2022 STAR Short Course Invitational
- December 1-4, 2022
- Buffalo, N.Y.
- SCY (25 yards)
- Meet Central
- Results on Meet Mobile: “2022 STAR Short Course Invitational”
STAR Swimming played host to clubs in the tri-state area last weekend in Buffalo, and Team Suffolk swimmer Noah Cakir stole the show with six individual victories and several highly-ranked times.
Cakir, 15, most notably clocked a blistering time of 54.79 in the 100 breaststroke, making him the 13th-fastest 15-year-old male in U.S. history.
Cakir came into the meet with a personal best time of 55.94, set in April, and dipped under that with a 55.93 prelim swim before taking off well over a second in the final. In addition to becoming the 13th-fastest 15-year-old ever, he also cracks the top 100 in the boys’ 15-16 age group, moving into a tie for 78th.
In the 200 breast, Cakir brought his PB down from 2:02.39 to 2:00.94, becoming the 39th-fastest 15-year-old of all-time.
He also moved into 63rd all-time in the 200 IM (1:49.94), and added best times in the 200 free (1:40.61), 500 free (4:33.86), 100 back (50.56), 200 fly (1:50.49) and 400 IM (3:56.52). In the 400 IM, he notably swam that time in the heats before being disqualified in the final.
Cakir is now in Greensboro at the Winter Junior Championships – East, having placed 51st in the 200 IM prelims on Thursday morning in a time of 1:51.33.
His Team Suffolk teammate Pierre Leroy, 17, had a strong showing in Buffalo, hitting five new best times including a 15:48.43 showing in the boys’ 1650 freestyle. The time ranks him 14th among 17-year-olds in the 2022-23 season.
On the girls’ side, Buffalo Area Aquatics’ Lauren Golden, 14, reset her best time in the 50 freestyle, clocking 24.04 to rank tied for 31st this season in the girls’ 13-14 age group.