2017 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West (LIVE RECAP)


Starting an hour after the east championships in Knoxville, the 2017 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West in Iowa City also began on Wednesday with the 200 medley and 800 free relays. With a wide-reaching field that spans into Texas and all the way west to swimming hot spots in California and Colorado, the west championships have a very diverse field.

Girls’ 200 Medley Relay – Timed Finals

  • Jrs West – 1:38.85 – Fort Collins Area Swim Team (Stewart, Bartel, Gillilan, Alons) – 2016
  • SC Juniors Meet (combined) – 1:38.48 – Cardinal Aquatics (Wheeler, Wheeler, Tichenor, Albiero) – 2017

Whether they knew it or not before racing began in Iowa City, the 2016 SC Juniors record in the girls’ 200 medley relay was broken in Knoxville on Thursday before racing began in Iowa City.

And after a brief stint in possession of the Kentuckians, the relay is back in the hands of the same quartet that broke it last year.  Bayley StewartZoe BartelColeen Gillilan, and Kylee Alons combined for a 1:37.65, which besides breaking the Meet Record also breaks their own 15-18 National Age Group Record (Cardinal Aquatics had a 14-year old on the relay, and so wasn’t eligible to break that record). Fort Collins’ group set that record once at last year’s Winter Juniors, and then shaved another .01 seconds off it.

A comparison of last season’s splits to this season’s:

2016 Junior Championships – West
2017 Iowa City Sectionals
 2017 Junior Championships – West
Bayley Stewart 25.49 25.73 25.26
Zoe Bartel 27.47 27.24 27.08
Coleen Gillilan 24.05 23.93 23.56
Kylee Alons 21.84 21.94 21.75
Total Time 1:38.85 1:38.84 1:27.65

Scottsdale Aquatic Club took 2nd place in 1:40.07, which is two-and-a-half seconds back. Claire Grover split 27.08 on the breaststroke leg for Scottsdale, matching Bartel’s split from the winning group.

Among other highlight splits was a 23.55 fly leg from World Chanpionship team member Dakota Luther on Austin Swim Club’s 11th-place relay; anda  27.34 from Jacqueline Basham on Brea Aquatics’ ‘B’ relay that finished 36th overall.

Boys’ 200 Medley Relay – Timed Finals

  • Jrs West – 1:27.11 – Scottsdale Aquatic Club (Hoffer, Gage, Van Deusen, Blake) – 2016
  • SC Juniors Meet (combined) – 1:27.11 – Scottsdale Aquatic Club (Hoffer, Gage, Van Deusen, Blake) – 2016

The Academy Bullets’ boys’ 200 medley relay won by half-a-second, and in the process set a new Illinois LSC 15-18 state record at 1:29.61.

The team of Spencer Walker (22.33), Caleb Carlson (25.56), Horace Qiao (21.18), and William Kamps (20.54) combined for a 1:29.61 – the only relay under 1:30 in the timed final.

Irvine Novaquatics took 2nd in 1:30.16, and Nitro was another half-second back in 1:30.66 for 3rd-place.

Two anchors split sub-20 on their respective freestyle legs: Sean Slusiewivz for Novaquatics (19.71) and Kaloyan Bratanov from KATY Aquatics (19.99). Meanwhile, Zane Backes from Team Rebel Aquatics led all breaststrokers with a 24.10 split.

Girls’ 800 Free Relay – Timed Finals

  • Jrs West – 7:11.88 – SwimMAC Carolina (Brown, Marsh, Lappin, Merritt) – 2015
  • SC Juniors Meet (combined) – 7:05.85 Nashville Aquatic Club (Raab, Walsh, Nelson, Walsh)

In a quirk of timing, the winning Magnolia Aquatic Club relay of Lucie NordmannMonica GuminaKaitlynn Sims, and Lillie Nordmann appeared to have broken the Short Course Juniors combined record in the women’s 800 free relay, but the Nashville Aquatic Club relay out east beat them to the punch (and the wall, virtually, by .06 seconds).

In another quirk, though, the Magnolia Aquatic Club still gets a big record, in spite of only being the second-fastest relay of the night: the 15-18 National Age Group Record.

Because Nashville’s relay included 14-year old Gretchen Walsh, they weren’t eligible for any National Age Group Record. Instead, it’s the Magnolia Aquatic Club who get the mark by a veritable mile. They were almost 2 seconds faster than the old record of 7:07.82 that was set by SwimMAC Carolina in 2014 – a relay that included the 2017 NCAA Swimmer of the Year Kathleen Baker.

The relay’s fastest split was its anchor, Lillie Nordmann, in 1:45.19 – the second-best split of the two meets combined. The two Nordmann sisters, including the elder Lucie on the leadoff, had the fastest two splits of the west meet, in fact.

Magnolia Aquatic Club splits:

The Austin Swim Club relay of Luther, Ella CollinsDiana Dunn, and Kendall Shields combined for a 7:07.59, which is also faster than the Juniors – West and overall juniors records were coming into the day.L

Boys’ 800 Free Relay – Timed Finals

  • Jrs West – 6:31.93 – Scottsdale Aquatic Club (Hoffer, Blake, Yang, Apel) – 2016
  • SC Juniors Meet Combined – 6:28.56 – Carmel Swim Club (Kibler, Sherman, Mitchell, Davis) – 2017

The North Texas Nadadores may have a new coach, but they’ve still got a lethal freestyle group – the same one that produced current Texas Longhorns Brett Ringgold and Jonathan Roberts in prior iterations. On Thursday, the group of Jack LevantDavid HallaronLogan Davis, and Kevin Repice combined for a 6:32.60, which gave the Nadadores the win ahead of a 6:33.26 from Irvine Novaquatics. KATY Aquatics was well back in 3rd place in 6:40.13.

The field was a little lackluster for this race. Levant lead off the winning relay in 1:34.53, and not only was that the fastest split, it was the only split better than a 1:37.19 (Alexander Zettle from Lakeside Aquatic Club). By comparison, the east meet had two swimmers lead off in 1:33s, and had 11 swimmers under 1:37.

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Sir Swimsalot
5 years ago

Whoo! 1:27 is a smoking girl’s record.

5 years ago

Zettle is from Lakeside Aquatic Club not team.

5 years ago

Kylee Alons from FAST warmed up for this by doing a 500 in a HS meet last week in 5:24… backstroke… at 5000′ altitude….in a shallow pool with narrow lanes. Saw it with my own eyes.

Reply to  Braden Keith
5 years ago

I don’t have video, but I can find the splits, but I didn’t film the race. I will have plenty of chances to get video this season. I set up the pool and run timing for the home duals and the state meet.

Colleen Gillilan, the flier on this relay, went 1:02 br in this same meet, and Zoe Bartel and Bayley Stewart went 2:07 and 2:10 in the IM.

5 years ago

MM had Alexis Depaco from Crow Canyon Country Club At 21.96 on fly….any confirmation on the validity of this split?

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