2014 US Junior Nationals: Maxime Rooney’s 1:49 highlights day 4 prelims from Irvine

Saturday marks the second-to-last day of Junior Nationals in Irvine, California. It’s been a fast, entertaining and NAG record-packed week so far, and day 4 looks like it’ll live up to that trend.

Things kick off with the 100 back, where Carmel’s Amy Bilquist will go for her second individual win of the meet. She’ll look to complete the triple crown on Sunday, when she’s the top seed in the 50 free. On the boys side, Bluefish’s Connor Green is the runaway top seed, but just behind him is 15-year-old Michael Andrew, who seems to be heating up as the meet goes on.

The other triple-win threat beside Bilquist is also in action today. Townley Haas had already won the 100 and 400 here, and will look to split the middle distance for his third victory.

It’s a battle of youth in the girls 200 free, where 14-year-olds Taylor Ruck and Easop Lee are the top two seeds. That same 14-year-old class leads both 200 breaststrokes, with Emma Cain and NAG record-breaker Reece Whitley.

Check out our prelims preview here and keep refreshing this page for event-by-event updates all morning.

2014 US Junior National Championships

Girls 100 Back

It’s been a great week for Carmel, but the 100 back might be one of its best results yet. Amy Bilquist defended her top seed, going 1:01.27. That’s not much faster than her seed, but it’s entirely possible Bilquist is saving the bigger fireworks for this evening. Making things better for Carmel, Claire Adams pulled off the two-seed, going 1:01.67 to give Carmel both of the inside lanes for the championship final tonight.

The Carmel duo were also the only swimmers in the 1:01s this morning. Third seed is Elise Haan out of T2 in Florida; she went 1:02.16 and will swim to the outside of Bilquist tonight. On the other side of the Carmel girls will be Abby Richter of Boulder City Henderson. Richter cut over a second off her seed, winning her heat from outside of the circle seed in 1:02.57.

Danielle Galyer from Y-Spartaquatics went 1:02.68 to sit fifth. The next four were extremely tight finishers: Emily Eastin of SoCal went 1:02.87, Cameron McHugh from Cypress Fairbanks was 1:02.90, Byron Center, Michigan’s Taylor Garcia was 1:02.92 and Palo Alto Stanford’s Ally Howe 1:02.96. Those first three will advance to the A final, while Howe, a blue-chip Stanford prospect, will be left in the B heat tonight, where she’ll take on 200 back champ Allie Szekely of the Central Bucks.

Boys 100 Back

Dynamo’s Michael Taylor was at it again in prelims, blasting his way to a 55.83 top seed. The 15-year-old Taylor was a runaway top seed in the 200 back earlier this week as well, putting up a huge lifetime-best in the morning and hanging on for third at night. Here he might be able to fill the open spot at the top, as number-1 incoming seed Connor Green missed the A final, finishing 15th.

Just behind Taylor will be Patrick Mulcare of Tualatin Hills based out of Oregon. Mulcare went 56.34 this morning and will try to join Taylor there at night. Third seed is Michael Andrew, the Indie Swimming phenom who picked up his highest seed of nationals so far. Andrew will run up against a swimmer roughly his own age in Taylor, something that doesn’t happen often for the swimmer who has owned the 13-14 NAG record book over the past year.

Badger’s Patrick Conaton follows those two – the winner of the 200 back went 56.51 this morning. Roadrunner Aquatics and Texas A&M commit Brock Bonetti is fifth at 56.74, with Joey Reilman joining him as the last swimmer under 57.

Daniel Carr, a 15-year-old from Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado, had a breakthrough swim out of an early heat, going 57.06 to sneak into the A final. He’s the third 15-year-old in that final alongside Taylor and Andrew.

There will be a swim-off for 8th place, as two 16-year-olds tied for the final spot in the A heat. Maxime Rooney out of Pleasanton and KING’s Thomas Anderson were both 57.10, and will dual later this morning for 8th place.

