2019 Speedo Junior National Championships: Day 5 Prelims Preview


Day 5 prelims heat sheets.

The fifth and final day of the 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships begins today at the Stanford Avery Aquatic Center. Today’s prelims session will feature only the the women’s and men’s 200 IM and the women’s and men’s 50 freestyle. Timed finals of the men’s 800 freestyle and women’s 1500 freestyle will begin at 2:15 pm, though the fastest seeded heats from each event will swim with evening finals.

Day 5 Prelims Events:

  • Women’s 200 IM – Prelims
  • Men’s 200 IM – Prelims
  • Women’s 50 Freestyle – Prelims
  • Men’s 50 Freestyle – Prelims

Today’s morning session will consist of 54 heats and is scheduled to take 1 hour and 49 minutes.

Day 5 Prelims Storylines to Watch:

  • Ian Grum will race the 200 IM, where his seed time stands at 2:07.28. Grum has had a very successful week so far, winning the 400 IM and 200 backstroke on the same night, lowering the meet record in the latter, as well as placing 3rd in the 100 back, first as part of Dynamo’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay, and 2nd as part of Dynamo’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay. Grum is only seeded 26th in the 200 IM this morning but given what he’s accomplished so far should be a lock for the ‘A’ final tonight.
  • Justina Kozan has won both the 200 fly and the 200 freestyle this week, and will take on the 200 IM this morning, where she is the top seed by over a second. Kozan will face 200 back champion and 400 IM runner-up Felicia Pasadyn, as well as 400 IM champion Samantha Tadder, so it should be a good race.
  • One final Ulett showdown (almost): Sisters Tristen Ulett and Rye Ulett have together brought in a lot of points (and medals) for Dynamo, and have done so by swimming nearly identical event lineups. Though Tristen has gotten the better of Rye in every race except the 100 backstroke, their seed times are close enough in the 200 IM to keep us guessing as to which sister will post a faster time by the end of the day. As long as they both qualify top-24, we should be able to see them swim this race twice today.
  • 100 freestyle champion Miranda Heckman will be back in the pool racing the 50 freestyle, which she qualified for with only a bonus time. Heckman has shown great range in her freestyle this week with her win in the 100, and 2nd place finishes in the 200 and 400. It will be interesting to see how her raw speed compares to her middle-distance prowess.
  • ATOM’s Garrett Boone has dropped the 200 IM and will focus exclusively on the 50 freestyle, where he is the 4th seed (though the first seed is a yards time, making Boone the 3rd-fastest overall going into prelims). Boone’s highest finish this week came in the 100 free where he placed 14th in a 51.35, though was 51.11 in prelims. Boone has already improved in the 50 freestyle quite a bit this season, and his sprint free seems sharp this week. His best time come from the 2019 Charlotte Ultra in June, where he dropped .76 in the 50 free, setting the mark at 23.24.

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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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