2017 US Junior Nationals: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap


Day 2 of USA Swimming’s 2017 Speedo Junior National Championships in East Meadow, New York, will begin with prelims of six events.

Magnolia Aquatic Club’s Lucie Nordmann will lead the opening event, the girls 200 back. Her counterpoint in the boys’ event will be 15-year-old Carson Foster of Mason Manta Rays, who won his first national title on Day 1 in the 200 fly.

In the 100 free, Isabel Ivey of Gator Swim Club heads the girls, while the junior world record-holder in the 200 free, Alexei Sancov of Terrapins Swim Team, is top seed for the boys.

Finally, Enfinity Aquatic Club’s Olivia Carter, the new meet record-holder in the girls 200 fly, and Jake Foster of Mason Manta Rays, will be the big names leading the girls’ and boys’ 400 IMs.

Keep refreshing this page for live, event-by-event updates from New York.

Girls 200 Backstroke – Prelims

  • 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

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Lucie Nordmann, MAC-GU 2:11.57
  2. Sinclair Larson, MAC-NC 2:12.79
  3. Kylee Alons, FAST-CO 2:14.86
  4. Katharine Berkoff, MAC-MT 2:14.95
  5. Olivia Carter, EAC 2:15.06
  6. Lauren Poole, NBAC 2:15.19
  7. Alexandra Crisera, CITI 2:15.53
  8. Callie Dickinson, TIDE 2:15.64

There were quite a few big swims in the early heats, primarily among the yards-seeded swimmers. Liza Whitmire of Aquatic Team of Mecklenburg popped a 2:18.93 to win the first heat, dropping 4.5 seconds in the process. Crow Canyon Sharks’ Jessica Davis came back in the next heat to go 2:17.58, improving by 2.8 seconds. Her teammate Abriana Howard went a best-by-4/10 for 2:17.71 to win heat 5. These were the leading times until Isabelle Stadden of Fastjets knocked 2 seconds off her seed time to blast a 2:15.98 from the outside lane, Edging SwimMAC’s Erynn Black (2:16.73).

The circle-seeded heats began with a 2:14.94 from Missoula Aquatic Club’s Katharine Berkoff. Callie Dickinson of Tide Swimming went 2:15.64 to win the next heat over Abi Wilder from Bolles School Sharks (2:16.44). Lucie Nordmann from Magnolia Aquatic Club smoked the final heat with 2:11.57. Behind her were SwimMAC’s Sinclair Larson in 2:12.79 and Fort Collins Area Swim Team’s Kylee Alons with 2:14.86.

Boys 200 Backstroke – Prelims

  • 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

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:59.13
  2. Shaine Casas, NTRO 2:02.03
  3. Chris Thames, MAAC 2:02.45
  4. Jake Johnson, DST 2:02.78
  5. Spencer Walker, ACAD 2:02.83
  6. Johannes Calloi, SCAR 2:02.89
  7. Ethan Harder, BAC-MT 2:03.16
  8. Jackson Cunningham, BY 2:03.92

A few early-heat time drops kicked off the morning. Connor Killion of Central Bucks Swim Team took 1 second off his seed time to win the second heat in 2:07.50. In the next heat, Michael Daly of Condors Swim Club went 1.6 seconds better than his entry time to win in 2:06.48, just ahead of Scarlet Aquatics’ Jackson Karofsky (2:06.85, PBx1).

The biggest drop of the morning came from Jackson Cunningham of Boise YMCA Swim Team, whose 2:03.92 was a 3.7-second improvement and landed him tied for 8th. Cristian Bell of Egg Harbor Township took 1.2 off his best and won the last heat before the circle seeds with 2:04.76.

Jake Johnson from Delaware Swim Team edged Ethan Harder of Billings Aquatic Club, 2:02.78 to 2:03.16, to move to the top of the leaderboard after the first circle-seeded heat. Nitro Swimming’s Shaine Casas lopped 2.3 seconds off his seed time and won the next heat in 2:02.03. Chris Thames of Metro Atlantic Aquatic Club edged Spencer Walker from Academy Bullets, 2:02.45 to 2:02.83 for second in that heat.

The final heat was all Carson Foster of Mason Manta Rays. The 15-year-old, who won his first national title in the 200 fly on Tuesday night, blew away the field with the only sub-2:00 of the morning, going 1:59.13. It was his best by 1.2 seconds and moved him up to #6 on the all-time list for 15-16 boys. Second in the heat was Johannes Calloni of Scarlet Aquatics in 2:02.89.

