2018 Winter Juniors- West: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2018 Speedo Winter Junior Championships- West

Day 2 of the Speedo Winter Junior Championships- West will feature the A, B, and C finals of the 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free along with the timed finals of the 4×100 medley relay.

Headlining the meet tonight is 16-year-old Luca Urlando of DART Swimming. Urlando is the top seed by nearly two seconds in the 200 IM. Urlando’s prelim time of 1:43.53 is also less than a second off of the 15-16 NAG of 1:42.77. Urlando is also #2 seed in the 50 free with a 20.08, right behind top seed Houston Bridge Bats’ Jack Armstrong. Could Urlando become a double-winner tonight and break a NAG plus the 20-second barrier?

Also taking top spots tonight by comfortable margins are Riptide’s Regan Smith and Longhorn’s Coby Carrozza in the 500 free. In the girls’ 200 IM, less than a second separates the top three girls, led by Zoie Hartman of Crow Canyon Country Club. Emma Sticklen of Katy Aquatic Club also takes the top spot tonight in the girls 50 free.

In the 4×100 medley relay timed finals tonight, the girls of Irvine Novaquatics and the boys of Sierra Marlins take the top spots in the heat sheets. The event will begin with the 2 fastest girls’ heats and 2 fastest boys’ heats and then alternate girls and boys heats from fastest to slowest.

Girls 500 Free- Finals

  • Meet Record: 4:37.82  12/10/2015 Hannah Cox, Upper Valley Aquatic Club
  1. Regan Smith, Riptide, 4:37.10
  2. Kaitlynn Sims, Magnolia Aquatic Club, 4:39.52
  3. Ashley Strouse, Scottsdale Aquatic Club, 4:41.41

At the 200 mark, Regan Smith and Kaitlynn Sims were neck and neck. Yet with 100 yards left, Smith broke away from Sims and extended her lead. Smith dropped over four seconds to rank #6 for the all-time 15-16 rankings. Her time also broke the short course Junior meet record by 0.72 seconds.

Sims took second place, also dipping under 4:40 with a 4:39.52 to rank #46 on the all-time 17-18 rankings. Ashley Strouse of Scottsdale took third place with a 4:41.41 and also bumped up her ranking on the 15-16 all-time chart to #28.

Boys 500 Free- Finals

  • Meet Record: 4:14.40  12/7/2017 Jack Levant, North Texas Nadadores
  1. Coby Carrozza, Longhorn Aquatics, 4:16.95
  2. Peter Larson, Edina Swim Club, 4:20.31
  3. Jude Williams, Riverside Aquatics, 4:21.89

Into the 150 mark, Peter Larson took the early lead over top seed Coby Carrozza. Yet at the halfway point, Carrozza crept onto Larson to steal the lead. With 100 yards left, Carrozza took control of the race and won the event by over four seconds. His winning time of 4:16.95 currently ranks #36 on the all-time 17-18 rankings.

Taking second was Larson with a time of 4:20.31. Jude Williams of Riverside Aquatics took third place with a time of 4:21.89, which now puts him at #27 on the all-time 15-16 rankings.

Girls 200 IM- Finals

  • Meet Record: 1:55.67  12/7/2017 Vanessa Pearl, Metroplex Aquatics
  1. Zoie Hartman, Crow Canyon Country Club, 1:54.62
  2. Katharine Berkoff, Missoula Aquatic Club, 1:57.04
  3. Coleen Gillilan, Fort Collins Area, 1:57.44

After the front half, it was Katharine Berkoff who took the lead. However, Zoie Hartman took over the lead in the breaststroke and extended her lead to win the event. Hartman won the event in a 1:54.62, which eclipsed the West meet record by over a second. Her time also ranks #11 on the 17-18 all-time rankings.

Taking second behind Hartman was Berkoff with a 1:57.04. Her time moved up to #48 on the 17-18 all-time rankings. In third place was Coleen Gillilan of Fort Collins Area with a 1:57.44, who also moved up to #56 on the 17-18 all-time rankings.

In the B-Final, 13-year-old Leah Hayes won the final with a 1:58.58, which ranks #7 on the all-time 13-14 rankings.

