2019 Speedo Winter Junior Championships–East: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2019 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – East

Day Two will features finals of women’s and men’s 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free, as well as timed finals of the women’s and men’s 4×100 medley relays.

Women’s 500 Yard Freestyle – Finals

  • SC Juniors Meet: 4:37.10 12/6/2018 Regan Smith
  • 13-14 NAG record: 4:35.14 Katie Ledecky NCAP 2011
  • 15-16 NAG record: 4:28.71 Katie Ledecky NCAP 2014
  • 17-18 NAG record: 4:26.58 Katie Ledecky NCAP 2015

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Abigail McCulloh, SA – 4:41.53
  2. Kaylee Williams, CW– 4:45.62
  3. Olivia McMurray, SWIM – 4:46.75
  4. Megan Reich, PHX – 4:49.25
  5. Blair Stoneburg, TCA – 4:49.26
  6. Abby Grottle, SA – 4:49.33
  7. Caroline Pennington, BAD – 4:49.89
  8. Morgan Razewski, MAC – 4:50.46

It was a close race among the top three finishers throughout the entire race. Club Wolverine’s Kaylee Williams took it out early setting the pace at the 100 and 200. She maintained a slight lead over Abigail McCulloh of SwimAtlanta through the 300. McCulloh kicked it into gear over the final 200 of the race, going up by a body length at the 400 and winning by 4 seconds at the end. She came home in 28.3/26.9 to notch a 4:41.53 for a PB by 2.3 seconds. Williams held on for second place with 4:45.62. Swim Florida’s Olivia McMurray closed the gap with Williams over the final 100 but finished third in 4:46.75.

Men’s 500 Yard Freestyle – Finals

  • SC Juniors Meet record: 4:14.40 12/7/2017 Jack Levant NTN
  • 13-14 NAG record: 4:24.79 Lleyton Plattel 2014
  • 15-16 NAG record: 4:15.36 Drew Kibler CSC 2016
  • 17-18 NAG record: 4:12.33 Michael Phelps NBAC 2004

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Jake Magahey, SA – 4:12.72
  2. Jake Mitchell, CSC – 4:15.03
  3. Nathan Borges, SVY – 4:22.38
  4. Yugo Tsukikawa, BAD – 4:24.26
  5. Preston Forst, EAC – 4:24.97
  6. Ike Atkinson, MAC – 4:25.11
  7. Jackson Carlile, FAST – 4:25.77
  8. Matt Fallon, SVY – 4:28.85

SwimAtlanta’s Jake Magahey crushed the meet record and came within .39 of Michael Phelps’ National Age Group Record for 17-18 boys, winning the 500 free with 4:12.72. Carmel Swim Club’s Jake Mitchell gave him a great chase through the first half of the race but Magahey pulled away at the 250 and never looked back. He split 23.3/25.3, 25.7/25.8, 25.6/25.8, 25.5/25.5, 25.0/24.8, adding white water behind his feet with every 50 from the halfway point onward. Magahey lowered his own lifetime best by 1.9 seconds.

Mitchell took a chunk out of his previous PB of 4:16.72. He finished 2.3 seconds behind Magahey with 4:15.03, and was several body lengths ahead of third-place finisher Nathan Borges of Somerset Valley Y.

Women’s 200 Yard IM – Finals

  • SC Juniors Meet record: 1:53.69 12/6/2018 Alex Walsh NAC
  • 13-14 NAG record: 1:56.20 Alex Walsh NAC 2015
  • 15-16 NAG record: 1:54.02 Alex Walsh NAC 2017
  • 17-18 NAG record: 1:51.65 Ella Eastin STAN 2016

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Abby Arens, MOR – 1:56.48
  2. Tristen Ulett, DYNA – 1:56.54
  3. Kiley Wilhelm, MAC – 1:56.95
  4. Ella Bathurst, TEAM – 1:58.82
  5. Kathryn Ackerman, MLA – 1:58.91
  6. Brooke Zettel, TAC – 1:59.04
  7. Claire Donan, LAK – 2:00.77
  8. Gigi Johnson, SA – 2:01.38

