2019 Speedo Winter Junior Championships–West: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

2019 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West

Women’s 4×50 Yard Medley Relay – Timed Finals

  • Juniors West record: 1:37.65 12/6/2017 Fort Collins Area Swim Team (B Stewart, Z Bartel, C Gillilan, K Alons)
  • SC Juniors record: 1:37.65 12/6/2017 Fort Collins Area Swim Team (B Stewart, Z Bartel, C Gillilan, K Alons)
  • 13/14 NAG record: 1:41.87 Tac Titans (Abigail Clark, Keelan Cotter, Claire Curzan, Taylor Morris) 2019
  • 15/16 NAG record: 1:39.21 (Virginia Gators Emma Muzzy, Caroline Kulp, Olivia Btay, Whitney Hamilton) 2017
  • 17/18 NAG record: 1:39.40 SwimMAC (Kathleen Baker, Caitlin Casazza, Elsa Welshofer, Lauren Rhodes) 2014
  • 15/18 NAG record: 1:37.04 Nashville Aq. Club (Alex Walsh, Ella Nelson, Jordan Hurt, Gretchen Walsh) 2019

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Scottsdale Aquatic Club – 1:40.03
  2. University of Denver Hilltoppers – 1:40.11
  3. Crow Canyon Country Club – 1:41.28
  4. Bellevue Club Swim Team – 1:41.41
  5. Irvine Novaquatics – 1:41.52
  6. Tualatin Hills Swim Club – 1:42.18
  7. Orinda Aquatics – 1:42.37
  8. Elevation Athletics – 1:42.67

Scottsdale Aquatic Club won the 200 medley relay but just holding off a fast-charging University of Denver Hilltoppers in heat 2, 1:40.03 to 1:40.11. Greer Pattison (24.69), Sadie Edwards (28.29), Morgan Brophy (24.46), and Ashley Strouse (22.59) combined for the win. The Hilltoppers started with a 25.40 from Sydney Silver and followed with splits of 27.75 for Emma Weber, 24.70 for Holley Dennis, and 22.26 for Anna Shaw. Shaw split the fastest anchor in the field.

Crow Canyon finished third in that heat and third overall, just edging Bellevue Club Swim Team 1:41.28 to 1:41.41.

Men’s 4×50 Yard Medley Relay – Timed Finals

  • Juniors West record: 1:27 11 12/7/2016 Scottsdale Aquatic Club (R Hoffer, S Gage, R Van Deusen, J Blake)
  • SC Juniors record: 1:26.52 12/5/2018 Mason Manta Rays (C Foster, J Foster, J McDonald, A Chaney)
  • 13/14 NAG record: 1:35.58 Dynamo Swim Club (Kamal Muhammad, Nathan Jin, Philip Kuznetsov, Charles Lu) 2018
  • 15/16 NAG record: 1:28.85 Mason Manta Rays (Carson Foster, Ian Van Gorp, Jacob McDonald, Adam Chaney) 2018
  • 17/18 NAG record: 1:26.47 NCAP Nation’s Capital (James Jones, Andrew Seliskar, Grant Goddard, John Shebat) 2015
  • 15/18 NAG record: 1:26.47 NCAP Nation’s Capital (James Jones, Andrew Seliskar, Grant Goddard, John Shebat) 2015

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Rose Bowl Aquatics – 1:29.21
  2. Peak Swimming – 1:29.35
  3. Bellevue Club Swim Team – 1:29.65
  4. Sierra Marlins – 1:29.86
  5. Aquawolves Swim Team – 1:30.51
  6. Rancho San Dieguito – 1:30.53
  7. Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club – 1:31.06
  8. Fort Collins Area Swim Team – 1:31.05

Rose Bowl put up the fastest time in the boys’ race, going 1:29.21 to touch out Peak Swimming by .14. Ronald Dalmacio led off in 22.52, Keane Alejandro went 25.63 on the breast, Danny Syrkin split 21.21 on the fly, and Rafael Gu brought it home in 19.85. Peak led through the first three legs but Gu’s anchor gave Rose Bowl the win.

Peak had a 22.49 leadoff from Andy Huang. He was followed by Jassen Yep (25.46), Ethan Hu (20.97), and Dylan Hawk (20.43) for a final time of 1:29.35.

Bellevue Club took third with 1:29.65 with splits from Raf Barreto (23.48), Ethan Dang (23.96), Gabe Nickels (22.98), and Matt King (19.23). King’s was by far the fastest anchor.

