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MARIN PIRATES CONTINUE TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE AT JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

KATHRYN MURPHY QUALIFIES FOR 2008 US OLYMPIC TRIALS, BREAKS PACIFIC SWIMMING RECORD IN 50M FREE!   GIRLS BREAK 3 PACIFIC SWIMMING RELAY RECORDS! 

 

The Junior National Championship was held on March 18-21 in Orlando, Florida. The meet attracted over 1,400 of the fastest 18 and under swimmers in the United States. The Marin Pirates brought 10 swimmers.
 
The Marin Pirates were led by Kathryn Murphy’s third place finish in the 50 meter Freestyle. Murphy’s time of :26.15 qualified her for the 2008 Olympic Trials to be held June 29-July 6 in Omaha, Nebraska. Her time catapults her to the 46th seeded time out of 73 current qualifiers for the Trials in the 50 meter Free. Murphy is the 8th swimmer in Marin Pirate history to qualify for the Olympic Trials.   In addition, her time broke the Pacific Swimming 15-16 girls 50m Free record previously held by Brooke Bishop (:26.19, 2003).
 

In addition, the Pirates broke 3 Pacific Swimming relay records. 

15-18 Girl’s 200 m Free Relay  1:47.41 (Murphy, Alyssa Lo, Ashley Williams, Sabrina Cochrane).  Old record:  WCAB 1:49.71-set in 1997.    THIS SWIM TOOK 2ND PLACE AT JUNIOR NATIONALS!

Senior Women’s 200 m Free Relay  1:47.41 (Murphy, Lo, Williams, Cochrane).  Old record:  WCAB 1:49.77-set in 1983

15-16 Girl’s 400 y Medley Relay 3:53.53 (Cochrane, Liliana Alvarez, Alison Blom, Murphy).  Old record:  Terrapins 1:53.95 -set in 2004

Note that the girls broke their 200 Free relay records by over 2 seconds.  The previous 15-18 record was 11 years old and the previous Senior record was 25 years old!

 
These strong showings continue a long history of excellence by the Pirates at Junior Nationals. Over the team’s history, more than 120 swimmers have qualified for this competition, including 2 Pirates who have won Junior National Championships.
 
As a team, the ten Pirates recorded 34 best times out of 40 races at the meet.  
 
Girl’s Best Times:
Liliana Alvarez: 50y Breast :30.94; 200y Breast 2:23.75
Alison Blom: 50y Fly :27.01; 100y Fly :57.23; 200y Fly 2:07.79
Sabrina Cochrane: 50y Back :28.21; 100y Fly :58.92; 200y IM 2:09.21
Jenah Dawson: 100y Fly :58.04; 100y Back 1:00.39; 200y IM 2:07.74; 200y Free 1:57.51; 400y IM 4:33.38
Alyssa Lo: 50y Free :24.46; 100y Free :52.71; 200y Free 1:53.27; 200y IM 2:08.55; 400y IM 4:34.88
Kathryn Murphy: 50y Free :23.47 (prelims); 50m Free :26.15 (Finals, 3rd place, new Olympic Trial qualifying time); 100y Fly :58.6; 200y Free 1:52.43
Kristina Parsons: 50y Fly :26.64; 100y Fly :58.24; 50y Free :24.85
Ashley Williams: 100y Free :53.66; 100y Fly :58.59
 
Boy’s Best Times:
Max Horrell: 50y Fly :23.30; 100y Fly :50.82; 200y Fly 1:52.06; 100y Back :53.48; 200y IM 1:59.16.