2019 Speedo Junior National Championships: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap


Day 2 prelims heat sheets.

This morning’s session will feature preliminary heats of the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, and 400 IM. The top 24 finishers from the heats will advance to the finals tonight, which will include three heats: a bonus final or ‘C’ final, a consolation or ‘B’ final, and a championship or ‘A’ final. Points will be awarded to places 1-16.

Summer Smith will take on a tough double with the 200 backstroke, where she is now seeded 2nd following Natalie Mannion‘s scratch, and the 400 IM, where she is now the first seed following scratches from Claire Tuggle and Isabel Gormley. Though several big names have scratched, Smith will face 13-year-old Leah Hayes in the women’s 400 IM.

University of Georgia commit Ian Grum is the top seed and only swimmer listed sub-2:01 in the men’s 200 backstroke.

The women’s 100 freestyle will feature Tristen Ulett and possibly Lillie Nordmann, though Nordmann did not swim yesterday despite not officially scratching prelims either. The men’s 100 free includes 100 breaststroke champion Liam Bell, fast-rising Garrett Boone, and a trio of boys looking to crack the 50-second barrier.


  • World Record: Regan Smith (United States), 2019, 2:03.35
  • World Junior Record: Regan Smith (United States), 2019, 2:03.35
  • U.S. Open Record: Missy Franklin, 2:05.68 (United States), 2013
  • Meet Record: Kylie Stewart, 2013, 2:09.04
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 2:14.69

Annabel Crush was out in commanding fashion in the 9th heat of the women’s 200 backstroke; Crush flipped at 100 in 1:05.27, but was overtaken slightly by Skylar Dikeman on the 3rd 50. Dikeman looked faded down the final 50, and it looked like Crush was going to hit the wall first first, but was out-touched by Lillie Nordmann from lane 6, who hit the wall in 2:15.84 to Crush’s 2:16.74.

ATOM’s Katie Rauch had a great swim from lane 1 in heat 10, touching the wall in 2:14.67 to take the top time of the morning through the first 10 heats. Rosie Murphy started to gain on Rauch in the final 50, but Rauch’s turnover rate proved too much to overcome. Murphy touched 2nd in the heat in 2:15.30.

Kennedy Noble got to the wall first in heat 11, just out-touching Cora Dupre 2:14.42 to 2:14.58.

Felicia Pasadyn took the win in heat 12 of 13, registering a 2:14.88 to just out-touch Club Wolverine’s Sophia Tuinman, who hit the wall 2nd in 2:15.03.

Zoe Dixon had the early lead in 31.18 in heat 13, but by 100 meters it was between Noelle Kaufmann and Crisera, who flipped in 1:04.87 and 1:04.90. Down the 3rd 50 Alexandra Crisera distanced herself. The final lap, however, saw Maggie Wanezek from lane 7 hit the wall first in 2:13.96, the fastest time of the morning. Paige McCormick finished 2nd in the heat in 2:14.86, and Crisera 3rd in 2:14.94.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Maggie Wanezek, 2:13.96
  2. Kennedy Noble, 2:14.42
  3. Cara Dupre, 2:14.58
  4. Katie Rauch, 2:14.67
  5. Paige McCormick, 2:14.86
  6. Felicia Pasadyn, 2:14.94
  7. Sophia Tuinman, 2:15.03


  • World Record: Aaron Peirsol (United States), 1:51.92, 2009
  • World Junior Record: Kliment Kolesnikov (Russia), 2017, 1:5514
  • U.S. Open Record: Aaron Peirsol (United States), 1:53.08, 2009
  • Meet Record: Alex Katz, 2013, 1:58.83
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 2:02.99

Christopher O’Connor and Hunter Armstrong, teammates from Canton City Schools, left the field in the dust in heat 3 of the men’s 200 backstroke, touching in 2:03.48 and 2:03.60, respectively, 5 seconds ahead of the next closest swimmer in the heat.

