2016 U.S. WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS- EAST
- Wednesday, December 7th – Saturday, December 10th
- Columbus, OH (Ohio State University)
- Psych sheets
- Meet information
- Live results
After smashing the 15-16 NAG Record in the 200 free last night, Drew Kibler turned heads again in day 2 prelims at the 2016 U.S. Winter Junior Championships (East). This morning, 16-year-old Kibler dropped a blazing 19.66 to take top seed for finals, making him the 3rd fastest swimmer ever in the 15-16 age group behind only Michael Andrew (19.24) and Ryan Hoffer (19.38).
Even more impressive is that fact that Kibler swam that time after he had already competed in the 500 free earlier in the session. He earned the 2nd seed for finals in that race with a 4:20.52 behind Robert Freeman (4:18.03), who was the only swimmer to break 4:20 in prelims.
Reece Whitley is set to swim in lane 4 of the 200 IM final after clocking a 1:47.52 this morning ahead of Nicolas Albiero (1:47.90) and Ariel Spektor (1:47.97). Carson Foster, who just aged up after establishing a strong presence the 13-14 top times lists, turned in a 1:48.59 to qualify 5th for tonight’s final.
On the women’s side, the 50 free prelims set up a loaded final with Kate Douglass leading the way in 22.43. The stacked field will also include Florida state champs Morgan Tankersley (22.60), Isabel Ivey (22.61), and Talia Bates (22.81), as well as Tennessee standout Alex Walsh (22.96). Each of those women are lined up for a double tonight. Tankersley is the top seed for the 500 free with her 4:42.39. The 200 IM final will feature Walsh (1:54.16), Ivey (1:58.87), Douglass (1:59.52), who all qualified for the championship final behind top seed Brooke Forde (1:57.16).