2017 U.S. Junior Nationals: Day 5 Finals Live Recap


The Foster brothers lead the boys 200 IM on the final night of the 2017 Junior National Championships, after Carson and Jake finished 1st and 2nd in qualifying this morning.

16-year-old Kathleen Golding is the top qualifier in the women’s event, and the 50 frees will be headed by Anya Goeders and Florida-Gator-to-be Will Davis.

Keep refreshing this page for live, event-by-event recaps of all the action from New York.

Girls 200 IM – Finals

  • WJR: 2:09.98 – Rikako Ikee
  • Meet: 2:12.32 – Ella Eastin
  • 13-14 NAG: 2:12.73 – Missy Franklin
  • 15-16 NAG: 2:10.41 – Katie Hoff
  • 17-18 NAG: 2:10.02 – Elizabeth Pelton

Top 3:

  1. Kate Douglass, CPAC – 2:15.09
  2. Olivia Carter, EAC – 2:15.12
  3. Kristen Romano, LIAC – 2:15.15

A stellar race in the girls 200 IM saw 15-year-old Kate Douglass racing a pair of 17-year-olds (Olivia Carter and Kristen Romano) down the stretch. The youngster won out in 2:15.09, barely topping Carter’s 2:15.12 and Romano’s 2:15.15. That came on a huge final 50 in which Douglass outsplit the field by more than a second on freestyle, and erased a lead of 3.4 seconds at the halfway mark.

There was a lengthy review after the race with results remaining unofficial, but in the end, no disqualifications were announced in the A final and all eight times stood.

Metroplex’s Lindsay Looney was also in the mix for the win, going 2:15.74.

Diana Dunn (2:16.93), Kathleen Golding (2:17.19), Claire Donan (2:17.55) and Hannah Foster (2:18.55) all dropped time from their morning swims, rounding out a top 8 that destroyed this morning’s times across the board, including the top four each by more than 2.3 seconds.

The B final went to Fort Collins’ Coleen Gilliland, who had two nice morning drops in both the 200 IM and 50 free, in 2:17.04. The C was won by Katie Glavinovich of Aquazot, who was 2:16.91 – in a show of big finals appearances, those two times were faster than anyone went in prelims, including all of the A finalists.

Boys 200 IM – Finals

  • WJR: 1:57.06 – Qin Haiyang
  • Meet: 2:00.07 – Kyle Whitaker
  • 13-14 NAG: 2:04.13 – Michael Andrew
  • 15-16 NAG: 1:59.84 – Andrew Seliskar
  • 17-18 NAG: 1:55.94 – Michael Phelps

Top 3:

  1. Carson Foster, RAYS – 2:01.97
  2. Jake Foster, RAYS – 2:02.88
  3. Shaine Casas, NTRO – 2:03.06

Shaine Casas led early, but it didn’t take long in the backstroke leg for all-star backstroker Carson Foster to take the lead, and from there it was lights out. Foster powered his way to a 2:01.97, cutting three more tenths off a massive lifetime-best this morning to finish almost two seconds faster for the day than he was coming into the meet.

Carson Foster moves to #6 all-time in the 15-16 age group, with more than a year left to chase the National Age Group (NAG) record of 1:59.84 set by Michael Andrew.

His older brother Jake Foster was second, charging down the stretch and going 2:02.88 – a drop of more than a second from his prelims time in a brotherly 1-2. Casas held on for third in 2:03.06 after a gutsy opening. While only the younger Foster was under 2:04 this morning, four boys got under that mark at night, with Braden Vines sneaking into fourth in 2:03.76.

Alberto Gomez was solidly fifth in 2:04.43, but behind him was a dogfight for sixth. Zach Hils beat Alexei Sancov by just .01, 2:05.09 to 2:05.10. Tal Davis rounded out the A final in 2:05.83.

An entertaining B final went back and forth before Gabe Parnell got the win in 2:03.55. That would have been 2nd this morning.

Kevin Gu won the C final in 2:06.30, and right behind him, 14-year-old Tim Connery moved to #2 all-time in the 13-14 age group with a 2:06.38, passing up the legend Michael Phelps.

Girls 1500 Freestyle – Timed Finals

  • WJR: 15:28.36 – Katie Ledecky
  • Meet: 16:14.67 – G Ryan
  • 13-14 NAG: 16:11.98 – Becca Mann
  • 15-16 NAG: 15:36.53 – Katie Ledecky
  • 17-18 NAG: 15:25.48 – Katie Ledecky

Top 3:

  1. Erica Sullivan, SAND – 16:21.74
  2. Taylor Ault, RMDA – 16:31.55
  3. Kate Sanderson, CSST – 16:33.48

Sandpiper of Nevada Erica Sullivan jumped out to an early lead and left the 1500 free field in her wake, winning by almost ten seconds at the final touch. Sullivan went 16:21.74, bettering her seed by about four seconds.

