2016 U.S. Winter Jr Championships (West): Day 4 Finals Live Recap


We’re getting ready for day 4 finals at the 2016 U.S. Winter Junior Championships (West), which will be the final session of the meet. Follow along with us for a live recap of the events, including the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay. We’ve got a couple of age group records on watch tonight, including the 13-14 girls NAG Record in the 200 fly. Regan Smith will be chasing Cassidy Bayer’s record of 1:56.01 in that event. In the men’s 100 free, Ryan Hoffer will be chasing his own 17-18 NAG Record, which he set at 41.23 at this meet last year.


  • GOLD: Taylor Ault, La Mirada Armada, 16:07.92
  • SILVER: Gabrielle Kopenski, Texas Ford Aquatics, 16:08.92
  • BRONZE: Kaitlynn Sims, Magnolia Aquatic Club, 16:15.19

A close race in the women’s 1650 free saw Taylor Ault and Gabrielle Kopenski finish within a second of each other. Ault dug in to pass Kopenski in the last 100 yards, winning gold ahead of Kopenski and Kaitlynn Sims.


Zach Yeadon dropped a bomb in the 1650 free tonight, taking 20 seconds off his previous best time to win the event in a blazing 14:49.90. Yeadon, a Notre Dame commit, was nearly 10 seconds ahead of the field. Also finishing sub-15 minutes for 2nd place was Aaron Apel.


  • GOLD: Regan Smith, Riptide Swim Team, 1:51.79
  • SILVER: Bayley Stewart, Fort Collins Area Swim Team, 1:54.44
  • BRONZE: Grace Ariola, Waves Bloomington, 1:55.25

Once again, Regan Smith was just ridiculously fast tonight, picking up her 4th gold of the meet in the 200 back final. Smith’s winning time of 1:51.79 is 2nd only to Missy Franklin in the 13-14 age group, as Franklin still holds the NAG with her 1:51.07 from 2010.


  • GOLD: Daniel Carr, Pikes Peak Athletics, 1:42.80
  • SILVER: Noah Henry, Tigersharks Swimming, 1:44.81
  • BRONZE: Ethan Harder, Billings Aquatic Club, 1:45.09

Daniel Carr was right on his prelims time to win the 200 back, just hundredths shy of that mark to win the event with another sub-1:43 time tonight. That put him over 2 seconds ahead of the field, as Noah Henry was within tenths of him at the 100, but faded slightly to hold on for silver ahead of Ethan Harder.


  • GOLD: Eva Merrell, Aquazot Swim Club, 48.51
  • SILVER: Amalie Fackenthal, Davis Aquadarts, 48.62
  • BRONZE: Daria Pyshnenko, CATS Aquatic Team, 48.75

An extrememly close finish in the women’s 100 free saw the top 4 all finish just a few tenths apart. Eva Merrell and Amalie Fackenthal were almost dead even the whole race, with Merrell getting her hand on the wall first, followed by Fackenthal and Daria Pyshnenko.


  • GOLD: Ryan Hoffer, Scottsdale Aquatic Club, 41.71
  • SILVER: Alexei Sancov, Terrapins Swim Team, 43.46
  • BRONZE: Clayton Bobo, Dads Club, 43.81

Scottsdale Aquatic Club’s Ryan Hoffer blew away the field in the 100 free. He wasn’t quite as fast as last season, but his 41.71 is still one of the fastest 17-18 performances we’ve ever seen. Alexei Sancov picked up the silver, followed by Clayton Bobo, who out-touched Matthew Willenbring (43.84) for bronze.


  • GOLD: Zoe Bartel, Fort Collins Area Swim Team, 2:07.73
  • SILVER: Grace Zhao, Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, 2:09.21
  • BRONZE: Zoie Hartman, Crow Canyon Country Club, 2:11.83

Fort Collins Area Swim Team’s 16-year-old Zoe Bartel took down the 15-16 NAG Record and shattered the Meet Record en route to 200 breast gold. Bartel’s 2:07.73 shave a few tenths off the previous NAG Record of 2:08.11 done by U.S. Olympian Caitlin Leverenz in 2007. It also broke the former Meet Record of 2:09.23 set by Grace Zhao in 2015. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics’ Zhao was 2nd tonight, also under the previous Meet Record with her 2:09.21.