Girls 200 Free

Second in the 100 free to Amy Bilquist, Roadrunner’s Stanzi Moseley is the top seed in the 200 heading into tonight. Moseley, 16, went 2:00.37 with a little bit of a dropoff split-wise in her final 50. If she can find a bit more closing speed tonight, she’ll threaten the two-minute barrier. Also near that mark is Taylor Ruck of Scottsdale in Arizona. Ruck, a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S., went 2:00.82 and will go head-to-head with Moseley tonight.

Rockville Montgomery’s Anna Kolanowski sits third at 2:01.12, and amazingly the next 11 swimmers behind her finished with in one second.

Pleasanton’s Erika Brown was 2:01.36, just a tick ahead of two girls – Bloomington (IL) Waves’ Melissa Pish and Loveland, Colorado’s Eryn Eddy – who tied for fifth at 2:01.38. Saint Andrew, Florida’s Megan Moroney went 2:01.56 and the last girl into the A final was the City of Mobile’s Paige Madden at 2:01.69. The B final will be headed by Stephanie Peters (2:01.90) and Lauren Pitzer (2:02.03).

Boys 200 Free

Swimming a double with the 100 back, Pleasanton’s Maxime Rooney came through in a big way, picking up top billing in the 200 free with a very-fast 1:49.70. That’s Rooney’s first time under 1:50, and in fact is also his first time under 1:54. Rooney has been great in the short course pool, and was entered with his 1:35.69 from that distance. He blasted his way to a win out of the early heats, and no one was able to match his time in the circle-seeded crew.

Rooney is locked in a tie for 8th in the backstroke, but with two events today, one has to wonder if he’ll pass on the swim-off, taking the B final spot and staying fresher for his double tonight, which should have even less recovery time between the two events.

Michael Domagala is the second seed for Asphalt Green, and is threatening to join Rooney under 1:50 tonight. He was 1:50.18 this morning in winning his heat handily. He’ll be pushed tonight by Rooney and 100/400 free champ Townley Haas of NOVA. Chasing his third win of the week, Haas went 1:50.75 this morning, a bit off his best.

The Dayton Raiders will be represented in the final by Brock Turner, a Stanford commit who went 1:51.40. Less than a tenth back is the Terrapins’ Michal Zyla (1:51.47) and just behind him is Walker Higgins of Tennessee Aquatics (1:51.57).

Aidan Keen of the Iowa Flyers was the last guy under 1:52 this morning, going 1:51.76, and James Murphy of Machine Aquatics grabbed the last finals spot with his 1:52.08. Just on the outside is #6 overall incoming seed Patrick Mulcare, also swimming that 100 back/200 free double. Mulcare went 1:52.31 just one event after taking the second seed in the backstroke.

Girls 200 Breast

14-year-old Emma Cain held onto her top seed in the 200 breast, going 2:30.40 representing Aspen Swim Club of Colorado. Cain, a dual UK/US citizen who typically trains in England, has been a little more than a second faster than that earlier this month, so look for a bigger swim out of her tonight in trying to pace the field.

Emma Schanz of the Spokane Waves is second, also going 2:30 this morning. She was 2:30.73, which is a tenth off her lifetime-best, setting up what should be a faster A final tonight through the middle lanes. Emily Kopas, the Swim Fort Lauderdale breaststroker heading to Michigan in the fall, went 2:31.98 to sit third.

16-year-old Y-Spartaquatics swimmer Savanna Faulconer is third – she finished second overall in the 400 IM earlier this week and also made the B final of the 100 breast. Faulconer went 2:32.49.

The next qualifier was Tatum Wade, 16, out of Nashville Aquatics. Wade went 2:32.76, the highest finisher to go a lifetime-best this morning. Wade dropped 1.5 seconds from her previous PR.

SwimMAC’s Maija Roses is just a tenth back at 2:32.86 – she’s been a second faster before, so watch for the future Cal Golden Bear in the final as well.

Ozaukee, Wisconsin’s Katherine Drabot is seventh in 2:33.21, and the final qualifying spot for the champ final went to Miranda Tucker out of Michigan in 2:33.36.

