13-Year Old Hannah Marinovich Is the New Youngest 2020 Olympic Trials Qualifier


  • February 27th-March 1st, 2020
  • Texas A&M University Rec Center, College Station, Texas
  • SCY Prelims/LCM Finals
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2020 Speedo Sectionals Championship Series” (or search “College Station”)

After winning the 200 back on Friday in a lifetime best of 1:58, former Texas Longhorn Sam Stewart added a win in the 200 free on Saturday at the College Station, Texas Sectional Championship meet.

Stewart swam a 1:36.50 in the yards prelims and a 1:49.15 in the meters final of the event. That long course time is another lifetime best for Stewart, improving upon the 1:51.60 that he swam last summer. It also makes him the 11th-best American in that event this season, with the top 6 at the U.S. Olympic Trials typically earning spots on the Olympic team as members of the 800 free relay.

Also this weekend, Stewart swam a 2:02.69 in the 200 meter fly and a 3:41.97 in the 400 yard IM in prelims before scratching the final.

The most intriguing swim on the women’s side of the racing didn’t come from a winner. Texas A&M post-grad and Mexican national Esther Gonzalez won the women’s 200 breaststroke in 2:29.13. She just edged-out Clovis, California 13-year old Hannah Marinovich, who was 2nd in 2:29.15. That’s the fastest-ever time by an American 13-year old in the event.

That time also puts Marinovich well under the Olympic Trials standard of 2:33.29. Her previous best time was 2:33.93. Marinovich, who just turned 13 in the middle of last summer, is the new youngest qualifier for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials. She’s just a few days younger than Erika Pelaez, who will also be only 13 when next year’s Olympic Trials roll around.

Other Day 3 Winners:

  • Texas A&M post-grad Claire Rasmus won the women’s 200 free final in 2:00.22, followed by fellow Aggie Katie Portz in 2:00.35. The top junior finisher was Katie Crom, a 16-year old from the Mission Viejo Nadadores, in 2:00.71. That’s her best time by more than a second-and-a-half and gives her an Olympic Trials cut in the event. She now has Trials cuts in three events: the 200 free, 200 fly, and 400 IM.
  • Texas post-grad Will Licon won the men’s 200 breaststroke in 2:10.84. That’s half-a-second slower than he was his last time out in January at the Pro Swim Series meet in Knoxville. Runner-up Colin Feehery earned his first Olympic Trials cut in the event in 2:14.89 for 2nd, as did the runner-up, 15-year old Zhier Fan, in 2:17.54.
  • 17-year old US National Teamer Lillie Nordmann won the women’s 100 fly in 59.89.
  • Texas commit Coby Carrozza, who trains with Longhorn Aquatics, won the men’s 100 fly in 53.90 (after a yards 48.32 in prelims). That’s a new best time by a narrow margin of .03 seconds. He also won the 200 fly on Friday in 2:01.26, and also and a pair of individual runner-up finishes in the 100 free and 200 free.
  • Another Texas A&M post-grad, Sydney Pickrem, won the women’s 400 IM in 4:42.30. Katie Crom finished 2nd in 4:50.13.
  • Rising junior distance swimmer David Johnston added his 4th Olympic Trials cut via a 4:23.40 win in the men’s 400 IM on Saturday. He also picked up a cut this week in the 400 free (3:56.20) to go with previous cuts in the 800 and 1500 free last summer. He’ll be joined at Trials by Jed Michael Jones (4:25.28), Jacques Rathle (4:25.65), and Tyler Kopp (4:25.87), all of whom booked their first Olympic Trials cuts in Saturday’s 400 IM race.
  • Nitro won the women’s 400 medley relay in 4:19.90, while Metroplex Aquatics won the men’s relay in 3:50.52.

Team Scores After Day 3

Men’s Top 5:

  1. Mission Viejo Nadadores – 211
  2. Longhorn Aquatics – 194
  3. KATY Aquatics – 170
  4. Metroplex Aquatics – 157
  5. Clovis Swim Club – 151

Women’s Top 5:

  1. Mission Viejo Nadadores – 182
  2. Lakeside Aquatic Club – 155
  3. Clovis Swim Club – 125
  4. DART Swimming – 122
  5. Magnolia Aquatic Club – 110


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10 months ago

Her 2BR was really impressive, but that IM was the race of the night.

TX swimfan
Reply to  Erik
10 months ago

Especially the DQ on Johnston that got overturned. I hope the boy who fell during the meet last night is ok.

Lane 8
10 months ago

Congratulations! Never heard of her before.

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