2014 Junior Nationals Through A New Lens: A List Of Top Performers By Age

After a long week of racing in Irvine at the 2014 Junior National Championships, swim fans are now left debating who had the best meet and which of these junior swimmers will be the future of USA Swimming. Lyle Campbell is heavily involved with swimming in the pacific northwest. He has been working on a project, compiling the top performing male and female swimmers in each event over the past week. Here’s a breakdown of how this list works. To be considered, the swimmer had to swim a best time at junior nationals. Other swimmers of the same age may have been slightly faster, but their times are not considered if they did not hit best times at this meet. The top performing swimmer of each age (ex. 14,15,16… etc.) is listed along with their team name, time, and national rank for their specific age (not age group).

Many of our readers have chimed in and commented with their thoughts about who had the best performances last week, but I encourage you to take a look at this list and see if it can persuade to re-consider other swimmers. There were several races this year with slower winning times than last year. USA Swimming needs swimmers that can step up when it counts representing them internationally. At the junior national championships, age is a major factor in each race. You gain experience as well as physical maturity the older the swimmer gets. Once the swimmer turns 19, age becomes irrelevant. Performance at the “big” meet is what counts.

This list may give you a better idea of which swimmers you should be keeping our eyes on. Many of these athletes, especially the younger swimmers, weren’t winning events this week, but they did out-perform the rest of the kids their age.

Is there anyone new on your radar after reading through this list?? Let the debate begin!

WEDNESDAY

GIRLS 200 METER BUTTERFLY

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Lee, Easop – North Baltimore Aquatic Club – 2:10.40 (1)
  • 15 – Edwards, Victoria – Longhorn Aquatics – 2:12.99 (1)
  • 16 – Kukurugya, Hannah – Crown Point Swim Club – 2:10.64 (2)
  • 17 – Wang, Sonia – Redlands Swim Team – 2:12.72 (3)
  • 18 – Paez, Isabella – Metro Aquatic Club of Miami – 2:11.94 (1)

BOYS 200 METER BUTTERFLY

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Miranda, Max – Bluefish Swim Club – 2:02.54p (1)
  • 15 – Lee, Sean – Swim Pasadena – 2:02.51 (1)
  • 16 – Thomas, Michael – Upper Dublin Aquatic Club – 1:59.11 (1)
  • 17 – Oh, Mathias – King Aquatic Club – 2:00.00p (2)
  • 18 – Okubo, Corey – Aquazot Swim Club – 1:58.30 (1)

GIRLS 100 METER BREASTSTROKE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 12 – Walsh, Alexandra – Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club – 1:13.56p (1)
  • 13 – Bartel, Zoe – Fort Collins Area Swim Team – 1:11.19 (1)
  • 14 – Cain, Emma – Aspen Swim Club – 1:10.89 (1)
  • 15 – Popov, Nikol – Canyons Aquatic Club – 1:10.30 (1)
  • 16 – Horejsi, Lindsey – Atlantis Swimming Federation – 1:09.54p (1)
  • 17 – Barber, Lauren – Jewish Community Ctr Sailfish – 1:09.72 (2)
  • 18 – McCann, Carolyn – King Aquatic Club – 1:09.77p (4)

 BOYS 100 METER BREASTSTROKE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Whitley, Reece – Penn Charter Aquatic Club – 1:03.23 (1) NAG Record
  • 15 – Bray, Chandler – Avon Community Swim Team – 1:02.87 (1)
  • 16 – Nowicki, Devon – Unattached (MI) – 1:03.65p (2)
  • 17 – Bish, Blair – Arkansas Dolphins – Lasers Swim Team – 1:02.88 (2)
  • 18 – Hoppe, Connor – Clovis Swim Club – 1:02.17 (1)

GIRLS 800 METER FREESTYLE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 12 – Donohoe, Madelyn – The Fish – 9:02.63 (1)
  • 13 – Sullivan, Erica – Sandpipers Of Nevada – 9:00.37 (4)
  • 14 – Homovich, Madison – North Carolina Aquatic Club – 8:36.82
  • 15 – Nunan, Amanda – Egg Harbor Twp Seahawks – 8:42.84 (2)
  • 16 – Schmidt, Sierra – Unattached – MD – 8:34.58 (3)
  • 17 – Stinson, Elizabeth – Nashville Aquatic Club – 8:44.29 (4)
  • 18 – Marchuk, Stephanie – Indiana University – 8:43.31 (4)

