2017 Winter Juniors West: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

2017 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – WEST

Day 3 prelims will feature the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back. Zoe Bartel will look to defend her title and West meet record from last year in the 100 breast.

GIRLS 400 IM

  • West Meet Record: 4:05.25, Ella Eastin, 2013
  • Jrs Meet Record: 4:02.51, Brooke Ford, 2016

Vanessa Pearl crushed the field this morning, cruising to a 4:11.91, well off her best time. Behind her sits a pretty tight field in the rest of the A final tonight. 2nd-8th place this morning was only separated by 2.18 seconds. Only 2 girls who made the top 8 this morning went best times: Luciana Thomas, who went 4:15.15 to get 2nd (4:16.30 seed), and Kaitlynn Wheeler, who went 4:15.43 to get 3rd (4:17.79 seed).

A finalists:

  1. Vanessa Pearl – 4:11.91
  2. Luciana Thomas – 4:15.15
  3. Kaitlynn Wheeler – 4:15.43
  4. Gillian Davey – 4:16.32
  5. Reese Hazan – 4:16.40
  6. Samantha Shelton – 4:16.53
  7. Ashlyn Fiorilli – 4:17.28
  8. Zoie Hartman – 4:17.33

BOYS 400 IM

  • West Meet Record: 3:44.26, Curtis Ogren, 2013
  • Jrs Meet Record: 3:44.26, Curtis Ogren, 2013

Jack Levant took the top seed for finals, taking 10 seconds off his previous best time in the event. It’s no surprise that a 4:22 LCM 400 IMer can go sub-3:50, and Levant looked pretty relaxed this morning, so he may be ready to fire one off tonight. Caleb Aman was only slightly off of Levant this morning, shaving off a little time to go 3:50.33. Logan Davis dropped 6.56 seconds to break 4:00 for the first time, and made the A final by placing 8th this morning.

A finalists:

  1. Jack Levant – 3:49.55
  2. Caleb Aman – 3:50.33
  3. Jackson Cunningham – 3:52.40
  4. Ethan Heasley – 3:52. 42
  5. Daniel Roy – 3:54.13
  6. Kevin Vargas – 3:54.15
  7. Garrett Clasen – 3:54.58
  8. Logan Davis – 3:54.70

GIRLS 100 FLY

  • West Meet Record: 51.73, Regan Smith, 2016
  • Jrs Meet Record: 51.73, Regan Smith, 2016

Lucie Nordmann led the way in a very tight prelims of the 100 fly. Nordmann dropped over half a second from her seed to go 52.39, just slightly ahead of Emma Carlton at 52.49, who also dropped time. Lucie’s sister, Lillie Nordmann, is also in the mix tonight, placing 5th with her time of 52.98. Ruby Martin and Dakota Luther also made it into the A final tonight, getting 6th and 7th respectively.

Halladay Kinsey landed just outside the top 8 with a best time performance of her own, 53.54.

A finalists:

  1. Lucie Nordmann – 52.39
  2. Emma Carlton – 52.49
  3. Coleen Gillian – 52.75
  4. Emma Sticklen – 52.89
  5. Lillie Nordmann – 52.98
  6. Ruby Martin – 53.31
  7. Dakota Luther – 53.39
  8. Kylee Alons – 53.42

BOYS 100 FLY

  • West Meet Record: 45.46, Ryan Hoffer, 2015
  • Jrs Meet Record: 45.46, Ryan Hoffer, 2015

Just like the girls 100 fly, the boys was also very tight, with 15 year old Ethan Hu coming out on top this morning with his time of 47.91. That time marks his 2nd fastest ever and was only .05 seconds off his best time. Following very closely behind was Connor Lee, who went 48.05 and added only .09 seconds. In 3rd this morning was Noah Henry, who went 48.10 to drop .03 seconds, and also had the fastest 1st 50 in the field, at 22.19.

The entire A final for tonight is separated by only .55 seconds, leaving the door wide open for anybody to win.

A finalist:

  1. Ethan Hu – 47.91
  2. Connor Lee – 48.05
  3. Noah Henry – 48.10
  4. Gianluca Urlando – 48.26
  5. Van Mathias – 48.38
  6. Aaron Pang/Nathan Yates – 48.45
  7. Seth Hendrix – 48.46

GIRLS 200 FREE

  • West Meet Record: 1:44.46, Katie Drabot, 2015
  • Jrs Meet Record: 1:43.64, Isabel Ivey, 2016

Ella Ristic came away with the top spot for finals tonight in the tightest race we have seen yet. Just .37 seconds separated 1st from 8th this morning, which is insanely tight for a 200. Ristic was a ways off her best time of 1:45.76 with her 1:47.52 this morning. Only one person who made the A final dropped from their seed time: Quinn Schaedler, who got 5th with her new best time of 1:47.72. Dakota Luther added 2 seconds to get 4th this morning, and she and Ristic will likely be the 2 battling for 1st tonight, as they have the 2 fastest best times in the field by a good margin.

A finalists:

  1. Ella Ristic – 1:47.52
  2. Monica Gumina – 1:47.54
  3. Samantha Pearson – 1:47.69
  4. Dakota Luther – 1:47.70
  5. Quinn Schaedler – 1:47.72
  6. Ayla Spitz – 1:47.80
  7. Diana Dunn – 1:47.83
  8. Isabelle Henig – 1:47.89

BOYS 200 FREE

  • West Meet Record: 1:33.67, Dylan Carter, 2013
  • Jrs Meet Record: 1:33.40, Drew Kibler, 2016

Kevin Callan crushed the field this morning to take the top spot going into tonight. Callan went a 1:35.13, over a second off his best time of 1:34.06. Following him was Jack Dolan, who swam next to him, and came in 2nd with a 1:36.52. Jack Levant hung on to make the A final, adding 2 and a half seconds to go 1:37.90, good for 7th.

