2021 NCSA Spring Invite: Day 3 Finals Live Recap



Tonight in Orlando will be the finals of the women’s and men’s 200 free, 400 IM, 100 back, and 200 free relay. The individual events will feature E, D, bonus, consolation, and championship finals while the relays will be timed finals, with the top two-fastest seeded heats swimming tonight.

Women’s 200 Free Finals

Top 3:

  1. Claire Tuggle (SMSC)- 1:45.86
  2. Zoe Skirboll (RXA)- 1:46.50
  3. Ella Bathurst (TEAM)- 1:47.03

Winning the 200 free final was 16-year-old Claire Tuggle of Santa Maria, stopping the clock at 1:45.86. That is now the 6th-fastest time in the 15-16 age group this season. Tuggle’s lifetime best sits at 1:44.96 from the 2018 NCSA meet as a 13-year-old. Taking second place was 16-year-old Zoe Skirboll at 1:46.50, crushing her personal best of 1:48.13 from the 2020 VA ISCA SC Senior Championships. Skirboll is now the 12th-fastest swimmer in the 15-16 age group.

Placing third was 17-year-old Ella Bathurst at 1:47.03. In December, Bathurst swam 1:45.71 at the 2020 FL Virtual Championships.

Men’s 200 Free Finals

Top 3:

  1. Mason Mathias (BSL)- 1:36.64
  2. Michael Linnihan (EBSC)- 1:37.02
  3. Harris Durham (COR)- 1:37.58

Winning the 200 free final was Birmingham 18-year-old Mason Mathias, touching at 1:36.64. This morning, Mathias set his personal best of 1:36.52. However, swimming the top time of the event was Inspire’s Nathaniel Germonprez, who won the B-final at 1:36.16. That takes down his previous lifetime best of 1:37.65 from the 2020 MV 18 & Under Winter Champs in December.

Taking second in the A-final and third overall was Elmbrook 18-year-old and Northwestern freshman Michael Linnihan, swimming a 1:37.02. Finishing in third was Cor Swimming’s Harris Durham at 1:37.58.

Women’s 400 IM Finals

Top 3:

  1. Zoe Dixon (NOVA)- 4:08.05
  2. Grace Sheble (NOVA)- 4:09.45
  3. Caroline Sheble (NOVA)- 4:10.47

The NOVA of Virginia Aquatics earned a 1-2-3 finish in the 400 IM final, led by 16-year-old Zoe Dixon‘s lifetime best of 4:08.05. Dixon is now the 6th-fastest 18&U swimmer this season as well as the 2nd-fastest 15-16 swimmer behind Sandpipers of Nevada’s Bella Sims. Dixon also moved up to #18 all-time in 15-16 age group history, passing Olympian Missy Franklin.

Rounding out the top three were 18-year-old sisters Grace Sheble (4:09.45) and Caroline Sheble (4:10.47). G. Sheble’s season best of 4:08.50 from the 2020 NOVA Senior Holiday Champs currently ranks 7th among 18&U US swimmers this season, just behind Dixon.

Men’s 400 IM Finals

Top 3:

  1. Michael Cooper (OLY)- 3:48.07
  2. Giovanni Linscheer (COR)- 3:48.08
  3. Toby Barnett (RMSC)- 3:49.42

The difference between first and second place in the men’s 400 IM final was on one one-hundredth of a second. At the finish, it was 17-year-old Michael Cooper of Oly Swimming who touched out 16-year-old Giovanni Linscheer of Cor Swimming 3:48.07 to 3:48.08. Cooper dropped from his 3:50.00 personal best this morning, which now ranks 10th among 18&U US swimmers this season. Linscheer also set a lifetime best racing Cooper, dropping from his 3:53.20 personal best from prelims. Linscheer now ranks 11th among 18&Unders this season as well as moving up to 13th all-time in 15-16 age group history.

Rockville Montgomery 16-year-old Toby Barnett placed third behind Cooper and Linscheer at 3:49.42, taking down his personal best of 3:52.71 from the 2020 PV 18&U Winter Championships.

Women’s 100 Back Finals

Top 3:

  1. Levenia Sim (TNT)- 51.03 *13-14 NAG
  2. Maggie Wanezek (EBSC)- 52.19
  3. Josephine Fuller (NOVA)- 52.91

Winning the 100 back was 14-year-old Levenia Sim of TNT Swimming, breaking the 13-14 NAG record with a 51.03. The former NAG record was held by Regan Smith, who swam 51.09 in 2016. Sim is now 4th among 18&U swimmers this season, only behind NCAA freshmen Isabelle Stadden and Reilly Tiltmann and 16-year-old Claire Curzan.

