DiRado dazzles at short course nationals

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Maya DiRado, 16, of the Santa Rosa Neptunes set a pair of Pacific Swimming age-group records at the Short Course National Championships in Federal Way, Wash., last week.
A senior at Maria Carrillo, DiRado, who also set four Neptunes’ records, finished third in the 400-yard individual medley in 4 minutes, 6.48 seconds. Her time broke the Pacific Swimming record held by 11-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin in the 15-16-year-old age group and would rank her third this season among NCAA swimmers. DiRado finished ahead of Cal freshman Caitlin Levernz, whose fourth-place time of 4:06.69 broke her own school record.
DiRado finished behind first-place Katie Hoff and runner-up Katinka Hosszu in the 400 IM. Hoff is a three-time Olympic medalist and Hosszu was a four-time All-American as a freshman at USC last season.
DiRado also broke a Pacific Swimming record in the 500 freestyle (4:43.87) in which she finished seventh and was the youngest among the top 13 finishers.
In addition, Molly Hannis, a senior at Santa Rosa High, set a Neptunes’ record in the 200 breastroke (2:13.79). Cal junior Amanda Sims, a former star at Montgomery High, finished second in the 100 butterfly and was part of the Bears’ first-place 200 medely relay team. Sims is the defending NCAA champion in the 100 fly.