2017 US Junior Nationals: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2017 Speedo Junior National Championships

Girls 200 Backstroke – Finals

  • WJR: 2:06.76 – Kaylee McKeown
  • Meet: 2:09.04 – Kyle Stewart
  • 13-14 NAG: 2:09.16 – MIssy Franklin
  • 15-16 NAG: 2:05.10 – Missy Franklin
  • 17-18 NAG: 2:04.06 – Missy Franklin
  1. GOLD- Lucie Nordmann, MAC-GU 2:10.99
  2. SILVER- Sinclair Larson, MAC-NC 2:12.92
  3. BRONZE- Isabelle Stadden, FAST-MN 2:13.79

Lucie Nordmann of Magnolia Aquatic Club left no question from the outset. She attacked the race from the first 50, turning at 30.7 with a half-body length lead on the field already. Missoula Aquatic Club’s Katharine Berkoff was in second, and at the 100 wall they were 1-2 with 1:04.0 and 1:05.0, respectively. Nordmann continued to build her lead over the pack, while Sinclair Larson of SwimMAC Carolina moved up on Berkoff on the third 50.

Nordmann brought it home in a winning 2:10.99. Larson’s final 50 meters was the fastest in the heat (33.04), and she touched second with 2:12.92. Isabelle Stadden of Fastjet slipped by Berkoff at the very end and wound up with third in 2:13.79 to Berkoff’s 2:13.86.

Boys 200 Backstroke – Finals

  • WJR: 1:55.49 – Kliment Kolesnikov
  • Meet: 1:58.83 – Alex Katz
  • 13-14 NAG: 2:02.78 – Aaron Peirsol
  • 15-16 NAG: 1:57.03 – Aaron Peirsol
  • 17-18 NAG: 1:55.15 – Aaron Peirsol
  1. GOLD- Carson Foster, RAYS 1:59.40
  2. SILVER- Ethan Harder, BAC-MT 2:00.12
  3. BRONZE- Chris Thames, MAAC 2:01.44

Shaine Casas of Nitro Swimming took it out hard, getting to the 50 wall ahead of the field and turning in 28.11 ahead of Chris Thames of Metro Atlantic Aquatic Club and Mason Manta Rays’ Carson Foster. Foster pushed to the lead over the second 50, turning at 58.68, just in front of Casas.

Ethan Harder of Billings Aquatic Club, meanwhile, was moving up, and while Foster powered to nearly a body-length lead over the field, Harder pushed to challenge him. At the end, it was Foster in 1:59.40, a touch off his morning time, with Harder in 2nd at 2:00.12. Third place went to Thames in 2:01.44, who out-touched Spencer Walker of Academy Bullets (2:01.50).

Girls 100 Freestyle – Finals

  • WJR: 52.70 – Penny Oleksiak
  • Meet: 54.03 – Missy Franklin
  • 13-14 NAG: 54.03 – Missy Franklin
  • 15-16 NAG: 53.63 – Missy Franklin
  • 17-18 NAG: 53.25 – Simone Manuel
  1. GOLD- Kenisha Liu, BREA 55.36
  2. SILVER- Lucie Nordmann, MAC-GU 55.76
  3. BRONZE- Kelly Pash, CSC 56.05

Brea Aquatics’ Kenisha Liu blasted off the block to dominate the 100 free from start to finish. She turned first at the 50 wall, in 26.7, and never let up. Alexandra Crisera went out with Liu; she was second at the 50 with the only other sub-27 first half. But the second half was much tighter. Liu brought it home with the fastest second 50 and got the win in 55.36, solidly ahead of the field.

There was much jockeying for position on the second 50. Magnolia Aquatic Club’s Lucie Nordmann got her hand to the wall next, picking up second with 55.76. Kelly Pash of Carmel Swim Club moved into third, clocking a 56.05 ahead of Kate Douglass from Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club (56.16) and Crisera (56.29).

Boys 100 Freestyle – Finals

  • WJR: 47.58 – Kyle Chalmers
  • Meet: 49.06 – Vladimir Morozov
  • 13-14 NAG: 51.30 – Michael Andrew
  • 15-16 NAG: 49.28 – Caeleb Dressel
  • 17-18 NAG: 48.78 – Caeleb Dressel
  1. GOLD- Alexei Sancov, TERA 49.78
  2. SILVER- Destin Lasco, PVA 50.46
  3. BRONZE- Alexander Zettle, LAC 50.52

Top-seeded Alexei Sancov of Terrapins Swim Team, the world record-holder in the 200m freestyle, charged to the lead over the first 50, making the turn at 24.24 with Portland Aquatic Club’s Sid Farber right behind in 24.28. Sancov accelerated over the second half and left everyone in his wake. He hit the wall in 49.78, almost a body length ahead.

Destin Lasco of Pleasantville Aquatics was nearly as fast over the back half as Sancov; seventh at the 50 turn, he passed six swimmers en route to claiming silver in 50.46. Third place went to Lakeside Aquatic Club’s Alexander Zettle with 50.52. Nitro Swimming’s Casas, fresh out of the warmdown pool after his 200 back final, touched fourth in 50.84.

 Girls 400 IM – Finals

  • WJR: 4:35.69 – Zhou Min
  • Meet: 4:38.97 – Ella Eastin
  • 13-14 NAG: 4:39.76 – Becca Mann
  • 15-16 NAG: 4:32.87 – Elizabeth Beisel
  • 17-18 NAG: 4:31.78 – Elizabeth Beisel
  1. GOLD- Lindsay Looney, MTRO 4:47.42
  2. SILVER- Kristen Romano, LIAC 4:47.47
  3. BRONZE- Katie Glavinovich, AZOT 4:47.60

The most thrilling event of the night, without a doubt, was the 400 IM final. It ran the gamut of emotions, with the thrill of victory giving way to the agony of defeat, as dominant Olivia Carter of Enfinity Aquatic Club got DQd for a dolphin kick on the breaststroke.

