Hoffer Swims 8th Fastest 100 Free Ever – Winter Juniors WEST Live Recap


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1650-yard Free

The time to beat, 16:18.27, was posted in this afternoon’s 1650-yard heats session by Mansfield Aquatic’s Haley Yelle. At the 500-yard mark, Yelle turned at 4:52.73, in tonight’s final, the heat leaders Erica Sullivan in lane 2 and Joy Field in lane 4 turned at their 500-yard mark in 4:47.32 and 4:49.76 respectively. They were both able to keep up their pace and stay ahead of the top posted time, with Sullivan finishing 1st in 16:02.32, breaking Amber McDermott‘s 7 year old meet record of 16:02.79. Field finished 2nd just behind Sullivan in 16:08.11 and Yelle’s time was good for the 3rd place spot.

On the men’s side, the top time posted in the heats was Zach Yeadon, who clocked in at 15:09.77. Yeadon turned at the 500-yard mark 4:30.75, just seconds behind what tonight’s heat leaders Sean Grieshop (4:22.37), Chris Yeager (4:25.21) and Nicholas McDowell (4:26.84) turned at. As Grieshop kept the lead, Yeager pulled further away from McDowell as Taylor Abbott took over the 3rd place spot. Grieshop won the event in 14:45.88, also shattering the previous meet record of 14:55.32 posted by Matias Koski in 2011. His teammates Yeager and Abbott completed the Nitro Swimming 1-2-3 sweep, touching 2nd and 3rd in times of 14:56.79 and 15:06.99 respectively.

200-yard Back

The B final of the women’s 200-yard back was dominated by Fort Collins Area Swim Team’s Bailey Kovac, who touched in 1:56.53. Rhyan White took the lead in the 2nd half of the race and out touched top seed Taylor Ruck for the victory. White finished in 1:53.54, just ahead of Ruck (1:53.66) and Lucie Nordmann (1:54.08).

For the boys, Shaine Casas won the C final out of lane 8 in a time of 1:47.31. The B final was a race to the end with Michael Zarian winning the heat in 1:46.67, just ahead of Noah Henry, 1:46.93. The A final was also a close race, Bryce Medford of Sierra Marlins Swim Team took the lead early in the race and touched first in a time of 1:42.18, just ahead of Thomas Anderson of King Aquatic Club (1:42.33) and Daniel Carr (1:43.38).

100-yard Free

Ayla Spitz won the women’s C final in 50.40, and Evie Pfeifer took the B final in 49.54. Katie Drabot of Ozaukee Aquatics won the A final in a personal best and new meet record time of 48.32, being the only swimmer in that event to break 49 seconds this meet. Miki Dahlke and Isabelle Henig fought for 2nd but it was Dahlke who touched being Drabot in 49.16 and Henig right behind her in 49.28.

The men’s C final was won by Jack LeVant, who touched the pads in 45.22 and the B final was won by Andrew Loy, clocking in at 44.76. Ryan Hoffer of Scottsdale Aquatic Club dominated the A final, winning the event in a lifetime best, meet record and pool record time of 41.23. This time was also the 8th fastest time in the world in this event, and made him the 2nd fastest American performer in this event.

200-yard Breast

Vanessa Herrmann got the 200-yard breast off to a good start, winning the C final out of lane 2 in a time of 2:16.74. The B final ended with a tie for 1st place, when Halle Morris and Isabelle Odgers raced to the finish to both finish in a time of 2:15.25. Another meet record was shattered when Grace Zhao swam 2:09.23, taking almost a second off of the old record done by Mary Olsen in 2010. Hallway Kinsey was 2nd in 2:11.56 and Kenisha Liu 3rd in 2:12.36.

The men’s C final ended in another tie between Garrett Clasen and Zachary Nelson, finishing in 2:02.73. Jonathan Cook with a spectacular final 50-yard (30.93) to win the B final in a time of 2:00.84. Jeremy Babinet was ahead of the field the entire raced and clocked in way ahead of the field in a new meet record time of 1:55.91, Grieshop placed 2nd in his second event of the night in 1:59.15.

