2018 Winter Juniors – East: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2018 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – East

Day 2 of Speedo Winter Juniors – East will feature the A, B, and C finals of the girls/boys 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free, and the timed finals of the 4×100 medley relay.

Day 2

Girls’ 500 Freestyle

  • Meet record: 4:37.82 12/9/2015  Hannah Cox, Upper Valley Aquatic Club
  1. Mary Smutny, South Florida Aquatic Club, 4:42.45
  2. Ellie Marquardt, Aquatic Team Of Meklenburg, 4:43.76
  3. Kelly Pash, Carmel Swim Club, 4:44.78

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Mary Smutny got out to an early lead and stayed the course to win the girls’ 500 free with 4:42.45. Smutny led by nearly a body length at the 200 and continued to increase her lead over the next 200 yards. Ellie Marquardt from Aquatic Team Of Mecklenburg moved past Lola Mull into second place at the 250 and held her position to the end. She turned on the jets over the final 100 yards and nearly caught Smutny, touching in 4:43.76 with a final 100 of 56.77.

It was a close finish for 3rd among Kelly Pash (4:44.78), Mull (4:44.86), and Rachel Klinker (4:44.91).

Boys’ 500 Freestyle

  • Meet record: 4:14.40 12/7/2017  Jack Levant, North Texas Nadadores
  1. Jake Magahey, SwimAtlanta, 4:14.61
  2. Jack Walker, SwimMAC Carolina, 4:15.02
  3. Julian Hill, Gator Swim Club, 4:18.80

SwimMAC Carolina’s Jack Walker, who came in to the final with the top time out of morning heats, got off to a quick start. He led the field by a body length at the 200 with 1:40.80. Behind him, SwimAtlanta’s Jake Magahey and Gator Swim Club’s Julian Hill were even, and a good couple seconds ahead of the rest of the finalists. Over the final 200 yards, Magahey made his move. He cut Walker’s lead to half a body length at the 400. The pair began their bell lap on nearly even footing, and it was Magahey who pulled out the win. He brought it home in 24.45 to eke out a 4:14.61-to-4:15.02 win over Walker, only missing Jack LeVant’s meet record by 21/100.

Girls’ 200 Individual Medley

  • Meet record: 1:54.02 12/7/2017  Alexandra Walsh, Nashville Aquatic Club
  1. Alex Walsh, Nashville Aquatic Club, 1:53.69
  2. Kate Douglass, Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club, 1:56.09
  3. Isabel Ivey, Laker Swim, 1:56.13

Kate Douglass of Chelsea Piers was the fastest out of the gate; at the fly-to-back wall she made her turn in 24.41, about half a second out front. It didn’t take long for Nashville Aquatic Club’s Alex Walsh, the defending champion, to assert herself on the field, though. Walsh split a 27.9 backstroke to outdo everyone by at least 1 second. She then went 32.78 on the breast to lead the field by 2 seconds. Walsh brought it home in 28.0 for a final time of 1:53.69, taking down her own meet record from last year.

Douglass maintained her place as runner-up but had to fight off a strong challenge from Laker Swim’s Isabel Ivey, who powered home in 27.26 to finish 3rd with 1:56.13. Douglass went 1:56.09.

Boys’ 200 Individual Medley

  • Meet record: 1:42.77 12/2015  Michael Andrew, Indie Swimming
  1. Carson Foster, Mason Manta Rays, 1:42.54
  2. Jake Foster, Mason Manta Rays, 1:44.57
  3. Zach Hils, Lexington Dolphins, 1:46.03

Cason Wilburn from East Coast Aquatic Club led the field after the 50 fly, cranking out a 22.43, but rest of the race is all Carson Foster. The 17-year-old from Mason Manta Rays opened with a 22.62, then proceeded to outsplit the competition with 25.7 on the back and 29.6 on the breast. Up by 2 body lengths at the 150 wall, with only his brother Jake Foster in pursuit, he brought it home in 24.58 to get the win in 1:42.54. With that, he erased Michael Andrew’s 1:42.77 from the record books, establishing a new meet record. Jake Foster finished 2nd with 1:44.57, while Zach Hils of Lexington Dolphins came in 3rd in 1:46.03.

