This is a tribute to America’s Swimming’s Rising Stars in the early 2000’s. Today: Kara Lynn Joyce
A world away in the frozen tundra of Michigan, Club Wolverine’s premier sprinter was getting ready to stamp her name on a few national records. At the Michigan high school swimming championships in Ypsilanti (held the same weekend in November as the Florida state meets), Ann Arbor Pioneer senior Kara Lynn Joyce put on a virtuoso performance not likely to be rivaled in the near future.
Joyce got the party started during prelims, leading off her school’s 200 freestyle relay in 22.04 (former PR, 22.73), bettering the national mark of 22.39 set by Swindle in 2001. In addition, the relay set a national high school record, finishing in an amazing 1:32.77, demolishing the former standard of 1:34.54 set by Illinois’ St Charles in 1999. The Pioneer girls also set a national public high school record of 3:25.91 in the 400 free relay, again taking down another St. Charles record (3:26.01) from 1999.
“Setting a national record by yourself is one thing, but being able to share it with three other people on a relay makes it even more special. We did something pretty amazing together,” said Joyce. In individual events, she showed her heels to the field, sprinting to a new national mark in the 100 free (48.69), which she would lower even further in finals to 48.59. “I had never been under 49.63 before this meet,” said Joyce. “I was pretty awestruck by it all.”