This championship season sure is a busy time of year. I apologize for being a week behind but it’s better late than never, right? Below are our picks for some truly fabulous swims during the weekend of July 25-27, 2014. (Don’t worry; there will be another WWAGS for the weekend of August 1-3, and still another for August 8-10.)
Berit Quass, 11, Central Iowa Aquatics: 200m free (2:14.95) – Quass dropped a whopping 8.3 seconds and won the girls 11-12 200 free at the Iowa Swimming Long Course Championships hosted by Cedar Rapids Aquatics Association. She also won the 200 fly, was third in the 50 free, and second in the 100 free, 50/100/200 back, and 50/100 fly.
Alexander Zettle, 14, Lakeside Aquatic Club: 400m free (4:02.14) – Swimming at Texas Age Group Championships, Zettle won the boys 13-14 100/200/400/800/1500 free, was third in the 200 IM and second in the 400 IM. He went seven-for-seven PBs and picked up his first Winter Juniors cuts in the 100 and 800 frees, and his first Summer Juniors cuts in the 200 and 400 frees.
Alex Podrez, 11, Great Lakes Sailfish Swimming: 1500m free (19:31.16) – Podrez had some great swims at the Lake Erie Long Course Age Group Championships in Geneva, Ohio. He finished top-eight in the boys 11-12 200/400/800/1500 free, 100/200 back, and 200/400 IM. Podrez won the 800 and finished 3rd in the mile, achieving best times in both. He also went PBs in both backs and the 400 IM.
Ryan Hogan, 11, SOLO Aquatics: 1500m free (19:00.73) – With a 30-second drop in two months, Hogan picked up a PB and a second-place finish at the New England 14 & Under LCM Championships, hosted by Seacoast Swimming – Dover. Hogan also finished the weekend with new times in the 200/400/800 free, 100/200 fly, and 400 IM.
Athena Ye, 13, Kishwaukee YMCA Dekalb County: 100m back (1:04.51) – Ye picked up her first Summer Juniors cut with a 2.4-second drop off her seed time at the Speedo Illinois Age Group hosted by BDSC & ACAD at the RecPlex. In addition to the 100 back, Ye went home with best times in the 100 free, 200 back, 100 fly, and 400 IM.
Tal Davis, 15, Team Greenville: 200 back (2:06.47) – Between prelims and finals at the South Carolina Long Course Championships hosted by Carolina Aquatics, Davis dropped 3.5 seconds in the boys senior 200 back and took second, only .23 behind the winner. He also won the 1500 free and was fourth in the 200 IM. He achieved PBs in all three events.
Paige Hunt, 11, Aquatic Club of Elkhorn: 100m breast (1:19.45) – At the Midwestern Long Course Championship hosted by Lincoln Select Swimming, Hunt finished second in the girls 11-12 breast with a personal best by 3.5 seconds. Hunt finished the weekend with PBs in the 100/200 breast and 50 fly.
Paul DeGrado, 12, Scarlet Aquatics 200m breast (2:33.84) – DeGrado dropped 4.5 seconds to win the 200 breast at the New Jersey Junior Olympics; he broke the New Jersey LSC Men’s 11-12 200 Meter Breaststroke record for the third time this season and picked up a Sectional cut to boot.
Connor Hunt, 11, Ridgefield Aquatic Club: 200m fly (2:32.12) – Hunt went his best time by 4.7 seconds and finished second in the boys 11-12 200 breast at Connecticut Long Course Age Group Championships held at Wesleyan University. He also finished with best times in the 400 free, 50/200 breast, and 50/100 fly.
Allison Bernier, 11, Charger Aquatics: 200m fly (2:34.95) – At the New Mexico 11 & Over Long Course Championships hosted by LCAT in Las Cruces, Bernier went a best time by 5 seconds in prelims, then dropped another 6 in finals to win the girls 11-12 200 fly. She also won the 400 free, 100 fly, and 200 IM and was runner-up in the 100 free.
Braden Vines, 14, City Of Midland Swim Team: 200m IM (2:10.97) – Vines dropped nearly three seconds and finished second in the boys 13-14 200 IM at Texas Long Course Age Group Championships in Austin. He went best times in the 100/200/400 free, 100 fly, and 200 IM.
Mia Abruzzo, 11, Penn Charter Aquatic Club: 400m IM (5:31.18) – Abruzzo finaled in the girls 11-12 50/100/200/400/800 free, 100/200 back, 50/100/200 fly, and 200/400 IM at the Middle Atlantic Long Course Junior Olympics hosted by Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club. Abruzzo scored personal bests in all but three of those events. Her 400 IM time ranks her 12th in the country for 11-year-old girls.
Special thanks to Lyle Campbell for his assistance in putting this list together.