter Carney

Congrats to SwimMAC Team Elite for having a great showing at Nationals!

SwimMAC bringing home U.S. Open record, most ever medals from National Championship at Stanford.

(Charlotte, N.C.) Aug. 7, 2011 – SwimMAC Carolina is bringing home a U.S. Open record and a bevy of medals after five days of competition at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championship at Stanford University.

In a stellar performance on Aug. 6, the final day of competition, Nick Thoman, Kevin Swander, Tim Phillips and Davis Tarwater (SwimMAC / NYAC) earned the U.S. Open record in the men’s 4x100m medley relay with a blazing time of 3:33.70. Their fantastic finish also captured enough points to push the SwimMAC men’s team to first place overall, ahead of Arizona (second) and Stanford (third.)

Eight of the 33 SwimMAC athletes competing won medals, and still more earned Olympic Time Trial berths and/or qualified for upcoming international competitions. Four athletes (Tim Phillips, Nick Thoman (SwimMAC / NYAC), Micah Lawerence, and Kevin Swander) qualified for the Pan American games. One athlete (Kyle Darmody) qualified for the World Youth Games that will compete in Lima, Peru.

The final medal count was 14 gold, two silver and two bronze – the most ever for SwimMAC in a national championship.

Athletes from Team Elite, the Senior Division, and SwimMAC college group swam in 81 individual events and eight relays over the five-day meet format. Now a second wave of 22 SwimMAC athletes are beginning the Speedo Junior Nationals Championships.

Photography by: Peter Carney

Records, Gold Medals & Pan American Birth Highlight Final Night of National Championship

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