Girls’ 50 Freestyle

  • Meet record: 21.49 12/12/2014  Abbey Weitzeil, Canyons Aquatic Club
  1. Gretchen Walsh, Nashville Aquatic Club, 21.82
  2. Kate Douglass, Chelsea Piers, 21.95
  3. Claire Curzan, TAC Titans, 22.06

Gretchen Walsh of Nashville Aquatic Club successfully defended her title in the 50 free (she won last year with 22.00). She touched in 21.82, her best time by 3/100. Runner-up Kate Douglass, who was second last year as well, broke 22 for the first time ever with her 22.87 in prelims. She finished just off that new lifetime best with 21.95 in finals. 14-year-old Claire Curzan took another 9/100 off the new PB she swam in prelims to secure third place in 22.06. Curzan dropped 8/10 this morning to go 22.15, the second-fastest 50 free of all-time for 13-14 girls. Her 22.06 still ranks 2nd behind NAG record-holder Gretchen Walsh (22.00).

Boys’ 50 Freestyle

  • Meet record: 18.71 12/10/2016  Ryan Hoffer, Scottsdale Aquatic Club
  1. Adam Chaney, Mason Manta Rays, 19.87
  2. Noah Henderson, Star Aquatics, 19.90
  3. David Curtiss, Hamilton Y Aquatic Club, 19.96

Coming into the meet only David Curtiss from Hamilton Y had broken 20 seconds; he was top seed with 19.75. In prelims, Matt Brownstead of State College Area led the way with 19.98, his first foray into the sub-20 world. Adam Chaney of Mason Manta Rays and Noah Henderson of Star Aquatics joined the club in finals, though. In a very tight race, Chaney got the touch with 19.87 over Henderson (19.90) and Curtiss (19.96). Kimani Gregory of Racer X Aquatics touched out Brownstead for 4th by 1/100, 20.01 to 20.02.

Girls’ 400 Medley Relay

  • Meet record: 3:33.93 12/7/2017  Fort Collins Area Swim Team (B Stewart, Z Bartel, C Gillilan, K Alons)
  1. Nashville Aquatic Club, 3:36.23
  2. TAC Titans, 3:38.47
  3. SwimMAC Carolina, 3:39.57

Nashville Aquatic Club dominated the 400 medley relay to go 3-for-3 in relay wins so far at Winter Juniors East. Alex Walsh (53.25), Ella Nelson (1:01.31), Lauren Hunt (54.89), and Gretchen Walsh (46.78) combined for 3:36.23, taking .45 off their seed time. The TAC Titans quartet of Claire Curzan (53.01), Maria Baric (1:01.76), Charlotte Hook (53.11), and Brooke Zettel (50.59) earned the silver medal ahead of SwimMAC Carolina’s Maddy Flickinger (54.83), Emme Nelson (1:01.58), Ellie Vannote (53.29), and Elizabeth Sowards (49.87).

Boys’ 400 Medley Relay

Meet record: 3:13.37  12/10/2015  Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (B Ho, J Babinet, J Molinari, A Gwo)

  1. Mason Manta Rays, 3:11.11
  2. Dynamo Swim Club, 3:16.69
  3. Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics, 3:16.77

Mason Manta Rays’ Carson Foster (46.70), Jake Foster (52.96), Jacob McDonald (48.54), and Adam Chaney (42.91) took 1.57 seconds off their seed time to win the boys’ 4×100 medley relay with 3:11.11. The quartet came into the meet with a seed time of 3:13.68, already nearly 3 seconds faster than second-seeded SwimMAC Carolina and 3/10 off the meet record, a 3:13.37 set by Palo Alto Stanford in 2015. But the Foster brothers, McDonald, and Chaney took it one step further and crushed the 15-18 National Age Group Record in the event, too. The NAG had been established by Nation’s Capital Swim Club with 3:12.58 at NCSA Spring Championship in March of 2014.

