The Info You Need to Follow Day 5 Finals at the 2014 U.S. Junior National Swimming Championships in Irvine, California
- Day 5 finals heat sheets.
- Day 5 finals timeline (session will end at 9PM California time – making a 3 hour session.
- Day 5 prelims recap.
- Links to follow the meet live.
Just two scratches from finals on Sunday. In the girls’ 200 IM, Madison Homovich, the 23rd-seed in prelims, scratched to focus on her swim in the final heat of the girls’ 1500 free. There she’s the 3rd seed behind Sierra Schmidt and Kendall Brent, and more importantly has a chance to pick up huge points and secure her High Point award for the meet.
In the boys’ 50 free, one individual swim this week was apparently enough for Blake Pieroni of the Indiana University Swim Team. He qualified for the A-final in 8th place with a 23.31, but scratched out of the evening heats (he’ll still probably swim on Indiana’s medley relay).
That led to a swim-off between Matt McHugh and Michael Andrew, who had originally been tied for 9th place Andrew won that swimoff 23.13-23.17. Andrew goes to the A-Final in lane 8, and McHugh goes to the B-Final in lane 4.
If You Only Watch One Final on Sunday Night…
Then you’re doing it wrong.
But, if you’ve only got an attention span of about 60 seconds, then you’re only choice on Sunday night is to watch the boys’ and girls’ 50 freestyle finals.
Amy Bilquist is the top seed in the girls’ race in 25.49, which is the second-best time of her career. She was a 25.3 in Santa Clara, and all-told has been under 26 seconds in five different swims this year (the only five times she’s done so in her life). There’s a possibility for under 25 seconds next week if she’s saved anything for Nationals, but for now we’d settled for a 25.1 or 25.2.
The same goes for Dressel – he’s just warming up for senior Nationals, and after what seemed to be about a 15 meter coast in prelims, he was still a 22.6. Anything close to his best time of 22.22 would be satisfying, and pretty impressive given the chunk of time that he took off early in 2013.