AgonSwim Weekly Wonders of Age Group Swimming – 10/22/2014

It’s mid-October and even the teams that train through the month of September have swum their first meets. Things are starting to pick up; we’ve seen some really fast early-season swims already. Below are the AgonSwim Weekly Wonders for the weekend of October 17-19, 2014:

Emilio Perez, 11, Southwest Aquatic Team: 50y free (24.90) – Perez dropped nearly a full second in the 50 free off his seed time, and he was 3 seconds faster than in October 2013 at Badger Aquatics Club’s Spooktacular Meet. He also improved his 100/200 free and 100 back PBs at the meet.

Zachary Gallagher, 12, East Pennsboro Aquatic Club: 100y free (51.95) – At the Nittany Lion Aquatic Club Fall Kickoff in the McCoy Natatorium at Penn State, Gallagher won the boys 11-12 100 free with a best time by 1.6 and was about six seconds faster than a year ago. He also won the 50 free, 100/200 fly and 100/200 IM, and got new PBs in each of those events as well as in the 500 free, 50 back and 200 breast.

Sydney Stricklin, 11, Liquid Lightning: 200y free (2:04.04) – Stricklin knocked 7 seconds off her best 200 free time at the Fall Classic hosted by Oakland Live Y’ers at the Oakland University Aquatic Center. Even more impressive, she was 10.5 seconds faster than she’d been last October. Stricklin finished the weekend with new PB in 100/200 free, 100 back, 50/100/200 fly, 100/200/400 IM.

Kendall Brent, 16, Unattached: 500y free (4:48.46) – Representing Fort Myers High School at the Lee County Athletic Conference Championships at DeLeon Pool, Brent won the 200 free and 500 free, both with PBs. The 500 was 2.5 seconds faster than her seed time. Brent swims year-round for Swim Florida.

Carson Foster, 12, Cincinnati Marlins: 1000y free (10:26.79) – Foster threw down a big swim for his first 1000, jumping to the top spot in the country for 12-year-old boys, and by nearly ten seconds. Foster was competing at the SwimVille USA Jack Thompson Meet hosted by Lakeside Seahawks in Louisville, Kentucky. He also went best times in the 100/500 free, 200 back, 100 fly, and 400 IM.

Ethan Umpornpuckdi, 11, Cerritos Aquatic Club: 1650y free (18:29.06) – Dropping nearly 24 seconds at the age group meet hosted by Barracuda Aquatic Club in Bellflower, California, Umpornpuckdi posted the fastest mile in the country so far this year for 11-year-old boys. He is 37 seconds ahead of number two. He also went best times in the 50/100 free and 50 breast.

Fiona Raynor, 18, Greater Omaha Aquatics: 100y back (58.66) – Raynor went crashing through the 1:00 mark for a new best in the 100 back at the AAAA Senior Circuit meet in Lawrence, Kansas. She also went lifetime bests in the 100 free and 100 breast. Raynor was ahead of last year’s pace in every other event she swam, and seems to be poised for a breakthrough senior season.

Lindsey Merk, 12, Academy Bullets Swim Club: 100y back (1:00.69) – At the Glenbrook Aquatics Oktoberfest Meet in Northbrook, Illinois, Merk won all seven events she entered: 50 free, 50/100 back, 50/100 fly, and 100/200 IM. She was significantly ahead of last year’s pace in all of them, and picked up best times in the 50 free and 200 IM.

Nicole Oliva, 12, Santa Clara Swim Club: 200y back (2:06.58) – About a second off her best time at Walnut Creek Aquabears’ Senior 2 Meet, Oliva was nonetheless 4.5 seconds ahead of her 200 back from the same meet last year. She won the girls 11-12 50/200/500 free, 50/100/200 back, 50 fly, and 200 IM.

Stephen Husch, 17, Cougar Aquatic Team: 100y breast (56.95) – Husch posted impressive time drops while winning both the 100 (-1.1s) and 200 (-5.6s) breast at the Fall Kickoff hosted by Nittany Lion Aquatic Club in the McCoy Natatorium at Penn State. He made his first-ever national time standard with a Winter Juniors cut in the 100 breast. Husch also finished the weekend with best times in the 50 free and 100 fly.

Ethan Browne, 18, Excel Aquatics: 200y breast (2:02.29) – Browne won the 100/200 breast and 200/400 IM at the SwimVille USA Jack Thompson Meet hosted by Lakeside Seahawks. He swam a PB by just a tad in the 200 breast, a whole 3.5 seconds faster than the same weekend last year. Browne ended the meet with new times in the 50/100/200 free, 200 breast, and 100/400 IM.

Juliana Fox, 14, Pacific Swim: 200y fly (2:04.94) – At the Rancho San Dieguito ABC All Ages North Meet, Fox won the 100/200 back, 100/200 fly, and 200/400 IM. She went a lifetime best in the 200 fly by about 8/10, and was 9.5 seconds ahead of what she swam at the same meet a year ago.


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bobo gigi
6 years ago

11-year-old Brett Feyerick from NCAP
26.91 in the 50 back
58.66 in the 100 back

15-year-old Michael Andrew from indie Swimming
20.43 in the 50 free
47.61 in the 100 back
55.92 in the 100 breast
47.96 in the 100 fly

14-year-old Reece Whitley from Penn Charter Aquatic Club
57.65 in the 100 breast
2.05.44 in the 200 breast

12-year-old Sophie Housey from Pointe Aquatics
53.82 in the 100 free
1.54.72 in the 200 free
5.02.85 in the 500 free
58.96 in the 100 fly
2.06.68 in the 200 fly
2.10.19 in the 200 IM

17-year-old Abbey Weitzeil from Canyons Aquatic Club… Read more »

lane 0
6 years ago

13 year old Vinny Marciano from Morris County swim club went 52.6 in the 100 back and 48.0 in the 100 free after coming off some rough training that followed a fractured ankle.

Cyrus Crews
6 years ago

Kaikea Crews 11 went 11 races long course for 11 best times on October 18 & 19: 200LCM Back 2:21.01 was likely one of the fastest 11 year old swims on record. 100LCM Back 1:05.75, 50LCM Back :30.32. Nice time improvements in 50 to 400 Free, 50 & 100 Fly, 50 & 100 Br.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Cyrus Crews
6 years ago

I believed the LCM season was over in USA for age groupers.

Very impressive times!
I’ve made my usual little researches and I can say that the 3 performances on backstroke (30.32/1.05.75/2.21.01) are probably the 3 fastest ever for an 11-year-old boy in USA.
They are at least the 3 best since 2000. Probably best ever.
It’s faster than Ryan Murphy, Destin Lasco or Vinny Marciano at the same age.

Cyrus Crews
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Thanks Bobo. I am an expat coach in Indonesia. My family roots are in Hawaii. Kai and me are USA citizens / USA-S. Kaikea swims LCM all year. The last result was from Walikota Cup II Meet in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. We will be back in Hawaii for USA-S summer in May.

Thanks for the data history from your posts & replies.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Cyrus Crews
6 years ago

Thanks for the information.
I will now follow the progression of your son more closely in the future. 🙂

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