2019 U.S. Nationals: Dramatic Day 2 Photo Vault


Day 2 of the 2019 US National Championships at the Avery Aquatics Center at Stanford University saw some extraordinary races and unexpected times. We saw Luca Urlando going a 1:46 in the 200 free from the B final, putting him in contention to make the Olympic Team in that event. We also saw Reece Whitley have a breakout swim in the 200 breast, winning the National Title and dipping under the 2:10 mark for the first time. Did you miss these swims? Luckily, SwimSwam’s Jack Spitser was on deck to capture the intensity, drama and action of the second day of racing. 

Interested in acquiring photos of your swimmers at Nationals or Juniors? Contact Jack at [email protected] to let him know what events they will be in and to discuss purchase options.

Madisyn Cox after her 200 breast win(photo: Jack Spitser)

Maxime Rooney ready for liftoff in a big breakout 200 Free (photo: Jack Spitser)

Asia Seidt, Emma Seiberlich and Erin Voss. 200 back podium. (photo: Jack Spitser)

Austin Katz. Winner. (photo: Jack Spitser)

Jarod Hatch stoked for Reece Whitley after his 200 breast. ” I did it for them” (photo: Jack Spitser)

Carson Foster congratulating Luca Urlando on his big 200 free (photo: Jack Spitser)

Daniel Cave. JUMP! (photo: Jack Spitser)

Asia Seidt from above (photo: Jack Spitser)

Dean Farris. Our God. (photo: Jack Spitser)

Reece Whitley in the zone(photo: Jack Spitser)

Zane Grothe channeling the water (photo: Jack Spitser)

Ready. Go. (photo: Jack Spitser)

Zachary Poti (photo: Jack Spitser)

Shaine Casas (photo: Jack Spitser)

Luca Urlando shocked after his 200 free (photo: Jack Spitser)

Kieran Smith (photo: Jack Spitser)

Reece Whitley yelling at his teammates (photo: Jack Spitser)

Dean Farris (photo: Jack Spitser)

Paige Madden (photo: Jack Spitser)

Nicolas Albiero (photo: Jack Spitser)

Austin Katz (photo: Jack Spitser)

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Spotted Zebra

Wow–these photographs are electric. I am impressed by how they seem to capture the tension, excitement, and varied emotions at the meet. These images offer a glimpse of the atmosphere at U.S. Nationals for those of us following the results from afar. The bold colour scheme also creates a vibrant and striking aesthetic. Thanks for sharing your work, Jack, and congratulations on this fantastic collection of vivid and expressive photographs.


That Whitley picture with all the water on one side is one of the coolest swim photos I’ve seen in a LONG time. Keep taking great photos, these are always really fun to look at.

About Jack Spitser

Jack Spitser

Jack Spitser is a San Diego based photographer who swims for UC San Diego under Olympic coach David Marsh. Working for years as a lifestyle and sports photographer, Jack has successfully utilized his knowledge of competitive swimming and integrated it into his work, capturing intimate perspectives of the sport unanimously …

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