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11-year-old finishes fourth in fly-casting competition, breaks women’s all-time record

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At the U.S. National Casting Championships in Long Beach, an 11-year-old girl from San Francisco named Maxine McCormick turned the world of fly-casting on its head by finishing fourth overall in fly casting accuracy, making the All-America team and besting the all-time women’s mark. McCormick scored a 289 out of 300, beating the record of 286 set in the 1990s by Canadian champion Brenda McSporran, and also broke seven junior national records in different events. Two of the men who finished ahead of her, Chris Korich and Maxine’s father, Glenn, are considered among the greatest casters in history, and together with Steve Rajeff, the only other man to best McCormick, were also placed on the All-American team. “I’ve coached Maxine and her father for two and a half years,” said Korich. “Maxine’s fly-casting excellence was beyond belief. As a 45-year veteran … I have to honestly say that Maxine’s focus, determination and technical execution at this national championships equaled or surpassed that of Steve, myself, and father Glenn.” Just wait until next year.

Read the full story at The San Francisco Chronicle.

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