2019 Speedo Junior National Championships: Day 2 Finals Preview


Day 2 finals heat sheets.

Day 2 finals of the 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships will feature ‘C’, ‘B’, and ‘A’ finals of the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, and 400 IM, as well as timed finals of the 4 x 100 freestyle relay.

Day 2 Finals Events:

  • Women’s 200 Backstroke – Finals
  • Men’s 200 Backstroke – Finals
  • Women’s 100 Freestyle – Finals
  • Men’s 100 Freestyle – Finals
  • Women’s 400 IM – Finals
  • Men’s 400 IM – Finals
  • Women’s 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals
  • Men’s 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals

At the end of the session there will be 5 heats of men’s and 6 heats of women’s 4 x 100 freestyle relays, all swimming timed finals.

Day 2 Finals Storylines to Follow:

  • Ian Grum looking to make it a double on night 2: University of Georgia commit Ian Grum enters the 400 IM as the top seed and the 200 backstroke as the 3rd seed, though Grum boasts a best time of 1:59.51 from Nationals last week–faster than anybody else in the ‘A’ final. Though he come into the finals of the 400 IM with the fastest time, Grum’s true personal best is 4:23.18 from June and the 2019 Bulldog Grand Slam. If Grum is able to claim gold in both events he will be the first swimmer of the championships to double in a single session.
  • 13-year-old Maggie Wanezek is the top seed in the women’s 200 backstroke with a time of 2:13.96, making her the only 13-year-old to make an ‘A’ final tonight. Wanezek already went her best time this morning by nearly two seconds, dropping down from a 2:15.71 put up at the Bloomington stop of the 2019 Pro Swim Series in May. Wanezek may not have much time left to drop this summer, then again, the United States has a history of young elite female backstrokers shedding copious amounts of time until they become world-class.
  • The race to break 50: All 8 men in the ‘A’ final of the 100 freestyle were under 51-seconds in the prelims this morning, but nobody broke 50. Not only will it likely take a 49 to win, but possibly just to make the podium. Luke Maurer is the top seed with a 50.04.

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Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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