It’s one of swimming’s biggest meets and members of the Hudson Explorers Aquatics Team more than lived up to the hype.
Three HEAT swimmers qualified to swim at the 2019 East Speedo Winter Junior Championships, which took place last Wednesday through Saturday on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
This meet is one of just two that take place nationally for some of the nation’s fastest 18-and-younger swimmers.
Paige McCormick, 17, qualified for two event finals during the four-day competition. She finished sixth in the women’s 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4 minutes, 19.42 seconds.
The next day, McCormick did it again, qualifying for the finals in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:58.39, good enough for a 15th-place finish and a new HEAT record. Earlier in the meet, McCormick also broke a team record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.39 seconds.
Giovanna Cappabianca, 18, also earned herself a spot in the finals at the meet. She finished 24th in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:18.71.
"It’s always a great experience for our swimmers to compete with the best in the country on a stage like Junior nationals," HEAT head coach Matt Davis said. "Mackenzie, Giovanna and Paige have worked really hard to be some of the best swimmers in the country. Our girls did an exceptional job and we are looking forward to the end of the high school season."