Torrey Hart
by Torrey Hart 38

December 09th, 2017 News


The 2017 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – East continue tonight in Knoxville, Tennessee. Swimmers are set to compete in finals of the 1650, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 4×100 free relay.

Girls’ 1650 Free

  • Jrs Meet Record: 15:56.39, Gabrielle Kopenski, 2014
  1. Madison Homovich, Marlins of Raleigh, 16:10.30
  2. Kensey McMahon, Bolles, 16:13.72
  3. Maggie Wallace, Egg Harbor, 16:14.53

Boys’ 1650 Free

  • Jrs Meet Record: 14:45.40, Sean Grieshop, 2014
  1. Jacob Magahey, SwimAtlanta, 14:52.85
  2. Ross Dant, Hickory Foundation, 14:53.07
  3. Robert FreemanBaylor, 15:04.29

Girls’ 200 Back Finals

  • Jrs Meet Record:  1:50.59, Clara Smiddy, 2013
  1. Alexandra Walsh, Nashville Aquatics, 1:51.42
  2. Sinclair Larson, SwimMAC Carolina, 1:53.51
  3. Caitlin Brooks, Gator Swim Club, 1:54.02

Walsh split 54.41/57.01 en route to her commanding win. No one was within half a second of her at the 100. Larson split 55.49/58.02, coming back after the 100 on Brooks, who split 55.11/58.91.

Boys’ 200 Back Finals

  • Jrs Meet Record: 1:40.79, Jacob Pebley, 2011
  1. Carson FosterMason Manta Rays, 1:41.66
  2. Destin Lasco, Pleasantville, 1:41.97
  3. Wyatt Davis, Carmel, 1:44.37

Carson Foster this one the whole way. His half-second at the 100 was lessened slightly at the 150 by Destin Lasco who negative split his race, but a huge underwater off the 175 wall solidified the win for Foster. Foster split 50.33/51.33 to Lasco’s 51.14/50.83.

Girls’ 100 Free Finals

  • Jrs Meet Record: 46.29, Abbigail Weitzeil, 2014
  1. Kelly Pash, Carmel, 48.55
  2. Gretchen WalshNashville, 48.72
  3. Alex Walsh, Nashville, 49.04

Gretchen Walsh had the early lead at the 50, but Kelly Pash was able to come back to take the win. Pash split 23.63/24.92 to Gretchen Walsh‘s 23.27/48.72.

Boys’ 100 Free Finals

  • Jrs Meet Record: 41.23, Ryan Hoffer, 2015
  1. Drew Kibler, Carmel, 42.90
  2. Destin Lasco, Pleasantville, 43.62
  3. Cody Bybee, Dayton43.78

Kibler put up a substantial lead at the 50, with Bybee and Jack Franzman as his closest competition, then continued to hold off the field in the second half. However, Lasco’s second 50 was the fastest in the field by over three tenths, as he was fifth at the halfway mark and was able to climb to second. Kibler split 20.46/22.44 to Lasco’s 21.52/22.10 and Bybee’s 20.96/22.82.

This is the second day in a row that Lasco has blasted an impressive back-half of his race. You can read about yesterday’s negative split here.

Girls’ 200 Breast Finals

  • Jrs Meet Record: 2:07.73, Zoe Bartel, 2016
  1. Ashley McCauley, Marlins of Raleigh, 2:09.54
  2. Ella Nelson, Nashville, 2:09.87
  3. Emily Weiss, Cardinal, 2:11.04

Ashley McCauley led at the 100, with Ella Nelson closing the gap to less than .2 on the third 50. The two pulled away from the field in the second half, with McCauley prevailing. She split 1:02.13/1:07.41 to Nelson’s 1:02.28/1:07.59.

Boys’ 200 Breast Finals

  • Jrs Meet Record: 1:52.37, Reece Whitley, 2016
  1. Jacob Foster, Mason Manta Rays, 1:55.54
  2. Andrew Bornstein, Ridgefield, 1:57.40
  3. Calvin Yang, Crimson, 1:58.22

Jacob Foster had a significant lead at the 100 (no one else was under 56), pulling a body length away from the field by the finish. He split 55.68/59.86 to Bornstein’s 56.38/1:01.02.

