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Blaine Nichols helps IU Relay set World Record!

SO, NOW CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL and NACS (Northwest Aquatic Club) SWIM TEAMS CAN SAY WE HAVE AN ATHLETE THAT SET A WORLD RECORD!!!  CONGRATULATIONS TO BLAINE NICHOLS!!!    (see article below)

World News

Indiana Posts Eight New Relay World Records at Fall Frenzy

Published:September 26, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana, September 26. THE world records are beginning to fall at the IU Fall Frenzy. As reported earlier today, Indiana is taking advantage of a unique window of opportunity to be the first swimmers to complete swims under newly-available FINA-recognized events.

The Hoosiers are gunning to be the first to set world records in the mixed gender versions of the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay, as well as single-gender versions of the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay at the short course meters distance. For long course meters, they will swim mixed gender 400 free and 400 medley relays.

The first short course meters record-setting swim was the 200 mixed medley relay. James Wells (backstroke), Cody Miller (breaststroke), Gia Dalesandro (butterfly) and Olivia Barker (freestyle) combined for a 1:49.87.


Next up was a world record swim in the women's 200 medley relay, and the team of Grace Padget, Heather Hayes, Bailey Pressey and Madelon Webb recorded a 2:04.34.

In an attempt to give multiple members of the Indiana team the opportunity to say they are world record holders, Ray Looze held back his top swimmers for the men's 200 medley relay. The foursome of Curtis Goss, Blaine Nichols, Kyle Johnson and Tanner Kurz swam a 1:50.07 that will go into the record book.


The sanctioned attempts, which have all the requirements in place including drug-testing and surveying, obviously have plenty of support from FINA Vice President Dale Neuburger. His son, Eric, is currently an Associate Athletics Director for Facilities & External Alliances at Indiana University and has served as a manager for the IU swimming and diving team in the past. These new records even require new forms that debuted this year for FINA to recognize them, and the Hoosiers have this documentation in place thanks to the Neuburgers.

How long these records will last is anyone's guess, but these newly-minted world-record holders will always hold onto their official world-record certificates from FINA.