BOYS 1500 METER FREESTYLE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Abruzzo, Andrew – Germantown Academy Aquatic Club – 15:36.03 (1)
  • 15 – Gately, Liam – Loveland Swim Club – 15:51.44 (4)
  • 16 – Abbott, Taylor – Nitro Swimming – 15:29.88 (1)
  • 17 – Magnan, Sam – Parkland Aquatic Club – 15:28.58 (2)
  • 18 – Linker, Adam – Marlins of Raleigh – 15:30.79 (1)

THURSDAY

GIRLS 200 METER BACKSTROKE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 12 – Walsh, Alexandra – Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club – 2:21.46p (1)
  • 14 – Ariola, Grace – Waves Bloomington/Normal Y S.T. – 2:12.69 (2)
  • 15 – Earley, Erin– Hopkins Mariner Swim Team – MA – 2:12.92 (1)
  • 16 – Szekely, Allie – Central Bucks Swim Team – 2:11.29 (2)
  • 17 – Sell, Sydney – Lakeside Swim Team – 2:15.01p (4)
  • 18 – Galyer, Danielle – Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club – 2:12.96 (4)

 BOYS 200 METER BACKSTROKE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Boratto, Alessandro – Upper Dublin Aquatic Club – 2:06.47p (2)
  • 15 – Taylor, Michael – Dynamo Swim Club – 1:59.37p – (1)
  • 16 – Ress, Justin – Marlins of Raleigh – 2:02.16p (1)
  • 17 – Reilman, Joey – Firestone Akron Swim Team – 2:00.73p (2)
  • 18 – Conaton, Patrick – Badger Swim Club – 1:59.67 (4)

 GIRLS 100 METER FREESTYLE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Ruck, Taylor – Scottsdale Aquatic Club – 55.79 (1)
  • 15 – Pitzer, Lauren – Lakeside Aquatic Club – 56.23 (1)
  • 16 – Bilquist, Amy – Carmel Swim Club – 54.85 (1)
  • 17 – Konopka, Katrina – Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club – 55.97p (5)
  • 18 – Labonge, Natalie – Greensboro Swimming Assoc – 56.27 (2)

 BOYS 100 METER FREESTYLE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 15 – Sannem, Jake – Upper Dublin Aquatic Club– 52.07 (4)
  • 16 – Auerbach, Knox – Dynamo Swim Club – 50.45 (1)
  • 17 – Haas, Townley – NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc – 50.12 (1)
  • 18 – Domagala, Michael – Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics – 50.72 (3)

 GIRLS 400 METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 13 – McCauley, Ashley – Marlins of Raleigh – 4:59.18p (5)
  • 14 – Homovich, Madison – North Carolina Aquatic Club – 4:49.83(1)
  • 15 – Edelman, Lauren – Fishers Area Swimming Tigers – 4:49.56p (1)
  • 16 – Faulconer, Savanna – Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club – 4:45.89 (3)
  • 17 – Williams, Kim – Bellevue Club Swim Team – 4:43.18 (2)
  • 18 – Kastigar, Hannah – Aberdeen Swim Club – 4:50.13 (3)

BOYS 400 METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 15 – Liang, Alex – Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics – 4:34.56p (5)
  • 16 – Jurek, Mark – Arizona Gold Swimming– 4:22.91 (1)
  • 17 – DeVine, Abrahm – Cascade Swim Club – 4:20.39 (2)
  • 18 – Ogren, Curtis – Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics – 4:18.02 (1)

 

FRIDAY

GIRLS 400 METER FREESTYLE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Homovich, Madison – North Carolina Aquatic Club– 4:12.30 (1)
  • 15 – Ault, Taylor – La Mirada Armada – 4:12.84 (1)
  • 16 – Schmidt, Sierra – Unattached – MD – 4:10.92 (3)
  • 17 – Stevens, Leah – Lakeside Swim Team – 4:12.96 (3)
  • 18 – Marchuk, Stephanie – Indiana University – 4:12.77 (3)

BOYS 400 METER FREESTYLE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Abruzzo, Andrew – Germantown Academy Aquatic Club – 4:00.16p (1)
  • 15 – Grieshop, Sean – Nitro Swimming – 3:53.54 (1)
  • 16 – Murphy, James- Machine Aquatics– 3:58.85 (4)
  • 17 – Haas, Townley – NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc – 3:52.01 (1)
  • 18 – Turner, Brock – Dayton Raiders – 3:53.89 (3)

GIRLS 100 METER BUTTERFLY

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Merrell, Eva – Aquazot Swim Club – 1:00.58 (2)
  • 15 – Edwards, Victoria – Longhorn Aquatics – 59.98 (1)
  • 16 – Burchill, Veronica – Carmel Swim Club – 59.28p (1)
  • 17 – Wang, Sonia – Redlands Swim Team – 1:00.27 (2)
  • 18 – Casazza, Caitlin – SwimMAC Carolina – 1:00.33 (5)