Boys 200 IM- Finals

  • Meet Record: 1:42.77  12/2015 Michael Andrew, Indie Swimming
  1. Luca Urlando, DART Swimming, 1:42.99
  2. Shane Blinkman, St. Croix Swim Club, 1:46.05
  3. Ethan Hu, Peak Swimming, 1:46.53

Luca Urlando controlled the entire race, extending his lead throughout each leg of the IM. He would finish with a 1:42.99, just missing the 15-16 NAG and West meet record of 1:42.77.

Taking second place was Shane Blinkman with a 1:46.05. Taking third was Ethan Hu of Peak Swimming with a 1:46.53, which ranks #18 on the all-time 15-16 rankings.

Girls 50 Free- Finals

  • Meet Record: 21.49  12/12/2014 Abbey Weitzeil, Canyons Aquatic Club
  1. Alexandra Crisera, Beach Cities,  22.48
  2. Emma Sticklen, Katy Aquatic Team, 22.63
  3. McKenna Stone, Fox Valley, 22.64

In a very tight 50 free, Beach Cities’ Alexandra Crisera took the title with a 22.48. In second place was Emma Sticklen of Katy Aquatic Club with a 22.63. Taking third by 0.01 was McKenna Stone of Fox Valley with a 22.64.

Boys 50 Free- Finals

  • Meet Record: 18.71  12/10/2016 Ryan Hoffer, Scottsdale Aquatics
  1. Jack Armstrong, Houston Bridge Bats, 19.81
  2. Jack Dolan, Rockwood Swim Club, 19.87
  3. Matt King, Bellevue Club Swim Team, 19.95

Maintaining his top spot was Jack Armstrong of Houston Bridge Bats with a 19.81, which puts him at #49 on the all-time 17-18 rankings. Taking second place was Rockwood’s Jack Dolan with a 19.87.

Taking third place was Bellevue’s Matt King, whose time of 19.95 puts him at #10 on the all-time 15-16 rankings. Also breaking 20 seconds to take fourth place was Bence Szabados of Chicago Wolfpack with a time of 19.97.

Girls 4×100 Medley Relay

  • Meet Record:  3:33.93 12/7/2017 Fort Collins Area Swim Team (B Ho, J Babinet, J Molinari, A Gwo)
  1. Crow Canyon Aquatic Club, 3:37.66
  2. Aquajets, 3:40.20
  3. Irvine Novaquatics, 3:40.36

After the backstroke leg, Ayla Spitz and her 53.38 split put Irvine Novaquatics in lead. Yet Zoie Hartman hauled a 58.96 breaststroke split to put Crow Canyon Aquatics Club into the lead. Alexis Depaco (54.76) and Sophia Kosturos (49.25) continued their lead to win the event with a 3:37.66. Jessica Davis (54.69) was the backstroker of the Crow Canyon relay.

Taking second place with a 3:40.20 was the Aquajets relay of Abby Kapeller (54.77), Isabelle Stadden (1:01.54), Maddy Potter (54.12), and Taylor Williams (49.77). Taking third with a 3:40.36 was the Irvine Novaquatics relay of Spitz, Malia Mills (1:03.46) Hannah Farrow (54.03) Ella Ristic (49.52).

Boys 4×100 Medley Relay

  • Meet Record: 3:13.37 12/10/2015 Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (B Stewart, Z Bartel, C Gillilan, K Alons)
  1. Rose Bowl Aquatics, 3:16.08
  2. Sierra Marlins, 3:16.65
  3. Nitro Swimming, 3:19.73

Out of heat 3, the Rose Bowl Aquatics relay of Mark McCrary (48.97), James Lee (55.75), Danny Syrkin (47.03), and Will Blake (44.33) took the title with a 3:16.08.

Just before that, the Sierra Marlins relay of Colby Mefford (48.50), Ben Dillard (53.84), Jack Gillespie (49.50), and Finn O’Haimhirgin (44.81) finished with a time of 3:16.65 took finish second overall after the Rose Bowl Aquatics relay overtook their time.

The battle for third was between two different clubs. The Irvine Novaquatics relay overtook the lead during the fly leg. Yet it was Nitro Swimming anchor Corby Furrer’s free split of 44.32 that overtook Irvine Novaquatics for third place with a 3:19.73. Other members of the Nitro Swimming relay were Will Barton (50.78), Vincent Ribeiro (55.96), and Greyson Alarcon (48.67). Irvine Novaquatics relay would finish in fourth with a 3:19.94.

