2019 Speedo Junior National Championships: Day 5 Finals Preview

2019 USA SWIMMING SPEEDO JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 5 finals heat sheets.

Day 5 finals of the 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships will feature finals of the women’s and men’s 200 IM, women’s 1500 freestyle, women’s and men’s 50 freestyle, men’s 800 freestyle, and women’s and men’s 400 medley relays.

Day 5 Finals Events:

  • Women’s 200 IM – Finals
  • Men’s 200 IM – Finals
  • Women’s 1500 Freestyle – Finals
  • Women’s 50 Freestyle – Finals
  • Men’s 50 Freestyle – Finals
  • Men’s 800 Freestyle – Finals
  • Women’s 400 Medley Relay – Timed Finals
  • Men’s 400 Medley Relay – Timed Finals

Tonight’s finals are slated to take approximately 2 hours in total to complete, and will mark the end of the 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships.

Day 5 Finals Storylines to Watch:

  • Leah Hayes is in hot pursuit of her first Junior National title following a dominant 200 IM this morning. In prelims, Hayes swam the 2nd-fastest 200 IM ever in the girls 13-14 age group, falling short of Missy Franklin’s National Age Group (NAG) Record, which stands at 2:12.73. In prelims, Hayes clocked a time of 2:14.81 to Franklin’s 2:12.73. If the gap between the two times seems extreme, that’s fair, but keep in mind that Hayes is only 13-years-old and has plenty of time to chip away at Franklin’s mark. What’s also noteworthy about Hayes’ swim is that she was the only swimmer to break 2:16 this morning, and, alongside Franklin, is one of only two to ever break 2:15 in the 13-14 age group.
  • 15-year-old Justina Kozan, who has had an outstanding meet so far, is the 2nd seed in the women’s 200 IM, having notched an Olympic Trials cut this morning, though she is still a full 1.8 seconds behind Hayes. Four swimmers total, two 15-year-olds including Kozan and Zoe Dixon, 13-year-old Hayes, and 17-year-old Felicia Pasadyn all hit Olympic Trials cuts this morning, while Dyanamo’s Tristen Ulett and Tide’s Samantha Tadder, both 17, are knocking on the door of the OT cut as well.
  • Tim Connery took the top seed in the men’s 200 IM by over 2 seconds this morning, becoming the 7th-fastest 15-16 boy in the history of the age group. Connery and Arsenio Bustos were the only swimmers to dip under the Olympic Trials cut this morning and lead the rest of the field by 3.4 and .9 seconds, respectively.
  • Hunter Armstrong was the only boy to break the 23-second barrier in this morning’s prelims of the 50 freestyle in order to qualify for the Olympic Trials, though he will swim alongside Matt King, who was one of only 8 other swimmers to break 51-seconds. Though King’s time from the 100 does not count as he was disqualified for a false start, he seemed to touch 2nd in the prelims between Armstrong and Sam Hoover, who were 50.39 and 50.88, respectively. King led off Bellevue Swim Club’s 9th-place 400 freestyle relay in a 50.47, though he flipped at 50 meters in 23.94. All things considered, King is another to watch out for in the men’s 50 free as he could also challenge the 23-second barrier.
  • Team point winners will be decided tonight. SwimMAC of North Carolina and Metro Atlanta’s Dynamo, alongside the Sierra Marlins have been the heavy-hitters this week, thanks to relays as well as their stand-out individual performers.

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About Reid Carlson

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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