16-Year Old Caleb Ellis Swims His First Summer Juniors Cut in Kansas City

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 3

September 14th, 2020 Club, News

Empire KC Swim Club Intrasquad Meet

  • September 13, 2020
  • LSR7 Aquatic Center, Lee’s Summit, Missouri
  • Short Course Yards (25 yard)
  • Full Meet Results (PDF)

The Empire KC Swim Club hasn’t had a meet in almost 7 months, and they unleashed all of that pent-up energy on Sunday in a short one-session intrasquad event that saw several lifetime bests.

The headliner was 16-year old Caleb Ellis, who swam a new Junior Nationals cut in the 100-yard fly.

He swam a new best time of 48.57, which undercuts his previous best of 50.15 swum in late February at his last meet, the Missouri Valley Championships. His previous best time was a Futures cut only, based on 2019 standards, and he bypassed Winter Juniors straight to a Summer Juniors standard – his first such cut.

That swim came on his 3rd of 3 swims on the day. The day start with a 1:01.26 in the 100 breaststroke, which is a new best time by 20 seconds, though he hasn’t swum the race in a few years.

He followed that with a 4:00.71 in the 400 IM, which knocked seven-tenths off his previous best time.

Empire KC has been back in the water since early June, with a gradual increase in training time through August. After taking a week off in late August as school began again, giving the athletes time to adjust to new and unfamiliar routines in the era of a pandemic, swimmers have been swimming 6 days a week plus weights, with the last reintroducing doubles.

“Having a scheduled meet yesterday, gave the athletes drive and focus,” said Carmen Menges, the team’s head senior coach. “The excitement at practice the week leading up to this meet was palpable as you walked into the pool. We are grateful that we had the opportunity to compete.  ”

Other Top Swims and Winners:

  • Olympic Trials qualifier Abby Karl led all girls in the 100 backstroke with a 57.35, followed by her 14-year old sister Avery Karl. Avery swam a 58.26, which is her first time under a minute.
  • 17-year old Audrey Lambert matched her best time in the 100 breaststroke to the hundredth, swimming 1:06.42.
  • 14-year old Blake Francois undercut his best time in the 200 fly by 4 seconds, swimming 1:59.83.


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1 year ago

I bet it’s the yoga they’ve been doing!

1 year ago

Mountain Valley Champs? While swimming for a team in Kansas…I have my doubts. More likely the Missouri Valley Champs if you ask me.

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1 year ago

Regardless – thanks Swim Swam for featuring a local swimmer.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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