BOYS 100 METER BUTTERFLY

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 15 – Andrew, Michael – Indie Swimming – 53.46 (1)
  • 16 – Rooney, Maxime – Pleasanton Seahawks – 53.85 (1)
  • 17 – Valente, Alex – Buenaventura Swim Club – 53.09 (1)
  • 18 – Martinez, Luis – Azura Florida Aquatic – 53.34 (2)

 

SATURDAY

GIRLS 200 METER FREESTYLE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Ruck, Taylor – Scottsdale Aquatic Club – 2:00.14 (1)
  • 15 – Brown, Erika – Pleasanton Seahawks – 2:00.29 (1)
  • 16 – Moseley, Stanzi – Roadrunner Aquatic – 1:59.88 (2)
  • 17 – Eddy, Eryn – Loveland Swim Club – 2:00.78 (4)
  • 18 – Kolanowski, Anna – Rockville Montgomery Swim Club – 2:01.12p (3)

BOYS 200 METER FREESTYLE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Miranda, Max – Bluefish Swim Club – 1:54.01p (1)
  • 15 – Grieshop, Sean – Nitro Swimming – 1:53.02p (1)
  • 16 – Rooney, Maxime – Pleasanton Seahawks – 1:49.54 (1)
  • 17 – Haas, Townley – NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc – 1:48.75 (1)
  • 18 – Domagala, Michael – Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics – 1:50.18p (2)

GIRLS 200 METER BREASTSTROKE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 12 – Walsh, Alexandra – Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club – 2:38.55p (1)
  • 13 – McCauley, Ashley – Marlins of Raleigh – 2:35.35p (1)
  • 14 – Zhao, Grace – Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics – 2:37.17p (4)
  • 15 – Pales, Ashley – Lincoln Select Swimming – 2:33.47p (1)
  • 16 – Horejsi, Lindsey – Atlantis Swimming Federation – 2:32.33 (4)
  • 17 – Tucker, Miranda – Livonia Community Swim Club – 2:31.81 (2)
  • 18 – Kopas, Emily – Swim Fort Lauderdale – 2:29.53 (1)

 BOYS 200 METER BREASTSTROKE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 15 – Lau, Corey – Minnetonka Swim Club – 2:18.85 (1)
  • 16 – Takahashi, Toshiki – Terrapins Swim Team – 2:21.00 (8)
  • 17 – Cassell, Gunther – Long Island Express – 2:16.48 (2)
  • 18 – Palazzo, Ross – Hudson Explorer Aquatic – 2:16.00p (3)

 GIRLS 100 METER BACKSTROKE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Merrell, Eva – Aquazot Swim Club – 1:03.06 – (2)
  • 15 – Richter, Abby – Boulder City Henderson Swim Team – 1:02.47 (2)
  • 16 – Bilquist, Amy – Carmel Swim Club – 1:01.04 (1)
  • 17 – Garcia, Taylor – Byron Center – 1:02.52 (2)
  • 18 – Galyer, Danielle – Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club – 1:02.29 (3)

BOYS 100 METER BACKSTROKE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Boratto, Alessandro – Upper Dublin Aquatic Club – 58.05 (3)
  • 15 – Andrew, Michael – Indie Swimming – 55.73 (1)
  • 16 – Anderson, Thomas – King Aquatic Club – 57.10p (1)
  • 16 – Rooney, Maxime – Pleasanton Seahawks – 57.10p (1)
  • 17 – Puczkowski, David – CLASS Aquatics – 56.58 (2)
  • 18 – Mulcare, Patrick – Tualatin Hills Swim Club – 56.34 (4)

 

SUNDAY

 GIRLS 200 METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Martin, Ruby – Iowa Flyers Swim Club – 2:16.73 (1)
  • 15 – Cummings, Carly – Condors Swim Club of Clarkstown, Inc. – 2:18.03 (3)
  • 16 – Szekely, Allie – Central Bucks Swim Team – 2:15.80p (3)
  • 17 – Williams, Kim – Bellevue Club Swim Team – 2:14.58 (2)
  • 18 – Hulsey, Caty – Georgia Coastal Aquatic Team – 2:18.15so (7)

 BOYS 200 METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 15 – Andrew, Michael – Indie Swimming – 2:03.53 (1)
  • 16 – Ress, Justin – Marlins of Raleigh – 2:03.97 (1)
  • 17 – DeVine, Abrahm – Cascade Swim Club – 2:02.74 (1)
  • 18 – Ogren, Curtis – Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics – 2:01.95 (1)

