2018 Speedo Junior Nationals: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap


The fifth and final day of prelims sessions from the 2018 Speedo Junior Nationals will feature the 200 IM, 50 free, women’s 1500 free, and men’s 800 free.

We’re in for another great day of racing: among other swims should be 14-year-old phenom Claire Tuggle as the top seed in the 200 IM, with 16-year-old Carson Foster and his 17-year-old brother Jake as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the men’s race. Additionally, 16-year-old Andrei Minakov will show us what he’s got in the 50 free after dominating the 100 and 100 fly earlier in the meet.

Women’s 200 IM Prelim

  • Junior World: 2:09.98, Rikako Ikee (JPN), 2017
  • Meet: 2:12.32, Ella Eastin, 2015

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Grace Sheble (NOVA-VA), 2:16.82
  2. Claire Tuggle (CLOV), 2:17.65
  3. Isabel Gormley (AGUA), 2:17.85
  4. Anna Havens Rice (TG), 2:17.97
  5. Annika Wagner (WILD), 2:18.84
  6. Hannah Foster (RAYS), 2:19.11
  7. Paige McCormick (HEAT), 2:19.31
  8. Claire Donan (TS), 2:19.53

15-year-old Grace Sheble qualified first out of heat 13, going 2:16.82, almost a full second ahead of the next-fastest swimmer. 14-year-old Clair Tuggle is the No. 2 qualifier, with 16-year-old Isabel Gormley just behind in 2:17.85. Anna Havens Rice, 16, was the final woman under 2:18, going 2:17.97. The only other swimmer under 2:19 was 16-year-old Anna Havens Rice in 2:18.84, and behind her was 18-year-old Hannah Foster in 2:19.31. Rounding out the A-final will be 16-year-olds Paige McCormick in 2:19.31 and Claire Donan in 2:19.53.

Men’s 200 IM Prelim

  • Junior World:1:57.06, Qin Haiyang (CHN), 2017
  • Meet: 2:00.07, Kyle Whitaker, 2009

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Jake Foster (RAYS), 2:03.43
  2. Carson Foster (RAYS), 2:03.46
  3. Andrew Winton (SA), 2:04.12
  4. Nicholas Perera (DR), 2:04.51
  5. Zach Hills (LEXD), 2:04.86
  6. Jason Louser (LIAC), 2:05.05
  7. Tim Connery (MAC), 2:05.08
  8. Shane Blinkman (SCSC), 2:05.43

Jake Foster (17) and his brother Carson (16), will look for a repeat of last year’s 1-2 finish in the race tonight after going 2:03.43 and 2:03.46 in prelims, respectively. Carson has been 1:59.45 at his best, while Jake has been 2:02.24. 18-year-olds Andrew Winton and Nicholas Perera followed them in 2:04.12 and 2:04.51, with 17-year-old Zach Hills rounding out the sub-2:05 group in 2:04.86. 17-year-old Jason Louser is the 6th qualifier in 2:05.05, with 15-year-old Tim Connery just behind in 2:05.08. 17-year-old Shane Blinkman will round out the A-final in 2:05.43.

Women’s 50 Free Prelim

  • Junior World:24.33, Rikako Ikee (JPN), 2017
  • Meet: 25.07, Marta Ciesla, 2015

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Christiana Regenauer (COND), 25.75
  2. Emma Wheal (WHAC), 25.89
  3. Megan Keil (WAS), 26.03
  4. Rachel Rhee (RSD), 26.09
  5. Kaitlyn Dobler (TDPS), 26.10
  6. Elsa Fretz (NASA), 26.13
  7. Erin Gemmell (NCAP), 26.15
  8. Alexandra Crisera (CITI), 26.16

16-year-olds Christiana Regenauer and Emma Wheal were the only qualifiers under 26 this morning, going 25.75 and 25.98, respectively (Wheal was the top seed with a 25.48). 18-year-old Megan Keil nearly broke 26, and is the third qualifier with a 26.03, though she’s been well under before. 17-year-old Rachel Rhee is the fourth qualifier in 26.09, followed by 16-year-old Kaitlyn Dobler in 26.10. 15-year-old Elsa Fretz is the seventh qualifier in 26.13, and behind her, 13-year-old Erin Gemmell, continuing her stellar meet with a 26.15 – a drop of over three tenths off her best time. Rounding out the A-final is 17-year-old Alexandra Crisera in 26.16.

Men’s 50 Free Prelim

  • Junior World: 21.75, Michael Andrew (USA), 2017
  • Meet: 22.13, Vlad Morozov, 2010

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Andrei Minakov (TERA), 22.87
  2. Adam Chaney (RAYS), 22.96
  3. Skyler Cook-Weeks (MLA), 23.02
  4. Coco Bratanov (KATY), 23.10
  5. Cooper Deryk (TTST), 23.12
  6. Alexei Sancov (TERA), 23.13
  7. Brandon Hamblin (NCAP), 23.15
  8. Topher Stensby (PAC), 23.21

16-year-old Andrei Minakov, who’s been on fire this week, leads qualifiers in 22.87. Behind him, as the only other qualifier under 23, is 16-year-old Adam Chaney in 22.96. 18-year-olds Skyler Cook-Weeks and Coco Bratanov are the third and fourth qualifiers in 23.02 and 23.10, respectively. Coope Deryk, Alexei Sanvoc, and Brandon Hamblin, all also 18, are packed together in 23.12, 23.13, and 23.15. Rounding out the A-final will be 17-year-old Topher Stensby in 23.25.

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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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