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

2019 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West

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 record: 4:37.10 12/6/2018 Regan Smith RIPT
  • 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. Ashley Strouse, SAC – 4:42.75
  2. Jillian Cox, ATAC – 4:44.76
  3. Liberty Williams, RAA – 4:46.19
  4. Aurora Roghair, IFLY – 4:47.41
  5. Hayden Miller, CFSC – 4:49.21
  6. Kylee Grafmiller, BTA – 4:49.88
  7. Ella Ristic, NOVA – 4:50.92
  8. Ana Herceg, NTRO – 4:59.63

14-year-old Jillian Cox of Austin Trinity, whose 4:44.75 was the morning’s fastest time, held the lead for the first half of the race with Scottsdale’s Ashley Strouse and Aurora Roghair of Iowa Flyers giving chase. In a performance reminiscent of her anchor to give SAC the win in last night’s 800 free relay, Strouse came from behind and blew away the field. She ended up winning by 2 seconds with 4:42.75. Cox took second with 4:44.76. Liberty Williams of Riverside Aquatics overtook Roghair to earn the bronze medal with 4:46.19.

Men’s 500 Yard Freestyle – Finals

  • SC Juniors Meet record: 4:12.72 12/12/2019 Jake Magahey SwimAtlanta
  • 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. Coby Carrozza, TXLA – 4:14.95
  2. Ethan Heasley, HEAT – 4:17.57
  3. David Johnston, RACE – 4:19.43
  4. Trent Frandson, CIA – 4:20.40
  5. Luke Hobson, LAKE – 4:21.69
  6. Michael Bonson, HSC – 4:22.03
  7. Kyler Kopp, KATY – 4:23.33
  8. Daniel Matheson, SAC – 4:27.98

Swimming in lane 5, Ethan Heasley of Hillsboro Swim Team got off to a fast start. He jumped out to a half body-length lead at the 50 wall with 22.75. He was up by nearly a body length at the 100, with Rockwall’s David Johnston in second place (48.86). Top-seeded Coby Carrozza was not far behind the two leaders. He turned with Johnston at the 150 and passed him at the 200. Heasley continued to lead at the 250 but that’s when Carrozza kicked it into gear. By the 350 he was up by half a body and he continued to increase his lead with each 50. Carrozza got the win in 4:14.95, winning by 2.6 seconds at the end. Heasley came in second with 4:17.57.

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. Isabelle Stadden, AQJT – 1:56.55
  2. Janelle Rudolph – 1:56.65
  3. Sam Baron, BC – 1:58.86
  4. Gracie Felner, BC – 1:59.68
  5. Lucy Bell, FAST – 1:59.70
  6. Callahan Dunn, HSC – 2:01.26
  7. Samantha Pearson, SCAL – 2:01.84
  8. Jess Yeager, NTRO – 2:02.15

The duo from Bellevue Club Swim Team took it out on the butterfly leg, turning 1-2 with a body-length lead on the field. Gracie Felner turned first in 25.06 and was followed by teammate Sam Baron in 25.29. Isabelle Stadden of Aquajets stormed to the lead with a 27.86 backstroke split. She was followed by Janelle Rudolph of King Aquatic Club, Felner, and Baron. Rudolph split 34.23 on the breaststroke and slipped past Stadden, while Baron and Felner cut into Stadden’s lead, as well.

Rudolph began her freestyle with a .13 lead on Stadden. The two of them battled stroke for stroke. It could have been anyone’s race but Stadden’s final 10 meters put her in front. She finished with 1:56.55 to Rudolph’s 1:56.65. Baron clipped Felner on the freestyle leg and took third place with 1:58.86.

It was a PB for Stadden by 3 seconds, for Rudolph by 1.8 seconds, and for Baron by 1.1 seconds. It was Felner’s first foray into sub-2:00 territory.