Taylor Ault led a loose pack of four swimmers behind Sullivan. La Mirada Armada’s Ault was 16:31.55 for silver, with Colorado Springs Swim Team’s Kate Sanderson going 16:33.48 for bronze. That’s a massive ten second drop for Sanderson, coming down from the altitude of Colorado. Just behind was Madelyn Donohoe of The Fish in 16:37.58.

The top swimmer from the afternoon heats was Sullivan’s Sandpipers teammate Reese Lamph, whose 16:40.93 held up for fifth overall.

Maggie Wallace was 16:46.30 for sixth, Kensey McMahon 16:46.61 for a narrow seventh and Marcella Ruppert-Gomez rounded out the top 8 finishers in 16:47.38.

Girls 50 Freestyle – Finals

  • WJR: 24.48 – Rikako Ikee
  • Meet: 25.07 – Marta Ciesla
  • 13-14 NAG: 25.23 – Missy Franklin
  • 15-16 NAG: 24.80 – Simone Manuel
  • 17-18 NAG: 24.56 – Simone Manuel

Top 3:

  1. Anya Goeders, MAKO – 25.26
  2. Grace Ariola, BNY – 25.38
  3. Kate Douglass, CPAC – 25.54

Top qualifier Anya Goeders pulled away early for the Makos, blasting a 25.26 for the win. Goeders didn’t quite recapture the magic of her 24.8 lifetime-best that sits #3 all-time in the 15-16 age group, but did beat the field here by a tenth with a big display of power.

Bloomington Waves’ Grace Ariola was 25.38 to take second, with 200 IM winner Kate Douglass coming up with her second top-3 finish of the night in 25.54.

Lucie Nordmann tied with Grace Haskett for fourth at 25.69. Lauren Pitzer was 25.86, and one tenth back was seventh-place Megan Keil. The entire A final got under 26 seconds, with Nika Blank taking 8th in 25.98.

Alexandra Crisera won the consolation heat in 26.13. Sarah Grinalds won the C final in 26.02, very nearly cracking the 26 second barrier and dropping almost a half-second from this morning.

Boys 50 Freestyle – Finals

  • WJR: 22.00 – Yu Hexin
  • Meet: 22.13 – Vladimir Morozov
  • 13-14 NAG: 23.19 – Michael Andrew
  • 15-16 NAG: 22.33 – Michael Andrew
  • 17-18 NAG: 21.53 – Caeleb Dressel

Top 3:

  1. Sid Farber, PAC – 22.89
  2. Will Davis, BSS – 22.99
  3. Shaine Casas, NTRO – 23.05

Sid Farber pulled a big upset in the boys 50 free, beating top incoming seed and top prelims qualifier Will Davis by a tenth. Farber was 22.89, taking two full tenths off his morning swim. Davis matched his prelims time exactly at 22.99.

In the second half of his 200 IM/50 free double, Shaine Casas was third in 23.05 as the top three separated pretty firmly from the field.

Blaise Vera was 23.31 for fourth, leading in a pack of his own. Adam Chaney (23.38) and Will Chan (23.42) were right behind, with Brandon Hamblin beating David Madej 23.60 to 23.63 for 7th after the two tied this morning.

The B final went to Topher Stensby in 23.46. 23.53 won the C final, courtesy of Coco Bratanov.

Boys 800 Freestyle – Timed Finals

  • WJR: 7:45.67 – Mack Horton
  • Meet: 8:01.75 – Chad la Tourette
  • 13-14 NAG: 8:08.75 – Evan Pinion
  • 15-16 NAG: 7:52.05 – Larsen Jensen
  • 17-18 NAG: 7:48.09 – Larsen Jensen

Top 3:

  1. Johannes Calloni, SCAR – 8:01.63
  2. Alexander Zettle, LAC – 8:03.30
  3. Lleyton Plattel, PLS – 8:11.39

Right on meet record pace much of the way, Scarlet Aquatics’ Johannes Calloni snuck under the meet record by just a tenth, going 8:01.63 with a gutsy close to the race.

Just a tick back most of the race, Alexander Zettle wound up second in 8:03.30, cutting a whopping 14 seconds from his seed time. Pleasanton’s Lleyton Plattel held up for third in 8:11.39.

Sandpiper Brennan Gravley was fourth in 8:11.72, capping off a nice week for the Sandpipers distance crew.

The top two swimmers out of the afternoon heats wound up fifth and sixth. They were Thomas Bretzmann (8:13.36) and Curtis Wiltsey (8:13.83). Just behind them were evening swimmers Ivan Puskovitch (8:14.50) and Lane Stone (8:14.68).

