Carmel’s Shackell, Fishers’ Ramey fastest swimmers

Carmel’s Alex Shackell beat a woman more than twice her age to become the world’s fastest 14-year-old flyer, and Fishers’ JoJo Ramey affirmed her status among the world’s top backstrokers in the Speedo Summer 1 Championships at Greensboro, N.C.

Last week’s East and West meets replaced USA Swimming’s end-of-summer championships because they were so close to the Tokyo Olympics.

Shackell won the East’s 100-meter butterfly in 59.61 seconds. That tops the world for her age in 2021, according to a database of FINA, world governing body for aquatic sports. Her pre-meet best of 1:00.63 was already an Indiana record for girls 13-14.

Leah Gingrich, 31, an Olympic Trials semifinalist, finished second in 59.72.

Shackell will be a freshman at Carmel High School.

She became No. 3 on the all-time U.S. list in her age group behind Claire Curzan, 58.61 in 2019, and Kendyl Stewart, 59.51 in 2009. And Shackell moved ahead of “Madam Butterfly,” Mary T. Meagher, who set what was then an American record of 59.71 in 1979.

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