2016 Speedo Juniors: Day 4 Prelims Recap

2016 Speedo U.S. Junior National Championships

Day 4 – Thursday, August 11

Women’s 200 Meter Freestyle – Prelims

  • Jr World: 1:56.12 8/20/2014 Shen Duo
  • Meet: 1:58.26 8/11/2011 Lia Neal
  • 17/18 NAG: 1:54.43 Katie Ledecky  2016
  • 15/16 NAG: 1:55.06 Missy Franklin  2011
  • 13/14 NAG: 1:58.53 Cynthia Woodhead  1978

Riptide Swim Team’s Regan Smith continued to impress, as she has done throughout the meet so far. The 14-year-old dropped just over a second to qualify for the A final with 2:02.32, and thus move from #43 to #15 on the all-time list for 13-14 girls. The top qualifying time, however, belonged to Greater Tampa Swimming Association’s Morgan Tankersley with 2:01.87, just .08 ahead of Pleasanton Seahawks’ Miranda Heckman.

Central Bucks Swim Team’s Morgan Scott had a big drop to make the A final; she improved her seed bime by 1.6 seconds to score a 2:02.34. Camryn Toney of Texas Ford Aquatics and Miki Dahlke of North Bay Aquatics dropped .4 and .5, respectively, to move into the B final.

A Final Qualifiers

  1. Morgan Tankersley, 17 Greater Tampa 2:01.79
  2. Miranda Heckman, 15 Pleasanton 2:01.87
  3. Melissa Pish, 16 Waves Bloomington 2:01.88
  4. Dakota Luther, 16 Austin Swim Club 2:02.08
  5. Regan Smith, 14 Riptide 2:02.32
  6. Morgan Scott, 16 Central Bucks 2:02.34
  7. Taylor Ault, 17 La Mirada Armada 2:02.54
  8. Emma Nordin, 16 Carmel Swim Club 2:02.71

B Final Qualifiers

  1. Kelly Pash, 15 Carmel Swim Club 2:03.43
  2. Kenisha Liu, 17 Brea Aquatics 2:03.53
  3. Ryley Ober, 15 Sarasota Tsunami 2:03.55
  4. Victoria Navarro, 16 Boulder City 2:03.81
  5. Camryn Toney, 17 Texas Ford 2:03.84
  6. Diana Dunn, 16 Austin Swim Club 2:03.89
  7. Miki Dahlke, 18 North Bay 2:04.04
  8. Trude Rothrock, 17 Carmel Swim Club 2:04.14

Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle – Prelims

  • Jr World: 1:47.10 8/7/2015 Maxime Rooney
  • Meet: 1:49.37 8/12/2010 Clay Youngquist
  • 17/18 NAG: 1:45.99 Michael Phelps  2003
  • 15/16 NAG: 1:48.64 Caeleb Dressel  2013
  • 13/14 NAG: 1:53.31 Trey Freeman (2015), Aldan Johnston (2015)

Carmel Swim Club’s Drew Kibler, runner-up in both the 100 and 400 freestyle events already, posted the morning’s top time in the 200 free with 1:50.82. University of South Carolina’s Fynn Minuth, who has had an impressive meet, dropped 3.1 seconds to qualify second with 1:51.00. Levente Bathory of Enfinity Aquatic Club dropped 2.2 seconds to land a spot in the A final, touching in 1:52.41. North Texas Nadadores’ Jack LeVant also had a strong morning swim; he improved by nearly 9/10 to qualify seventh in 1:52.55.

Another handful of swimmers dropped between 0.5-1.0 to earn spots in the B final: Spencer Carl of Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics (-.88), Kieran Smith of Ridgefield Aquatic Club (-.86), Rudy Agular-Fernandez of Kingfish Aquatics (-.75), and Eric Knowles of Dayton Raiders (-.48).

