15-Year Old JuanCarlos Castrillon Drops 23 Seconds to Win Mile at NCAP Invite

2019 NCAP Invitational

  • December 12th-15th, 2019
  • University of Maryland College Park
  • SCY (25y) pool
  • Psych Sheets
  • Results on Meet Mobile

The 2019 NCAP Invitational kicked off on Thursday evening with 6 events: the 12 & under 200 yard backstroke and 500 yard freestyle for both boys and girls, as well as the 1650 freestyles for all age groups.

In the 1650 free, 16-year old Paige McKenna of the hosts NCAP swam 16:11.22 in the girls’ event – about 23 seconds off her best time, but good enough to win by 9 seconds anyway. Sophia Karras took 2nd in 16:20.20, dropping 22 seconds, and the 3rd-best time was Karras’ LIAC teammate Cavan Gormsen, who at 14 swam 16:22.81. That time by Gormsen is the fastest 14 & under time in the country so far this season by over 8 seconds (she’s one of only 5 in that age group to have even broken 17 minutes in the event this season). Gormsen now ranks 32nd in the 13-14 age group all-time.

Also in this race, Claire Weinstein swam a time of 16:46.33, which ranks her as the 3rd-fastest 11-12 in the history of the event behind Chloe Sutton (16:34.13) and Courtney Harnish (16:46.09).

In the boys’ 1650 free, it was 15-year old LIAC swimmer JuanCarlos Castrillon who dropped 23 seconds to clock a winning time of 15:25.81. That improves his lifetime best from February. While neither the 2nd-place swimmer William Mullen of NCAP (15:38.77) nor the 3rd-place swimmer Leo Goldblatt of NCAP (15:44.98) swam best times, Castrillon’s swim was easily faster than the seeds of anybody in the field.

Other Day 1 Winners:

  • Denys Mialkovskyi won the boys’ 12 & under 200 yard back in 2:02.83, improving his seed by 4.4 seconds. That time now ranks him 3rd in the country this season.
  • Patrick O’Hagan of LIAC won the boys’ 12 & under 500 yard free in 5:00.01, improving his seed time by more than 9 seconds.
  • Sarah Larsen of LIAC won the girls’ 500 yard free, part of a big day for the LIAC distance crew, in 5:10.96 – a 4.2 second drop. Lily Gormsen, younger sister of Cavan, dropped more than 11 seconds to finish in 2nd place in 5:13.59.
  • Gloria Kuang of the Dragon Swim Team won the girls’ 200 back in 2:09.28

Boys’ Team Scores, Top 5

  1. Long Island Aquatic Club – 181
  2. Nation’s Capital Aquatic Club – 152
  3. CPAC – 63
  4. Dragon Swim Team – 48
  5. Asphalt Green – 46

Girls’ Team Scores, Top 5

  1. Long Island Aquatic Club – 170
  2. Nation’s Capital Aquatic Club – 103
  3. Westchester Aquatic Club – 87
  4. Greenwich YWCA Dolphins – 64
  5. Suburban Seahawks Club – 47

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