Matt Menke was out in 59.05 at the 100 in heat 6, and extended his lead down the third 50. Andrew Simmons started to catch Menke slightly as Menke rode close up against the lane line down final stretch. Menke hit the wall first in 2:04.04 to Simmons’ 2:05.03. Through heat 6, Menke’s time stands as the 3rd-fastest.

Ronald Dalmacio had the lead in heat 11 at 100 meters, flipping in 1:00.06. By 150, Dalmacio was still the leader at 1:31.92. The final 50 was harder for Dalmacio to hold off the field, and Nitro’s Greyson Alarcon charged to the wall just .18 in front of Dalmacio, who touched for an equal 2nd with SwimMAC’s Hugh Svendsen in 2:04.94.

Jake Marcum had the fastest 150-meter split of the morning in heat 12, flipping in 1:30.30. Marcum held on and put multiple body lengths between himself and the field down the final 50 to touch in 2:00.78, finally overtaking the times posted by O’Connor and Armstrong in heat 3. Aaron Sequeira touched 2nd in the heat in the 2nd-fastest time of the morning to that point with a 2:02.59. Marcum’s time ranks 46th all-time for the boy’s 17-18 200 backstroke.

Ian Grum took the win in heat 13 posting a 2:02.66, ahead of heat runner-up Elliott Jones who touched in 2:03.32 and Colby Mefford who was 3rd in 2:03.43.

Results remain unofficial pending the outcome of a re-swim that will take place after the 100 freestyle.

Gabe Machado re-swam the 200 backstroke following the 11th heat of the men’s 100 freestyle. Machado posted a 2:05.11 to tie for 25th, or the first-alternate position, with Matthew Driscoll. If only one person were to scratch, Machado and Driscoll would have to swim-off for the 24th position in finals.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Jake Marcum, 2:00.78
  2. Aaron Sequeira, 2:02.59
  3. Ian Grum, 2:02.66
  4. Elliott Jones, 2:03.32
  5. Colby Mefford, 2:04.43
  6. Cristopher O’Connor, 2:03.48
  7. Hunter Armstrong, 2:03.60
  8. Nathan Hayes, 2:03.76


  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden), 2017, 51.71
  • World Junior Record: Penny Oleksiak (Canada), 2016, 52.70
  • U.S. Open Record: Simone Manuel (USA), 2018, 52.54
  • Meet Record: Missy Franklin, 2009, 54.03
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 56.29

Mandy Brenner surged to the top of the rankings through heat 10 with her 56.11 to also pick up an Olympic Trials qualifying time. Riley Francis was 2nd in the heat in 56.57 and Ellie Marquardt of ATOM 3rd in the heat in 57.11.

Heat 11 was won by Chloe Stepanek in 56.49, just ahead of Gracie Felner who touched in 56.67 and Emma Wheal in 56.87.

Miranda Heckman and Tristen Ulett put up the 2nd and 3rd-fastest times of the morning, respectively, prior the final heat, with 56.14 and 57.27, respectively. For Heckman and Ulett those swims come as Olympic Trials cut.

Heat 13 was won by Ameliea Liu in 55.92, an Olympic Trials cut and the only time under 56 seconds. Quinn Schaedler was 2nd in the heat in 56.55 and Zoe Skirboll 3rd in 56.87.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Amerlia Liu, 55.92
  2. Mandy Brenner, 56.11
  3. Miranda Heckman, 56.14
  4. Tristen Ulett, 56.27
  5. Chloe Stepanek, 56.49
  6. Quinn Schaedler, 56.55
  7. Riley Francis, 56.57
  8. Ella Bathurst, 56.66


  • World Record: Cesar Cielo (Brazil), 2009, 46.91
  • World Junior Record: Kyle Chalmers, 2016, 47.58
  • U.S. Open Record: Ryan Held, 2019, 47.39
  • Meet Record: Vladimir Morozov/Andrei Minakov, 2010/2018, 49.06
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 50.49

16-year-old Tim Connery won heat 8 in the first sub-51 swim of the morning, posting a 50.72.

