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Santa Margarita’s record-setting time in the girls 400-yard freestyle relay last week looked like a warm-up on Friday.
The Eagles clocked a much faster time during preliminaries at the CIF State swimming and diving championships at Clovis West High in Fresno.
Santa Margarita smashed its recently-set Orange County and national independent high school records by clocking a time of 3 minutes, 15.61 seconds, a staggering 2 1/2 second improvement from the CIF-SS Division 1 finals in Mission Viejo on May 6.
The independent records are for private schools such as Santa Margarita.
The Eagles’ time Friday from the team of Macky Hodges (49.04), Teia Salvino (49.41), Teagan O’Dell (47.98) and Justina Kozan (49.18) places Santa Margarita about two-tenths of a second off Carmel of Indiana’s 2015 overall national high school record of 3:15.38.
The Eagles will have another chance to break the overall record during Saturday’s final. The girls 400 free relay could be held around 3:15 p.m.