2017 Speedo Junior National Championships
- August 8 – 12, 2017
- East Meadow, NY (Long Island)
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- Day 3 prelims heat sheet
Day 3 of USA Swimming’s 2017 Speedo Junior National Championships in East Meadow, New York, will consist of prelims of the 400 free (9 heats of girls, 11 heats of boys) and prelims of the 100 fly (12 heats of girls, 14 heats of boys).
Sandpipers of Nevada’s Erica Sullivan, who won this event at U.S. Open last week, is the top seed in the girls’ 400 free. This meet is her last stop before representing Team USA at Junior Worlds in Indianapolis later this month. Scarlat Aquatics’ Johannes Calloni is top seed in the boys’ 400 free after having won the 1500 free on Tuesday, just off the meet record he set in the event in 2016.
In the absence of #1 seed Eva Merrell of Aquazot Swim Club, Dakota Luther heads the billing in the girls’ 100 fly. Van Mathias, from Multnomah Athletic Club, is the top seed on the boys’ side.
Keep refreshing this page for live, event-by-event updates from New York.
Girls 400 Freestyle – Prelims
- WJR: 3:58.37 – Katie Ledecky
- Meet: 4:07.26 – G Ryan
- 13-14 NAG: 4:07.15 – Cynthia Woodhead
- 15-16 NAG: 3:59.82 – Katie Ledecky
- 17-18 NAG: 3:58.37 – Katie Ledecky
Top 8 qualifiers:
- Easop Lee, NBAC 4:14.91
- Miranda Heckman, PLS 4:15.06
- Taylor Ault, RMDA 4:16.10
- Madelyn Donohoe, FISH 4:16.20
- Lauren Pitzer, LAC 4:16.29
- Morgan Tankersley, GTSA 4:16.67
- Erica Sullivan, SAND 4:17.38
- Morgan Scott, CBST 4:17.95
The early winners hovered around the 4:22 range for the first four heats, until Morgan Scott of Central Bucks Swim Team blasted a 4:17.95 thanks to an outstanding back half, to slip past SwimMAC Carolina’s Olwyn Bartis (4:18.40) who had jumped out to an early lead with 1:00/2:05. A year ago, Scott’s best time was 4:28.70. This summer she had lowered it to 4:23, then 4:20. And now she’s an A-finalist at Juniors.
Scott and Bartis continued to lead the field until the two circle-seeded heats at the end. In the first of those, Lauren Pitzer of Lakeside Aquatic Club jumped out to the early lead, but back-half specialist Taylor Ault of La Mirada took over at the 300 wall. She clung to her lead, but only barely. The top four finishers all hit the wall in 4:16s: Ault 4:16.10; Madelyn Donohoe of The Fish, 4:16.20; Pitzer 4:16.29; and Morgan Tankersley of Greater Tampa, 4:16.67.
Top seed Erica Sullivan from Sandpipers of Nevada was way out front at the 100 and the 200 in last heat, but Miranda Heckman of Pleasanton Seahawks and Easop Lee of North Baltimore Aquatic Club began to move up on her over the second half of the race. Heckman turned first at the 300, while Lee moved into second. Over the final 100 meters Lee pulled to the lead and won with 4:14.91. Heckman was second with 4:15.06. Sullivan finished third with 4:17.38.
Boys 400 Freestyle – Prelims
- WJR: 3:44.60 – Mack Horton
- Meet: 3:51.99 – Townley Haas
- 13-14 NAG: 3:57.61 – Evan Pinion
- 15-16 NAG: 3:50.68 – Larsen Jensen
- 17-18 NAG: 3:46.08 – Larsen Jensen
Top 8 qualifiers:
- Jack LeVant, NTN 3:53.40
- Alexander Zettle, LAC 3:54.61
- Tal Davis, TG 3:55.13
- Johannes Calloni, SCAR 3:56.08
- Hayden Curley, HIGH 3:57.52
- Owen Kao, NOVA-CA 3:58.19
- Ben McDade, BAC-WI 3:58.82
- Alexei Sancov, TERA 3:58.88
14-year-old Dare Rose of Scarlet Aquatics dropped 2.5 seconds to win his early-round heat in 4:01.55, thus moving to #7 on the all-time list for 13-14 boys. He held on the top spot of the morning through three heats until Santi Corredor of Swim Florida knocked 3.3 seconds off his seed time to win heat 6 in 3:59.91. That time stood as number one for another two heats, when Spencer Walker of Academy Bullets blasted a 3:59.10 (PBx3.4), just ahead of Curtis Wiltsey of SwimMAC Carolina (3:59.48, PBx2.8), to win heat 8.
The times moved to a new level in the two circle-seeded heats, the first of which went to Alexander Zettle of Lakeside Aquatic Club in 3:54.61. Irvine Novaquatics’s Owen Kao took second with 3:58.19, while Ben McDade of Badger Aquatics was third with 3:58.82, and the three moved to the top of the leaderboard thus far.
