2023 NCSA Spring Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


We are now on the third finals session of the 2023 NCSA Spring Championships in Orlando, Florida. Tonight’s action will include finals of the girls’ 400 IM, 50 breast, and 100 back, while the boys’ events will feature the 200 free, 50 breast, and 200 fly. The session will wrap up with the fast heats of the girls’ 800 freestyle relay and the boys’ 200 freestyle relay.

Lilla Bognar enters tonight with the top time in the 400 IM. She swam a 4:12.73 this morning, which is well off her personal best time of 4:05.50, which she set at this meet a year ago.

It should be a tight race in the boys’ 200 freestyle tonight, with the top five swimmers coming in under 1:38.00 this morning. Elliot Weisel is the top seed at 1:37.09.

Lucy Thomas and Nate Germonprez recorded the top times of the morning in the 50 breast. Both won the 100 last night, and will look to repeat tonight.

Thomas’ teammate Maggie Wanezek will aim for a 100/200 backstroke sweep after winning the 200 back earlier in the meet. She posted the top time of the morning in the 100 at 52.03.

Rounding out the individual events is the boys’ 200 fly, where Matthew Marsteiner threw down a personal best time this morning in the prelims to take the top seed at 1:45.81.



  1. Campbell Stoll (EBSC) – 4:05.71
  2. Lilla Bognar (TG) – 4:07.59
  3. Reese Tiltmann (EBSC) – 4:11.11

Elmbrook’s Campbell Stoll threw down a huge best time by nearly 4 seconds to touch 1st at 4:05.71, just shy of Lilla Bognar‘s meet record from last year. Bognar and Stoll separated themselves from the field early on, with Bognar holding a slight lead at the halfway point. Stoll responded in the back half, splitting 1:08.78 and 56.66 on the breast and free legs, while Bognar clocked splits of 1:10.69 and 57.75.

Stoll’s teammate Reese Tiltmann took 3rd in 4:11.11. The IU commit took 2 seconds off her previous best from February.

The youngest swimmer in the heat was 14-year-old Sydney Schoeck, who dropped over two seconds to take 7th at 4:15.06, which moves her to 33rd all-time in the 13-14 age group. Grace Rabb rounded out the top-8 with a huge best time of 4:17.25. She took nearly six seconds off her entry time, moving from 32nd to 8th.


  • Meet Record: 1:34.27, Jack Conger (2013)


  1. Nate Germonprez (ISWM) – 1:34.82
  2. Noah Dyer (MACH) – 1:36.86
  3. Elliot Weisel (RCKT) – 1:36.99

Nate Germonprez topped the field by nearly two seconds to post a 1:34.82, which is less than a second off his personal best time from last month. He clocked a 45.38 in the opening 100, then split a 49.44 to close it out.

The race for 2nd was tight between Machine Aquatics’ Noah Dyer and Rocket Swimmings Elliot Weisel. Dyer took over in the back half, as he split a 50.49 to Weisel’s 50.80. Weisel’s swim improved on his personal best he set in the morning, while Dyer was a few tenths off.



  1. Lucy Thomas (EBSC) – 27.01 (CR)
  2. Caroline Larsen (FOXJ) – 27.35
  3. Caroline Kramer (HSC) – 27.93

Stanford commit Lucy Thomas cracked her own meet record and personal best from 2021 with a final time of 27.01. This victory marks her third straight win in this event at NCSAs, and is her second individual victory of the weekend.

Foxjet’s Caroline Larsen held on to her 2nd seed from the morning, as she touched behind Thomas 27.35. This swim is about half a second faster than she was at this meet last year.

Caroline Kramer and Elle Scott both broke the 28-second barrier to finish 3rd and 4th. Kramer dropped nearly a second from her prelims swim, while Scott was three tenths faster also.