Placing second was 15-year-old Maggie Wanezek of Elmbrook at 52.19, which is now 11th in the 18&U age group this season. Tuesday’s 200 back champion, NOVA’s Josephine Fuller, placed third at 52.91.

Men’s 100 Back Finals

Top 3:

  1. Josh Zuchowski (FAST)- 46.86
  2. Luke Barr (ISWM)- 46.97
  3. Sam Powe (MCC)- 47.07

Winning the 100 back final by 0.11s was FAST’s Josh Zuchowski, winning with a 46.86 over Inspire’s Luke Barr (46.97). Just missing the 46-second barrier was McCallie’s Sam Powe, touching in at 47.07.

Zuchowski now ranks 9th all-time in 15-16 age group history, sitting just behind Olympian Ryan Murphy. Meanwhile, Powe ranks 10th in the same age group.

Women’s 200 Free Relay Finals

Top 3:

  1. Elmbrook Swim Club- 1:30.68
  2. NOVA of Virginia- 1:33.08
  3. Hinsdale Swim Club- 1:33.15

The Elmbrook 200 free relay was dominant in the last heat of the sprint relays, winning by over two seconds at 1:30.68, highlighted by Lucy Thomas‘ blistering 22.35 leg. That time was just 0.08s off off Aquajets’ 2015 meet record (1:30.60). In the same heat, NOVA of Virginia took second place at 1:33.08, featuring Josephine Fuller‘s 22.56 anchor leg.

Out of the first heat of the 200 free relays this evening, Hinsdale Swim Club clocked the third-fastest time by 0.07s at 1:33.15, featuring Melanie Quinones‘ anchor leg of 22.95.

Men’s 200 Free Relay Finals

Top 3: 

  1. Saint Andrew’s- 1:20.67
  2. Hinsdale Swim Club- 1:21.32
  3. Mid-Wisconsin Wave Makers- 1:21.35

The Saint Andrew’s Aquatics 200 free relay of Michael Fernandez (20.93), Max Zum Tobel (20.02), Ryan Nordheim (19.98), and Tiago Pereira (19.74) won with a time of 1:20.67.

In the race for second, Hinsdale Swim Club was leading over Mid-Wisconsin Wave Makers until MWWM’s William Hayon ripped out a 19.44 anchor leg. While it wasn’t enough to catch Hinsdale (1:21.32), the Wave Makers earned a valiant third-place finish at 1:21.35, a mere 0.03s behind HSC.

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Illinois Swammer
3 years ago

Hinsdale Swim Club Men’s team is on fire!

3 years ago

congrats to Levenia! what a swim

3 years ago

Levenia with a 51.03!! NAG record!!

sus'd out
3 years ago

this linnihan kid skipped Big10s to swim against teenagers? sus….

Reply to  sus'd out
3 years ago

I have not looked at the results so I am just guessing.
It could be that she was not selected for the Big 10 scoring team and then tried to find another taper meet, I had a teammate that did not make the Auburn SEC scoring team (long time ago) and went to Spring Jr Nationals and won, think his time might have been fast enough score at SEC.
If a school has a big team it can be very hard to make the conference team.

Michael linnihan
Reply to  Dan
1 year ago

I was not able to attend that semester. Also I’m not a she. Regardless you are correct. making that scoring spot is difficult. Don’t know why this person is all up in arms about it. I was just doing what I could to improve. Believe me I am the type of guy who would enter into the open division when I was 15, and I would have rather raced at big tens. We all gotta make the most of the sport while we are in it.

Michael linnihan
Reply to  sus'd out
1 year ago

I had very unfortunate personal reasons that prevented me from attending that semester, and so I was training with my club team at home. (Shout out EBSC) I was also a teenager. It’s 18 and under not a high school meet. I finished high school when I was 16 so that would have been rough. Can you blame me for wanting to race the fastest competition available to me? I hope you were not trying to be as rude as you came off.

NCSA headtimer
3 years ago

What about Hafner’s Hero’s in the 400 IM showdown? They 3 amigos who went 1,2 & 2 in the mile on Tuesday evening.

Last edited 3 years ago by NCSA headtimer

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