Luke Maurer nearly broke 50 in heat 9, posting a 50.04 to easily win the heat, hitting the wall ahead of Matthew Jensen who touched in 50.74.

16-year-old Arsenio Bustos flipped in 24.09 in heat 10 of the men’s 100 free, but despite the fast start was run down and placed 5th in the heat overall. Jack Walker touched 1st in 50.67, Brooks Curry 2nd in 50.75, and Finn O’Haimhirgin 3rd in 50.86.

Top seed Matt King was out in 23.96 at 50 meters in heat 11, but was beaten to the wall by Hunter Armstrong who touched in 50.39. Sam Hoover ended up placing 2nd in the heat in 50.88, while King was disqualified for a false start.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Luke Maurer, 50.04
  2. Hunter Armstrong, 50.39
  3. Jack Walker, 50.67
  4. Tim Connery, 50.72
  5. Matthew Jensen, 50.74
  6. Brooks Curry, 50.75
  7. Finn O’Haimhirgin, 50.86
  8. Sam Hoover, 50.88


  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu (Hungary), 4:26.36, 2016
  • World Junior Record: Rosie Rudin (Great Britain), 2015, 4:39.01
  • U.S. Open Record: Katinka Hosszu (Hungary), 4:31.07, 2015
  • Meet Record: Ella Eastin, 2013, 4:38.97
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 4:51.79

Sam Baron was out .41 under World Junior Record pace at the 50-meter turn, and was still .07 under WJR pace at 100 meters as she transitioned into backstroke. Annika McEnroe took the lead at 150 meters, now over 3 seconds above WJR pace. McEnroe held the lead at the 200 meter turn, flipping over a second ahead of her nearest competitor. By 250 McEnroe’s lead was up to two body lengths, which she extended further over the next 50 into the 300-meter turn. McEnroe finished the race in a 4:51.76, .03 under the Olympic Trials cut. Hana Shimizu-Bowers was 2nd in 4:53.29.

Rachel Klinker was a full .69 under WJR pace at the 100-meter turn, splitting a 1:04.20. Going into the 150 she built up a .90 lead over the nearest competitor; 250 meters looked a lot different with Zoe Dixon getting the lead on breaststroke. Over the 2nd 50 of breaststroke, Dixon pulled ahead by two body lengths. Leah Hayes produced a strong 100 breaststroke split to move herself into third in the heat by the 300-meter turn. Dixon was in full command of the race as they came down the final stretch, ultimately touching in 4:49.80. Kate McCarville finished 2nd in the heat in 4:51.64, and Paige McCormick 3rd in 4:51.80.

Felicia Pasadyn was in full control of heat 5 of the women’s 400 IM for the first 200 meters, but was overtaken on the breaststroke and passed by Samantha Tadder, Colby Hurt, and Summer Smith. Tadder and Hurt distanced themselves from Pasadayn on the freestyle, but Smith and Pasadyn remained close. Tadder got to the wall first in 4:48.52, and Hurt in 4:48.70. Pasadyn hung on for 3rd in 4:52.24.

Top 8 Qualifiers (Unofficial pending results of ‘B’ flight):

  1. Samantha Tadder, 4:48.52
  2. Colby Hurt, 4:48.70
  3. Zoe Dixon, 4:49.80
  4. Kate McCarville, 4:51.64
  5. Annika McEnroe, 4:51.76
  6. Paige McCormick, 4:51.80
  7. Felicia Pasadyn, 4:52.24
  8. Summer Smith, 4:53.07


  • World Record: Michael Phelps (United States), 4:03.84, 2008
  • World Junior Record: Carson Foster (United States), 2019, 4:13.39
  • U.S. Open Record: Michael Phelps (United States), 4:05.25, 2008
  • Meet Record: Gunnar Bentz, 2013, 4:14.51
  • Olympics Trials Cut: 4:25.99

NOVA of Virginia’s Hunter Locher, who entered the meet with a yards time of 3:52.59 won the first heat of the men’s 400 IM preliminaries in 4:29.14.