15-year-old Kiley Wilhelm of SwimMAC Carolina shot off the blocks and took an early lead from lane 1, turning first at the fly-to-back wall in 24.73. Dynamo Swim Club’s Tristen Ulett slipped by her on the backstroke, splitting 28.7 and taking over the lead with 53.87. Abby Arens of Marlins of Raleigh pulled even with the leaders on the breaststroke leg with a split of 33.77. The trio raced home and it was anyone’s game. Arens got her hand to the wall first thanks to a 27.86 freestyle leg, while Ulett held off Wilhelm for second place. Arens won with 1:56.48, her best time by 2.1 seconds. Ulett went 1:56.54, improving by 1.7 seconds. Wilhelm stopped the clock at 1:56.95, her first time under 2:00.

Men’s 200 Yard IM – Finals

  • SC Juniors Meet record: 1:42.54 12/6/2018 Carson Foster RAYS
  • 13-14 NAG record: 1:45.29 Michael Andrew RPC 2014
  • 15-16 NAG record: 1:42.77 Michael Andrew RPC 2015
  • 17-18 NAG record: 1:41.39 David Nolan 2011

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Carson Foster, RAYS – 1:42.43
  2. Tim Connery, MAC – 1:44.05
  3. Wyatt Davis, CSC – 1:44.62
  4. Matthew Jensen, UDAC – 1:46.39
  5. Arsenio Bustos, WAC – 1:46.40
  6. Tyler Christianson, NAAC – 1:46.56
  7. Henry Bethel, CCAC – 1:47.00

Carson Foster of Mason Manta Rays, swimming in lane 5 after having qualified second for the final, left nothing to chance as he blasted off to a quick lead on the butterfly leg. He split 22.25 with only Arsenio Bustos within reach. Foster pulled an entire body length ahead of the field by the back-to-breast wall, splitting 25.25 on the backstroke. Tim Connery of SwimMAC Carolina, whose 1:44.44 was the fastest time out of morning heats, clocked the fastest breaststroke leg by nearly a second with 28.83 but it wasn’t enough to catch Foster who closed with 25.15 to lower his own meet record by .12 with a final time of 1:42.43.

Connery’s 1:44.04 earned him the silver medal and lowered his pre-meet PB by 3.8 seconds.

Wyatt Davis of Carmel Swim Club rounded out the podium with a PB of 1:44.62, thanks in part to a 24.89 freestyle split. Davis had been in second place behind Foster through the backstroke.

North Carolina Aquatic Club’s Sam Hoover was DQd in the final.

Women’s 50 Yard Freestyle – Finals

  • SC Juniors Meet record: 21.49 12/12/2014 Abbigail Weitzeil CANY
  • 13-14 NAG record: 21.89 Claire Curzan TAC 2019
  • 15-16 NAG record: 21.82 Gretchen Walsh NAC 2018
  • 17-18 NAG record: 21.32 Simone Manuel STAN 2015

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Claire Curzan, TAC – 21.77
  2. Lindsay Flynn, ATOM – 22.33
  3. Lexie Mulvihill, TEAM – 22.57
  4. Gabi Albiero, CARD – 22.60
  5. Eboni McCarty, MSA – 22.62
  6. Ella Welch, CARD – 22.73
  7. Micayla Cronk, BD – 22.91
  8. Catherine Stanford, LBA – 23.00

15-year-old Claire Curzan of TAC Titans took down the National Age Group record for 15-16 girls with a blistering 21.77 to win the women’s 50 free by half a body length. It looked like a handful of swimmers turned together at the 25 but Curzan exploded off the wall with impressive underwaters. By the time she surfaced she was already half a body length ahead of everyone else. Following through to the end, she won by .56 over Lyndsay Flynn from Atomic Team of Mecklenburg (22.33). Lexie Mulvihill from Tampa Elite touched 3rd in 22.57, just ahead of Cardinal Aquatics’ Gabi Albiero and Ella Welch.

Eboni McCarty of Madison Swimming Association was DQd.

