2022 IL Senior Champs: Leah Hayes Clocks PB 1:10.49 100 Breast on Day 2

2022 IL LCM Senior Championships

  • July 28-31, 2022
  • FMC Aquatic Center, Westmont, IL
  • Hosted by Illinois Swimming
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results on MeetMobile

Team Scores (Top 5)


  1. FMC Aquatic – 308
  2. Reach Aquatics Swim Club – 277
  3. NASA Wildcats – 205
  4. St Charles Swim Team – 204
  5. Hinsdale Swim Club – 168


  1. Reach Aquatics Swim Club – 183
  2. FMC Aquatic – 142
  3. NASA Wildcats – 121
  4. St Charles Swim Team – 113
  5. Fox Valley Swim Team – 105


  1. FMC Aquatic – 166
  2. Hinsdale Swim Club – 148
  3. Reach Aquatics Swim Club – 94
  4. St Charles Swim Team – 91
  5. NASA Wildcats – 84

World Championships Bronze medalist Leah Hayes made her debut at these Illinois Swimming State Championships, taking the women’s 100 breast in a new personal best of 1:10.49. The 16-year-old rising superstar put together an incredible race, taking it out in 33.50, then tacking on a 36.99 on the 2nd 50. Hayes also swam prelims of the women’s 200 free, where she posted the top time with a 2:00.69. She scratched the event for finals, but swam on Fox Valley Park District’s women’s 800 free relay, where she anchored them to a 4th place finish in 2:02.26.

With Hayes scratching finals of the 200 free, it was Northwestern’s Ashley Strouse who pulled away with the victory. Strouse established an early lead, getting out well ahead of the field. Illinois’ Laurel Bludgen came home fast, eating into Strouse lead a little bit on the final 50, but ultimately touched 1.13 seconds behind Strouse. In the end, Strouse swam a 2:05.77, with Bludgen taking 2nd in 2:05.77.

Another Northwestern Wildcat, Miriam Guevara, took the women’s 100 fly in 1:00.84. Though the swim was off Guevara’s personal best of 1:00.65, she put her speed on display, taking the race out in 28.34. It was again an Illinois swimmer who came in 2nd, as Isabelle Guerra got her hands on the wall in 1:02.99. Guerra was 1:02.48 in prelims, establishing a new lifetime best.

Northwestern was also all over the men’s events, seeing Ben Forbes take the men’s 200 free in 1:54.01. He beat out Peoria Area Water Wizards 17-year-old and Auburn recruit Josh Noll, who took 2nd in 1:55.13. The Wildcats also picked up a win in the men’s 400 IM, where 800 free champion Ryan King swam a 4:28.07. The swim came in a bit off his personal best of 4:25.83.

St Charles Swim Club’s Aleksej Filipovic, a Texas recruit, won the men’s 100 fly in 54.93, beating out NU’s Connor LaMastra (55.33).

University of Chicago’s Garrett Clasen, representing FMC, took the men’s 100 breast in 1:02.32, establishing a new personal best. Clasen entered the meet with a 1:03.81.

Other Friday Event Winners:

  • Women’s 800 free relay: St Charles Swim Club – 8:45.73
  • Men’s 800 free relay: FMC Aquatic – 7:54.10
  • Women’s 400 IM: Nina Mollin (ACAD) – 4:57.06

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6 months ago

Wonder why she’s not at nationals

eye guy
Reply to  Meathead
6 months ago

Maybe because she’s 16 years old, and she already competed at Trials and Worlds this summer. If her family is paying for the trip to Nationals, that’s not cheap, and by staying home, she gets to help represent her club team at their state meet, which is a huge deal for many clubs.

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6 months ago


Reply to  Meathead
6 months ago

That’s between her, her family, and her coach. Maybe she wants to have a little fun with her club team friends close to home.

Swim Mom Check
Reply to  Meathead
6 months ago

Nothing like sleeping in your own bed and crushin’ it close to family & friends.