NBAC 14-year old Easop Lee has swum one of the best times ever done on American soil by a 13-14 in the 200 long course meter freestyle on Friday at the CeraVe Invitational on the Rutgers University campus.
On the first night of the meet attended by many of the Northeastern United States’ major teams, Lee skipped on the 13-14 age group to go after the Senior title, which she won rather easily in 2:01.21 – beating a stacked field that included her teammates Sierra Schmidt (2:03.90) and Mary Pelton (2:04.30) in 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.
That is a new lifetime best for Lee, and is two seconds faster than she was at Junior Nationals where she was just 27th – not her best swim in what was overall a spectacular meet.
On Friday, Lee also won the 100 fly in 1:02.24 – topping Long Island Aquatic Club’s Paige Kaplan (1:03.99).
The NBAC women were the stars of the show on day 1 in the women’s column, winning 4 of 6 events. That includes an 8:42.06 from Schmidt in the 800 free and an 8:31.06 from the team of Schmidt, Pelton, Maddie Runge, and Lee in the 800 free relay.
Individually, though, the Long Island Aquatic Club’s Maggie Aroesty had a big night as well – taking the other two women’s events. That includes a 1:12.91 in the 100 breaststroke and a 2:20.43 in the 200 IM.
On the boys’ side, the lone double winner was another NBAC swimmer and Princeton commit Cole Buese. He won both the 200 free (1:53.82) and the 100 fly (56.05), both of which were in great battles. That’s especially true of the 100 fly where he was locked in a five-way battle for most of the race, but with a strong back-half split pulled away from Zach Fong (56.27) for the win.
Matthew Otto of the Delaware Swim Team won the men’s 100 breaststroke in 1:06.23, which was another great race. The back-half won the race for him as well (his was the fastest in the field) as he edged just ahead of Ryan Brown from LIAC.
The other individual winners were Andrew Abruzzo (8:17.33) in the 800 free and Max Miranda (2:08.26) in the 200 IM.