Michael Andrew Cracks Justin Lynch’s Meet Record on Day 3 Prelims of US Junior Nationals

Day 3 of the 2015 U.S. Junior National Championships will see a quick morning session. The American junior talent will race in the 400 free and 100 fly.

Scottsdale Aquatic Club’s Taylor Ruck holds the top seed in the women’s 400 free with a 4:13.51. On the men’s side, Winter Junior National champ Sean Grieshop (3:53.54) holds the fastest time, 3 seconds ahead of his Nitro teammate Chris Yeager (3:56.86). Grieshop could put the meet record of 3:51.99, set by Townley Haas in 2013, in jeopardy today.

200 fly champ Ella Eastin (1:00.14) will challenge to sweep the butterfly events at this meet, currently seeded at 4th. The top 3 seeds are all sub-1:00. Vanessa Krause (59.80) leads on the start lists, with Victoria Edwards (59.98) and Bailey Nero (59.99) also taking lane 4 in the heats.

Another men’s record is in danger of being broken on Saturday. This time, it’s Justin Lynch’s 52.91 in the 100 fly from 2013. Incoming USC freshman and top seed Alex Valente is entered with a 52.60. Michael Andrew (53.46) will rematch with Maxime Rooney (53.85) after Rooney took the 100 free last night. Andrew is actually faster than his seed time. He was a 52.82 last weekend.


WOMEN’S 400 Free

The top 3 in the women’s 400 all went best times to set up what could be a very close race tonight. Karling Hemstreet was the fastest of them, touching the wall in 4:16.84. Gator Swim Club’s Kahra Williams posted the 2nd fastest time, just over a tenth behind in 4:16.97. Erica Laning earned lane 3 in the final at 4:17.45.

Just 4th after prelims, Taylor Ruck (4:17.79) has the potential to break away from this field in the final. She came in with the fastest entry time of 4:13.51, which is still far ahead of the rest of the field. Joy Fields was right behind her this morning at 4:18.06.

Incoming Arizona freshman Sarah Shimomura qualified for her first championship final by placing 6th in 4:18.23. Jennifer Campbell (4:18.41) and Amanda Nunan (4:18.68) closed out the top 8.

MEN’S 400 Free

Nitro Swimming went 1-2 in the prelims of the 400 free, as Sean Grieshop and Chris Yeager won their respective circle seeded heats. Grieshop was the fastest this morning in 3:54.25, but Yeager dropped almost 2 seconds to grab the 2nd seed in 3:55.13.

Arizona’s Parks Jones (3:56.46) dropped 3 seconds to move from 22nd to 3rd seed. 15-year-old Trey Freeman grabbed 4th and qualified for Olympic Trials in 3:57.34. Brendan Meyer (3:57.35) was just .01 behind him to take the 5th spot.

James Murphy was hundredths behind in 3:57.39. Aron Apel, champion in the 1500, dropped about 4 seconds for a 3:57.68. Cole Buese took the last spot in the final at 3:58.03.


Ella Eastin put herself in position to win her 3rd event of the meet after this morning’s 100 fly prelims. She went a new best time to take 1st in 1:00.04. Bailey Nero kept it close, racing to a 1:00.06 for 2nd seed. Victoria Edwards came in at 1:00.41 to round out the top 3.

Arizona’s Mackenzie Rumrill cut a second off her previous best to qualify 4th in 1:00.55. Rumrill was the winner of this event at short course juniors in December. Caroline McTaggart, who won the 100 free last night, qualified 5th in 1:00.56.

Remedy Rule (1:00.67), Tevyn Waddell (1:00.69), and Madeline Banic (1:00.87) took the last spots for tonight’s final.

Vanessa Krause, the top seed coming into the meet, took 9th in 1:00.91.


Michael Andrew dominated his heat from start to finish in the 100 fly, surging to the wall in a near personal best. He split 24.50/28.36 on the way to a 52.86 that clipped Justin Lynch’s Junior National meet record of 52.91.

Maxime Rooney was also very close to his best in prelims. He grabbed the 2nd seed in 53.98. That sets those two up in lanes 4 and 5 again for a 100 meter rematch, with a meet record on watch.

Bolles Sharks’ Ariel Spektor (54.01) cranked out a best time to take 3rd behind them. He was barely out-touched by Rooney in his heat. Michael Thomas (54.45) and Mathias Oh (54.67) swam to 4th and 5th.

Alex Valente came into the meet with the top time, and he’ll have the 6th spot going into finals. He was 54.72 this morning, but could make things interesting in the final if he’s close to his best time.

Cameron Craig (54.73) finished just behind Valente for 7th. A tie for 8th place will call for a swimoff between Billy Beard and Mark Jurek. Jurek won the 200 fly on day 1, and will look to swim in the final again after both men touched at 54.77.

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Michael Andrew won’t be swimming today. His family car was broken into last night and all of his racing gear was stolen.


I’ll believe it when I see it. Something tells me that a new jammer might not be too difficult to track down at Juniors.


It was stolen at a restaurant parking lot last night. Not only his racing gear, but a lot of other belongings as well.


Yeah I saw the IG post…not sure what you need 4 separate GoPros for, but whatever video he is shooting must be pretty cool. Like everybody else said I’m sure that as a pro with Adidas there must be at least 1 rep there that will hook him up- that’s the whole point of being sponsored after all.


MA probably must wear an Adidas suit due to his sponsorship, which may be a lot harder to find…bummer for him and his family. I hope they can work something out.


Since he’s sponsored by Adidas, I’m willing to bet they will find something for him to race in…


Nice call, “not swimming” he just went a new NAG he’s sponsored so he probably got free stuff instantly.


I hope he swims today. I was really looking forward to him going after the nag in the 100 fly. Hopefully Adidas lets him swim in another suit if it comes down to it.


We obviously hope that Michael Andrew can swim today, but its not all about finding an Adidas suit to race him. His family car was broken into, I’m assuming the one which they travel from meet to meet in. They had lots of gear and personal belongings, not only swimming related, stolen from the car. He’s got Nationals coming up as well. I’m wishing him and his family well, and I hope the thieves are found.


Shouldn’t be to hard to find the culprits, hanging round the local pool in full racing gear…

All – Michael is racing this morning.

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