Bentz, Hu in multiple A finals after prelims of NCSA Juniors day 3

  24 Jared Anderson | March 20th, 2014 | Club, Featured, National, News, Previews & Recaps

pinit fg en rect gray 28 Bentz, Hu in multiple A finals after prelims of NCSA Juniors day 3

The usual suspects were back in action in Orlando, opening up prelims of day 3 at the NCSA Junior National meet. Simone Manuel, Francis Haas and Janet Hu all took top seeds after big wins last night. In addition, Gunnar Bentz has arrived for Dynamo and sits atop the 400 IM standings.

Simone Manuel opened things up with the top seed in the 200 free. Her 1:45.52 won’t quite grab headlines the way her 100 free last night did, but it’s still fastest of the field by over a second. Manuel was still a ways off her lifetime-best, but after the way she crushed finals last night, you definitely can’t rule out a big finals swim from the First Colony 17-year-old.

Megan Moroney and Katherine Drabot follow in a pair of 1:46s – 1:46.78 for St. Andrews Swimming’s Moroney and 1:46.92 for Ozaukee’s Drabot. Also in the final are Janet Hu (1:48.03) and Kylie Stewart (1:48.10), big winners from last night.

The boys 200 free has potential for another repeat winner. 500 free champ Francis Haas is the top seed in 1:36.83 – that’s a lifetime-best by just .01. Haas will look to take more off his PR tonight against Nicholas Arakelian, who finished second to him in the 500. Arakelian, out of Kingfish Aquatic Club in Michigan, was 1:37.38 for second. Liam Egan is the third seed in 1:37.73, just ahead of last night’s 200 back champ Tristan Sanders, who went 1:37.81 for Palm Harbor YMCA.

In the girls 50 breast, it was New Trier’s Ingrid Wall who will come in with the top seed, but not by much. Wall went 28.63, just .02 ahead of last night’s 100 breast winner Samantha Senczyszyn of Ozaukee Aquatics. And just a few hundredths back of her was Aquajets breaststroker Olivia Anderson in 28.69. Behind that trio is last night’s NAG record-breaker Alexis Wenger of Grosse Point, who went 28.81.

The boys 50 breast was equally close. 14-year-old Michael Andrew took the top seed in 24.94 under the Indie Swimming banner. Meanwhile Clovis’s Connor Hoppe nabbed second in 24.96. Last night’s 100 breast winner and NAG record breaker Carsten Vissering sits third in 25.19.

The 400 IM is set up for another close field, although there’s definitely some prelims gamesmanship going on in that race. Mia Nonnenberg went a lifetime-best 4:14.12 to take the top seed. Just a half-second back is Ozaukee’s Katherine Drabot in her second “A” final of the day. Drabot was 4:14.67 with Dynamo’s Kylie Stewart third in 4:14.82. Another well-known name in the A final is 14-year-old Isabella Rongione, who dropped over 3 seconds to take 6th in 4:16.56.

Gunner Bentz made his debut at this year’s NCSAs in the 400 IM and it was a good one. The Dynamo swimmer went 3:47.78 to head into tonight seeded first. Baylor’s Sam McHugh sits second in 3:50.95. Those two should have potential to run away from the pack tonight, but the battle behind them is set up well too. A foursome of boys went 3:52 this morning for the next four seeds: Alex Lebed, Justin Edwards, Jae Park and Tomas Peribonio.

Janet Hu showed her endurance in last night’s 200 fly, but she’ll get a chance to test her speed tonight with the 50 of the stroke. The NCAP-er is the top seed by a longshot in 23.53. Behind her is Wisconsin high school star Beata Nelson. The 15-year-old went 24.31 for the 2-seed. It’s a tight field, with the the top 13 swimmers all getting under 25 – tonight’s A final will also include Ashton Ellzey (24.70), Kylie Jordan (24.75) and Cassidy Bayer (24.77) among others.

Baylor’s Luke Kaliszak rolled to the top seed in the boys 50 fly, going 21.44. Second is Gunnar Bentz, coming off of that 400 IM right before, and Michael Andrew sits behind them. Bentz was 21.58 and Andrew went 21.83. Also under 22 were Delta’s Steven Tan and Justin Plaschka of Team Suffolk.

Full results are available on Meet Mobile under “2014 NCSA Spring Championship.”

Comments

  1. samuel huntington says:
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    Hu’s fly is “on” this week. NAG in the 100 fly?

  2. Lostriver says:
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    New NAG record for Alexis Wenger’s 28.81?

  3. Hulk Swim says:
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    Bentz must have set some kind of record for fewest stroke cycles in a 400y IM…

    • bobo gigi says:
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      Yes. He looks so tall in the water.
      The 25 yard pool is too short for him. :mrgreen:
      He’s a long course swimmer and it’s a good thing for his international future.
      What a talent!

  4. TheTroubleWithX says:
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    Haas won the 1000 too, right? So the 200 tonight could be his third victory in three days.

  5. Law Dawg says:
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    Just saw an interview with Bentz saying he’s swimming through this meet. Makes his morning swims all the more impressive.

  6. Lawdawglies says:
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    Law Dawg, Sounds like there’s some sandbagging going on here…already ready for NCAA D1 !!

  7. bobo gigi says:
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    Live recap day 2?

  8. Kevin T says:
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    Why is Michael Andrew wasting his swims on 50s? He should be chasing after more NAG records or lowering his NAG records while he still has the chance. Sure, his 50 times are rather impressive. But what is the point?

  9. The Beach says:
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    The point of the 50’s is more entry fees.

  10. bobo gigi says:
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    Ok. It looks like there is no live recap so I’m doing it. :)

    Women’s 200 free.
    Fantastic swim for Simone Manuel.
    She won in 1.43.00.
    Not surprising. She lowered her 100 free PR by more than 0.6 seconds. So it’s very logical to see her crush her 200 free PR by 1.22 seconds.
    Swimming is sometimes all about maths. :)

  11. bobo gigi says:
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    NAG RECORD ALERT!

    NEW 13/14 MEN’S 200 FREE NAG RECORD!

    1.38.31 BY MICHAEL ANDREW OF COURSE!

    Previous record was 1.38.42 by Maxime Rooney.

  12. bobo gigi says:
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    Townley Haas wins his 3rd race of the week in the 200 free.
    His time is 1.35 something. Sorry, I don’t remember.

  13. NCAP Dad says:
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    Bobo – I’m sitting at the meet in Orlando and it is still entertaining to read your comments. As a swim parent we do appreciate your perspective and kind words for our swimmers.

  14. bobo gigi says:
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    Can Michael Andrew win his first title of the week in the 50 breast?
    Not easy after a 200 free against fresh guys.

  15. bobo gigi says:
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    Seriously, I am the only guy on earth to have these unpredictable awful commercials during the live webcast of swimming world?
    It’s very irritating!

  16. bobo gigi says:
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    Samantha Senczyszyn won the women’s 50 breast.

  17. bobo gigi says:
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    Yes. Via swimming world which uses ustream.
    I have a movie trailer every 3 minutes and of course very often at the start of a race! :mad:

  18. bobo gigi says:
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    Connor Hoppe won the men’s 50 breast.

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