13-Year-Old Jillian Cox’s 10:09, 4:55 Lead Southern Senior Champs

13-year-old Jillian Cox put up the fastest 1000 free time in the nation this year for the 13-14 age group, dominating the Southern Senior Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.

Swimming for Austin Trinity Aquatic Club, Cox won the 1000 free against a field of athletes between 13 and 18 years old, despite being one of only a few 13-year-olds in the field. Her 10:09.43 is the fastest time in the nation this season for the 13-14 age group. It also stands up well inside the top 100 times done by a 13-year-old in the event going back to at least 2000, per USA Swimming’s database. Over last season as a whole, that time would have been 25th nationwide for 13-14s, behind only six 13-year-olds.

Cox also won the 500 free in 4:55.97. That’s tied for the second-best time by a 13-year-old girl this season.

The meet was dotted by a handful of other high-ranking age group swims. 15-year-old Meredith Brown won the 50 free for First Colony Swim Team, dropping from 24.36 down to 23.12. That’s the 18th-ranked time this season among 15-16s and 9th among 15-year-olds.

16-year-old Madison Lloyd cut down from 2:02.99 to 2:00.05 in the 200 backstroke, good for 13th in the nation this season among 15-16s. The Blue Tide Aquatics swimmer was actually stuck in the B final after struggling through a tough 100 free/200 back double in the morning. The event win went to Loveland Swim Club 17-year-old Erin Lang, who was 2:00.07, just a couple hundredths off Lloyd’s mark, but also good for 12th in the nation this season among 17-year-olds.

On the boys side, Jordan Anderson was the backstroke star. Lloyd’s Blue Tied teammate won both the 100 and 200 backs, including a 48.84 in the 100 back. That time puts the 18-year-old Anderson inside the top 20 for his age group, ranking 18th nationwide this season among 17-18s.

Maybe the best multi-event showing was by 17-year-old Grace Wey of Swim Houston Aquatics Center. She won the 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM and 100 back with huge new personal-bests. In her 200 fly, Wey dropped from 2:03.77 down to 2:01.41, which sits #8 in the nation among 17-year-olds this season. Her 100 fly (dropped from 56.75 to 54.69, ranked 13th among 17-year-olds) and 400 IM (4:25.85 down to 4:21.69, ranks 10th among 17-year-olds) also checked into the top 15 nationwide for her age.

17-year-old Briggs Shiller of Swim Houston Aquatic Center was another standout. His 4:26.78 win in the 500 free ranks him 6th this season among 17-year-olds, and his 1:38.62 200 free is 12th for his age this season.

The mile winners were Diana Neagu of California Capital and Jake Ores of Loveland. Neagu went 16:51.58, which sits 5th this season for 17-year-olds. Ores, who is 25, went 15:17.41, which is inside the top 50 swims for swimmers of any age this season. Ores also won the 1000 free in 9:11.87, which is 36th in the nation for all ages.

Full meet results are available on Meet Mobile.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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