Girls’ 200 Fly Finals

  • Jrs Meet Record: 1:54.37, Ella Eastin, 2014
  • Olivia Carter, Enfinity Aquatics, 1:53.49
  1. Olivia Carter, Enfinity Aquatics, 1:53.49
  2. Julia Menkaus, SwimMAC, 1:57.74
  3. Isabel Traba, Sarasota YMCA1:58.58

Carter scratched the 200 back to focus on this race, and she clearly knew what was in store. She took out the swim in a 53.95, body lengths ahead of the field, and brought it home in 59.54, breaking Ella Eastin’s 3-year-old meet record by almost a second. She was well over 4 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, with Menkaus splitting 56.12/1:01.56.

Carter’s swim is 6th all-time for 17-18s, and she’s only 17.

Boys’ 200 Fly Finals

  • Jrs Meet Record: 1:43.64, Robert McHugh, 2013
  1. Zachary Brown, Marlins of Raleigh, 1:44.11
  2. Mason Wilby, Gator Swim Club, 1:44.48
  3. Cody Bybee, Dayton Raiders, 1:45.27

There were at least four swimmers in the running for this win until the last 15 yards. Brown led slightly at the 100 (50.20 to Wilby’s 50.29), and four swimmers were between 1:17.1 and 1:17.8 at the 150 mark. Bybee was fourth at the 150, but crept up on Jacob Johnson to nab the bronze medal.

Girls’ 4×100 Free Relay

  • Jrs Meet Record: 3:16.62, SwimMAC Carolina, 2015
  1. Nashville Aquatic Club, 3:17.32
  2. SwimMAC Carolina — A, 3:18.45
  3. SwimMAC Carolina — B, 3:20.86

Nashville Aquatics grabbed an early lead, but SwimMAC came back on the second 100. SwimMAC held on for the third leg, but Nashville’s Alex Walsh took her race out in a 22.6 and dropped a 47.51, taking back the lead after the first underwater.

Boys’ 4×100 Free Relay

  • Jrs Meet Record: 2:55.89, Bolles, 2012
  1. Allegheny North, 2:55.96
  2. SwimMAC Carolina, 2:57.74
  3. Carmel Swim Club, 2:58.12

Mason Gonzalez put up a solid leadoff swim for Allegheny, going 44.03. But Jack Wright threw down the key leg, going 43.66. Andrew Zhang followed up 44.48 and Richard Mihm anchored in 43.79, giving the meet record a scare. The fastest swim across all relays came from 100 free champ Drew Kibler, who went 42.29 for Carmel.

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5 years ago

Correction is needed: ANSC won boys 4x100free in 2:55s

Reply to  Yinz
5 years ago

Also, rather impressive how close they were to the meet record.

5 years ago

Anywho, Olivia Carter’s 200 fly time from tonight would have been good for an A final appearance at NCAA’s last year (would have placed 6th in the final). Great for the Georgia Bulldogs!

She ALSO would be the second-fastest 200 flyer in University of Georgia history, behind U.S. Olympian Hali Flickinger.

Absolutely incredible swim. Wouldn’t be shocked to see her winning an NCAA title in the event in 2019. Amazing underwater kicker, and with her already-existing best time of 2:09 in long course, it’s entirely possible she makes the Pan Pacs team in the event this coming summer.

Reply to  NCSwimming
5 years ago

She’ll be 2:07 this summer, may be even faster.

Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

Wouldn’t be shocked! Given her underwater prowess I’d more tentatively say 2:08, but if she hits her taper and gets some quality long course training in, I’d say 2:07 is more than a possibility.

Reply to  NCSwimming
5 years ago

Definitely possible. As she skipped out on Nats and made most of her impressive best times at junior nats, she was a very underrated long course swimmer coming into this season.

