14-Year Old Ashlyn Schoof Takes Top Seed in 200 Back at Prelims of Minneapolis Grand Prix

The Minneapolis Grand Prix’s final day is still working through the final heats of the 400 medley and 1650 freestyle early heats, but the 200 IM, 200 back, and 100 freestyle races are in the books and saw some solid morning swims.

Cal post-grad Caitlin Leverenz was the only woman under two minutes in the 200 IM; she took the top seed in 1:58.34.

A trio of current or former Gophers were behind her, with Tori Simenec (2:00.09), Kierra Smith (2:00.84), and post-grad Haley Spencer (2:04.08) lining up the middle lanes for finals. Frisco Aquatics’ Destiny Nelson was 5th in 2:04.90, and Katie Christy was 6th in 2:04.97.

That should be a great final, as there’s a whole lot of breaststrokers in that A-Final, with the big exception being Simenec (though, for a non-breaststroker she’s pretty good as well).

In the women’s 200 back, Schroeder YMCA 14-year old Ashlyn Schoof continues to have a breakout meet. She was a 1:57.89, and after a best time earlier in the meet in the 100 back, she’s clipped almost two seconds off of her best time in the morning here.

Cameron McHugh from the Cy-Fair Swim Club in Houston was 2nd in 1:58.58, and Minnesota’s Tess Behrens took the 33rd seed in 1:58.62.

And finally, Lauren Votava from Minnesota is the top seed in the women’s 100 free in 49.29, followed by the big favorite to win Megan Romano, who was a 49.75.

A second Gopher, Rebecca Weiland, is the third seed in 49.80, with 15-year old Jordan Stout and Erin Caflisch tying for fourth in 50.16.

On the men’s side, the 200 IM top seed went to Austin Surhoff in 1:45.57. Surhoff is in his first season after completing his eligibility at Texas.

He’ll be in the middle lane in finals, but he’s going to have a lot of great swimmers chasing him: Darian Townsend is the second seed in 1:46.99, and Conor Dwyer is 3rd in 1:47.07.

Greater Omaha Aquatics League’s Jacob Molacek, an Auburn-bound senior who’s been having a very good meet, is the fourth seed in 1:48.26.

Also watch out for Guillermo Blanco, the sixth seed and the current NCAA leader in the 400 IM. He was only a 1:48.4 in prelims, which is a couple of seconds shy of his lifetime best. Expect him to  be much faster in finals.

And finally, Russian Alexander Sukhorukov took top honors in the 100 free with a 42.93, followed by country mate, and Trojan training partner, Nikita Lobintsev in 43.17.

Frenchman Yannick Agnel is third in 43.33, and Darian Townsend is fourth in 43.52.

The top-seeded American in the race is Derek Toomey, who was a 43.56 in prelims for fifth, and the A-Final will be rounded out by Adam Brown (43.76), Conor Dwyer (43.81), and Cesar Cielo (43.91). Cielo is reported to have injured his fingers finishing his win in the 50 free on Friday, but in the least is still swimming out the meet.

Full, live meet results available here.

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Yeahahahahaha!!! Go Ashlyn! And go Schroeder!


Let’s not overlook the 13 year old at 1:59 in the same race.


Yes, I think people are overlooking Utah native Rhyan White. White is having an OUSTANDING meet. For those of you who don’t know who she is, you should. Rhyan finished 2nd on the top10 list over the Summer in her 100back for 13yr olds going a 1:04 lcm in the Spring she finished 2nd on both the 12year old and 13year old top10 list going 56high as a 12 year old and 56low as a 13year old. She’s having an oustanding meet. She was a 56.26 in her 100fly winning the C-final. In her 100back, she was 7th in a 55.06, which is amazing for a 13yr old. In her 200back prelims, she took about 3.5 seconds off her best… Read more »

bobo gigi

I had completely missed her performances! She really has an amazing meet. I will keep an eye on her tonight.


They are ALL having a great meet. Wow, just support each other instead of trying to decide which up-and-comer is moving up the quickest?!


I’m for Rhyan because i’m from Utah as well, and my buds are at this meet 😉

I second this comment! Schroeder pride!

bobo gigi

Steenvoorden/Janzen/Rongione for the women’s 1650 free.
Caitlin Leverenz shoud easily win the 200 IM.
Dwyer should win on the men’s side. He’s really in great shape.
Great time drop for Ashlyn Schoof in the 200 back! I didn’t know her before the meet! 4th yesterday in the 100 back in a very good 54.52. She can finish second of the A-Final tonight. Tess Behrens will probably win.
Megan Romano will win the women’s 100 free.
And interesting battle to watch in the men’s 100 free between Yannick Agnel and Cesar Cielo.


Caitlin is staying around for finals, so you need to pick another winner in 2im. The men’s 100 free should be the most exciting meet of the session.

bobo gigi

Disappointing news.
So, I would pick Kierra Smith for the win. She had a great 200 breast yesterday.


well done!

I will put my money in Agnel.Cielo is in heavy weights because of Open in december(Qualifies for PanPacs champs).He will begin taper in two/three weeks.


The Open will be for Pan pac Jr too? The new swimmers will be there or the junior champs will be on other meet?

Open is open for everyone with best times.Junior swimmers can swim Senior champs in Observation.Senior Champs is(normally) in the morning with Open tournament in the evening with the best times of senior+times from observatin swims.
Junior swimmers will have their champs from 4th to 7th day of December.Its called Julio de Lamare Trophy.
There is no mantion about JuniorPanPacs in PanPacs cuts bulletin.See below:

i mean mEntion.


Good morning swim, gotta drop the hammer tonight ssty!

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