A Final Qualifiers

  1. Drew Kibler, 16 Carmel Swim Club 1:50.82
  2. Fynn Minuth, 18 Pittsburgh Elite/Univ South Carolina 1:51.00
  3. Patrick Callan, 16 Trident Aquatics 1:52.01
  4. Cody Bybee, 17 Dayton Raiders1:52.12
  5. Jake Sannem, 17 Upper Dublin 1:52.13
  6. Levente Bathory, 17 Enfinity Aquatic 1:52.41
  7. Jack LeVant, 16 North Texas 1:52.55
  8. Sam Schilling, 18 Aquajets 1:52.59

B Final Qualifiers

  1. Matthew Willenbring, 16 Austin Swim Club 1:52.72
  2. Will Macmillan, 18 North Carolina 1:52.75
  3. Carl, Spencer 17 Michigan Lakeshore 1:52.75
  4. Rudy Aguilar-Fernandez 17 Kingfish Aquatic 1:52.85
  5. Tommy Cope, 18 Dayton Raiders 1:53.01
  6. David Madej, 16 Swim Strongsville 1:53.02
  7. Eric Knowles, 17 Dayton Raiders 1:53.23
  8. Kieran Smith, 16 Ridgefield 1:53.26

Women’s 200 Meter Breaststroke – Prelims

  • Jr World: 2:19.64 8/30/2015 Viktoria Gunes
  • Meet: 2:26.35 8/13/2012 Allie Szekely
  • 17/18 NAG: 2:24.47 Lillie King  2015
  • 15/16 NAG: 2:25.35 Anita Nall  1992
  • 13/14 NAG: 2:25.75 Amanda Beard  1996

A personal best by 4.5 seconds in the very first heat vaulted Olivia Calegan of Greater Nebraska Swim Team into tonight’s A final; Calegan swam 2:35.43 to win her heat and qualify sixth overall. Kaki Christensen of Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club posted a best-by-2.4 to move from 22nd seed in the psych sheet to 5th through to finals.

Zoe Bartel of Fort Collins Area Swim Team led the morning qualifiers with 2:28.04, her best by 1/10. Bartel is #7 on the all-time list for 15-16 girls. Her teammate Bailey Kovac will be next to her in lane 3 in tonight’s final, having qualified third in 2:34.06. Texas Ford Aquatics’ Rachel Ramey posted the second-fastest time of the morning with 2:31.92, just a tick off her best.

A Final Qualifiers

  1. Zoe Bartel, 15 Fort Collins 2:28.04
  2. Rachel Ramey, 17 Texas Ford 2:31.92
  3. Bailey Kovac, 17 Fort Collins 2:34.06
  4. Halle Morris, 17 North Bay 2:34.83
  5. Kaki Christensen, 16 Chelsea Piers 2:35.26
  6. Olivia Calegan, 16 Greater Nebraska 2:35.43
  7. Nicole Williams, 16 Columbia Swim Club 2:36.59
  8. Kelsey Lloyd, 15 Brea Aquatics 2:36.65

B Final Qualifiers

  1. Nicole Limberg, Nicole 17 West Coast 2:36.79
  2. Kenisha Liu, 17 Brea Aquatics 2:36.87
  3. Mariah Lindsay, 17 King Aquatic 2:37.02
  4. Caroline Theil, 16 Greater Nebraska 2:37.55
  5. Sydney Baker, 17 Y-Spartaquatics 2:37.60
  6. Hanna Gresser, 17 Firestone Akron 2:37.61
  7. Lauren Edelman, 17 Fishers Area 2:37.73
  8. Meghan Lynch, 13 Greenwich Ywca 2:38.07

Men’s 200 Meter Breaststroke – Prelims

  • Jr World: 2:09.64 8/6/2015 Anton Chupkov
  • Meet: 2:12.17 8/2/2015 Reece Whitley
  • 17/18 NAG: 2:10.92 Kevin Cordes  2012
  • 15/16 NAG: 2:11.30 Reece Whitley  2015
  • 13/14 NAG: 2:15.84 Ethan Dang  2016

Michael Andrew of Race Pace Club, who was entered with a 2:19.68, swam a personal-best 2:16.66 to win his heat and qualify first for tonight’s final. Andrew has been as fast at 2:16.76 in January of 2015, but the time was expired when he entered the meet. Last week at U.S. Open Andrew went a 2:17.17. Ridgefield Aquatic Club’s AJ Bornstein, the second-fastest qualifier of the morning, was almost exactly on his time with a 2:17.19 morning swim. Jake Foster of Mason Manta Rays went 2:17.41 to qualify third, again only a tick off his best time.