Girls 100 Freestyle – Prelims

  • 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

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Lucie Nordmann, MAC-GU
  2. Elise Garcia, SCAL 56.08
  3. Kelly Pash, CSC 56.20
  4. Kenisha Liu, BREA 56.25
  5. Kate Douglass, CPAC 56.32
  6. Morgan Tankersley, GTSA 56.39
  7. Trude Rothrock, CSC 56.41
  8. Alexandra Crisera, CITI 56.49

The swim of the morning belonged to SOCAL Aquatics Association’s Elise Garcia. She blasted a 56.08 in heat 5 to best her PB by nearly 1.2 seconds. Garcia’s time held up as the top performance of the morning until the final heat. In the next heat, Grace Haskett of Indiana Swim Team took 9/10 off her seed time, going which vaulted her to the second spot, the only other sub-57 in the field through 6 heats. It wasn’t until heat 9 that we saw another swimmer break 57; Alexandra Crisera of Beach Cities did it with an outside-lane win in 56.49, beating her seed time by .75 and securing a spot in the A final.

Kelly Pash of Carmel Swim Club claimed the first circle-seeded heat in 56.20, just touching out Brea Aquatics’ Kenisha Liu (56.25) and Carmel teammate Trude Rothrock (56.41).

Lakeside Aquatic Club’s Lauren Pitzer won heat 12 in 56.62, while Morgan Scott of Central Bucks Swim Team and Grace Ariola of Waves Bloomington/Normal Y Swim Team tied for second with 56.80.

Lucie Nordmann of Magnolia Aquatic Club earned her second top billing of the morning with a 55.75 in the final heat of 100 free. She will be in lane 4 for tonight’s finals in both the 200 back and 100 free. Kate Douglass of Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club touched second in 56.32, a best time by .22, ahead of Greater Tampa’s Morgan Tankersley (56.39) and Gator Swim Club’s Isabel Ivey (56.57), the top seed in this event.

There was a swim-off for 27th place between Santa Clara Swim Club’s Cathy Teng and Mission Viejo Nadadores’ Samantha Shelton, both of whom went 57.49 in heats. Shelton went out quickly, turning in 27.55, but Tang challenged hard on the back half. Shelton ended up with the touch, going 57.24 to Tang’s 57.30.

Boys 100 Freestyle – Prelims

  • 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

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Alexei Sancov, TERA 50.14
  2. Shaine Casas, NTRO 50.55
  3. Sid Farber, PAC-OR 50.63
  4. Jack LeVant, NTN 50.75
  5. Alexander Zettle, LAC-NT 51.09 / Destin Lasco, PVA 51.09
  6. Blaise Vera, MMST 51.17
  7. Thomas Roark, BY 51.27

Topher Stensby of Patriot Aquatic Club kicked of the men’s 100 free with a 52.06 win in heat 1, beating his three-week-old PB by 1.15 seconds. Cameron Auchinachie of Crimson Aquatics (52.37, PBx1), Nathan Stern of Peddie Aquatic Association (52.45, PBx0.10), David Gray of Stingrays (52.15, PBx0.70), and Charles Scheinfeld of New Trier Swim Club (52.57, PBx0.26) were all early-round notable swims.

Bolles School Sharks’ Thomas Heinzel (51.67) and South Metro Storm’s Andrew Trepanier (51.87) both seeded with 52.6s, were the first sub-52s of the morning. They battled to an exciting finish in heat 4. Skyler Cook-Weeks of Michigan Lakeshore took a half-second off his seed time winning the next heat in 51.72 over Isaac Gwin of Nitro Swimming (51.98), another first-time sub-52er. The last two to join that club were Irvine Novaquatics’ Andrew Koustik (51.71) and Sean Morey, unattached (51.89).

Blaise Vera of Mississippi Makos Swim Team won the first circle-seeded heat in 51.17, just touching out Thomas Roark from Boise YMCA (51.27). Shaine Casas of Nitro Swimming took nearly a full second off his seed time to win the penultimate heat in 50.55, while Portland Aquatic Club’s Sid Farber touched second with 50.63, just ahead of North Texas Nadadores’ Jack LeVant (50.75).

Alexei Sancov of Terrapins Swim Team won the final heat with 50.14, accelerating over the last 25 meters to put nearly a body length between himself and runners-up Alexander Zettle of Lakeside Aquatic Club and Destin Lasco of Pleasantville Aquatics, who tied with 51.09.