Girls 4×100 Medley Relay – Timed Finals

Top 3:

  1. Bloomington Waves – 4:09.53
  2. SwimMAC – 4:10.96
  3. Fort Collins Area Swim Team – 4:12.18

The Bloomington Waves rolled to a medley relay win, taking the lead early on a field-best 1:01.19 backstroke split from 50 free runner-up Grace AriolaThat time would have won the individual 100 back earlier this week, had Ariola entered that event.

Noelle Peplowski was 1:10.87 on breast, Julia Heimstead 1:01.53 on fly and Melissa Pish anchored in a strong 55.94 as Bloomington was the only team under 4:10.

SwimMAC took second, almost a second and a half back. Julia Menkhaus had one of the faster fly splits of the field in 1:00.31, and was joined by Sinclair Larson (1:02.51 back), Lilly Higgs (1:11.54 breast) and Olwyn Bartis (56.60 free).

Fort Collins rolled in with bronze, coming up with a big back half from Coleen Gillilan (1:00.45 fly) and Kyle Alons (56.91 free). Bayley Stewart led off in 1:02.99 and Caraline Baker was 1:11.83 on breaststroke.

The fastest splits in the field in each stroke came from Ariola in back, Crow Canyon’s Zoie Hartman in breast (1:09.57), Austin Swim Club’s Dakota Luther in fly (58.92) and Lakeside’s Lauren Pitzer in free (55.80).

Boys 4×100 Medley Relay – Timed Finals

Top 3:

  1. Mason Manta Rays – 3:46.26
  2. Bolles School Sharks – 3:47.78
  3. King Aquatic Club – 3:48.71

The Mason Manta Rays won the boys event on a huge front half from the dominant Foster brothers. Carson Foster had the field’s best back split of 56.19, narrowly edging Katy Aquatics’ Glen Cowand (56.22). Then Jake Foster put up a 1:03.47 breaststroke split to put the team in a huge lead halfway through.

Gordon Wheeler was 55.95 on butterfly and Adam Chaney 50.65 on free – both among the best in the field for their strokes – to cap a 3:46.26 victory for the Rays.

Bolles finished second in 3:47.78, getting a field-best 55.00 fly split from Isaac Davis. His brother Will Davis was 57.80 on back, Paul Degrado 1:03.84 on breast and Thomas Heinzel anchored in 51.14.

KING took third in 3:48.71. They had the best breaststroke split in the field (1:01.24 from Daniel Roy) and had the luxury of using their other big-time breaststroker, Ethan Dang, on freestyle, where he split 52.09. Tyler Lu was 58.41 on back and Michael Chwaluk 56.97 on fly.

The fastest freestyle split was a 50.45 from Alexander Zettlewho anchored Lakeside’s relay to sixth.

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bobo gigi
6 years ago

Women’s 200 IM. A great day for Kate Douglass in that event. Big time drop. Despite a slow 36.04 on back, her weakest stroke. But her backhalf is very good. I have mixed feelings. I’d like to see her specialize into sprint freestyle but I like IM events too. Swimming the 200 IM has killed her 50 free chances later but I can’t blame her. If she has fun with IM then that’s the most important thing. She’s still very young and has such a big margin of progression. Big talent.

Men’s 200 IM. 4th individual win for Carson Foster. No real weak stroke for him. Of course his breaststroke must improve but he doesn’t start from zero. Sure his… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Use a vpn

Reply to  Provel
6 years ago

he is been bitching for the past 2 months on the simple fact he wont pay anything to follow his passion ….no comment

Jeffrey Farber
6 years ago

How is it a big upset when the # 2 seed coming in beats the # 1 seed?

Reply to  Jeffrey Farber
6 years ago

Will is going to junior worlds and seemed very smooth in the morning and was expected to go even faster in the afternoon

Reply to  Jeffrey Farber
6 years ago

Sid Farber has been swimming year round for 2.5 years. The kid has serious talent

Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger
Reply to  Jeffrey Farber
6 years ago

Sometimes big, sometimes not. It depends how much faster the #1 seed was. I’d think you would take it as a positive that your son had a good swim and dropped time to beat someone previously faster than him. But I guess some people would rather be angry about something on the internet than happy about something in real life

Benedict Arnold
Reply to  Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger
6 years ago

I’m angry that you stole my name you traitor.

6 years ago

I wonder why Erica Sullivan decided to swim the 1500 again after already having a stellar swim in it at US Open last week?

6 years ago

Carson Foster wins in 2:01.97. His 50 free split was 28.99.

He swims a lot of events well, but maybe the IM is his best shot at a 15-16 NAG.

6 years ago

The Boys 200 IM tonight should be a great race.

Carson Foster and Shane Casas are strong in the fly and back. Jake Foster has the best breaststroke. Alexei Sancov has a strong freestyle and will be sprinting to the finish.

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