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Granada boys from left to right: Nick Silverhorn, Bryce McLaggan, Maxime Rooney and Trent Trumph. They broke a national record at Saturday's North Coast Section Meet of Champions in Concord, California.

CONCORD, Calif. — The North Coast Section swim Meet of Champions needs to be renamed to Meet of National Records.

For the fifth time in six seasons, the meet produced a national mark, this one in the final event of the day, the 400-yard freestyle boys relay.

The Granada (Livermore, Calif.) squad of Nick Silverthorn, Bryce McLaggan, Trent Trump and Maxime Rooney set a national public school record by finishing in 2 minutes, 59.00 seconds Saturday at Concord Community Pool, breaking the mark of 2:59.36. set by Chesterton (Ind.) earlier this season.

Silverthorn, a senior headed to Cal, was part of one of the greatest finals in state, if not national history, when three swimmers broke the previous 100 breaststroke national mark last year.

Campolindo (Moraga) then senior and now USC freshman Steven Stumph won in 53.39, followed by Charlie Wiser (53.57), of Miramonte (Orinda), and Silverthorn (53.61). All were under the previous mark of 53.67 set by six-time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen, who graduated from Haverford (Pa.).

Silverthorn, who won Saturday's 100 butterfly in 54.31, is the No. 16 overall recruit in the country according to collegeswimming.com.

"Being part of last year's race was special for sure," Silverthorn said. "But doing this with my teammates, four guys from the same neighborhood, was extra special. It was an amazing way to end my high school career."

Rooney, a sophomore, set NCS records while winning the 200 and 500 freestyle titles. He anchored the 400 relay after legs (in order) from Silverthorn, McLaggan and Trump, all seniors.

"We talked about breaking the record last year," said Rooney, the country's No. 13 recruit. "To do it in those guys' final race is awesome."