Battling for second place behind Carter were Lindsay Looney of Metroplex Aquatics, Katie Glavinovich of Aquazot Swim Club, and, swimming in her home pool, Kristen Romano of Long Island Aquatic Club. The trio changed leads with each stroke. Looney’s 1:03.73 was the fastest 100 fly. Glavinovich was 1:11.8 on the back, and led at the 200 by 4/10 over Romano, who was another 4/10 in front of Looney. It was Romano’s turn on the breaststroke, as her 1:24.9 beat the others by 7/10. Turning at the breast-to-free wall, Roman had a 2/10 lead over Glavinovich and was fully 2 seconds in front of Looney. But Looney came up with a monstrous 100 free (1:02.7) and passed them both over the final 5 meters.

After the Olivia Carter DQ, Looney was the winner with 4:47.42, beating Romano by 5/100 and Glavinovich by 18:100.

Boys 400 IM – Finals

  • WJR: 4:14.00 – Sean Grieshop
  • Meet: 4:14.51 – Gunnar Bentz
  • 13-14 NAG: 4:24.77 – Michael Phelps
  • 15-16 NAG: 4:15.20 – Michael Phelps
  • 17-18 NAG: 4:09.09 – Michael Phelps
  1. GOLD- Jake Foster, RAYS 4:19.40
  2. SILVER- Jack LeVant, NTN 4:22.11
  3. BRONZE- Jarod Arroyo, FORK 4:22.30

Pitchfork Aquatics’ Jarod Arroyo got out to the early lead with a 58.56 butterfly leg, with Luca Urlando of Davis Aquadarts just behind. The two remained even over the backstroke leg, while Jack LeVant of North Texas Nadadores took over the lead with the fastest back in the field, 1:06.28.

In fourth place at the back-to-breast turn, Jake Foster of Mason Manta Rays blasted a 1:11.0 breaststroke leg. He made up 2 seconds on the lead pack over the first 50 and pulled ahead by over 3 seconds over the second 50. Foster came home in 1:00.47 to win with 4:19.40, 1.38 seconds faster than his prelims swim. That moved him up a spot to #4 on the all-time list for 15-16 boys.

Behind Foster, it was a battle for second between LeVant and Arroyo. LeVant got the touch with 4:22.11, with Arroyo taking third in 4:22.30. Urlando came in fourth with 4:24.60.

Girls 4×100 Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals

  • Meet: 3:44.88 – Carmel Swim Club (R Hayden, V Burchill, C Adams, A Bilquist)
  1. GOLD- Austin Swim Club 3:47.87
  2. SILVER- SwimMAC Carolina ‘A’ 3:47.90
  3. BRONZE- Lakeside Aquatic Club 3:48.26

Most of the fastest heat of the 400 free relay was a brawl between Lakeside Aquatic Club and Austin Swim Club in the outside lanes, lanes 2 and 3 respectively, with SwimMAC Carolina trailing slightly behind from lane 7. Lauren Pitzer’s blistering 55.38 split put Lakeside in the lead at the 200. Austin’s Ella Collins was the fastest of the third legs, and anchor Quinn Schaedler took off within 16/100 of leader Lakeside. SwimMAC anchor Olwyn Bartis moved her team back into contention, and almost secured the victory, with her 56.46 anchor. At the end it was ASC with 3:47.87, SwimMAC with 3:47.90, and Lakeside with 3:48.26.

Boys 4×100 Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals

  • Meet: 3:24.62 -Indiana University Swim Team (I Finnerty, M Irwin, B Colonis, B Pieroni)
  1. GOLD- Mason Manta Rays 3:25.46
  2. SILVER- SwimMAC Carolina ‘A’ 3:26.53
  3. BRONZE- Irvine Novaquatics 3:26.79

Bolles School Sharks led the fastest heat of men’s 400 free relays for most of race, but no one could match Mason Manta Rays’ anchor Carson Foster. The 15-year-old started his 100 free in fifth place and proceeded to pick everyone off, one by one. His 49.92 split put the Manta Rays a full second in front of second-place SwimMAC Carolina, 3:25.46 to 3:26.53. Irvine Novaquatics took third with 3:26.79, passing Bolles (fourth with 3:27.53) at the end.



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bobo gigi
4 years ago

Carson Foster star of the meet so far. Can’t wait to see his 200 IM.

Tea rex
4 years ago

I guess Lasco is more a freestyler than backstroker now?

Reply to  Tea rex
4 years ago

No keep an eye out for him in the 100 bk this week as well… He almost broke NAG last summer in 200 bk… lol

bobo gigi
Reply to  Tea rex
4 years ago

I agree with Tea Rex.
He’s far from his best in the 200 back this season but swims very well on freestyle. Especially in the 100 free. Lasco sprinter? I would have never thought that 2 or 3 years ago! 🙂

Reply to  Tea rex
4 years ago

He is “more of” an amazing freestyler AND amazing backstroker now. Hopefully all of you people commenting on this board realize you are commenting about children.

Reply to  Swammer
4 years ago

Yes, down vote a comment for the protection of a just turned 16 year old child. Awesome!!!

4 years ago

Jake Foster swims the 400 IM like Chase K.

They both make a big move on the breaststroke. His breast split was 1:11.00.

He broke 4:20 tonight with his win (4:19.40). The breast and free split together was 2:11.47. Pretty good back half.

Reply to  marklewis
4 years ago

Pretty sick first 50 breaststroke split of 34.

4 years ago

Just saw Piersol’s NAGs in the 200 back… Still shook?

Reply to  Breaststroker
4 years ago

Missy’s is pretty absurd as well

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