2016 Dolfin Junior National Cup Day Four Finals Recap


Beata Nelson continued her winning ways with a big victory in the 100 fly– she took both 100 and 200 backstrokes as well as the 50 fly earlier in the meet. Her time of 59.93 took top honors, and marked her 2nd-fastest time ever. It’ll go to #2 on her personal record list, right behind her 59.68 from Winter Nationals this past December and right in front of her 59.97 done at 2015 U.S Summer Nationals. She finished ahead of 14-year-old Olivia Bray (1:01.20) and her future University of Wisconsin teammate Megan Doty (1:01.27).

Another star of the meet, Vien Nguyen, dominated the 400 IM. Her time of 4:46.74 was well ahead of 2nd place Emma Muzzy (4:53.77). Nguyen took first in both the 200 IM and 400 free earlier in the meet.

Santa Clara Swim Club’s Matthew Thomas won the 100 fly in convincing fashion, touching at 55.46 to top the field. 16-year-old Khalil Fonder snuck in for 2nd at 56.18. Fonder, who swims for the Virginia Gators, was also the winner of the 50 back. His time of 26.97 edged Edina Swim Club’s William Brenton, who was 2nd in 27.13.

Sam Schilling, who less than two weeks ago won twin titles in the 100 and 200 free at the Minnesota AA Champs, took home hardware in the 200 free. His time of 1:52.64 bested the rest of the field by over a second.

The final events of the day were the 400 meter medley relays. The Mason Manta Rays (4:18.39) and the Tac Titans (4:19.84) led the way for the girls, the two teams the only relays to break 4:20. For the boys, it was the Manta Rays again at 3:52.72, led by a 1:03.38 breast split from Cooper Hodge, a Wisconsin commit. This race wasn’t as close as the girls’ as Hodge and the Rays took the title by over three seconds.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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