Girls 400 IM – Prelims

  • 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

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Olivia Carter, EAC 4:48.06
  2. Erica Sullivan, SAND 4:48.97
  3. Lindsay Looney, MTRO 4:50.74
  4. Kristen Romano, LIAC 4:51.27
  5. Grace Siebmann, SAND 4:51.75
  6. Katie Glavinovich, AZOT 4:51.78
  7. Kathryn Ackerman, MLA 4:51.80
  8. Isabel Gormley, AGUA 4:52.32

14-year-old Meghan Lynch of Greenwich YWCA Dolphins Swim Team kicked of the 400 IMs with a first-heat drop of 4.4 seconds to go 4:54.16. Academy Bullets’ Sydney Vanovermeiren was second in that heat with a time drop of her own, 3.2 seconds for 4:54.28. Lynch and Vanovermeiren were 10th and 11th overall.

Kristen Romano of host club, Long Island Aquatic Club, went 4:51.27, nearly 5 seconds better than her seed time, to win heat 3 over Grace Siebmann of Sandpipers of Nevada (4:51.75, PBx3.2).

In the first of the two circle-seeded heats, Lindsay Looney of Metroplex Aquatic Club went 4:50.74 to get the win over Isabel Gormley of Asphalt Green (4:52.32, PBx0.76). Olivia Carter of Enfinity Aquatic Club won the final heat with 4:48.08, exactly 1 second faster than her seed time. Katie Glavinovich of Aquazot Swim Club came in second with 4:51.78, a mere 2/100 ahead of Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics’ Kathryn Ackerman.

Sandpipers of Nevada’s Erica Sullivan crushed her 4:59 seed time with a 4:48.97 in the B flight for the second-fastest swim out of heats.

Boys 400 IM – Prelims

  • 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

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Jake Foster, RAYS 4:20.78
  2. Jarod Arroyo, FORK 4:20.96
  3. Jack LeVant, NTN 5:24.57
  4. Michael Daly, COND 4:26.34
  5. Christopher Jhong, PLS 4:26.45
  6. Luca Urlando, DART 4:28.25
  7. Kevin Vargas, RMDA 4:28.48
  8. Paul Gabhart, LCA 4:28.82

Condors Swim Club’s Michael Daly put up an astounding 4:26.34 to win the second heat of 400 IMs with a PB by 6.9 seconds. His time held up as the morning’s fastest until the final circle-seeded heat. Along the way, Luca Urlando of Davis Aquadarts won heat 3 in 4:28.25, dropping 2.4 seconds and landing in the A final. Braden Vines from City of Midland improved his seed time by 1.2 and finished second in the heat with 4:29.86.

Christopher Jhong of Pleasanton Seahawks won the first of two circle-seeded heats with 4:26.45, after a very fast 4:21 by Team Greenville’s Tal Davis was disqualified. The final heat featured a sprint to the finish between top seed Jake Foster of Mason Manta Rays and Pitchfork Aquatics’ Jarod Arroyo. Foster got the touch with 4:20.78, while Arroyo’s 4:20.96 was a 4-second drop for second place. North Texas Nadadores’ Jack LeVant went 4:24.57 for third, ahead of La Mirada’s Kevin Vargas (4:28.48).

Paul Gabhart of Lawrence County Aquatics opened the B flight heats with a blazing 4:28.82, improving his personal best by 5.6 seconds and sneaking into the A final as the #8 qualifier.




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3 years ago

Carson Foster with another great preliminary swim, looks to challenge the meet record.

Hello SwimSwamSwum
Reply to  Patrick
3 years ago

I’m shocked to see that Carson still has one more year to break the 200 back NAG!!!

Reply to  Patrick
3 years ago

Jake and Carson Foster are two swimmers to watch in this coming “Quad” as the elite swimmers say.

Carson is on the World Jr. team. He made the B final in the 200 back at the WC trials. So he’ll get a chance to swim against the best kids in the world.

Jake can split a 1:11 for the breast leg of his 400 IM. Tonight he might break 4:20 in the 400 IM.

Reply to  marklewis
3 years ago

Crazy, we may have 2 brothers make the team in 2020 or even 2024!

Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

Yeah, that’s why you have to see how the story unfolds. We’re just in Chapter 1.

3 years ago

For what was Tal Davis dqed in the IM?

3 years ago

Kolesnikov WJR is now 1:55:14 from Budapeste

Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

Russia is very good in the 200 back. They were 1st and 4th. at Budapest – Rylov and Kolesnikov.

The USA was 2nd and 3rd – Murphy and Pebley.

Kolesnikov just turned 17 on July 19th.

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