16-Year-Old Aiden Hayes Hits PBs in 50 Fly, 50 Back to Kick Off Jenks Sectls


  • July 17-20, 2019
  • Jenks, OK
  • Meet information
  • Results (Meet Mobile): ‘2019 Region VIII Summer Sectionals’

Sooner Swim Club 16-year-old Aiden Hayes shot to a lifetime best in the 50 fly, a closely contested race at the wall. One of the best young sprinters in the country, Hayes clocked a time of 24.70, shaving .14 from his old best in his fourth instance under 25 seconds. He edged 17-year-old Micah Chambers of Aquatic Club of Enid (24.79) and Greater Omaha Aquatics Leopardsharks’ Colin Lafave (24.86).

Hayes also clocked a 26.34 leading off Sooner’s 200 medley relay, erasing his old best of 26.60.

Molly Moore, a rising sophomore at the University of Arkansas representing Springfield Aquatics, went 56.99 to take the women’s 100 free. That’s a massive drop for the 18-year-old: she came into the meet with a best time of 58.62 from Winter Nationals. This morning, she was 57.29 for her third time under a minute, dropping from that 58.62, before she went down to 56.99 tonight. In yards, Moore dropped from a HS best of 51.09 to 50.18 during the course of her freshman year at Arkansas.

Caroline Theil of Aggie Swim Club, a rising sophomore at Texas A&M, went a lifetime best 27.49 in the 50 fly to edge 14-year-old Brady Kendall of the Plymouth-Canton Cruisers out of Michigan. Kendall also went a best, shaving just over a tenth off of her old best.

The other notable name here was Arizona State commit Jack Dolan, who trains with Rockwood Swim Club. He took the win in the 100 free, going 51.26, which was off of his best of 50.37. Dolan also swam the 50 fly, grabbing 10th in 25.45.


  • Haley Downey of Splash Club clocked a 2:33.49 in the 200 breast, just .20 shy of the 2020 Olympic Trials cut. It was a personal best by a second.
  • Conner Funke of Greater Omaha Aquatics won the men’s 200 breast in 2:19.36, his first time under 2:20 and his first PR since 2017.
  • Wichita Swim Club’s Ben Patton posted a 2:05.41 to win 200 back by half a second over 16-year-old Mateo Miceli of Sarpy County Swim Club.
  • Kansas Swimming’s Elizabeth Amato-Hanner went a lifetime best by two seconds in the 200 back prelims (2:16.05), then followed that up with a 2:16.19 to own the event tonight.
  • In the women’s 800 free, Audrey Coffey of Club Husker took the win in 8:54.98, her first time under nine minutes.
  • The men’s 800 free went to Missouri State’s Antonio Thomas with an 8:20.49.
  • Springfield Aquatics won the women’s 200 medley relay, keying on a 25.85 anchor leg from Moore.
  • Greater Omaha’s men won the 200 medley in 1:43.50, getting a 23.27 anchor from Rush Clark.

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The Screaming Viking!
2 years ago

Antonio Thomas actually picked up the Trials cut for the 400 within that 800…

Timothy Johnson
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
2 years ago

Yep and the 50 drops were in a jet stream…… lane 7 and 8 were oddly fast in all the 50s today….lane 1 and 2 were super fast the other direction. Not fair swims at all.

JP input is too short
Reply to  Timothy Johnson
2 years ago

I’ve heard that that current is a well-known thing at Jenks. Funny, because OCCC, the old sectional hosting pool in Oklahoma, occasionally had issues with that too.

Reply to  Timothy Johnson
2 years ago

There are currents in almost every pool in the country, especially noticeable in long course. Not to mention recent international competitions (see Barcelona, Rio) https://swimswam.com/problem-rio-pool/

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
2 years ago

Isn’t the exclamation point a little redundant?

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Not quite. It would be redundant had the comment included an exclamation point, since then it would be the Viking screaming “Antonio Thomas actually picked up the Trials cut for the 400 within that 800…!” However, we already know that the exclamation point should be there implicitly, since the Viking is always screaming by virtue of its name. The screaming Viking is not actually screaming “The Screaming Viking,” but rather just the comment that was posted. Kind of how you aren’t saying “Ol’ Longhorn” when you post. You are just saying what is included in your comment. Same applies to the Viking.

The michael phelps caterpillar
Reply to  Kit
2 years ago

Actually, you’re both a bit off. An exclamation point is always incorrect if you are not typing in all caps. Hope that helps!

Reply to  Kit
2 years ago

He types alright, but if you’ve ever seen him in person you’d know that The Screaming Viking! can only scream “The Screaming Viking!”

The Screaming Viking!
Reply to  sven
2 years ago

Yeah, when you are a Viking you don’t have to say much as your mere presence screams for you.

The Screaming Viking!
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

It’s a trademark. 🙂

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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