There were not a lot of meets scheduled during Easter weekend, but we noticed a few great swims from the ones that did take place. SwimSwam covered the National Age-Group Swimming Association’s Showcase Classic; there were also a few long-course meets as well. For the most part, it was the younger end of the spectrum that made the most spectacular time leaps this weekend. Take a look at our picks for the weekend of April 18-20, 2014.
Jacey Hinton, 11, First Colony Swim Team: 50y free (24.79) – Hinton won the 11-year-old girls’ 50 free at the Showcase Classic with a new best time. She shaved 1.24 seconds off her personal best, achieved just a month ago, and catapulted from the mid-60s to number four in the 2013-14 season rankings for 11-year-old girls in the 50y free.
Christina Cianciolo, 12, Clearwater Aquatic Team: 100y free (51.66) – Cianciolo dropped more than two seconds to win the 12-year-old single age group category at Showcase. She finishes the season with the top 100y free time for 12-year-old girls in the nation.
Michael Treglia, 11, Jersey Wahoos: 200y free (1:57.72) – Treglia went home from the Showcase Classic 3.3 seconds faster than when he’d arrived. Coming in with a 2:01, which placed him somewhere around 35th in the country for 11-year-old boys, Treglia dropped a half-second in prelims. He then went crashing through the 2:00 barrier in finals and finished the year the 9th fastest 11-year-old in the country.
Adam Kerr, 12, Poseidon Swimming: 500y free (4:55.41) – Kerr was 33 seconds faster at this year’s Showcase than he was in 2013. This was his sixth 500 since September 2013; each time he got progressively faster until he finally broke through the 5:00 barrier with a vengeance.
Shane Blinkman, 13, Unattached: 100m breast (1:09.94) – Swimming unattached at the Australian Age Group National Championships, Blinkman took another few hundredths off his personal best from January. Both swims were his first sub-1:10s, about 1.5 seconds faster than his personal best last August when he swam with Hudson Area Swimming Association at Central Zones.
Keith Myburgh,14 , Virginia Gators: 200y breast (2:06.15) – Myburgh nabbed the last spot on the national Top Ten list for 14-year-old boys with his 1.24-second drop at the Showcase Classic. Last year at this time he was a 2:16 200-breaststroker.
Kasja Dymek, 13, Greenwood Swimming: 100y fly (55.54) – Swimming at Showcase, Dymek picked up her first-ever national time standard with a 2.6-second improvement from her seed time. Dymek dropped 1.3 seconds in prelims, and another 1.3 in finals where she broke the meet record in the event by .6.
Anthony Mowles, 12, Lakeside Aquatic Club: 200m fly (2:27.92) – Mowles went a personal best by 4.5 seconds winning the boys’ 11-12 200 fly at the TXLA Long Course Kick Off meet. He was 21 seconds faster than at his kick-off meet a year ago.
Kristen Romano, 14, Town Wrecker Swim Team: 200 IM (2:03.63) – About a second off her personal best, Romano nonetheless swam a solid 200 IM, winning the girls’ 14-year-old event at Showcase Classic. She also won the 100 free, 100/200 back, 100 fly, and 400 IM, was second in the 200 free and 50 back, third in the 50 free, and fourth in the 500 free.
Special thanks to Lyle Campbell for his assistance in putting this list together.