A finalists:

  1. Kevin Callan – 1:35.13
  2. Jack Dolan – 1:36.52
  3. Michael Petrides – 1:37.10
  4. Daniel Krueger – 1:37.46
  5. Kyle Leach – 1:37.65
  6. William Bresette – 1:37.85
  7. Jack Levant – 1:37.90
  8. Shawn Lou – 1:38.12

GIRLS 100 BREAST

  • West Meet Record: 59.04, Zoe Bartel, 2016
  • Jrs Meet Record: 58.80, Alexandra Walsh, 2016

Zoe Bartel looked strong on her way to securing the top seed for finals by over a second. Her prelims time of 59.37 marks her 2nd fastest time ever, and her fastest prelims time ever by almost a second. She was also just .57 seconds off the meet record, and only went .09 seconds slower than Alex Walsh this morning, so at this point either one of them, or both, could take down the meet combined meet record.

Aside from Bartel, the rest of the field is pretty tight, with just .68 seconds separating 2nd-7th. Every girl in the top 8 was right at their best time, with the exception of Vanessa Pearl, who was still only .67 seconds off. There’s a lot of 1:00s in the field tonight, so we may get to see some breakthrough swims.

A finalists:

  1. Zoe Bartel – 59.37
  2. Coleen Gillian – 1:00.48
  3. Zoie Hartman – 1:00.77
  4. Claire Glover – 1:00.89
  5. Vanessa Pearl – 1:00.99
  6. Kaitlyn Dobler – 1:01.02
  7. Hannah Newby – 1:01.16
  8. Eleanor Jew – 1:01.54

BOYS 100 BREAST

  • West Meet Record: 52.21, Michael Andrew, 2015
  • Jrs Meet Record: 52.21, Michael Andrew, 2015

Zane Backes handled the rest of the field in prelims this morning, blasting a new best time of 53.24, to earn the top seed tonight by a second. William Myhre earned the 2nd seed tonight, shaving a little bit of time off his best to go 54.24. The only person who didn’t drop time this morning and made the top is Daniel Roy, who came in with a 54.10 and went 54.88 to get 6th. 15 year old Ethan Dang made the A final tonight, shaving a little off his best time to go 54.50, good for 4th this morning.

A finalists:

  1. Zane Backes – 53.24
  2. William Myhre – 54.24
  3. Ben Dillard – 54.33
  4. Ethan Dang – 54.50
  5. Andrew Britton, 54.79
  6. Daniel Roy – 54.88
  7. Shane Blinkman – 54.97
  8. Ananias Pouch – 54.99

GIRLS 100 BACK

  • West Meet Record: 51.09, Regan Smith, 2016
  • Jrs Meet Record: 51.09, Regan Smith, 2016

Katharine Berkoff raced to a huge win in the 1st of the circle seeded heats, dropping half a second and taking the heat by almost a second. Berkoff’s time of 52.13 managed to hold off against the last 2 heats, and namely, Lucie Nordmann and Julia Cook. Nordmann and Cook both swam just off their personal bests, setting up a great race tonight between these 3 girls. Rhyan White was in the heat with Berkoff, and she dropped nearly half a second and broke 53 seconds for the first time ever to get 4th. Zoe Bartel managed to turn around quickly from the 100 breast in order to qualify for the A final tonight with her time of 53.55.

A finalists:

  1. Katharine Berkoff – 52.13
  2. Lucie Nordmann – 52.53
  3. Julia Cook – 52.64
  4. Rhyan White – 52.90
  5. Isabelle Stadden – 52.98
  6. Emma Carlton 53.45
  7. Danielle Carter – 53.51
  8. Zoe Bartel – 53.55

BOYS 100 BACK

  • West Meet Record: 45.48, Ryan Hoffer, 2015
  • Jrs Meet Record: 45.48, Ryan Hoffer, 2015

Jack Dolan edged out Spencer Walker to take the top seed for finals tonight, posting a 47.76 to Walker’s 47.95. Dolan’s time marks a slight add to his best time, while Walker’s was a slight drop. Top-seed Noah Henry tied for 5th this morning, swimming a noticeably controlled race. Henry’s time of 48.70 was over a second and a half slower than his best time. Henry actually came pretty close to not making the A final, going just .18 seconds faster than the 9th place finisher, Ethan Harder.

A finalists:

  1. Jack Dolan – 47.76
  2. Spencer Walker – 47.95
  3. Gianluca Urlando – 48.13
  4. Gavin Olsen – 48.52
  5. Isaac Gwin/Noah Henry – 48.70
  6. Peter Simmons – 48.78
  7. Kyle Millis – 48.88

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Former KA Parent

Needs to be noted that Emma Sticklen from Katy Aquatics at her 3rd junior national appearance moved from a 34 seed to 4th going into tonight by dropping 1.80 secs. Last night Emma finished 18th in the 50 free with a total drop of .79 secs and had a 118 original seed. Emma is 15 and is a sophomore in HS.

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* 4th place seed for tonight In the 100 Fly

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