2017 US Junior Nationals: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap


This morning in Long Island, we’ll see Alexei Sancov in action in the 200 free, the event in which he holds the World Junior record. We’ll also see Jack LeVant, who will be swimming the 4×200 free relay at World Juniors.

In the 200 breast, Daniel Roy will be on a mission to crack Kevin Cordes’ 17-18 NAG record in this, which sits at 2:10.92– his best time is exactly one second off of that.

Carson Foster and Lucie Nordmann are the top seeds in the 100 backstrokes, after they won their respective races in the 200 backstroke on Night 2.


  • WJR: 1:55.16 8/7/2014 Katie Ledecky, USA
  • Meet: 1:58.26 8/11/2011 Lia Neal, Asphalt Green
  • 13-14 NAG: 1:58.53 – Cynthia Woodhead
  • 15-16 NAG: 1:55.06 – Missy Franklin
  • 17-18 NAG: 1:54.43 – Katie Ledecky
  1. Easop Lee, NBAC 2:01.33
  2. Olivia Carter, Enfinity 2:01.39
  3. Taylor Ault, La Mirada Armada 2:01.45
  4. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club 2:01.48
  5. Miranda Heckman, Pleasanton 2:01.61
  6. Kenisha Liu, Brea Aquatics 2:01.81
  7. Lauren Pitzer, Lakeside Aquatic Club 2:01.90
  8. DakotaLuther, Austin Swim Club 2:01.97

Enfinity Aquatics’ Olivia Carter had a great early swim in heat 4, eviscerating the field and posting a time of 2:01.39. Nobody touched her time for several heats, until in heat 12, NBAC’s Easop Lee just got under Carter’s time with a 2:01.33.

Taylor Ault of La Mirada Armada and Isabel Ivey of Gator Swim Club had a great race in their heat, with Ivey out first at the 100 but Ault reeling her back in and ultimately touching her out at the wall.

This will be a very close final, with every swimming hitting 2:01’s in the top 8 this morning. Lee, Ivey, and Lauren Pitzer all have been faster than 2:00 in their careers.


  • WJR: 1:47.00 7/2/2017 Maxime Rooney, USA
  • Meet: 1:49.37 8/12/2010 Clay Youngquist, Lakeview Aquatic Club
  • 13-14 NAG: 1:53.31 – Trey Freeman/Aldan Johnston
  • 15-16 NAG: 1:48.64 – Caeleb Dressel
  • 17-18 NAG: 1:45.99 – Michael Phelps
  1. Alexander Zettle, Lakeside Aquatic Club 1:50.03
  2. Carson Foster, Mason Manta Rays 1:50.48
  3. Jack Levant, North Texas Nadadores 1:51.04
  4. Tal Davis, Team Greenville 1:51.47
  5. Lane Stone, NCAP 1:51.61
  6. Shaine Casas, Nitro 1:51.65
  7. Andrew Koustik, Irvine Novaquatics 1:52.11
  8. Owen Kao, Irvine Novaquatics 1:52.30

Alexander Zettle had a big 1:50.03 in the first of three circle-seeded heats, taking .21 off of his lifetime best. Look for him to be pushed under the 1:50 mark tonight, as he’ll go head-to-head with Carson Foster and Jack Levant.

Levant and Foster fought to the finish in the penultimate heat, with Foster edging ahead at the end with a 1:50.48 to Levant’s 1:51.04. Top seed and World junior record holder Alexei Sancov was a no-show in the final heat, which was won by Destin Lasco in 1:52.34.

In heat 10, 14-year-old Dare Rose slammed down a 1:53.39, coming within .08 of the 13-14 NAG record held by Aldan Johnston and Trey Freeman.


  • WJR: 2:19.64 8/30/2015 Viktoria Gunes, Turkey
  • Meet: 2:26.35 8/13/2012 Allie Szekely, Central Bucks Swim Team
  • 13-14 NAG: 2:25.75 – Amanda Beard
  • 15-16 NAG: 2:25.35 – Anita Nall
  • 17-18 NAG: 2:24.47 – Lilly King
  1. Claire Donan, Triton Swimming 2:31.18
  2. Rachel Ramey, Texas Ford 2:31.57
  3. Zoie Hartman, Crow Canyon 2:32.17
  4. Kaki Christensen, Chelsea Piers 2:33.55
  5. Emma Garfield, Lakeside Aquatic Club 2:33.62
  6. Noelle Peplowski, Waves Bloomington 2:33.94
  7. Emily Lo, Terrapins 2:33.99
  8. Laura Goettler, Lake Erie 2:34.94

Claire Donan, 15, had a big swim for Triton Swimming to take the top seed for tonight. Her time of 2:31.18 was a lifetime best, and it moves her to #36 in the 15-16 age group. Texas Ford’s Rachel Ramey was also under 232 with a 2:31.57, just ahead of Crow Canyon’s Zoie Hartman (2:32.17).

Hartman was the 100 breast winner earlier in the meet.

Chelsea Piers’ Kaki Christensen went 2:33.55, good for 4th this morning, just ahead of Lakeside’s Emma Garfield (2:33.62). All of the top 8 save for Christensen hit new best times this morning. Margaret Aroesty and Kenisha Liu, the top 2 seeds, scratched this race today.


