2022 Winter Juniors – East: Four Swimmers Scratch 50 Free For Day 2 Finals


Four swimmers have scratched out of the 50 freestyle for tonight’s finals session at the 2022 East Winter Junior Championships in Greensboro, N.C., though none will come out of an ‘A’ final.

Jillian Crooks, a 16-year-old from the TAC Titans, has dropped out of the ‘B’ final in the girls’ 50 free, having finished 13th this morning in a time of 22.98.

Crooks, a Cayman Islands Olympian and the sister of current University of Tennessee sophomore Jordan Crooks, owns a best time of 22.83, set last month at the TAC Titans Big Southern Classic.

This was Crooks’ only individual entry at the competition. With the scratch, a swim-off between Carmel’s Meghan Christman and Gator’s Ali Pfaff was avoided, as they tied for 16th in 23.03 but will now both race in the ‘B’ final.

Addison Sauickie also dropped the girls’ 50 free ‘C’ final after finishing 21st this morning in 23.11. Sauickie will be racing in the ‘B’ final of the 500 free.

The withdrawals of Crooks and Sauickie resulted in Lakeside’s Haley McDonald (23.21) and Columbia Swimming’s Slawka Ndubuisi (23.22) getting second swims.

In the boys’ 50 free, Carmel teammates Aaron Shackell (20.44) and Sean Sullivan (20.47) have scratched the ‘C’ final after finishing 20th and tied for 23rd, respectively, in the prelims.

Shackell will race in the ‘A’ final of the 500 free, while Sullivan will contest the championship final in the 200 IM.

With these two scratches, Lakeside’s Johnny Crush (20.50) gets bumped up and earns a second swim.

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1 month ago

Dang wanted to see what Crooks could do in finals after that 21.6 split last night. Must be getting ready for SC Worlds.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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