200-yard Fly

Megan Doty won the C final in the women’s event, taking more than a second off of her prelims swim and touching in 2:00.39. After her 3rd place finish in the 100-yard free, Henig returned to the pool to win the B final of the women’s 200-yard fly in 1:59.96. The women’s A final was a fight to the end, with a close finish from the top 3 swimmers Dakota LutherRuby Martin and Victoria Edwards touching in 1:55.60, 1:56.07 and 1:56.08 respectively.

Gabi Sasia took almost 2 seconds off of his preliminaries swim in the C final of the mens 200-yard fly, touching in 1:48.46 and Joe Molinari went on won the B final in 1:47.34, also taking time off of his prelims time. The men’s A final was yet another close race, with Alex Liang winning the event (1:45.64), Trenton Julian 2nd (1:45.81) and LeVant 3rd (1:46.46).

400 Free Relay

The women of Ozaukee Aquatics set a new meet record after winning the 400-yard free relay in a time of 3:19.23. The team defeated the previous record of 3:21.45, done by the Bolles School in 2009. Palo Alto Standford Aquatics’s team was 2nd (3:21.10) and Crow Canyon Swim Club’s team was 3rd (3:23.71).

The men of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics also defeated the meet record of 2:59.73, done by Dynmo Swim Club in 2010, touching in a time of 2:58.79, ahead of Scottsdale Aquatic Club (2:59.53) and Iowa Flyers Swim Club (2:59.95).

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bobo gigi
5 years ago

Based on his week so far, it’s not so crazy to think that Ryan Hoffer can break Caeleb Dressel’s 17/18 NAG record of 41.90 in the 100 free.
I’m gonna watch Sean Grieshop’s 1650 free too.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

AND HE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

41.23!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😯

ct swim fan
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

That was a sick swim. He goes almost 15 meters underwater off every turn . 2nd fastest American ever. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t he is only a junior in high school.

5 years ago

Another level altogether by Hoffer, 41.23

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Insane underwaters!
Crazy time!
Of course a new 17/18 NAG record.
2nd fastest American ever behind Nathan Adrian!

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Hoffer may go down as the fastest overall Junior yard sprinter ever. Look at all his times this week in free, back and fly. Yes his underwaters are insane but they are currently legal. I foresee him being the 1st American to break 41 in the 100 and eventually beating Dressel in the 50 and getting the American Record too. This kid will be strong in world competition in 25M as well. If he wants to be an olympian, he’ll have to work on his long course. Anyone have any clues where he’ll end up swimming in college?

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Of course he’s a much better short course swimmer thanks to his crazy underwaters, but he has already swum 49 last summer in long course.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Agreed Bobo, but I am rooting for him this summer. While his underwaters are amazing a 41.2 is nothing to scoff at. He definitely has a shot at making the 4×100 squad for the US

Reply to  riley
5 years ago

As far as I’m concerned, freestyle is just what the name implies. Just like Lochte’s new push off his freestyle turns, IMHO in freestyle, anything goes. Hoffer has mastered underwater fly kick. This is why I think he will also eventually take down Austin Staab’s 44.17 in the 100 yd fly and be the 1st man under 44. That is if Schooling, Conger or Dressel don’t beat him to it.

5 years ago

Maybe American sprint isn’t looking too shoddy after all. Obviously this is short course, and Hoffer had tons of clean water I’m sure, but this guy is the real deal.

Hope to see great things out of him in NCAA and at Trials!

old ball coach
5 years ago

Is Michael Andrew swimming tonight?

ct swim fan
Reply to  old ball coach
5 years ago

I don’t think Michael Andrew swam anything in todays prelims

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Yes. 48 mid looks very plausible next year.

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