2022 Winter Juniors – East: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

2022 WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – EAST

DAY 1 RELAYS HEAT SHEETS

Less than a week after the conclusion of the U.S. Open, some of the top junior swimmers in the country descend on Greensboro for the 2022 Speedo Winter Juniors – East. The western version of the meet happens simultaneously in Austin, Texas.

The meet follows the NCAA order of events, so we’ll kick things off with a relay session that features the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays. The session is timed finals, and heats alternate between girls’ and boys’, so make sure to check the heat sheet, especially if you’re looking for when a specific team races.

Watch:

Girls’ 200 Medley Relay – Timed Finals

  • Meet Record: 1:37.60 – Carmel Swim Club (Berglund, Kitchel, Shackell, Christman), 2021
  • Pool Record: 1:32.93 – UVA (Gmelich, Wenger, Cuomo, Douglass), 2021
  • 13-14 NAG Record: 1:41.87 – TAC Titans (Clark, Cotter, Curzan, Morris), 2019
  • 15-16 NAG Record: 1:39.21 – Virginia Gators (Muzzy, Kulp, Bray, Hamilton), 2017
  • 17-18 NAG Record: 1:38.98 – Nashville Aquatic Club (Hurt, A. Walsh, Massey, G. Walsh), 2020

PODIUM:

  1. Carmel Swim Club – 1:36.48 (MEET RECORD)
  2. TAC Titans – 1:39.58
  3. Sarasota Sharks – 1:39.71

In Heat 1, Michigan Lakeshore’s quartet of Grace Albrecht, Sophia Umstead, Ellie Todd, and Emma Albrecht took over the lead from Fainwood Scotch on the Umstead’s breaststroke leg. They did not surrender it, speeding to a heat win in 1:41.69.

Heat 2 went to Carmel Swim Club, who dominated the heat. They won by 3.10 seconds over the second place TAC Titans, with Berit Berglund (24.07), Molly Sweeney (27.46), Alex Shackell (22.83), and Megan Christman (22.12) combining for a meet record of 1:36.90. That breaks the previous record by .70 seconds, which Carmel also owned and had three of the same four relay legs.

In the final heat of the girls’ medley relay, SwimAtlanta touched first in 1:41.55, slotting into fourth place overall. Their team consisted of Hailey Dopson, Katie Christopherson, Lila Lillie, and Natalie Gilson, and they were the only team in the heat to break 1:42.

On Sarasota’s third place relay, Summer McIntosh got her first yards race in, splitting 23.63 on the butterfly leg.

Boys’ 200 Medley Relay – Timed Finals

  • Meet Record: 1:26.52 – Mason Manta Rays (C. Foster, J. Foster, McDonald, Chaney), 2018
  • Pool Record: 1:22.11 – Louisville (Whyte, Somov, Albiero, Sameh), 2021
  • 13-14 NAG Record: 1:34.61 – Carmel Swim Club (Lancaster, Malicki, Haig, Enoch), 2020
  • 15-16 NAG Record: 1:28.85 – Mason Manta Rays (C. Foster, Van Gorp, McDonald, Chaney), 2018
  • 17-18 NAG Record: 1:26.43 – Spartan Aquatic Club (N. Stoffle, Lin, Muhammed, Sacca), 2020

PODIUM:

  1. New Albany Aquatics Club – 1:27.53
  2. Lakeside Swim Team – 1:27.60
  3. Bolles School Sharks – 1:28.68.

SwimAtlanta earned the win in heat 1 with a 1:29.82, with Dynamo taking second in 1:30.59.

Heat 2 saw a close battle between New Albany Aquatics Club and Lakeside Swim team, with New Albany edging out Lakeside by .07 seconds, 1:27.53 to 1:27.60. New Albany were first heading into the final leg, and Tuckor Lambert split 20.31 to hold off a charging Alex Thiesing (20.27). However, New Albany was disqualified, so Lakeside took the win. Cavalier Aquatics finished fifth in the heat, but Thomas Heilman split 20.26 on the fly leg to move them from eighth to fourth heading into freestyle.