Men’s 200 Yard IM – Finals

  • SC Juniors Meet record: 1:42.43 12/12/2019 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. Tyler Lu, SMAC – 1:44.87
  2. Luke Barr, SCSC – 1:46.14
  3. Jonathan Affeld, ALTO – 1:46.27
  4. Forrest Frazier, EISF – 1:46.58
  5. Ben Dillard, SMST – 1:46.63
  6. Hayden Zheng, AQJT – 1:47.05
  7. Tyler Kopp, KATY – 1:47.43
  8. Harrison Lierz, EA – 1:47.60

Jonathan Affeld of Alto Swim Club, swimming in lane 4 after posting the top time out of morning heats, charged to the lead from the start. He and Forrest Frazier of Eastern Iowa turned together at the 50 wall, leading the field by half a body over Harrison Lierz of Elevation and Luke Barr from Sarpy County. Affeld moved away from Frazier on the backstroke and went way up at the halfway mark.

And then came the breaststrokers.

Tyler Lu of Seattle Metropolitan, who had moved from 8th to 3rd on the backstroke leg, took over the lead after a 29.9 breaststroke split. Lu was swimming in lane 8, away from the battle going on in the middle of the pool. There, Affeld, Ben Dillard of Sierra Marlins, Barr, and Hayden Zheng of Aquajets turned nearly in unison at the 150 wall.

Lu hung on down the stretch, though, and sealed the win with a 25.2 freestyle to stop the clock in 1:44.87. Barr’s 25.7 moved him past Affeld, who finished in third place, 1:46.14 to 1:46.27. Frazier edged Dillard for fourth.

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: 21.77 Claire Curzan TAC 2019
  • 17-18 NAG record: 21.32 Simone Manuel STAN 2015

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Amy Tang / Kaitlyn Dobler, TDPS – 22.21 TIE
  2. Katherine Zenick, NTN – 22.40
  3. Emma Sticklen, KATY – 22.75
  4. Anicka Delgado, GSC – 22.88
  5. Anna Shaw, TOPS – 23.03
  6. Kailyn Winter, QSS – 23.22
  7. Eleanor Beers, BISC – 23.23

Amy Tang, swimming unattached, and Kaitlyn Dobler from The Dolphins Portland battled tooth and nail in the middle lanes of the championship final and at the end the both hit the pad at 22.21. It was a best time for Dobler, whose previous PB was a 22.35 that dated from 2018 high school season. Tang came into the meet seeded 15th with 23.04. She had gone 22.90 in 2017 at the Pacific Northwest Swimming 14&U Short Course Championships, but she had never broken 23 seconds since. Tang went a massive 22.06 in prelims before tying with Dobler in the final.

Katherine Zenick of North Texas Nadadores was third to the wall in 22.75, just touching out Anicka Delgado from Gators Swim Club (22.88). Zenick had come into the meet with a 22.80 from 2019 high school season, while Delgado’s previous PB was 22.54 from May of 2019.

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. Aiden Hayes, SSC – 19.58
  2. Matt King, BC – 19.71
  3. Bence Szabados, CWAC – 20.16
  4. Lukas Miller, EA – 20.19
  5. Stephan Lukashev, RSD – 20.29
  6. Danny Syrkin, ROSE – 20.33
  7. Dalton Lowe, SST – 20.36
  8. Ethan Dang, BC – 20.50

Matt King of Bellevue Club and Aiden Hayes of Sooner Swim Club traded stroke for stroke on the first 25 but Hayes came off the wall and powered ahead of King to win the 50 free in 19.58. King went 19.71 for second. Hayes’ previous PB was 19.73. His two sub-20s on Thursday (19.97 in prelims, 19.58 in finals) marked his fourth and fifth sub-20 swims. King had gone 19.9 four times and 19.8 once before today’s 19.89 prelim and 19.71 final. His 19.71 was a PB by .12.

Bence Szabados from Chicago Wolfpack led the rest of the field with 20.16.

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. University of Denver Hilltoppers A – 3:38.34
  2. Bellevue Club Swim Team – 3:39.32
  3. Scottsdale Aquatic Club – 3:39.88
  4. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics – 3:40.66
  5. Irvine Novaquatics – 3:40.72
  6. Crow Canyon Country Club Sharks – 3:40.98
  7. University of Denver Hilltoppers B – 3:42.97
  8. Orinda Aquatics – 3:43.44

Palo Alto Stanford won the first heat of 400 medley relays with 3:40.66, which wound up being the fourth-fastest time overall. Kaia Li (55.79), Melanie Julia (1:00.00), Audrey J-Cheng (54.70), and Sloane Reinstein (50.17) combined for the heat win. Tualatin Hills (3:43.56) and Lakeside Aquatic Club (3:45.32) were second and third behind PASA.