Ethan Dang of King Aquatic Club, the NAG record-holder in the event for 13-14 boys, made the A final with 2:20.17, 4.3 seconds off his best. Connor Doyle of Eastern Express dropped 1.5 seconds to qualify 9th in 2:20.93. Carmel Swim Club’s Charles Vaughan and Tate Fausto Huerta also moved into the B final on personal-best times.

Top-seeded Daniel Roy of Spokane Area Swim Team put up a strong morning swim but was disqualified.

A Final Qualifiers

  1. Michael Andrew, 17 Race Pace Club 2:16.66
  2. AJ Bornstein, 16 Ridgefield 2:17.19
  3. Jake Foster, 15 Mason Manta Rays 2:17.41
  4. Devon Nowicki, 18 AquaSwimClubI 2:19.35
  5. Tommy Cope, 18 Dayton Raiders 2:19.78
  6. Ethan Dang, 14 King Aquatic 2:20.17
  7. Brennan Pastorek, 17 Georgia Coastal 2:20.46
  8. Lyon Zhang, 16 Pleasanton 2:20.88

B Final Qualifiers

  1. Connor Doyle, 17 Eastern Express 2:20.93
  2. Charles Scheinfeld, 16 New Trier Swim 2:21.45
  3. Charles Vaughan, 17 Carmel Swim Club 2:21.90
  4. Josh Bottelberghe, 16 Portland Aquatic 2:22.01
  5. Dillon Hillis, 15 Manhattan Makos 2:22.04
  6. Jonathan Cook, 16 West Coast 2:22.12
  7. Edgar Chin, 18 La Mirada Armada 2:22.27
  8. Fausto Huerta Tate, 16 Unattached-FG 2:22.61

Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke – Prelims

  • Jr World: 59.37 12/16/2015 Minna Atherton
  • Meet: 59.77 8/14/2009 Rachel Bootsma
  • 17/18 NAG: 58.33 Missy Franklin  2012
  • 15/16 NAG: 59.18 Missy Franklin  2011
  • 13/14 NAG: 1:00.50 Missy Franklin  2009

Lucie Nordmann of Magnolia Aquatic Club, already 5th in the all-time rankings of 15-16 girls in the 100 back, moved up a spot to #4 with her morning swim of 1:00.31. Next to her in lane 5 tonight will be Riptide’s Regan Smith, who dropped time to qualify for yet another A final. Smith is #3 on the all-time list for 13-14 girls, and has only .36 to drop in order to break Missy Franklin’s National Age Group Record in the event. Grace Ariola of Waves Bloomington will be on the other side of Nordmann, having qualified third in 1:01.83. This could be the race of the night in Minneapolis with those three in the middle lanes.

Callie Dickinson of Tide Swimming, Tevyn Waddell of Mitchell Aquatic Club, and Bayley Stewart of Fort Collins Area Swim Team all improved on, or matched, their seed times to make the A final. Abi Wilder of Bolles School Sharks dropped nearly a half-second and Natalie Arky from Highlands Ranch took nearly 4/10 off her time to earn a spot in the B final.

