2019 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – EAST
- December 11th-14th, 2019
- Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center, Atlanta, Georgia
- SCY (25y) Course
- Pre-scratch Timeline
- Psych Sheets
- Real-time Results
Girls 500 Free
- 13/14 NAG record: 4:35.14, Katie Ledecky (2011)
- 15/16 NAG record: 4:28.71, Katie Ledecky (2013)
- 17/18 NAG record: 4:26.58, Katie Ledecky (2015)
SwimAtlanta’s Abigail McCulloh cut about two seconds in the morning’s first event, going 4:43.80 to lead the 500 free heats easily. The 16-year-old had previously only been 4:45.8, set at this meet last year. That swim will check in at 67th all-time for the 15-16 age group.
15-year-old Blair Stoneburg of Treasure Coast is second at 4:46.96. Six of the top eight come from the 15-16 age group, with just two 17-18s making the cut.
Boys 500 Free
- 13/14 NAG record: 4:24.79, Lleyton Plattel (2017)
- 15/16 NAG record: 4:15.36, Drew Kibler (2016)
- 17/18 NAG record: 4:12.33, Michael Phelps (2004)
SwimAtlanta’s Jake Magahey made it two in a row for his club, going 4:18.97 to lead heats in the 500. Magahey is the heavy favorite here tonight, and with a personal best, could challenge the 4:14.4 meet record from 2017. Magahey is also 11th in 17-18 age group history, and could crack the top 10 tonight.
Carmel Swim Club’s Jake Mitchell is the second qualifier at 4:20.96. Watch for a big swim from Mitchell, who had a breakout summer in long course meters.
Girls 200 IM
- 13/14 NAG record: 1:56.20, Alex Walsh (2015)
- 15/16 NAG record: 1:54.02, Alex Walsh (2017)
- 17/18 NAG record: 1:51.65, Ella Eastin (2016)
Tristen Ulett of Dynamo qualified first in the 200 IM – that makes three in a row for the state of Georgia so far. Ulett was 1:58.20, shaving a few tenths off her lifetime-best. She’s just outside the top 100 all-time for the 17-18 age group, as is 17-year-old Abby Arens, the breaststroke star who qualified second in 1:58.53.
16-year-old Ella Bathurst out of Florida’s Tampa Elite went 1:59.55 – that’ll check into the top 100 all-time for the 15-16s.
Boys 200 IM
- 13/14 NAG record: 1:45.29, Michael Andrew (2014)
- 15/16 NAG record: 1:42.77, Michael Andrew (2015)
- 17/18 NAG record: 1:41.39, David Nolan (2011)
Arguably the swim of the morning was a massive drop from SwimMAC’s Tim Connery to go 1:44.44 in the 200 IM. That’s a drop of almost three and a half seconds from Connery’s previous best, and moves him to #29 all-time in the 17-18 age group. Connery is just 17 and still has more than a year left in that age bracket. He’s a current high school junior, a top 20 recruit in his class, and a future Michigan Wolverine.
He leads Mason Manta Rays standout Carson Foster, who was a relaxed 1:44.72 this morning. Foster has been 1:42 and is the meet record-holder from last year. He’s currently #4 in age group history, and could move to #2 with a 1:42.1 or better tonight.
Further back, 16-year-old Arsenio Bustos had a big swim, dropping almost three seconds to go 1:45.57 and move into the top 10 all-time in the 15-16 age group.
Girls 50 Free
- 13/14 NAG record: 21.89, Claire Curzan (2019)
- 15/16 NAG record: 21.82, Gretchen Walsh (2018)
- 17/18 NAG record: 21.32, Simone Manuel (2015)
Claire Curzan is the one to watch tonight. She was 22.26 and qualified first by almost half a second, and the 15-year-old was still four tenths off her lifetime-best. Curzan could challenge a 15-16 National Age Group (NAG) record tonight with even a moderate drop from her best, which still stands as the 13-14 NAG.
Lindsay Flynn (22.61) and Gabi Albiero (22.68) are the next two qualifiers, two of three 17-year-olds into the final.
Boys 50 Free
- 13/14 NAG record: 19.76, Michael Andrew (2014)
- 15/16 NAG record: 19.24, Michael Andrew (2015)
- 17/18 NAG record: 18.67, Caeleb Dressel (2015)
Magahey came off that 500 free for an impressive sub-20 in the 50 free. That’s really impressive range for the 18-year-old, who had only previously been 20.3 on two separate occasions. He went 19.96 this morning coming off a 500 free. Magahey can now join a pretty exclusive club of swimmers who can go sub-20 in the 50 and sub-15:00 in the mile as a high schooler. Our research indicates that since at least 2012, he’s the only 18 & under who has done so.
Somerset Hills Y 16-year-old Jack Alexy is second in 20.22, with Canton City’s Will Rose (20.28) behind that. Both are looking for their first swims ever under 20 seconds tonight. Alexy is currently #23 in all-time ranks for the 15-16s. A 19 tonight would move him to #18.