  • WJR: 2:08.71 4/15/2017 Qin Haiyaing, China
  • Meet: 2:12.17 8/2/2015 Reece Whitley, Penn Charter
  • 13-14 NAG: 2:15.84 – Ethan Dang
  • 15-16 NAG: 2:11.30 – Reece Whitley
  • 17-18 NAG: 2:10.92 – Kevin Cordes
  1. Daniel Roy, King Aquatic Club 2:12.31
  2. Jake Foster, Mason Manta Rays 2:14.97
  3. AJ Bornstein, Ridgefield Aquatic Club 2:15.75
  4. Zane Backes, Team Rebel 2:16.34
  5. Calvin Yang, Crimson Aquatics 2:16.59
  6. AJ Pouch, Team Rebel 2:17.59
  7. Josh Bottelberghe, Portland Aquatic Club 2:17.60
  8. Ethan Dang, King Aquatic Club 2:17.80

King Aquatic Club’s Daniel Roy was the class of the prelims session, going 2:12.31 for the top time going into finals by a huge margin.

Jake Foster of Mason Manta Rays swam a 2:14.97 for 2nd this morning, followed by AJ Bornstein of Ridgefield Aquatic Club for third at 2:15.75.

Katy Aquatic Team’s Brayden Rudd, 16, had a monster 2:18.73 swim in heat two that has actually gotten him into the A final for tonight. Finally, in heat 7, Team Rebel’s Zane Backes posted a 2:16.34 to take over ahead of Rudd.

Ethan Dang of King Aquatic Club also got into the A final with a 2:17.80.


  • WJR: 59.34 7/2/2016 Minna Atherton, Australia
  • Meet: 59.77 8/14/2009 Rachel Bootsma, Aquajets
  • 13-14 NAG: 1:00.26 – Regan Smith
  • 15-16 NAG: 59.18 – Missy Franklin
  • 17-18 NAG: 58.33 – Missy Franklin
  1. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club 1:01.89
  2. Lucie Nordmann, Magnolia 1:01.90
  3. Katharine Berkoff, Missoula 1:01.97
  4. Isabelle Stadden, FAST 1:02.02
  5. Sinclair Larson, SwimMAC 1:02.25
  6. Julia Menkhaus, SwimMAC 1:02.41
  7. Alexandra Crisera, Beach Cities Swimming 1:02.42
  8. Grace Haskett, Indiana Swim Team 1:02.66

Katharine Berkoff and Lucie Nordmann had a great race in the last heat, with a 1:01.90 for Nordmann and a 1:01.97.

It was Gator Swim Club’s Isabel Ivey, however, who has the fastest swim of the morning with her 1:01.89 from the heat before. FAST’s Isabelle Stadden wasn’t far behind in 1:02.02. SwimMAC duo Sinclair Larson and Julia Menkhaus touched in 5th and 6th.


  • WJR: 53.35 8/9/2017 Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS
  • Meet: 54.99 8/2/2015 Michael Andrew, Indie Swimming
  • 13-14 NAG: 56.83 – Michael Andrew
  • 15-16 NAG: 53.76 – Ryan Murphy
  • 17-18 NAG: 53.38 – Ryan Murphy
  1. Carson Foster, Mason Manta Rays 55.93
  2. Shaine Casas, Nitro 56.13
  3. Spencer Walker, Academy 56.69
  4. Glen Cowand, Katy Aquatic Team 56.76
  5. Jack Dahlgren, Aquajets 56.91
  6. Isaac Gwin, Nitro 57.46
  7. Danny Kovac, FAST 57.52
  8. Hayden Cornellison, Pacific Swimming 57.60

Carson Foster is setting himself up for a win to follow his 200 back victory earlier in the competition. The Mason Manta Rays swimmer was 55.93 this morning, just ahead of Nitro’s Shaine Casas (56.13).

Academy Bullets’ Spencer Walker was third this morning with a heat win at 56.69, and Glen Cowand of Katy Aquatic Team posted a 56.76 for fourth.

Jack Dahlgren of Aquajets was the last finisher under 57 seconds this morning at 56.91.

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ice age swimmer
5 years ago

WOW 15 year old Carson Foster is swimming lights out this meet!

dumb question
5 years ago

Didn’t Alexei Sancov break the 200 free meet record with his lead off?

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Most anticipated race of the day for me is the men’s 200 free. Plenty of great talents with Zettle, Foster and LeVant in the A-Final, Lasco in the B-Final and Rose in the C-Final.
I continue to wonder why Isabel Ivey struggles this year in her best stroke, freestyle, while her backstroke is pretty good.

Sir Swimsalot
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Foster is going to be crushed

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Some of you all continue to wonder why VERY young people (children in fact) “struggle” in a non-linear sport such as swimming. It takes a swimmer or swammer to understand that this sport defies logic sometimes; and one LC season is just that one LC season. And did you realize that a lot of these kids go to school until the very last days of June? Do you know how hard it is to train and do several hours of HW and commute back and forth to the pool, dryland, treatments, school events….. Hat tip to all these athletes – first and last, all winners and all will get better as a result for SC.

5 years ago

How is the meet record 1:49.3, didn’t Dressel go 1:48 in the B final a few years ago?

bobo gigi
Reply to  BSD
5 years ago

You’re right. 1.48.64 in 2013 when he was 16.

5 years ago

Regan is not at this meet but will swim later this month at Jr Worlds.

5 years ago

Hopefully Regan smith will rewrite all nag record in 100 m back stroke within a year.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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