14-Year-Old Raya Mellott Earns Another Junior Nationals Cut in 200 Breast

by Riley Overend 2

July 02nd, 2022 Club, News

2022 PC OAPB LC Senior Open

  • June 25-26
  • Campolindo High School
    • Moraga, CA
  • Results: “Orinda Aquatics PC LC Senior Open” on Meet Mobile

Raya Mellott secured her second Junior Nationals qualifying time this year with a 2:35.62 in the 200-meter breast at the Orinda Aquatics PC LC Senior Open last weekend in Moraga, California.

The 14-year-old Mellott dropped more than a second from her previous best set at April’s International Team Trials. Her new mark ranks as the sixth-fastest this season and 91st all-time in the girls’ 13-14 age group. The Crow Canyon Country Club Sharks swimmer won the 100 breast in 1:14.29, three seconds off her personal-best 1:10.97 from International Team Trials that ranks as the best in the country this season and 28th all-time in her age group. In May, Mellott was a finalist in the 100-yard breast at the CIF State Championships as a freshman at San Ramon Valley.

She also pulled out a victory in the 200 free with a personal-best 2:08.44, dropping more than 10 seconds from last summer. That time ranks 24th this season for her age group. 

Fog City Hammerheads swimmer Fidelya Al-Gozaly posted a personal best in the 100 free with a 1:03.42, sixth-fastest nationally among 11-year-old girls this season.

A group of 13-year-old boys from Pleasanton Seahawks achieved “AAAA” time standards at the meet. Luka Mijatovic clocked a 1:59.86 in the 200 free, just over a second slower than his 1:58.73 that ranks as the fastest this season for his age. In the 400 free, Mijatovic swam the second-fastest time this season with a personal-best 4:14.70. Tim Wu touched the wall just after Mijatovic in the 200 free with a 1:59.90, good for fourth-fastest this season. 

In the 100 free, Wu went 55.59, the fifth-fastest nationally among 13-year-old boys this season. 

Seahawks teammate Oryan Liu climbed the national breaststroke rankings among 13-year-old boys. He moved up to fourth this season in the 200 breast with a 2:29.83 and eighth in the 100 breast with a 1:09.98.

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Dave Arneson
2 years ago

Way to go Raya!

Blake Hill
2 years ago

Ok pop off raya

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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