2016 U.S. Winter Nationals: Day 1 Finals Live Recap


  • Live Results
  • Wed. Nov 30 – Sat. Dec 3, 2016
  • Georgia Tech McAuley Aquatic Center, Atlanta, GA
  • 25 yard course
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  1. Minnesota- 1:37.71
  2. Indiana- 1:39.59
  3. North Carolina- 1:40.40

The University of Minnesota women established themselves as the first winners of the meet, taking the national title in the 200 medley relay. Tevyn Waddell (24.71), Lindsey Horejsi (27.00), Danielle Nack (23.63), and Zoe Avestruz (22.37) combined to win the race in 1:37.79.

Also under 1:40 to take silver was the quartet from Indiana. They clocked a 1:39.59 for 2nd, highlighted by a speedy 22.07 on the freestyle leg by Ali Rockett. Rounding out the top 3 was the UNC squad, who put together a 1:40.40 for bronze.


  1. Indiana “A”- 1:25.13
  2. Minnesota- 1:27.25
  3. Indiana “B” – 1:27.39

The Indiana men were dominant in the 200 medley relay, with their A team winning gold and the B team taking bronze. The A-relay of Bob Glover (21.28), Ian Finnerty (24.38), Vini Lanza (20.18), and Ali Khalafalla (19.29) blew away the field, winning it in 1:25.13. Minnesota’s relay posted a 1:27.25 for 2nd after Bowen Becker blasted a 19.14 anchor leg to help them out-touch the Indiana B-relay (1:27.39).


  1. Minnesota- 7:12.63
  2. Indiana- 7:12.74
  3. North Carolina- 7:15.24

The Minnesota women cleaned house tonight, getting to the wall for gold again just ahead of Indiana. Brooke Zeiger (1:47.92), Tevyn Waddell (1:49.35), Zoe Avestruz (1:48.51), and Danielle Nack (1:46.85) recorded a winning time of 7:12.63. Indiana was narrowly behind, finishing in 7:12.74.

The NCAP girls finished in what would have been a new 15-16 National Age Group Record, but the team was disqualified. That bumped North Carolina up for another top 3 finish, with the team finishing in 7:15.24. Their fastest split came from Caty Hulsey, who led off with a 1:47.78.

Note: Splits for the Indiana relay are currently incorrect on meet mobile. We will update accordingly if the issue gets fixed.


  1. Indiana ‘A’- 6:20.71
  2. Indiana ‘B’- 6:29.17
  3. North Carolina- 6:31.25

It was a 1-2 punch for the Indiana men in the 800 free relay, as their A-relay took 1st and the B-relay took 2nd. The A-squad of Marwan El Kamash (1:34.10), Jackson Miller (1:34.72), Anze Tavcar (1:36.12), and Max Irwin (1:35.77) dominated the race with their winning time of 6:20.71. Vini Lanza popped a quick 1:34.58 on the 2nd leg to help the B-squad to a 6:29.17.

Also earning a spot on the podium were the North Carolina Tarheels. Their 6:31.25 was good for the bronze. Swimming the fastest split on their relay was distance standout Jordan Merrilees, who clocked a 1:36.39 on the 2nd leg.

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Did UNC men wear drag suits? Pretty fast in drag suits!

A cold piece of pumpkin pie

They need some MILK


Milk is for babies.


20.18 from Lanza that’s pretty good


Funny when the us nationals meet is significantly slower than the Texas (and probably Georgia) invite

JP name too short

Just relays tonight though, most of the post-grads don’t do those. It’ll get faster when the individual events come along – though those college invites still might put up better times.

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