  • Meet Record: 24.14, Anthony Grimm (2019)


  1. Nate Germonprez (ISWM) – 24.51
  2. Brady Johnson (FMC) – 24.68
  3. Chase Swearingen (NAAC) – 24.72

Nate Germonprez successfully pulled off his 200 free/50 breaststroke double with victories in both. The Texas commit swam a 24.51, topping the field by nearly two tenths. This is his 3rd victory of the meet, with the 50 back, 200 breast, 200 IM, and 50 free remaining on his schedule.

Brady Johnson got his hand on the wall 2nd at 24.68, which is half a second quicker than he was this morning. Just behind him was Chase Swearingen and Abram Mueller, who both crack 25 seconds also. All three notched personal bests with their swims.


  • Meet Record: 50.76, Rachel Bootsma (2011)


  1. Levenia Sim (TNT) – 51.30
  2. Maggie Wanezek (EBSC) – 51.71
  3. Emma Kern (AQJT) – 52.08

TNT Swimming’s Levenia Sim touched 1st at 51.30, just three tenths ahead of Elmbrook’s Maggie Wanezek. Sim held a slight advantage the entire time, splitting 24.79 in the opening 50 and returning in 26.51. This swim a few tenths shy her personal best of 51.03 from 2021.

Emma Kern finished 3rd at 52.08, less than a second ahead of Lexi Stephens and Grace Rabb. All three cracked 53 seconds, with Rabb’s time being a personal best by 0.01.

Besides Rabb, the only athlete in the A-final to record a PB was 7th-place finisher Aspen Gersper who knocked off half a second for a 53.34.


  • Meet Record: 1:41.88, Samuel Pomajevich (2017)


  1. Adriano Arioti (RMSC) – 1:43.40
  2. Kyle Peck (RAYS) – 1:45.11
  3. Logan Robinson (GPAC) – 1:45.20

Rockville Montgomery’s Adriano Arioti threw down a best time of 1:43.40 to touch 1st by nearly two seconds, moving him to #8 all-time for 15-16 year-olds. Arioti had the quickest closing 100 of the field by nearly a second at 52.72. Arioti’s previous best time stood at 1:44.72 from this past December.

Kyle Peck and Logan Robinson took the next two spots just 0.19 apart. Both Peck and Robinson cracked their respective PBs by over a second.

Rian Graham, who knocked 2 seconds off his PB this morning, dropped another second tonight to finish 7th (1:45.96).


  • Meet Record: 7:13.01, Nation’s Capital (2019)


  1. Elmbrook – 7:10.71 (CR)
  2. Long Island Aquatic Club – 7:12.06
  3. Nova of Virginia – 7:12.09

The top three teams all dipped below Nation’s Capital meet record time from 2019. Elmbrook’s quartet of Lucy Thomas (1:48.63), Maggie Wanezek (1:48.12), Campbell Stoll (1:46.96), and Reese Tiltmann (1:47.00) finished 1st with a 7:10.71.

Long Island and Nova of Virginia finished within 0.03 of each other, as Elle Scott did her best to chase down LIAC’s Lily Gormsen on the anchor leg

The fastest split of the event belonged to Cavan Gormsen, who clocked a 1:44.14 on the 3rd leg for Long Island’s 2nd place team.


  • Meet Record: 1:19.55, Nation’s Capital (2015)


  1. Nation’s Capital – 1:20.06
  2. New Albany Aquatics Club – 1:20.11
  3. Arlington Aquatic Club – 1:21.57

Nation Capitol’s team of Kris Lawson (20.37), HT Tragle (20.36), Jordan Kelly (19.69), and Josh Howat (19.64) combined for a winning time of 1:20.06, just 0.04 ahead of New Albany.

New Albany had an early lead thanks to Hudson Williams, who split a 19.36 on the 2nd leg. New Albany had a 0.04 advantage going into the final leg, but Howat made up the time to touch 1st.

The fastest split of the event belonged to Jack Madoch, who split a 19.26 on the anchor leg of Verona Area Swim Team’s 5th place team.

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