Bolles School Sharks were in this heat as well, making it so that the top three from the heat all earned medals.

Update: Though it looked like New Albany were initially disqualified, their time once again appears as the winning time in MeetMobile. Carmel’s ‘A’ relay, which dominated heat 3, also appears to be disqualified. Representatives from both team’s have been called to the officials table. We’ll provide another update once results are official. 

Update: New Albany’s original disqualification has been overturned, putting them back on top of the podium. Carmel remains disqualified. Their time would have earned them third place. 

As we said, Carmel’s team easily won heat 3, posting the third fastest time in 1:27.87. They won the heat by 2.67 seconds ahead of Eagle Swim team; however, they were disqualified.

Heat 4 saw SwimMAC’s ‘B’ relay squad earn the heat win with a 1:30.45, finishing tenth (results pending). SwimMAC’s ‘A’ relay of Caleb Maldari, Ben Delmar, Harrison Ranier, and John Kroll sit fifth in 1:29.25.

Girls’ 800 Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals

  • Meet Record: 7:05.85 – Nashville Aquatic Club (Raab, G. Walsh, Nelson, A. Walsh), 2017
  • Pool Record: 6:50.99 – California (Runge, Cheng, Pelton, Franklin), 2015
  • 13-14 NAG Record: 7:18.96 – NOVA Aquatics (G. Sheble, C. Sheble, Erickson, Ackerly), 2017
  • 15-16 NAG Record: 7:08.94 – NCAP (Duncan, Spink, Wall, Gemmell), 2020
  • 17-18 NAG Record: 7:06.69 – NCAP (Duncan, Wall, Spink, Gemmell), 2022

PODIUM:

  1. Sarasota Sharks – 7:03.66 (MEET RECORD)
  2. Carmel Swim Club – 7:07.10
  3. TAC Titans – 7:14.20

The Sarasota Sharks ‘B’ team controlled heat 1 for the first 350 yards. Chatahoochee began to creep up though, and by the halfway mark had taken the lead. Chatahoochee and Sarasota were together first the first half of the third leg, but Chatachoochee began to extend their lead from that point on, and won the heat with a 2.52 second cushion, 7:21.36 to 7:23.88.

Summer McIntosh might be an actual cheat code. Back for her second race of the session, she split 1:40.19 to anchor Sarasota’s ‘A’ 800 free relay. In the next lane over, Carmel had steadily built up a 5.2 second lead over the first 600 yards. But once McIntosh dove in, she steadily began to eat away at that lead. She stopped the clock at 7:03.66, helping Sarasota earn the win in a new meet record. Carmel finished second in 7:07.10, 3.44 seconds back.

McIntosh’s split of 1:40.19 is the seventh-fastest all-time, and the only one in the top 25 list not done by an NCAA swimmer.

SwimMAC’s ‘B’ relay won heat 3 easily, touching in 7:23.13

Boys’ 800 Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals

  • Meet Record: 6:23.21 – Carmel Swim Club (Davis, Rothrock, Hadley, Mitchell), 2019
  • Pool Record: 6:07.25 – Texas (Kibler, Katz, C. Foster, Sannem), 2021
  • 13-14 NAG Record: 6:55.16 – SwimMAC (Osman, Turner, Clontz, Bartee), 2021
  • 15-16 NAG Record: 6:30.45 – Rose Bowl Aquatics (Dalmacio, Kim, Larrick, Maurer), 2021
  • 17-18 NAG Record: 6:23.21 – Carmel Swim Club (Davis, Rothrock, Hadley, Mitchell), 2019

PODIUM:

  1. Carmel Swim Club – 6:27.38
  2. SwimMAC Carolina – 6:29.63
  3. SwimAtlanta – 6:31.25

Lakeside (KY) appeared to take the win in the first heat of the boys’ 800 free relay, but were disqualified. Sarasota Sharks earned the heat win instead, ahead of the Mason Manta Rays.

