2019 Speedo Junior National Championships: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


Day 3 prelims of the 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships will feature only two events: the 400 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.

The women’s 400 freestyle is headlined by Kaitlynn Sims, Ellie Marquardt, Miranda Heckman, and Hana Shimizu-Bowers.

The men’s 400 freestyle will include 400 IM/200 backstroke champion Ian Grum, 100 freestyle runner-up Luke Maurer, and 400 IM runner-up Jack VanDeusen.

Lillie Nordmann, Lucy Bell, Tristen Ulett, and Rachel Klinker will race in the women’s 100 butterfly, while Ethan Hu, Tim Connery, and Aiden Hayes are a few noteworthy names in the men’s 100 fly.


  • World Record: Katie Ledecky (United States), 2016, 3:56.46
  • World Junior Record: Katie Ledecky (United States), 2014, 3:58.37
  • Meet Record: G Ryan, 2012, 4:07.26
  • U.S. Open Record: Katie Ledecky (United States), 2018, 3:57.94
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 4:16.89

Summer Eaker from lane 1 got to the wall first in heat 2, touching in 4:21.16, just ahead of Kathryn Shanley and Anna Hein, who hit the wall in nearly simultaneous times of 4:21.62 and 4:21.64, respectively.

Aurora Roghair held off a hard-charging Kaylee Williams to win the the 4th heat of the women’s 400 freestyle, posting a time of 4:20.46 to Williams’ 4:20.91.

Miranda Heckman won the 5th heat of the women’s 400 freestyle in 4:17.14, barely getting to the wall in front of Jillian Cox and Hana Shimizu-Bowers, who touched in 4:17.22 and 4:17.70, respectively.

ATOM’s Ellie Marquardt took the early lead in the 6th and final heat. By 200 meters, Marquardt was at 2:05.59, a full 1.45 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor, Paige McCormick. Marquardt extended her lead over McCormack to 2.3 seconds at the 250-meter turn. Marquardt was more than a body length ahead of the rest of the field at 350 meters, but Kaitlynn Sims was making up ground. Marquardt got to the wall first in 4:17.39, the 3rd-fastest time of the morning.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Miranda Heckman, 4:17.14
  2. Jillian Cox, 4:17.22
  3. Ellie Marquardt, 4:17.39
  4. Hana Shimizu-Bowers, 4:17.70
  5. Yulia Groysman, 4:18.62
  6. Kaitlynn Sims, 4:19.06
  7. Lauryn Johnson, 4:19.59
  8. Bella Antoniuk, 4:19.87


  • World Record: Paul Biedermann (Germany), 2009, 3:40.07
  • World Junior Record: Mack Horton (Australia), 2014, 3:44.60
  • Meet Record: Alexander Zettle, 2017, 3:51.44
  • U.S. Open Record: Larsen Jensen (United States), 2008, 3:43.53
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 3:57.29

Dylan Moffatt recorded the first sub-4:00 swim of the day with his heat 3 victory, clocking a 3:58.09 to win the heat by over two seconds. Moffatt was out fast, flipping in 1:57.07 at 200 meters, and managed to hang on for the victory.

Charlie Clark dominated heat 4, but due to touchpad malfunctions at the turn, not all splits were immediately available. At 300 meters, Clark was a 2:58.37, and by 350 had a two body length lead over the rest of the field. Clark finished with a total time of 3:59.23 to make him only the 2nd swimmer of the day to break 4:00.

Jake Newmark was out in a very smooth 57.18 in the first 100 of heat 5. Ben Forbes of Clovis passed Newmark at the 200-meter turn, flipping in a 1:58.26. Forbes had extended the lead to .68 over Newmark at 250 meters, and over 1.5 seconds by the 300. Forbes was leading by a body over 2 seconds at 350. Forbes finished the race in a 3:58.48, the 2nd-fastest time of the morning so far. Jack Meehan was 2nd in the heat in 3:59.88.

Chris Mykkanen won heat 5 with a new fastest-time-of-the-day in 3:57.47. Colby Mefford finished 2nd in 3:58.94, and Jackson Carlile 3rd in 3:59.46.

Brendan Driscoll was 1:56.87 at the 200-meter turn with a sizable lead established in heat 6. Luke Maurer ate up most of Driscoll’s lead over the next 100 meters, and by 350 was in the lead. Maurer poured it on in the final 50 meters to win the heat in 3:58.47, while Driscoll finished 2nd in 3:59.12.

