Marlins of Raleigh swimmers led the Triangle contingent, breaking one state record and four meet records in finishing second at the N.C. Aquatic Club's Josh Weaver Memorial Meet Near the Hill held Friday through Sunday at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.
The powerful NOVA swim club from Northern Virginia, ranked No. 4 nationally, ran away with the title, compiling 4,612 points against teams from North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Pennsylvania, Marlins coach Paul Silver reported. More than 700 swimmers competed in the long-course meet for "A" classification competitors. (Complete results.)
Triangle teams took second through fourth places, with MOR second at 2,729, Wake County's New Wave Swim Team third at 2,239 and the host N.C. Aquatic Club of Chapel Hill fourth at 1,953. The YMCA of the Triangle was seventh at 675.
The Marlins' Tyler Silver, 12, of Cary, swimming in the 11-12 age group, broke a 20-year-old state record in the 50 butterfly with a time of 28.28 seconds, which surpassed the record of 28.60 set by Craig Hertz in 1990, said Paul Silver, who is the swimmer's father. The time also was a meet record.
Silver also set meet records in the 200 individual medley in 2:25.52 and 100 butterfly in 1:03.46. The swimmer finished with victories in seven events: 50, 100, 200 and 400 freestyles, 50 and 100 butterfly, and 200 IM.
Two other Marlins also set meet records among the Marlins' 18 first-place event finishes. Kiko Lamb, 14, of Cary swam a time of 2:28.57 in the age 13-14 200 backstroke, and Ben Miller, 15, of Cary swam 8:48.95 in the 15-and-over 800 freestyle.
The competition usually is held at the University of North Carolina as the annual Meet On The Hill, but it was displaced this year because of construction at the adjacent Dean Smith Center.
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