Men’s 50 Yard Freestyle – Finals

  • SC Juniors Meet record: 18.71 12/10/2016 Ryan Hoffer SAC
  • 13-14 NAG record: 19.76 Michael Andrew RPC 2014
  • 15-16 NAG record: 19.24 Michael Andrew RPC 2015
  • 17-18 NAG record: 18.67 Caeleb Dressel BSS 2015

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Jack Aikins, SA – 19.86
  2. Jake Magahey, SA – 19.95
  3. William Cole, LAK – 20.09
  4. Will Rose, CCS – 20.23
  5. Pete Krusinski, CSI – 20.46
  6. Logan Tirheimer, TBAY – 20.48
  7. Arsenio Bustos, WAC – 20.49

SwimAtlanta’s Jack Aikins edged teammate Jake Magahey for the gold medal in the men’s 50 free, denying the latter a 500/50 double. Aikins went 19.86 for his first time under 20; his previous PB was 20.33 from prelims. Last March he had gone a best time of 20.34. Magahey came in just behind with 19.95. William Cole from Lakeside Swim Team finished third in 20.09.

Jack Alexy of Somerset Hills Y was DQd.

Women’s 4×100 Yard Medley Relay – Timed Finals

  • SC Juniors Meet record: 3:33.93  12/7/2017   Fort Collins Area Swim Team (B Stewart, Z Bartel, C Gillilan, K Alons)

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Dynamo Swim Club A – 3:37.00
  2. SwimMAC Carolina – 3:38.56
  3. TAC Titans – 3:40.88
  4. Club Wolverine – 3:41.32
  5. Cardinal Aquatics – 3:41.51
  6. Aquatic Team of Mecklenburg – 3:41.59
  7. Dynamo Swim Club B – 3:41.65
  8. Carmel Swim Club – 3:42.15

Dynamo won heat 2 of the 400 medley relays with the fastest overall time, 3:37.00. Rye Ulett led off with a 53.61 backstroke leg. She was followed by Alicia Henry who split a 59.96 breaststroke, Tristen Ulett with 53.49 on the fly, and Abby Pilkenton who anchored in 49.94. SwimMAC Carolina gave chase with Kensley Merritt (54.11), Grace Rainey (1:00.82), Kiley Wilhelm (54.09), and Elizabeth Sowards (49.54).

Lakeside Swim Team, the overall top seed swimming in lane 4, was DQd.

Club Wolverine won heat 1 in a narrow victory over Aquatic Team of Mecklenburg, 3:41.32 to 3:41.59. CW had been up by 2.5 seconds headed into the final leg but Lindsay Flynn’s 47.82 anchor almost gave ATOM the win. CW’s quartet consisted of Casey Chung (53.45), Jordyn Libler (1:03.21), Rhianna Hensler (54.62), and Sydney Stricklin (50.04).

Men’s 4×100 Yard Medley Relay – Timed Finals

  • SC Juniors Meet record: 3:11.11 12/6/2018 Mason Manta Rays (C Foster, J Foster, J McDonald, A Chaney)

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Mason Manta Rays – 3:13.47
  2. SwimMAC Carolina – 3:14.21
  3. Carmel Swim Club – 3:14.24
  4. Upper Dublin Aquatic Club – 3:15.67
  5. SwimAtlanta – 3:16.19
  6. Lakeside Swim Team – 3:17.18
  7. Dynamo Swim Club – 3:17.55
  8. Spartans Aquatic Club – 3:18.42

Mason Manta Rays, although still missing Adam Chaney, pulled off a win in the men’s 400 medley relay going 3:13.47. Carson Foster led off in 46.77. Ansel Froass contributed a 54.57 breaststroke, Carl Bloebaum swam 47.26 for the fly, and Ian Van Gorp anchored with 44.87.

SwimMAC Carolina chased the Rays the entire time from out in lane 1. Cam Abaqueta went 49.11 on the back. He was followed by Tim Connery (53.65), Boyd Boelke (47.16), and Hugh Svendsen (44.29) for a total time of 3:14.21.