A Final Qualifiers

  1. Lucie Nordmann, 16 Magnolia Aquatic 1:00.31
  2. Regan Smith, 14 Riptide 1:00.86
  3. Grace Ariola, 16 Waves Bloomington 1:01.83
  4. Callie Dickinson, 16 Tide Swimming 1:02.26
  5. Tevyn Waddell, 18 Mitchell Aquatic 1:02.50
  6. Katharine Berkoff, 15 Missoula Aquatic 1:02.59
  7. Bayley Stewart, 16 Fort Collins 1:02.94
  8. Marcie Maguire, 16 Ridgefield 1:03.24

B Final Qualifiers

  1. Solie Laughlin, 18 Buenaventura 1:03.29
  2. Zoe Bartel, 15 Fort Collins 1:03.43
  3. Sammie Burchill, 17 Carmel Swim Club 1:03.46
  4. Abi Wilder, 17 Bolles School 1:03.56
  5. Ashlyn Schoof, 17 Schroeder YMCA 1:03.68
  6. Grace Haskett, 17 Indiana Swim 1:03.70
  7. Amanda Smith, 17 Nky Clippers 1:03.74
  8. Natalie Arky, 16 Highlands Ranch 1:03.77

Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke – Prelims

  • Jr World: 53.67 4/6/2016 Javier Acevedo
  • Meet: 54.99 8/2/2015 Michael Andrew
  • 17/18 NAG: 53.38 Ryan Murphy  2013
  • 15/16 NAG: 53.76 Ryan Murphy  2012
  • 13/14 NAG: 56.83 Michael Andrew  2014

Michael Andrew posted the top time in his second event, the 100 back, going 55.60 to land within 9/10 of his seed time. Andrew went under 55 five times last August; the fastest he has been in 2016 is 55.28. Alessandro Boratto of Upper Dublin Aquatic Club had the number 2 time of the morning; he went 56.01, only .05 off his best. Quest Swimming’s Clark Beach continued his outstanding performances with a best-by-6/10-56.06 to qualify third. Westport/Weston Family Y Swim Team’s John Whiteside moved from #17 seed on the psych sheet to take the last spot in the A final with 57.21, his best time by 8/10.

With one exception, the entire B final will consist of backstrokers whose morning swims were faster than their seed times. It will be a tight final, separated by only 7/10. Clark’s twin, Ethan Beach of Quest Swimming, will be in lane 4 with a personal-best 57.42. Another set of twins, Patrick Gridley and Ryan Gridley of New Trier Swim Club, had nice drops and will contest the B final together. Ryan and Cody Bybee of Dayton Raiders both went 58.15 in prelims to tie for 16th, but Bybee scratched the back final to concentrate on the 200 free.

A Final Qualifiers

  1. Michael Andrew, 17 Race Pace Club 55.60
  2. Alessandro Boratto, 16 Upper Dublin 56.01
  3. Clark Beach, 17 Quest Swimming 56.08
  4. Josh Artmann, 17 Austin Swim Club 56.84
  5. Noah Henry, 16 Tigershark Swim 56.92
  6. Kyle Maas, 18 Michigan Lakeshore 57.14
  7. Thomas Anderson, 18 King Aquatic 57.15
  8. John Whiteside, 18 Westport/Weston 57.21

B Final Qualifiers

  1. Ethan Beach, 17 Quest Swimming 57.42
  2. Patrick Gridley, 16 New Trier 57.45
  3. Matthew Willenbring, 16 Austin Swim Club 57.75
  4. Connor Doyle, 17 Eastern Express 57.75
  5. Dakota Mahaffey, 18 Bolles School 58.05
  6. Charlie Ryan, 17 Upper Dublin 58.09
  7. Drew Carbone, 17 Patriot Swim 58.14
  • Ryan Gridley, 16 New Trier 58.15
  • Cody Bybee, 17 Dayton Raiders 58.15

 

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Jake

Smith actually broke Missy Franklin’s 100 Back record at US Open last week. Swims database shows she went 1:00.26. She’s had great swims this week with many All-Time 13-14 Top 20 or better times. Tough double tonight though (similar to Tuesday’s 200 Back/100 Free) so going low in the 100 Back after the 200 Free will be difficult. Nordmann looks great and is well-rested with fewer events here. I think Nordmann will challenge the sub-minute mark. Smith looks good for a high-point top 1/2/3 at only 14 years old. Bright future for both girls.

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