MCSL Top Swims: The 8 & Unders

By Reach for the Wall Staff and anonymous contributors

This past week we received an email from a contributor that contained some in-depth analysis of the times an accomplishments of the Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) community for each age group. This season would have marked the 62nd year of competition for the league, which has been sidelined by the COVID-19 crisis. That said, the league, which exists to “Develop a love for the sport of swimming, advanced aquatic skills, teamwork, and the principles of good sportsmanship” is still functioning in spirit as we have received many updates from various teams displaying their ingenuity in keeping the kids involved and connected with the sport. We hope this series of posts will provide some fun distraction from your day-to-day as some of the ‘old-timers’ reminisce of their glory days. This week, we will post the top 10 times by age group, starting with today’s post of the 8 & Unders.

The Methodology:
The standards below were developed by using MCSL records from 2000 as a starting point and then searching the MCSL results on the website for times faster than that that County Record.  In this way, they were not missing any times from before 2000.  The one exception is  girls 8 & Under back because Karla Wilson still has the MCSL Record!  From there the researcher(s) found the next nine (9) fastest times since 2000 (and with this method may be missing some pre- 2000 times).  
As result, there are a few age groups that don’t have 10 names because there haven’t been 9 people who have gone faster than the 2000 record. One example of this is the Girls 8 & Under Freestyle, which only has two times listed…Candy Camacho swam a 15.89 in 1982 & held the record until it was broken in 2010 by Megan Sharkey when she blazed a 15.45. None have gone faster than either swimmer since…The next fastest time we could locate was Maya Fischer who posted a 16.05 (coincidentally, also in 2010).  For conversation sake, the 8 & Unders did not swim Breastroke or Butterfly until the 1993 season…not that this impacts the top swims list, just that they didn’t swim the events until that year.
Please feel free to respond in the comments if you would like to add a name/time to the list that has been missed.

8 & Under Boys 25 Freestyle:

15.16 Timmy Ellett TW2009
15.37 Brian Cernoch GM2008
15.38 Adriano Arioti RV2015
15.44 Daniel Fry RH2019
15.46 David Fitch PO2012
15.50 Darius Truong RV2011
15.56 Greg Pfister DA1999
15.57 Jackson Tovornik MW2018
15.62 Mason Maready OM2019
15.68 Jon Solomon H1983

Girls 8 & Under 25 Freestyle:

Who held the record (and time) before Candy?

**Update from reader Jeff Roddin: Jan Bauer (MS) had the 8&U girls record before Candy Camacho with a 16.2 from 1979. During those years MS had both boys and girls 8&U 25m free records (Clay Britt had the boys record with a 16.0 from 1969).

15.48Megan SharkeyPW2010
15.89Candy CamachoWL1982

Boys 8 & Under 25 Backstroke:

18.09Darius TruongRV2011
18.29Adriano Arioti RV2015
18.34Ashton Sun KFM2014
18.44Sean Stewart NMC1999
18.5Nozomi HorikawaTW2007
18.65Timmy Ellett TW2009
18.72 Caleb VuSG2014
18.78Mitchell KirschC2003
18.79M. Preston NCC1995

Girls 8 & Under 25 Backstroke:

18.58Karla Wilson MW1982
19.03Phoebe Bacon TH2011
19.03Hailey Hammond LF2016
19.11Megan Sharkey PW2010
19.23Eliya Harnood GER2007
19.3Catherine Mulquin MCT2003
19.3Audrey Lee KFM2018
19.35Natsumi Horikawa TW2005
19.41Harper Bartholomew WM2019
19.41Julia Zettler PO2019

Boys 8 & Under 25 Breaststroke:

19.37Darius Truong RV2011
20.23Timmy Ellett TW2009
20.47Lachlan Bartholomew WM2018
20.63Kevin Chen GM2018
20.78Dylan Reilly SO2019
20.87Robert Qian GER2008
20.98John Frank OM2015
20.99Russell Sangster WW2004
21.06Harrison Cerone DT2012
21.08Daniel Fry RH2019

Girls 8 & Under 25 Breaststroke:

20.83Yaly Levy RV2003
20.84Rachel Sigwalt SG2007
21.08Claudia Gibson RV2007
21.14Felicity Yetter WM2014
21.14Sarah Kannan BE2005
21.2Anna Li WCF2014
21.44Blair Webb HA2000
21.57Emma Lantry K2015
21.62Lauren James PL2005
21.62Abigail Tan UC2018

Boys 8 & Under 25 Butterfly:

16.07Darius Truong RV2011
16.25Kirk Morgan SL2017
16.78Timmy Ellett TW2009
16.85Grant Goddard PA2005
16.93Sean Stewart NMC1999
16.95Adriano Arioti RV2015
17.24M. Thom B1993

Girls 8 & Under 25 Butterfly:

16.96Megan Sharkey PW2010
17.21Phoebe Bacon TH2011
17.37Catherine Mulquin MCT2003
17.44Holly Heaton GP2011
17.54Alyssa Wallace MCT2005
17.57Eliya Harnood GER2007
17.58Nilasha Ghosh FH1997

That wraps up the 8 & Under events…look for our next post where we provide the rundown on the 9-10 age group!

4 thoughts on “MCSL Top Swims: The 8 & Unders

  • Jul 6, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks RFTW team!

    This is very cool use of the sites data and is fun to see who is still swimming 🙂



  • Jul 6, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Jan Bauer (MS) had the 8&U girls record before Candy Camacho with a 16.2 from 1979. During those years MS had both boys and girls 8&U 25m free records (Clay Britt had the boys record with a 16.0 from 1969).

    • Jul 6, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks Jeff, we’ll update the post!

  • Jul 6, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    This is fantastic and a great way to keep us involved with the MCSL this summer! I love seeing all the old names.


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