The next heat was a thriller with University of Denver Hilltoppers (3:38.34) eking out a win over Bellevue Swim Club (3:39.32) and Scottsdale Aquatic Club (3:39.88). Denver started out in front thanks to a 53.42 backstroke leadoff from Sydney Silver. Emma Weber contributed a 1:00.21 breaststroke to put some clean water between them and Bellevue and Scottsdale. Denver maintained the lead with a 54.73 butterfly from Holley Dennis. Anna Shaw’s 49.98 was good enough to hold off Bellevue’s Gracie Felner (48.87) and Scottsdale’s Ashley Strouse (48.91) and secure the win.

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. Peak Swimming – 3:12.87
  2. Bellevue Club Swim Team – 3:14.26
  3. Rose Bowl Aquatics – 3:15.13
  4. Sierra Marlins Swim Team – 3:17.34
  5. Rancho San Dieguito – 3:18.11
  6. Premier Aquatics Club of Klein – 3:18.64
  7. University of Denver Hilltoppers – 3:18.86
  8. Golden West Swim Club – 3:19.19

Swimming in heat 1, Peak Swimming exploded to a 3:12.87 win, coming to the wall more than 6 seconds ahead of Golden Wdest Club Club (3:19.19) and Elevation Athletics (3:19.70). The Peak quartet featured Andy Huang on backstroke (48.53), Jassen Yep on breast (55.07), Ethan Hu on fly (45.25), and Dylan Hawk on free (44.02).

Bellevue Club took down top-seeded Rose Bowl in the fastest heat, 3:14.26. Nathan Lee started with 50.28. He was followed by Ethan Dang’s 53.13 breaststroke, Raf Barreto’s 47.92 butterfly, and Matt King’s 42.93 freestyle anchor.

Team Scores – Women’s Meet – Day 2

  1. Scottsdale Aquatic Club – 130
  2. Bellevue Club Swim Team – 127
  3. Irvine Novaquatics – 125
  4. University of Denver Hilltoppers – 123
  5. Crow Canyon Country Club Sharks – 87
  6. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics – 74
  7. Tualatin Hills Swim Club – 57
  8. Orinda Aquatics – 50
  9. Elevation Athletics – 42
  10. Rose Bowl Aquatics – 40
  11. Sierra Marlins Swim Team / Nitro Swimming / Lakeside Aquatic Club – 38
  12. Riptide – 34
  13. Aquajets Swim Team – 30
  14. Katy Aquatic Team for Youth – 29
  15. Austin Swim Club – 28
  16. Bainbridge Island Swim Club – 23
  17. Iowa Flyers Swim Club – 21

Team Scores – Men’s Meet – Day 2

  1. Rose Bowl Aquatics – 132
  2. Bellevue Club Swim Team – 111
  3. Sierra Marlins Swim Team – 98
  4. Elevation Athletics – 86
  5. Peak Swimming – 83
  6. Rancho San Dieguito – 68
  7. Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club – 64
  8. Katy Aquatic Team for Youth – 63
  9. Alto Swim Club – 54
  10. Premier Aquatics Club of Klein – 53
  11. Longhorn Aquatics – 48
  12. Scottsdale Aquatic Club – 45
  13. University of Denver Hilltoppers / Golden West Swim Club – 36
  14. Irvine Novaquatics – 34
  15. Nitro Swimming / Aquawolves Swimming – 33
  16. Fort Collins Area Swim Team / Rockwall Aquatic Center of Excellence / Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club – 30

 

 

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And the cow jumped over the moon

Luke Hobson is now #25 all time for 15-16 500 free. Not too shabby.

The Ready Room

I have to say, Amy Tang might have the sloppiest 50 free I’ve ever seen at this level. No underwaters, breathes right off the start & turn, and has to spend the rest of each 25 rebuilding her momentum. So much untapped potential in her race if she can clean it up.

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Proof times for women’s 2im A heat

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