Lucas Piunti had built up a two body length lead at 200 meters in heat 2, and extended his lead through the first 50 of the breaststroke. Kevin Keil was within a body length by the 300-meter turn, and Piunti only had a .36 lead at the 350-meter turn. Piunti held on to win in 4:28.17 just ahead of Keil who touched in 4:28.41.

Gus Rothrock had the lead at 100 meters in 58.33, and held on for the first 50 of backstroke, but Canall Monahan was only .06 behind after the first 50 of backstroke. At 200 meters, Monahan was in the lead with a 2:07.55. Monahan had about a half body length lead over Rothrock at 250 meters, and had extended it to a full body length by 300. Rothrock reasserted himself over the final 50 meters to win the heat in 4:28.26. Ryan Hogan touched 3rd in 4:28.94, while Monahan was 4th in 4:31.41.

Heat 4 was a battle between Jack Vandeusen and Will Goodwin, though Vandeusen, who had the early lead at 100 meters, won out with a surge on the final 50 of freestyle to touch the wall first in 4:26.10 to Goodwin’s 4:26.86.

Ian Grum was out fast in heat 5 in a 58.97, a lead which he extended through the backstroke, his specialty. Grum turned at 200 meters in 2:05.26, over 4 seconds ahead of his closest competitor in the heat. Grum conceded over a second of his massive lead to Dominic Flacon after just 50 meters of breaststroke, but still had a body length lead at the 300-meter turn, hitting in 3:23.89. David Johnston from lane 8 moved up to challenge and pass Falcon on the freestyle, and then in the final 25 meters nearly ran down Grum, touching just .04 behind the future Georgia Bulldog. Grum’s final time was 4:25.52 to Johnston’s 4:25.56. Both Grum and Johnston were under the Olympic Trials cut. Falcon finished 2nd in the heat in 4:27.16.

Top 8 Qualifiers (Unofficial pending results of ‘B’ flight):

  1. Ian Grum, 4:25.52
  2. David Johnston, 4:25.56
  3. Jack Vandeusen, 4:26.10
  4. Will Goodwin, 4:26.86
  5. Dominic Falcon, 4:27.16
  6. Hunter Kim, 4:27.69
  7. Lucas Piunti, 4:28.17
  8. Gus Rothrock, 4:28.26

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Bobo Gigi
3 years ago

Rafael Gu born in 2004 swam 51.19 in the men’s 100 free prelims. I’ve checked if he was still 14 but no, he turned 15 a few months ago. The 13/14 NAG record is still held by Michael Andrew in 51.30.
14-year-old Caeleb Dressel swam 52.53 at these junior nationals in August 2011 in that same pool. The same week he broke the 50 free 13/14 NAG record in 23.50.

Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 years ago

He’s from China though

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 years ago

Bobo, what’s the explanation for why France did very poorly on the last few years?

Bobo Gigi
3 years ago

Many members of the roster for world juniors have scratched. Looks like they have read me. 🙂 Smart. But I see that Lillie Nordmann swam the 200 back prelims. Sorry but I don’t get it. Rest for Budapest!

I think we have a new special talent for the US women’s backstroke which was really in serious need of new talents. 😆 Maggie Wanezek is 13. Can’t wait to see what she has in store this week.

3 years ago

Let’s GO Luke!!!!

3 years ago

Ulett had a 56.27 to get the Olympic trials cut

3 years ago

What happened

Speedy PG
Reply to  swimmerTX
3 years ago

Wow I feel really bad for him. That sucks!

3 years ago

All of the events say Final next to them… this is prelims

Jelly Not-so-Wise-Broad
Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

So very confusing, isn’t it?

CT Swim Fan
3 years ago

I can only access the webcast thru swim swam. Can someone explain how to find it by going to usaswimming.org. I can not figure out how to find it once I am there.

Reply to  CT Swim Fan
3 years ago

It’s front and center on the main page (usaswimming.org), just wait for the ad to finish playing.

CT Swim Fan
Reply to  Caleb
3 years ago

Thanks, I was clicking a previous visit to the site which was not the home page.

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