Posted: 7:03 pm Monday, December 12th, 2011

Swimming: St. Andrew’s club wins junior nationals, sets record 

By Matt Porter

St. Andrew’s club won gold at USA Swimming’s Junior National Championships last weekend in Austin, Texas.

St. Andrew's club poses with its junior nationals trophy. (Photo courtesy St. Andrew's Swimming)

St. Andrew's club poses with its junior nationals trophy. (Photo courtesy St. Andrew's Swimming)

The Scots broke the meet record in the girls 200 medley relay, swimming 1:41.63, two-tenths of a second faster than the previous mark.

The record was set by St. Andrew’s junior Tasija Karosas, freshman Megan Moroney and sophomore Brenna Ruth, along with Plantation-American Heritage senior Lindsey McKnight.

Those four swimmers also won gold in the 800 free relay and bronze in the 400 medley relay.

McKnight was named Swimmer of the Meet after breaking a meet record in the 200 free, winning gold in the 100 free and placing top-three in the 200 IM and 50 free. She is the No. 6 recruit in the 2012 class according to CollegeSwimming.com and will swim for Florida next year.

Karosas won silver in the 100 backstroke and finished tied for 15th among individual swimmers. She is ranked No. 28 in the 2013 class by CollegeSwimming.

Boca Raton senior Harper Bruens finished 41st overall, swimming for Fort Lauderdale Aquatics. Bruens will swim for Tennessee next year.

It was the first South Florida team in more than a decade to win a USA Swimming Junior National title, according to St. Andrew’s coach Sid Cassidy.