15-Year-Old Joshua Chen Swims 56.05 100 Yard Breast in Des Moines

Des Moines Sectionals

  • March 12-14, 2021
  • Des Moines, IA (Wellmark YMCA)
  • Short course yards (SCY) with SCY/LCM time trials
  • Meet info
  • Psych sheets
  • Results on Meet Mobile

During Sunday’s finals session of the Des Moines Sectionals, 15-year-old Joshua Chen of Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club won the 100 breast with a time of 56.05, out touching 17-year-old Andrew Reiter by .03. This was within half-a-second of Chen’s best time from the Iowa Short Course Championships in February which ranks him #21 in the event in his age group this season. The swim was a slight add for Reiter who posted a 55.99 in December 2020. In November of last year, as a 14-year-old, Chen took down Cal freshman Forrest Frazier‘s Iowa Swimming 13-14 LSC record in the event with a time of 57.18.

14-year-old Mason Turner  placed 3rd in the 200IM with a new lifetime best time of 1:54.08, dropping over half-a-second from the 1:54.65 he posted in February at the 2020  Iowa Short Course Championships in February. Reiter won the event (1:48.58), adding slightly to his lifetime best of 1:47.79 from February. 

16-year-old Meghan Donald of Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club won the 100 back with a time of 54.67, shaving .12 off her lifetime best from the Iowa Short Course Championships about two weeks ago.

In 2nd place was 20-year-old Arabella Shepard from USS Destroyer who touched the wall with a time of 56.08. Kentucky commit Megan Ciezczak of Fox Valley Swim Team finished in 3rd place (56.23), adding about .7 to the Winter Juniors qualifying time she posted in October 2020.

High school senior Simeon Rinkenberger from the Peoria Area Water Wizards took 1st in the 100 back (49.94), out touching teammate Joshua Noll by .07. Rinkenberger nearly matched his lifetime best from to the tenth of a second, adding .02 to the Winter Juniors qualifying time he posted last December.

16-year-old Noll crushed his lifetime best from December by a full second. Later during Sunday’s finals session, Noll posted another lifetime best in the 200IM, placing 2nd with a time of 1:49.29 and annihilating his previous best time, 1:54.21, from last December by nearly 5 seconds.

16-year-old Erin Palmer of AquaStorm, claimed 1st in the 100 breast with a lifetime best time of 1:02.63, taking .12 off her previous best from August 2020. In 2nd place was her teammate and older sister Carly Palmer with a time of 1:02.85, beating her previous best from 2019 by .05.

Erin Palmer clocked another lifetime best during the finals session, touching the wall 1st in the 50 free with a time of 23.26 after a tight race with teammates Lexi Duchsherer (23.30) and Carly Palmer (23.54). Erin shaved off .14 from the best time she posted in August 2020 while Arizona commit Duchsherer was about .7 off her lifetime best from the 2020 ND Girls State Swimming and Diving Championships. The elder Palmer dropped more than half-a-second from her lifetime best from February 2020.

Other Notable Swims and Event Winners

  • 15-year-old Payden Rafferty of Dowling Catholic Riptide dropped a 56.74 in the 100 back for 4th place, dropping about .6 from her best time from the recent Iowa Short Course Championships. 
  • 14-year-old Ruhee Chetan of Fox Valley Swim Team placed 3rd in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.74, shaving one-tenth of a second from her previous best from October 2020.
  • High school sophomore Jack Madoch of Badger Aquatics Club placed 3rd in the 50 free with a time of 21.31, one-third of a second within his lifetime best from last weekend.
  • Trevor Danner of Caroll Area Swim Team won the 50 free with a time of 20.93, shaving .02 from his previous best that he posted at the 2021 Iowa Short Course Championships.
  • 16-year-old Sara Jass of Academy Bullets Swim Club won the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.83, adding about .70 to her best time from March 2020.

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Annika Johnson

Annika came into the sport competitively at age eight, following in the footsteps of her twin sister and older brother. The sibling rivalry was further fueled when all three began focusing on distance freestyle, forcing the family to buy two lap counters. Annika is a three-time Futures finalist in the 200 …

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