The final heat was speedy. Jack LeVant of North Texas Nadadores won with 3:53.40, bettering his seed time by 5.5 seconds. Tal Davis of Team Greenville touched second in 3:55.13, a PBx2.7. Next to the wall was Johannes Calloni of Scarlet Aquatics in 3:56.08, ahead of Hayden Curley from Highlander Aquatics (3:57.52) and Alexei Sancov from Terrapins Swim Team (3:58.88).
Girls 100 Butterfly – Prelims
- WJR: 56.46 – Penny Oleksiak
- Meet: 58.69 – Felicia Lee
- 13-14 NAG: 59.51 – Kendyl Stewart
- 15-16 NAG: 57.93 – Mary T. Meagher
- 17-18 NAG: 57.87 – Katie McLaughlin
Top 8 qualifiers:
- Dakota Luther, ASC 59.35
- Lucie Nordmann, MAC-GU 59.90
- Olivia Carter, EAC 1:00.06
- Lillie Nordmann, MAC-GU 1:00.34
- Elise Garcia, SCAL 1:00.41
- Isabella Gati, NCAP 1:00.50
- Isabel Ivey, GSC 1:00.75
- Kelly Pash, CSC 1:00.81
Seeded with a yards bonus time, SOCAL Aquatics Association’s Mandy Brenner threw down an astounding 1:01.98 to win the first heat, destroying her previous LCM best of 1:05.53. It wasn’t until heat 6 when Katherine Zenick of Lakeside Aquatic Club took over the lead with 1:01.73. Two heats later Lucie Nordmann of Magnolia Aquatic Club dropped 1.9 seconds to win with 59.90 ahead of Alex Reddington of Highlands Ranch (1:01.07). Lakeside Aquatic’s Lauren Pitzer touched out Alessandra Baldari of North Palm Beach by 1/100 to win the last of the heats before the circle seeds, with 1:01.82.
Gator Swim Club’s Isabel Ivey took the first circle-seeded heat in 1:00.75, followed by Callie Dickinson of Tide Swimming (1:01.04) and SwimMAC Carolina’s Julia Menkhaus (1:01.10). Isabella Gati of Nation’s Capital Swim Club went 1:00.50 to win a tight penultimate heat against Kelly Pash of Carmel Swim Club (1:00.81) and Coleen Gillilan of Fort Collins Area Swim Team (1:00.89).
The last heat produced four of the top five times of the morning, as Dakota Luther surged to the lead with 59.35, taking .44 off her seed time. Behind her were Olivia Carter of Enfinity Aquatic Club (1:00.06, PBx.80), 15-year-old Lillie Nordmann of Magnolia Aquatic Club (1:00.34, PBx.57), and SOCAL Aquatics Association’s Elise Garcia (1:00.41, PBx.64).
Boys 100 Butterfly – Prelims
- WJR: 50.62 – Kristof Milak
- Meet: 52.57 – Michael Andrew
- 13-14 NAG: 54.59 – Michael Andrew
- 15-16 NAG: 52.57 – Michael Andrew
- 17-18 NAG: 51.10 – Michael Phelps
Top 8 qualifiers:
- Shaine Casas, NTRO 53.82
- Alexei Sancov, TERA 53.90
- Van Mathias, MAC-OR 53.97
- Carson Foster, RAYS 54.34
- Noah Henderson, STAR 54.37
- Andrew Koustik, NOVA 54.54
- Jake Johnson, DST 54.59
- Noah Henry, TST 54.81
Brad Prolo of San Clemente Aquatic Club posted the first sub-56 of the morning, winning heat 6 in 55.91 for a personal best by .65. Patrick Frith of New South Swimming placed second in that heat with 56.02, improving his seed time by .64. Alberto Gomez dropped .77 and won the following heat in 55.73, and from there the 55s kept rolling. Aquajets Swim Team’s Jack Dahlgren posted a 55.46 (PBx.9) to edge Nation’s Capital’s Brandon Hamblin (55.69, PBx.7) and move to the top of the leaderboard.
Carson Foster of Mason Manta Rays won heat 11 in 54.34, taking a full 1.38 off his seed time. Dare Rose of Scarlet Aquatics had taken the heat out quickly, but just having finished his 400 free heat he faded over the second half and finished in 56.08, .4 off his best. Still, if it had been his best, it would have been the 10th-fastest 100 fly in history for 13-14 boys. As it stands, Rose is ranked #4 with 55.68.
Alexei Sancov of Terrapins Swim Team kicked off the circle-seeded heats in 53.90, dropping .24. Andrew Koustik of Irvine Novaquatics was second with 54.54, while Tigershark Swim Team’s Noah Henry finished third in the heat in 54.37. That was a best time by .85 for Koustik and by .84 for Henry.
Noah Henderson of Star Aquatics won the penultimate heat in 54.37, taking .84 off his seed time. Will Davis of Bolles School Sharks went 54.88 for second. He will face his twin brother, Isaac Davis (54.82, PBx.4) in the B final tonight.
Shaine Casas of Nitro Swimming won the final heat, destroying his PB with 53.82 (best by nearly 1.5 seconds). Van Mathias of Multnomah Athletic Club, the top seed in the event, followed with 53.97. Jake Johnson of Delaware Swim Team touched third in 54.59.