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

2019 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – WEST

Girls 500 Freestyle – Prelims

  • 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)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Cox (Austin Trinity) – 4:44.75
  2. Strouse (Scottsdale) – 4:45.01
  3. Miller (Cypress Faibanks) – 4:45.75
  4. Herceg (Nitro) – 4:46.38
  5. Ristic (Irvine Nova) – 4:46.68
  6. Roghair (Iowa Flyers) – 4:47.58
  7. Williams (Riverside) – 4:47.64
  8. Grafmiller (Blue Tide) – 4:49.62

Austin Trinity 14-year-old Jillian Cox had a five-second drop this morning to surge to the #1 spot. With that swim, she also moves up to #22 all-time in the 13-14 age group. Cox came into the meet with a 4:49.56 personal best, but went 4:44.75 this morning. She’s a current high school freshman in Texas and should be rising up the list of college recruits in her class.

Top-seeded Ashley Strouse did what she had to to make the final, going 4:45.01. Strouse has been 4:41.41 and was third in this meet last year, with the top two not present this year.

It’s a relatively young A final. 15-year-old Hayden Miller of Cypress Fairbanks went 4:45.75 for third, and five of the eight A finalists are 16 or younger. Miller cut four seconds in that swim.

Boys 500 Freestyle – Prelims

  • 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)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Carrozza (Longhorn) – 4:17.04
  2. Heasley (Hillsboro) – 4:18.67
  3. Johnston (Rockwall) – 4:19.81
  4. Frandson (Central Iowa) – 4:20.95
  5. Affeld (Alto) – 4:21.04
  6. Hobson (Lakeridge) – 4:21.05
  7. Bonson (Hurricane) – 4:23.05
  8. Matheson (Scottsdale) – 4:23.16

Longhorn Aquatics 18-year-old Coby Carrozza is the top qualifier here. He’s the defending champ, and went 4:16.95 last year, though he was just 4:18 in prelims. Almost hitting that personal best in prelims today (he was 4:17.04), Carrozza could be in line to push further up the all-time 17-18 ranks tonight. He currently sits #40 in age group history.

Ethan Heasley is second at 4:18.67. That’s a drop of about a second for the 18-year-old. It also gives the West meet two swimmers faster than the top finisher at East prelims this morning.

David Johnston out of Rockwall was the only other swimmer under 4:20, blasting a 4:19.81 with a massive seven second drop from his previous best.

The top three seeds are all high school seniors, and all committed to swim at Texas next fall. Fourth-ranked Trent Frandson is a Cal commit.

Girls 200 IM – Prelims

  • 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)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Rudolph (Un) – 1:57.70
  2. Stadden (Aquajets) – 1:58.40
  3. Baron (Bellevue) – 1:59.80
  4. Bell (Fort Collins) – 1:59.97
  5. Felner (Bellevue) – 2:00.15
  6. Pearson (SOCAL) – 2:00.39
  7. Yeager (Nitro) – 2:00.81
  8. Dunn (Hinsdale) – 2:00.88

Janelle Rudolph is the top qualifier in the girls 200 IM, going 1:57.70. That’s a lifetime-best by about seven tenths of a second for the 17-year-old, swimming Unattached.

Minnesota Aquajets swimmer Isabelle Stadden is her top competition, going 1:58.40 this morning. Stadden is a Pan Ams medalist in backstroke, but hit a lifetime-best 1:58.40 in the IM this morning.

Bellevue’s Sam Baron is the third qualifier, and 15-year-old Lucy Bell joined her under two minutes.

Boys 200 IM – Prelims

  • 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)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Affeld (Alto) – 1:45.38
  2. Dillard (Sierra Marlins) – 1:46.10
  3. Frazier (Eastern Iowa) – 1:46.82
  4. Barr (Sarpy County) – 1:47.17
  5. Kopp (Katy) – 1:47.24
  6. Lierz (Elevation) – 1:47.36
  7. Zheng (Aquajets) – 1:47.38
  8. Lu (Seattle Metro) – 1:47.48

Jonathan Affeld of Alto Swim Club went 1:45.38 this morning, a drop of 1.6 seconds to blow out the prelims field. That moves him into the top 60 of all-time in the 17-18 age group, with a shot at a 1:44 tonight. Affeld has made the A final of both events this morning, and will either have to scratch one or swim an awfully tough double tonight.

Sierra Marlin Ben Dillard went 1:46.10, dropping a few one-hundredths for the second spot. Iowa’s Forrest Frazier is third. The top three are all committed to different California colleges: Affeld to Stanford, Dillard to USC and Frazier to Cal.

Girls 50 Free – Prelims

  • 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)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Tang (Un) – 22.06
  2. Zenick (North Texas Nadadores) – 22.46
  3. Dobler (Dolphins) – 22.47
  4. Sticklen (Katy) – 22.67
  5. Shaw (Denver) – 22.94
  6. Beers (Bainbridge) / Delgado (Gators) – 22.97
  7. Winter (Quicksilver) – 23.02

It almost took sub-23 just to make the final in the girls 50 free. 16-year-old Amy Tang is the top qualifier, blasting a 22.06 that was nearly a full second better than her incoming personal best of 22.9. Tang moves up to #5 all-time for the 15-16 age group, and is on the cusp of becoming just the third 15-16 girl to break 22 in this event.

Katherine Zenick of the North Texas Nadadores is second in 22.46, a hundredth ahead of top pre-meet seed Kaitlyn Dobler (22.47).

Boys 50 Free – Prelims

  • 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)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. King (Bellevue) – 19.89
  2. Hayes (Sooner) – 19.97
  3. Miller (Elevation) – 20.08
  4. Szabados (Chicago Wolfpack) – 2.010
  5. Lowe (Spring) – 20.29
  6. Lukashev (Rancho) – 20.31
  7. Syrkin (Rose Bowl) – 20.32
  8. Dang (Bellevue) – 20.35

17-year-old Matt King is the top qualifier, but tonight should be a great showdown between him and Aiden HayesKing was 19.89 this morning, close to his 19.83 personal best. Hayes was 19.97, but has been 19.73 previously. Both have a chance to rewrite the national age historical rankings. The 16-year-old Hayes is already 10th all-time in that age group. King just aged up to the 17-18s, and could crack the top 50 all-time with a best tonight.

Lukas Miller out of Elevation is third in 20.08, and fourth finisher Bence Szabados has previously been under 20 seconds.

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Hook em
9 months ago

Texas mid distance freestyle stays winning

PsychoDad
9 months ago

Austin swimmers shined in 500 free prelims. Jillian Cox for women and Coby Carrozza for men. For those not familiar, Jillian is coached by Doug Russell, who famously defeated Mark Spitz to win gold in 100 fly in 1996 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Addinng Ana Herceg’s 4th place in 500 free and Vicent Ribeiro’s 9th in 200 IM. Both from Nitro. No sprinters in Austin.

rex
Reply to  PsychoDad
9 months ago

1996 Olympics in Mexico City? It was 1968.

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