Reply to  Rachel
5 years ago

LC Women’s 2Fl is due for improvement some day soon. Outside of rubber suits it had been close to stagnant for 37 years

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Reply to  JimSwim
5 years ago

Sarah Sjostrom may have been our best hope in recent times. No reason she can’t be 2:03 or 2:02 with some focused training. However, I’m afraid her 200 anything ship has sailed.

5 years ago

Three Marlins of Raleigh swimmers win individual events on the final night, with an Enfinity Aquatics swimmer winning another and SwimMAC winning the men’s relay, going 2-3 on the women’s relay, and placing swimmers in second in two individual events.

North Carolina swimming dominated this session, if I do say so myself.

Reply to  NCSwimming
5 years ago

SwimMAC did not win the relay.

Reply to  Yinz
5 years ago

Correct, I spoke too soon! Allegheny swam in one of the later heats to beat them. Still insane they won the meet by such a wide margin without winning a single event, individual or relay. I guess having your A and B relays in the top 3 helps, ya know?

Truth teller
Reply to  NCSwimming
5 years ago

SwimMAC did not win one event the entire meet

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Reply to  NCSwimming
5 years ago

Looked a lil too early to say MAC won the relay… Heat 8 Lane 8

5 years ago

On another note, we can now edit our own comments. Woo hoo

Reply to  Zanna
5 years ago

since quite a while actually

5 years ago

These kids are so impressive. Not just with their times but how they handle multiple swims in one session.

Reply to  Zanna
5 years ago

It’s common, kids do it all the time now. It shouldn’t be a big deal anymore it’s not like someone’s going to travel to swim 1 event per day.

samuel huntington
Reply to  Zanna
5 years ago

there is nothing noteworthy about teenagers being able to swim more than once in a session, come on

5 years ago

Carson Foster and Destin Lasco in the Battle of the 16 YO Backstroke Prodigies.

Impressive swims (1:41) – they’re both good at pacing their races

And then a couple events later, Destin comes back for a 2nd place in the 100 free.

Reply to  marklewis
5 years ago

They are both great. Carson foster and Destin lasco that is.

Carson and jacob are both versatile, however they both have really weak strokes. carson has a really bad breaststroke while Jacob has a really bad backstroke. The seem to be even on fly and free based on the medley races I,ve seen them swim against each other. The gap is seen in the 400 IM. After fly they are about even, then carson opens a ridiculous lead on backstroke, Jacob then closed that huge gap in the breaststroke leg overtaking his brother, then hangs on in freestyle. They are both versatile but if they improve on their weak strokes then the can drop big times in the medley races… Read more »

Reply to  Carlo
5 years ago

Considering Carson went 56.5 last year in the 100 Breast, I wouldn’t call his breaststroke “really bad”, it’s more because he usually takes his first half out fast.

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5 years ago

Destin Lasco isn’t not trying that front half, his statt was atrocious. Has a nice long powerful smooth free and back.

Carson Foster once again doing his thing and being a winner.

Alex Walsh can still improve on her underwaters and breakouts. Also has a stroke similar to Lasco. Nice shoulder action. Also from last night in her 100 breast I noticed off the first wall she had her head down too much and it visibly slowed her down. She fixed it off subsequent walls. Has a 57 in her right now.

I will say I was dissapointed to find out A Walsh was in 100 free and not 200 breast. Considering Breast is the easiest 200, that could potentially… Read more »

Reply to  Tammy Touchpad Error
5 years ago

What was the point in stating the 200 breast was the easiest? 200 breast is just as hard as every other 200, and each 200 is hard in its own way and is respective to your stroke. A primary butterflyer will obviously see the 200 fly as harder than the 200 breast and vice versa.

Reply to  Kaez
5 years ago

im pretty sure many primary butterflyers will see the 200 breast as much harder haha

John McCain
Reply to  Tammy Touchpad Error
5 years ago

200 breast is definitely not the easiest…

5 years ago

Foster has another year for the 200 back NAG right?

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Reply to  Torrey Hart
5 years ago

Whats his birthday. He was 15 during the summer IIRC

Reply to  Tammy Touchpad Error
5 years ago

His Birthday is in October.

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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