GIRLS 50 METER FREESTYLE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Zhao, Grace – Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics – 26.17p (1)
  • 15 – Pitzer, Lauren – Lakeside Aquatic Club – 25.68 (1)
  • 16 – Bilquist, Amy – Carmel Swim Club – 25.28 (1)
  • 17 – Konopka, Katrina – Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club – 25.75 (3)
  • 18 – Labonge, Natalie – Greensboro Swimming Assoc – 25.82 (2)

BOYS 50 METER FREESTYLE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 15 – Blake, Jack – Scottsdale Aquatic Club – 23.24 (2)
  • 16 – Jones, James – Nation’s Capital Swim Club – 23.04 (1)
  • 17 – Dressel, Caeleb – Bolles School Sharks – 22.36 (1)
  • 18 – Park, Patrick – Peddie Aquatic Association – 23.07 (4)

GIRLS 1500 METER FREESTYLE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Homovich, Madison – North Carolina Aquatic Club – 16:32.95 (1)
  • 15 – Brent, Kendall – Swim Florida – 16:33.87 – (1)
  • 16 – Schmidt, Sierra – Unattached – MD – 16:24.09 (2)
  • 17 – Stinson, Elizabeth – Nashville Aquatic Club – 16:38.21 (2)
  • 18 – Silbert, Cailley – Cougar Aquatic Team – 16:43.58 (4)

BOYS 800 METER FREESTYLE

Age – Name – Team – Time – (Rank 2014)

  • 14 – Brinegar, Michael – Donner Swim Club – 8:17.56 (2)
  • 15 – Grieshop, Sean – Nitro Swimming – 8:03.14 (1)
  • 16 – Abbott, Taylor – Nitro Swimming – 8:11.02 (2)
  • 17 – Haas, Townley – NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc – 8:01.82
  • 18 – Schenk, Grant – Pacific Swim – 8:06.03 (1)

 

 

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Ibeatoneofthosekids
7 years ago

The title of this post shouldn’t be “top performers by age” because sure, I didn’t swim a best time but i still performed better than the kid who is listen in my respective event. if your point is that USA swimming wants kids to be able to step up at the big meet… I could say that I did step up, I still beat that kid. I just didn’t go a best time.

Swimmergirl_17
8 years ago

What about Emma Schanz for top 16 yr old in the 200 breast? She did happen to get DQed in the A final, but swam a 2:30.73 in the morning of jrs- faster than the 16 yr olds time posted in the 200 breast

WHOKNOWS
Reply to  Swimmergirl_17
8 years ago

Your statement is true. However, she posted a 2:30.63 in June. The posted list are for swimmers who posted season best times at the Junior National Meet (excluding time trials).

Justasuggestion
8 years ago

As Neo mentions above, a list of swimmers who dropped the most time, by age and event, regardless of rank, would be great to see. Maybe an asterisk by the name if that swimmer won the event.

whoknows
8 years ago

Thanks for your input. The initial parameters were to include only times in individual events swum in prelims, swim offs, and finals. Time trials were not to be considered.(Although it looks like a time trial in 200 breast got by me. Also the tie in time in the 200 free was not picked up.) Season best times was chosen for ease of compiling the list. If you look through the list, you will notice a great percentage are #1 ranking in their age group. Many of the top (#1) older (16,17,18) swimmers did not compete in junior nationals. They are competing in senior nationals. I could list the swimmers regardless of season best times and asterisk (*) the times as… Read more »

Neo
8 years ago

It’s cool to see a compilation of who had the top times for each age and compare. But I think mixing the two statistical parameters (top time and best time) waters down the impact and clarity of the list. It would be great to see a straightforward list of winners of each age group AND a list of swimmers who dropped the most time, regardless of their rank. Seeing huge drops is one of the most entertaining parts of watching Jrs. Just a suggestion.

What about ties?
8 years ago

Cece Williams, 2:01.12 in 200 free, age 18, winner of B Final, tied with Anna Kolanowski who swam same time but in prelims?

Sophie
8 years ago

Correction isn’t the top 14yr old 200 breastroker Emma Cain?

Reply to  Sophie
8 years ago

Did not swim best time at juniors. Refer to article above for explanation.

Neo
8 years ago

Reece Whitley in the 200 Breaststroke?

Reply to  Neo
8 years ago

Did not swim best time at juniors. Refer the article above for explanation.

Swimmer A
Reply to  whoknows [email protected]
8 years ago

But by that standard, why is Caeleb Dressel listed for the 50 free? His time of 22.36 at juniors was not a best time (best is 22.22 from junior worlds).

Also, Townley Haas is listed for the 400 free, but his time of 3:52.01 was not a lifetime best. Best is a 3:51.99 from juniors last year.

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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