Women’s 4×200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals

  • Juniors West record: 7:05.91 12/6/2017 Magnolia Aquatic Club (L Nordmann, M Gumina, K Sims, L Nordmann)
  • SC Juniors record: 7:05.85 12/6/2017 Nashville Aquatic Club (A Raab, G Walsh, E Nelson, A Walsh)
  • 13/14 NAG record: 7:18.96 Nova Of Virginia (Grace Sheble, Caroline Scheble, Oliva Erickson, Cooper Ackerly) 2017
  • 15/16 NAG record: 7:13.99 Nations Capital (Sinead Eksteen, Madeline Laporte, Claire Nguyen, Katelyn Mack) 2017
  • 17/18 NAG record: 7:07.82 SwimMac (Kathleen Baker, Rebecca Postoll, Heather Merritt, Lauren Rhodes) 2014
  • 15/18 NAG record 7:05.91 Magnolia Aquatics (Lucie Nordmann, Monica Gumina, Kaitlynn Sims, Lillie Nordmann) 2017

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Scottsdale Aquatic Club – 7:16.19
  2. Irvine Novaquatics – 7:18.18
  3. Bellevue Club Swim Team – 7:18.36
  4. Sierra Marlins Swim Team – 7:19.94
  5. Riptide – 7:20.96
  6. Rose Bowl Aquatics – 7:21.29
  7. Crow Canyon Country Club – 7:22.21
  8. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics – 7:22.53

Scottsdale Aquatic Club pulled off a stunning come-from-behind win in the second heat of the women’s 800 free relay thanks in large part to a 1:44.53 anchor from Ashley Strouse. Strouse, whose best flat-start time is 1:45.44, took over from Grace Dunn in third place, trailing Irvine Novaquatics by 5 seconds and Bellevue Club by 3. She was a second behind them as they flipped together at the 700 wall then proceeded to move ahead by a body length at the 750. SAC ended up winning by 3 body lengths with 7:16.19 while Irvine edged Bellevue 7:18.18 to 7:18.36 for second place.

In addition to Strouse and Dunn (1:50.53), Scottsdale had legs from Kara Church (1:49.89 leadoff) and Pattison (1:51.24). Irvine Nova fielded the quartet of Ella Ristic (1:46.00), Lindsay Ervin (1:50.27), 14-year-old Matilde Turrini (1:50.40), and Alyssa Watson (1:51.51). Bellevue Club’s relay consisted of Gracie Felner (1:46.93), Sam Baron (1:50.68), Jaime Chen (1:51.13), and Nathalie Valdman (1:49.62).

Sierra Marlins won the first heat in 7:19.94 over the Texan clubs Lakeside, Katy, and Austin, and placed 4th overall.

Men’s 4×200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals

  • Juniors West record: 6:31.93 12/7/2016 Scottsdale Aquatic Club (R Hoffer, J Blake, T Yang, A Apel)
  • SC Juniors record: 6:23.21 12/11/2019 Carmel Swim Club (W Davis, G Rothrock, G Hadley, J Mitchell)
  • 13-14 NAG record: 6:55.96 Cincinnati Marlins (Christian Imbus, Nicholas Perera, Justin Grender, Joshua McDonald) 2014
  • 15-16 NAG record: 6:38.07 DART Swimming (Gianluca Urlando, Connor Daniels, Tate Cutler, Chris Ranlett) 2018
  • 17-18 NAG record: 6:23.21 Carmel Swim Club (W Davis, G Rothrock, G Hadley, J Mitchell) 12/11/2019
  • 15-18 NAG record: 6:23.14 Mason Manta Rays (Adam Chaney, Jacob McDonald, Jake Foster, Carson Foster) 2019

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Rose Bowl Aquatics – 6:35.67
  2. Elevation Athletics – 6:35.75
  3. Katy Aquatic Team for Youth – 6:35.79
  4. Scottsdale Aquatic Club – 6:37.15
  5. Longhorn Aquatics – 6:38.77
  6. Nitro Swimming – 6:39.71
  7. Sierra Marlins Swim Team – 6:39.84
  8. Chicago Wolfpack – 6:40.00

Rose Bowl won a tight heat 1 in 6:35.67 over Katy (6:35.79) and Longhorn Aquatics (6:38.77), with what turned out to be the fastest time of the night by .08. Gu (1:37.88), Dalmacio (1:41.45), Chris O’Grady (1:38.86), and Syrkin (1:37.48) contributed to the win.

Elevation Athletics won heat 2 with 6:35.75. Lukas Miller went 1:33.41 to lead off, improving his PB by 2.2 seconds. Pierce Bigelow followed in 1:44.83, then came Max Kreidl with 1:39.80 and Harrison Lierz with 1:37.71.

Team Scores – Women’s Meet – Day 1

  1. Scottsdale Aquatic Club – 80
  2. Irvine Novaquatics – 70
  3. Bellevue Club Swim Team – 62
  4. Crow Canyon Country Club Sharks – 56
  5. University of Denver Hilltoppers – 46
  6. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics – 50
  7. Tualatin Hills Swim Club – 34
  8. Rose Bowl Aquatics 32
  9. Sierra Marlins Swim Team – 30
  10. Orinda Aquatics / Riptide – 28

Team Scores – Men’s Meet – Day 1

  1. Rose Bowl Aquatics – 80
  2. Sierra Marlins Swim Team – 54
  3. Bellevue Club Swim Team / Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club – 44
  4. Elevation Athletics – 42
  5. Peak Swimming – 34
  6. Katy Aquatic Team for Youth / Scottsdale Aquatic Club – 32
  7. Alta Swim Club / Aquawolves Swimming / Longhorn Aquatics – 28

 

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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