Will Hoogenboom led for the first 300 meters of heat 8, but was closely pursued by Connor Hunt and Ian Grum. Hunt passed the rest of the field over the final 50 meters to narrowly get the touch ahead of Grum, hitting the wall in 3:59.75 and 3:59.87, respectively. Vlad Elizarov finished 3rd in 4:00.84, while Hoogenboom faded to 7th in 4:01.73.

James Plage was 2:56.07 at the 300-meter turn in heat 9, setting up to get the Olympic Trials cut. At the final wall, Plage was 3:55.77, the fastest time of the morning and well under the Trials cut. Cole Kuster finished 2nd in 3:58.40, and Jacob Rosner 3rd in 3:59.27.

Jack Walker took the 10th heat in 3:56.01, just holding off a charging Jacob McDonald who touched 1st in 3:56.85. The only other swimmer under 4:00 in heat 10 was Dominic Margarino, who finished in 3:59.48.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. James Plage, 3:55.77
  2. Jack Walker, 3:56.01
  3. Jacob McDonald, 3:56.85
  4. Christopher Mykkanen, 3:57.47
  5. Dylan Moffatt, 3:58.09
  6. Cole Kuster, 3:58.40
  7. Luke Maurer, 3:58.47
  8. Ben Forbes, 3:58.48


  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden), 2016, 55.48
  • World Junior Record: Penny Oleksiak (Canada), 2016, 56.46
  • Meet Record: Dakota Luther, 2017, 58.59
  • U.S. Open Record: Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden), 2016, 56.38
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 1:00.69

Tristen Ulett was out first in the 11th heat of the women’s 100 butterfly and held on to win the heat in 1:00.76, making her the first swimmer of the day under 1:01.

Megan Pulley had the lead at 50 meters with a 28.41, but was nearly chased down by Rachel Klinker in the final meters. Pulley managed to get her hands on the wall first, touchin in 1:00.83 to Klinker’s 1:00.88.

Emma Wheal was out fastest in 28.08 in heat 13 out of lane 0, but was overcome by Lucy Bell from lane 5 who finished in 1:00.44 for the fastest time of the morning. Reilly Tiltman finished 2nd in 1:01.35 and Renee Gillilan 3rd in 1:01.44.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Lucy Bell, 1:00.44
  2. Tristen Ulett, 1:00.76
  3. Megan Pulley, 1:00.83
  4. Rachel Klinker, 1:00.88
  5. Kailyn Winter, 1:01.06
  6. Megan Glass, 1:01.12
  7. Sarah Snyder, 1:01.14
  8. Mackenzie McConagha, 1:01.19


  • World Record: Caeleb Dressel (United States), 2019, 49.50
  • World Junior Record: Kristof Milak (Hungary), 2017, 50.62
  • Meet Record: Andrei Minakov, 2018, 51.88
  • U.S. Open Record: Michael Phelps (United States), 2009, 50.22
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 54.19

William Cole was out fast in a 25.82 to take the early lead in heat 8, and though the field made up the ground he had put between them and himself, Cole still managed to touch the wall first in 55.73.

Jace Crawford won heat 9 in 55.56, just ahead of Hunter Ingram who finished 2nd in 55.80.

Alan Li posted the fastest time of the morning with a 55.03 in heat 10, but just fell shy of being the first swimmer of the session to break 55.

Jonah Harm was out fast in 25.12 in heat 11, but was run down by Aaron Sequeira, who got to the wall in 55.09 to Harm’s 55.13, making them the 2nd and 3rd fastest times of the morning through heat 11.

Tim Connery was the first man under 55 in the 100 fly today with his heat 12 victory in 54.54. Matthew Jensen, who had the lead at 50 meters, finished in 54.61, and Arsenio Bustos 3rd in 54.66.

Michael Linnihan took the win in heat 13 with a 54.39, the new fastest time of the day with only one heat left. Aiden Hayes finished 2nd in 54.44 and Boyd Poelke 3rd in 54.79.

Ethan Hu won heat 14 in 54.13, the fastest time of the morning. Rush Clark finished 2nd in the heat in 54.51 and Dalton Lowe 3rd in 54.55.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Ethan Hu, 54.13
  2. Michael Linnihan, 54.39
  3. Aiden Hayes, 54.44
  4. Rush Clark, 54.51
  5. Tim Connery, 54.54
  6. Dalton Lowe, 54.55
  7. Matthew Jensen, 54.61
  8. Arsenio Bustos, 54.66

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3 years ago

Hoogenboom is the new GOAT swimming name

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

We also call him Hoogie, just like PVDH. xD

Lane 8
3 years ago

“Heat Four. Correction, Heat Five.”

3 years ago

This meet is already turning into a 2 team battle between Dynamo and SwimMac.

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