Carmel Swim Club’s Wyatt Davis (46.17), Ryan Malicki (55.56), Griffin Hadley (48.43), and Jake Mitchell (44.08) combined for 3:14.24 which earned them a heat 1 win and 3rd place overall.

 

                     Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 11                     
 
  1. Dynamo Swim Club                  187   2. SwimMAC Carolina                  166
  3. SwimAtlanta                       133   4. Club Wolverine                    107
  5. Cardinal Aquatics                  91   6. Aquatic Team Of Mecklenburg        77
  7. Lakeside Swim Team                 75   8. Carmel Swim Club                   68
  9. Tac Titans                         65  10. Blue Dolfins                       50
 11. Mason Manta Rays                   48  12. Bolles School Sharks               41
 13. Tampa Elite Aquatics               35  14. Phoenix Swimming                   25
 15. Baylor Swim Club                   24  16. Marlins Of Raleigh                 23
 17. Treasure Coast Aquatics            19  18. Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics        18
 19. Swim Florida                       16  20. Badger Swim Club,Inc.              15
 21. Upper Palmetto YMCA Stingrays      14  22. Long Beach Aquatics                12
 23. Somerset Valley YMCA               10  24. Farmington Family Y Stingrays       9
 25. Fort Wayne Swim Team                8  26. Sarasota Sharks                     7
 26. Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club       7  28. Huntsville Swim Association         6
 28. Gator Swim Club                     6  30. Pack Swim Team of Pittsford         5
 31. Team Greenville                     4  31. Kingfish Swimming                   4
 31. Unattached Csi                      4  34. South Carolina Swim Club            2
 34. Racer X Aquatics                    2  36. Bradford Family YMCA                1

 

                      Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 12                      
 
  1. SwimMAC Carolina                  176   2. Carmel Swim Club                  147
  3. SwimAtlanta                       145   4. Mason Manta Rays                  136
  5. Upper Dublin Aquatic Club         113   6. Lakeside Swim Team                 92
  7. Dynamo Swim Club                   70   8. Aquatic Team Of Mecklenburg        67
  9. Spartan Aquatic Club               54  10. Carpet Capital Aquatics Club       43
 11. Somerset Valley YMCA               33  12. Woodbridge Aquatic Club            26
 13. Marlins Of Raleigh                 20  13. North Carolina Aquatic Club        20
 15. Bolles School Sharks               19  16. Club Wolverine                     18
 17. Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club         16  18. Canton City Schools                15
 18. Badger Swim Club,Inc.              15  20. Enfinity Aquatic Club              14
 20. Cleveland Swim Institute           14  22. Tampa Bay  Aquatics                13
 22. Naval Academy Aquatic Club         13  24. Fishers Area Swimming Tigers       12
 25. Swim Gsa                           11  26. Gator Swim Club                    10
 26. Zionsville Swim Club               10  28. Unattached MACG                     9
 29. Tac Titans                          8  30. Nashville Aquatic Club              6
 31. Ridgefield Aquatic Club             5  32. Trinity Prep Aquatics               4
 32. Dayton Raiders                      4  34. Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics         3
 34. North Penn Aquatic Club             3  34. Vacationland Swim Club              3
 37. Marietta Marlins, Inc               2  37. Pine Crest Swimming                 2
 37. Southwest Y Michigan Swimming       2

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JCO

Jake was just a couple tenths off the Phelps NAG! He should get a couple more chances to break it this season. My guess is he’ll go for it again at the Georgia HS State meet in February.

Troy

Georgia gets Luca AND Jake next year, two all arounders that will have a huge impact. go dawgs

SwimmerTX

Was Alexy DQ’ed for the towel on his block or am I missing something? Watched the USA swimming video in slow motion, doesn’t appear he false-started or went past 15m at the angle I was viewing from.

swimmer

No video evidence of jack’s false start. video evidence cannot dispute a DQ for whatever reason.

vandy

what did alexy go?

SwimmerTX

19.95, would have tied for 2nd with Magahey

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON

that David Nolan IM, becoming a legendary NAG.

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