One notable name not in any final is Allie Szekely. The 16-year-old meet record-holder in this event was disqualified in prelims from the middle of the first circle-seeded heat. Szekely has had some DQ issues in the past, especially on the World Cup tour in Europe a few seasons ago. Szekely will have just the 100 back to focus on tonight after getting knocked out of this race in the morning session.

Boys 200 Breast

While the girls 200 breast was overall quite a bit slower than seed times, the opposite was true for the boys. Ross Palazzo cut a half-second off his lifetime-best to nab the number one spot heading into tonight. Palazzo went 2:16.00 for the Hudson Explorers. Todd Owen of Louisville Cardinal Aquatics was just a tenth off his incoming time, going 2:17.17 for second.

Matthew Anderson of the Arizona Marlins dropped nearly a full second from his PR in taking third. Anderson was 2:17.29 to sit just ahead of Palo Alto and future Stanford Cardinal Curtis Ogren and Excel Aquatics’ Ethan Browne. Ogren, the 400 IM winner, dropped a tenth off his best, and Browne cut a little more than half a second as both went 2:17.41 to tie for 4th.

The fifth seed went to Tommy Brewer of Current Swimming in Oregon (2:17.80) before the top pre-meet seed and 13-14 NAG record-holder Reece Whitley came in at 2:17.94. That’s almost a second and a half off what Whitley went a few weeks ago to break the NAG record. We’ll see tonight if he was saving something extra for finals – if he did, he got lucky, as Whitley just barely made the A final. Just .01 behind was Joseph Portillo of SwimAtlanta (2:17.95), the final qualifier for the championship heat tonight.

Peter Kropp will lead the 200 breast B final. He went 2:18.11 this morning, a lifetime-best by eight tenths.

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8 years ago

Taylor Ruck is 100% Canadian.

Swimming Fan
8 years ago

Too many DQ’s … Men – all 3 DQ’s in lane 2? Including the fastest swim of am. Who was that official?

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Ok. The 100 back is after the 200 free tonight. Cool.
Mr Rooney can swim both events.
He will be fresh for the 200 free clash against Haas and Domagala.

I have a very good memory and like for Taylor Ruck, I remember watching Maxime Rooney for the first time 4 or 5 years ago on the live stream of the Far Western championships. He was 11 or 12 and was already dominant on freestyle in his age category in that West Coast meet.
He doesn’t come from out of nowhere.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

I missed the breaststroke prelims.
I’ve just read the results and what? Miss Szekely disqualified?
Oh no. Psychodad must laugh now.
What time she did? And the DQ reason?

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

mid 2:30.xx

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

She went a 2:30.0. Would have been first but something was wrong with her pull out. What a shame.

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

>Psychodad must laugh now.

Never! I might criticize her technique, but I do not want her to be DQ-ed. Unless she is van der Burgh-ing it.

8 years ago

He is 6’6″ – where are these short / heavy legs?

Justin Thompson
Reply to  swim1
8 years ago

I think he’s saying that MA is similar to MP in that his legs are short and heavy in relation to his torso.

Reply to  Justin Thompson
8 years ago

that’s typical for butterflyer

Reply to  whoknows
8 years ago

Exactly! Unless, you are being sarcastic?

8 years ago

We lost bobo

Reply to  whoknows
8 years ago

He’s probably taking a nap before finals LOL

8 years ago

Szekely was DQ’d

Reply to  whoknows
8 years ago

UGH, that was a great swim she could’ve been under 2:30 in finals with that 😛 she needs to fix her pullouts!!!

Reply to  hswimmer
8 years ago

Perhaps it is the pullouts— which, as you say “need to be fixed”—that contribute to the fast swims. For those who watch her on a regular basis around Middle Atlantic, it is a wonder that she is not DQed more frequently.

Reply to  crazycatswimmer
8 years ago

Perhaps there is nothing wrong with her pullouts…coming from someone who watches her quite frequently. Perhaps we should consider the fact that there were multiple DQs -more than usual- in the breaststroke today. Or that multiple coaches who looked at her pullouts both during and on video after found nothing wrong with it. Perhaps
-An annoyed brother

8 years ago

I think Szekelly got DQ’d again

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