Guelph Marlins continue relay record assault

GUELPH — The Guelph Marlins’ 11-12 boys’ relay team now holds all the national relay records for their age group.

The foursome of Marcus Beckstead-Holman, twin brother William Beckstead-Holman, Russell Burton and Colin Campbell completed the sweep of the Swimming Canada records by claiming two records at the Ontario long-course championship meet at the Etobicoke Olympium. They also set two records in time trials on the same day, a short-course one at home and a long-course one at Etobicoke later in the day.

The Marlins recorded a time of 4:26.97 in the short-course 400-metre medley relay to beat the previous record by more than two and a half seconds.

They added the long-course 800m freestyle relay mark in the time trial at Etobicoke with a clocking of 9:03.72 to get the record by a tenth of a second.

Having to swim in the 13-14 class as there were no relays in their own age group at the provincial long-course meet, the Marlins lowered the 200m medley relay to 2:04.32, just over a second faster than the previous mark.

They completed their national record sweep in the long-course 400m medley relay with a time of 4:33.83 to chop three seconds off the previous record.

The Marlins finished seventh in both relays competing in the older age group.

Tristan Jankovics was on the Marlins team that first broke the short-course 200m medley record May 15.

The Marlins’ final national mark at the provincial meet came exactly two months after they started their assault on the record book.

The long-course records stand at 1:52.36 for the 200m free relay, 4:06.19 for the 400m free relay, 9:03.62 for the 800m free relay, 2:04.32 for the 200m medley relay and 4:33.83 for the 400m medley relay.

The Marlins lowered the short-course records to 1:49.27 for the 200m free relay, 3:59.50 for the 400m free relay, 8:47.86 for the 800m free relay, 2:02.84 for the 200m medley relay and 4:26.97 for the 400m medley relay.

  • Guelph Sports Journal