In heat 2, Thomas Heilman lead off Cavalier Aquatics’ relay in 1:34.10, a new lifetime best for him by about half a second. Cavalier couldn’t hold onto the lead, ultimately finishing fourth in 6:33.43. The lead changed hands several times as the top four teams in the heat–SwimMAC, Swim Atlanta, Bolles, and Cavalier–battled for position.

Ultimately, SwimMAC touched first in a time of 6:29.63 with Caleb Maldari (1:37.64), Norvin Clontz (1:36.18), Jack Haywood (1:36.56), and Alex Ayers (1:39.25) combining to take over the top time in the event. Tristan DenBrok highlighted the second place Swim Atlanta’s relay with a 1:35.56 split.

In heat 3, Carmel’s ‘A’ squad of Aaron Shackell, Gregg Enoch, Lewis Zhangand Sean Sullivan won their heat by over 14 seconds, posting 6:27.38 and taking over as the new top time. Shackell, who’s committed to Cal, opened in a 1:35.02, taking over a second off his lifetime best. Enoch, Zhang, and Sullivan split 1:36.22, 1:40.45, and 1:35.69 respectively.

The final heat of the session saw a close race between YMCA of the Triangle Area (YOTA) and Gator Swim Club. YOTA ended up triumphing, taking the heat win in 6:47.94, .03 seconds ahead of Gator Swim Club.

Among the top splits of the field were a 1:33.62 from Stanford commit Gibson Holmes of the Mason Manta Rays on a rolling start, and a 1:35.68 leadoff leg from Henry McFadden of the Jersey Wahoos.

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PFA
1 month ago

I initially read the medley relay splits from the stream and thought Heilman split 19.96 on the fly leg but it was really 20.26 regardless absolutely flying on that leg (pun intended) also leading off the 8 free relay in a .5 PB 1:34.10 for I believe now #5 all time in the 15-16 age group. Also shoutout to SM going into her leg 5 seconds back and went by the Carmel swimmer with a 50 to go and split a blazing fast 1:40.1. First yards meet and is destroying it. Both Jr meets this year is going going to be historically fast.

justanotherfreestyler
1 month ago

Can’t believe no one has mentioned that Gibson Holmes split 1:33.62 on the Manta Rays relay. Absolute stud who just keeps getting faster

Swammma
Reply to  justanotherfreestyler
1 month ago

Lead off leg finish did not register, lead off would’ve been a 1:36 low instead of 1:38 low. Still puts Gibson at 1:35 which is cookin.

Wild Wild West
1 month ago

West making the East look slow

Noodle lover
1 month ago

New Albany Aquatics club with only 4 boys at the meet upset bolles to win the 2 medley relay. Hudson Williams out with a 21.4 and they write nothing about it. Just wait for the rest of the meet out of them.

Iron Chain
1 month ago

That’s one terrific 50 breast split by Chase SWEARINGEN. Fastest in the meet for the N double A C! In his spare time, rumor has it he drinks more green apple juice than anybody in Ohio! Congrats chase!

Swimminglover
1 month ago

No mention of specific splits in the winning relay?

jd14
1 month ago

One of the prettiest 1:34’s I’ve ever seen from Heilman.

Last edited 1 month ago by jd14
fish
Reply to  jd14
1 month ago

Super consistent 21.9/24.0/24.0/23.9

YourLocalD3Swimmer
1 month ago

Obviously Summer’s 1:40.1 is the swim of the night thus far, but Heilman throwing down a 20.26 fly split is really impressive.

oxyswim
Reply to  YourLocalD3Swimmer
1 month ago

Shackell dropping a 22.8 and 1:43.6 is super impressive as well. Jillian Crooks with a 21.6 anchor is worth mention, sprinting runs deep in that family.

PVSFree
Reply to  YourLocalD3Swimmer
1 month ago

That’d be an insane freestyle split for a 15 year old boy. And he did it fly. Swimflation is real

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