Current Team Scores After Day 2:

Girls Team Scores

Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 11                     
 
  1. Crow Canyon Country Club Shark    124   2. Magnolia Aquatic Club             123
  3. Bellevue Club Swim Team           121   4. Brea Aquatics                     105
  5. Scottsdale Aquatic Club            88   6. Irvine Novaquatics                 83
  7. Aquajets Swim Team                 82   8. Fort Collins Area Swim Team        73
  9. North Coast Aquatics               63  10. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics        52
 11. Tualatin Hills Swim Club           44  12. Santa Clara Swim Club              39
 13. Riptide                            38  14. Fox Valley Swim Team               30
 15. Western Hills Athletic Club        26  16. Rancho San Dieguito                25
 17. Missoula Aquatic Club            22.5  18. Pro Swimming                       22
 19. Katy Aquatic Team For Youth        21  19. Socal Aquatics Association         21
 21. Metroplex Aquatics                 20  21. Beach Cities Swimming              20
 23. Academy Bullets Swim Club          18  24. Mission Viejo Nadadores            16
 25. Lyons Aquatics                     14  26. Boise YMCA Swim Team               12
 26. Northwest Arkansas Aquatics        12  26. Springfield Aquatics               12
 29. Madison Aquatic Club               11  30. Patriot Aquatic Club               10
 31. Fox Valley Park District Ripti      9  32. Gators Swim Club                  7.5
 33. Lakeside Aquatic Club               6  33. Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic C      6
 35. Team Rebel Aquatics                 4  36. Springfield YMCA Swim Team          3
 36. Great Wolf Swim Team                3  36. Nitro Swimming                      3
 36. Sierra Marlins Swim Team            3  40. Riverside Aquatics Association      2
 41. Buenaventura Swim Club              1

Boys Team Scores

 Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 12                      
 
  1. Sierra Marlins Swim Team          133   2. Rose Bowl Aquatics                107
  3. Nitro Swimming                     92   4. Irvine Novaquatics                 88
  5. Scottsdale Aquatic Club            87   6. Hillsboro Swim Team                63
  7. Dart Swimming                      60   7. Alamo Area Aquatic Association     60
  9. Sooner Swim Club                   57   9. Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club      57
 11. Charger Aquatics                   46  12. Peak Swimming                      38
 13. Orinda Aquatics                    34  13. Santa Clara Swim Club              34
 13. Edina Swim Club                    34  16. Premier Aquatics Club of Klein     29
 17. Austin Swim Club                   28  17. Bainbridge Island Swim Club        28
 19. Bellevue Club Swim Team            20  19. Longhorn Aquatics                  20
 19. Houston Bridge Bats                20  22. Aquajets Swim Team                 17
 22. Katy Aquatic Team For Youth        17  22. St Croix Swim Club                 17
 22. Rockwood Swim Club                 17  26. Riverside Aquatics Association     16
 27. Billings Aquatic Club              15  28. Central Iowa Aquatics              14
 28. Phoenix Swim Club                  14  30. Rockwall Aquatic Center of Exc     13
 31. St Charles Swim Team               12  31. North Texas Nadadores              12
 33. Kamehameha Swim Club               11  34. Wichita Swim Club                   9
 35. Metroplex Aquatics                  7  35. Eastern Iowa Swim Federation        7
 35. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics         7  38. Life Time Northern California       6
 38. La Mirada Armada                    6  38. Univ of Denver Hilltoppers          6
 41. Rancho San Dieguito                 5  41. Blast Sharks                        5
 43. Unattached EA                       4  43. Lakeside Aquatic Club               4
 45. Lake Country Swim Team              3  45. Hurricane Swim Club                 3
 45. American Energy Swim Club           3  48. Dads Club Swim Team                 2
 48. Marin Pirates                       2  48. Socal Aquatics Association          2
 48. Beach Cities Swimming               2  52. Parkway Swim Club                   1
 52. Lakeridge Swim Team                 1

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CanSwim13

Nice swims for two future dawgs!

Too fast

This sport has gotten way to fast!

Swimmerj

Can we discuss that Regan Smith just led off her relay in 50.5

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