Dynamo’s Ian Grum (47.99), Quinn Harron (56.37), Cam Auerbach (47.71), and Brooks Curry (44.62) came in second with 3:16.69. Michigan Lakeshore finished 3rd in 3:16.77 behind Joey Wachter (49.92), Khadin Soto (54.55), Riley Vanmeter (48.43), and Cam Peel (43.87).

Girls’ Team Scores

                     Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 11                     
 
  1. Nashville Aquatic Club            184   2. SwimMAC Carolina                  165
  3. Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club        116   4. Tac Titans                        111
  5. Mason Manta Rays                   88   6. Dynamo Swim Club                   77
  7. Cardinal Aquatics                  68   8. Nova of Virginia Aquatics, Inc     63
  9. Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics        56  10. Gator Swim Club                    51
 10. Tide Swimming                      51  12. Club Wolverine                     46
 13. Carmel Swim Club                   44  14. Laker Swim                         32
 15. SwimAtlanta                        31  15. Aquatic Team Of Mecklenburg        31
 17. South Florida Aquatic Club         22  17. Marlins of Raleigh                 22
 19. Drop Aquatics                      15  19. Mid-Michigan Aquatics              15
 21. Lexington Dolphins                 14  22. Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics     11
 23. Ohio State Swim Club               10  24. Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club           9
 25. Baylor Swim Club                    8  26. Team Greenville                     7
 26. Commonwealth Swimming               7  28. Grosse Pointe Gators                6
 29. 757 Swim                            5  29. Condors Swim Club of Clarkstow      5
 31. Sarasota YMCA Sharks                4  31. Madison Swimming Association        4
 31. Badger Swim Club,Inc.               4  31. North Palm Beach Swim Club          4
 35. Pipeline Swimming                   3  35. Lakeside Swim Team                  3
 37. Bolles School Sharks                2  38. Munster Swim Club                   1

Boys’ Team Scores

                      Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 12                      
 
  1. Mason Manta Rays                  255   2. Dynamo Swim Club                  146
  3. SwimMAC Carolina                  106   4. Enfinity Aquatic Club              87
  5. Dayton Raiders                     86   6. SwimAtlanta                        85
  7. Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics        77   8. Lakeside Swim Team                 75
  9. Carmel Swim Club                   68  10. Gator Swim Club                    65
 11. Team Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics     48  12. Fort Wayne Swim Team               38
 13. Allegheny North Swim Club          22  14. Lexington Dolphins                 17
 14. Star Aquatics                      17  16. Hamilton Y Aquatic Club            16
 17. Racer X Aquatics                   15  17. Sarasota Tsunami Swim Team         15
 19. State College Area Y Aqualions     14  20. North Penn Aquatic Club            13
 21. Somerset Hills YMCA                12  21. East Coast Aquatic Team            12
 23. Gator Swim Club                     9  24. Franklin Regional Swim Team         8
 24. Cincinnati Marlins                  8  24. Kentucky Aquatics                   8
 27. Badger Swim Club,Inc.               7  27. Rapids Area Y Swimmers              7
 29. Bolles School Sharks                6  29. Ohio State Swim Club                6
 29. Tennessee Aquatics                  6  29. Aquabears                           6
 33. Nova of Virginia Aquatics, Inc      5  33. Piedmont Family Ymca/Cyac           5
 35. Episcopal AmberJax                  4  35. Athens Bulldog Swim Club            4
 37. Snow Swimming                       3  37. YMCA Of Greenwich Marlins           3

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did alex walsh slip on her start in the relay? almost negative split 100 back and well off her best

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