  • GOLD: Daniel Roy, King Aquatic Club, 1:55.60
  • SILVER: Trent Pellini, Mission Viejo Nadadores, 1:58.74
  • BRONZE: Josh Bottelbergher, Portland Aquatics, 1:58.87

KING’s Daniel Roy rocked a new Meet Record en route to gold in the men’s 200 breast. He finished over 3 seconds ahead of the field, clocking a 1:55.60 for the win. That shaved a couple tenths off the previous Meet Record of 1:55.88 done by Steven Stumph in 2012.


Iowa Flyers’ Ruby Martin charged to a 1:54.74 to win gold in the women’s 200 fly, making her the 5th fastest 15-16 performer of all time. Razorback’s Taylor Pike was also in the 1:54-range for silver, followed by a quick 1:55.2 for bronze by Austin Swim Club’s Dakota Luther.

14-year-old Regan Smith was just off the podium in 4th place, posting a 1:56.57 for the 2nd fastest 13-14 swim of all time. She was less than a half second shy of the NAG Record, which stands at a 1:56.01 done by Cassidy Bayer in 2013.


A 3-man battle to the finish saw just 3 tenths separating the men’s 200 fly medalists. Palo Alto Stanford’s Alex Liang and Irvine Novaquatics’ Andrew Koustik were out with the fastest splitss at the 100 mark. It was the North Texas Nadadores’ Jack LeVant, however, who pulled ahead in the end. LeVant’s 26.86 split on the 3rd 50 was enough to give him the edge, and he held on for gold, followed by Koustik and Liang.


  • GOLD: Fort Collins Area Swim Team, 3:19.85
  • SILVER: Aquazot Swim Club, 3:20.43
  • BRONZE: Irvine Novaquatics, 3:21.47

Fort Collins Area Swim Team raced to gold in the women’s 400 free relay, getting a pair of 49s from Kylee Alons (49.12) and Coleen Gillilan (49.75) on the 3rd and 4th legs. Eva Merrell led off in a quick 49.25 to help Aquazot Swim Club to silver, while Mackenzie Degn‘s 49.38 on the 3rd leg helped Irvine Novaquatics to bronze.


  • GOLD: Scottsdale Aquatic Club, 2:57.84
  • SILVER: Irvine Novaquatics, 2:59.75
  • BRONZE: Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, 3:00.45

Scottsdale Aquatic Club trailed through the halfway point, but Ryan Hoffer blasted a 41.77 split on the 3rd leg to give his team an edge before Jack Blake (44.20) anchored them to victory. The Irvine Novaquatics squad also combined for a sub-3:00 time, with Justin Nguyen (44.48) and Owen Kao (44.41) putting up a pair of 44-lows on the 2nd and 4th legs.

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5 years ago

Holy tempo on Pish, how does she do that for the whole 1650?

5 years ago

HUGE shout out to Sam for his EXCEPTIONAL work announcing these meets. He makes a big difference for swimmers and spectators.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Paul
5 years ago

It’s a shock when I switch from the East live webcast to the West.
I wish he annouced both meets at the same time. 🙂

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Regan on fire!

1.51.79 in the 200 back!

Not far off Missy’s 13/14 NAG record of 1.51.07

5 years ago

FYI… That’s her 4th (not 3rd) gold of the meet. Won 200im on Thursday night.

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
5 years ago

U rock!

5 years ago

What are we feeling here for Hoffer? I think perfect race gets him right under 41.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Hoffer coming up

He improved a lot his 50 free PB. He improved a lot his 200 free PB. Not the same success in his 100s so far.
Let’s see his 100 free.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Eva Merrell wins the women’s 100 free in 48.51
Lauren, do you know if she swam the 200 back prelims? The live results don’t work for that event. She was not in the 200 back final against Regan Smith.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Eva scratched 200 Back AND 200 Fly Prelims.

bobo gigi
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5 years ago


bobo gigi
5 years ago

Hoffer wins the 100 free.

Bobo third!

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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