14-Year Old Lucca Battaglini Out-Battles NT’er Charlotte Hook in 200 Fly

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 17

August 17th, 2020 Club, News

TAC TITANS CHALLENGE INVITATIONAL MEET

  • August 14-16, 2020
  • Triangle Aquatic Center, Cary, North Carolina
  • SCY (25 yard) Course
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “TAC TITANS Challenge Invitational Meet”

Arguably the race of the night on the final day of the TAC Titans Challenge Invitational Meet on Sunday was the 200 fly, where 14-year old Lucca Battaglini, who has emerged as an age group star this weekend, battled against US National Teamer Charlotte Hook in the 200 fly.

Battaglini went out hard, opening his swim in 53.31, more than 2 seconds ahead of Hook. The two held that spacing through the 3rd 50, but Hook charged hard on the last lap to close the gap.

A very fast 28.85 closing 50 for Hook halved the gap to Battaglini, but ultimately the young Club Kick Start swimmer held off his female foe to win by a margin of 1:52.86 to 1:53.93.

For Battaglini, that capped his meet with a 6th best time in 6 swims after swimming a 45.81 to finish 2nd in the 100 free earlier in the evening. This drop, though, was his biggest, knocking 9.93 seconds from his previous lifetime best in the event.

His full results from the weekend, including national ranks in the 13-14 age group:

  • 500 free – 4:35.74, 3.09 second drop (season: 11th, all-time: N/A)
  • 50 free – 20.78, .50 second drop (season: 2nd, all-time: t-15th
  • 100 fly – 49.07, 1.52 second drop (season: 1st, all-time: 8th)
  • 100 back – 49.83, 3.10 second drop (season: 2nd, all-time: 23rd)
  • 100 free – 45.81, .83 second drop (season: 2nd, all-time: t-24th )
  • 200 fly – 1:52.86, 9.93 second drop (season: 9th, all-time: 98th)

For Hook, the swim was just .44 seconds short of her lifetime best swim. The 200 fly, in long course, is the race that placed Hook on the 2019-2020 USA Swimming National Team roster, though as she’s shown again this weekend, she’s one of the most versatile young swimmers in the country.

Other Winners and Highlights of Sunday’s Racing:

  • 17-year old TAC Titans swimmer Lance Norris won the boys’ 200 back in 1:46.08. That swim was 3-tenths of a second short of his best time, and broke a personal streak of swimming 13 best times in 13 races since returning to competition post-quarantine. He did add one more best time, swimming 46.37 in the 100 free later in the evening for 4th place. That was a half-a-second drop for him.
  • 22-year old Zhada Fields, who finished her college career at the University of North Carolina in 2019, swam 49.35 in the 100 yard free.
  • The victory in the boys’ 200 breast went to Club Kick Start’s Matthew Congiusta in 2:08.21. That drop, which was more than 3 seconds, was coupled with a 2.4 second improvement in the 200 back for him on Sunday. He was a perfect 5-for-5 in best times on the weekend, with the 200 breast being his first win of the meet.
  • The top female finisher in the 200 breast was Liza Murtagh of NSEA. She swam 2:27.26 after previously finishing atop the female field in the 100 breast earlier in the meet (1:08.78).
  • Thor Dyke topped the boys’ 1650 free in 16:00.11, while Emily Carpenter topped the girls’ race in 17:21.67.

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dmswim
1 year ago

One upside to these less formal meets is that men and women (or boys and girls) are able to race each other. For the elite women and girls, this is a great benefit.

NCSwim
1 year ago

A new TAC 100 fly record was also set by Russell Exum at this meet.

Rookie
1 year ago

Mark Frank’s fingers must be sore from typing press releases. Glad somebody is racing!

Clown Show
1 year ago

This team is so privileged.

applesandoranges
Reply to  Clown Show
1 year ago

You say that as if it is a bad thing. Maybe it’s just great coaching that filters down to the team’s collective psyche.

HeadTimer
Reply to  applesandoranges
1 year ago

Maybe it’s just that other teams don’t have access to swimming three meets within approximately a month in the midst of a pandemic. Matter of fact, in some parts of the country, they may not have access to regulation pools at all – even for practice, or can’t hold their usual practices because their lane space is so prohibited for safety reasons.

HeadTimer
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Undoubtedly. But regarding the privilege: TAC swimmers are the only ones that have had the opportunity to swim in all three meets in such a major venue during this time period. So at this point, is there a level playing field for swimmers across the Triangle, NC, Southern LSC or even the USA? Not likely.

applesandoranges
Reply to  HeadTimer
1 year ago

Aren’t these intramural meets?

HeadTimer
Reply to  applesandoranges
1 year ago

Nope. First an instrasquad, then a dual meet, then an invitational with 4 different teams.

sparkle
Reply to  HeadTimer
1 year ago

life isn’t fair, there’s no point in crying about it. one of the big things that I had to realize as an age grouper is that there’s always going to be kids out there that are more talented, are able to train more often, are able to always afford the latest and greatest suits for each swim at a championships. you can’t control what other people, but what you can do is focus on yourself and how to keep getting better and controlling the things that you can.

HeadTimer
Reply to  sparkle
1 year ago

Not crying about it; just adding clarity to the situation. And respectfully, whether or not your team has large, sanctioned meets in the midst of this public health crisis is not something a swimmer – or their parents – can control. Many kids that are high school juniors or seniors need cuts for recruitment purposes and simply have not been able to swim in a single meet. TAC kids have had 3X that … which is why ClownShow is correct in saying the team is privileged.

Rookie
Reply to  applesandoranges
1 year ago

The first one was. I think the second one was a dual meet with MOR, and the last one was an open invitational. Kudos for leading the way. Hopefully GAC and Mecklenburg Aquatic Center are taking notes.

NC Fan
Reply to  Rookie
1 year ago

As more truly public pools, hopefully GAC and MCAC and teams there will actually embrace and enforce the social distancing and mask wearing requirements that are currently included in all meet sanctions.

Rookie
Reply to  NC Fan
1 year ago

Can’t speak for MCAC, but GAC has enforced those requirements.

2SwimFly
Reply to  applesandoranges
1 year ago

It is a bad thing – just like NOVA in Virginia.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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