Announcing our Weekly Wonders for the weekend of May 6-8, 2016.
Chloe Grimme, 13, Pipeline Swimming: 50m free (26.91) –Grimme won the girls 13-14 50 free by over 2 seconds at the Spring Open hosted by West Florida Lightning Aquatics. It was her best time by over half a second and her first Winter Juniors cut in the event. Grimme also won the 100 free, and she picked up a new PB in the200 back.
Ana Pozder, 16, TAC Titans: 800m free (8:48.11) – Pozder blasted 11.5 seconds off her previous best time in the 800 free and picked up her first 2016 Olympic Trials cut at the TAC Titans Cinco de Mayo meet. She also earned new times in the 100/200/400 free, 100 fly, and 200 IM over the weekend.
Allie Hathaway, 11, Rochester Swim Club: 100m back (1:11.06) – Swimming at the Rochester Orcas Senior Series – Meet 1, Hathaway dropped 1.1 seconds and placed fourth in the women’s open 100 back. She won the 50m back, finished top 8 in the 50 free and 50 fly, and was 15th in the 100 free. She ended the weekend with new PBs in the 50/100 free, 50/100 back, and 50 fly.
Eireni Moshos, 18, Nation’s Capital Swim Club: 200m back (2:16.52) – Moshos dropped 2 seconds in prelims of the 200 back at the Poseidon Classic to notch her first 2016 Olympic Trials cut. She also won the 100 back and 200/400 IM and was runner-up in the 100 free. Moshos pocked new PBs in the 100 free and both IMs over the weekend.
Robert Tars, 12, Greensboro Community YMCA: 200m back (2:24.88) – Tars blasted a huge 2:24.88 for his first 200m back, swimming in the open division at the SGSA Mother May I? meet hosted by Swim GSA. He finished 7th in the 200 back and 8th in the 50 back, and earned new best times in the 50/200 free, 50/200 back, 50 fly, and 200 IM.
Tanner Olson, 16, Canyons Aquatic Club: 100y breast (55.17) – Swimming unattached for Saugus High School at prelims of the Foothill League championships, Olson won the boys 100 breast with the #1 time in the country for the weekend. He then went on to win the 100 breast (55.28) and the 50 free (21.15) at the Foothill League finals.
Sage Matsushima, 14, Irvine Novaquatics: 100y fly (54.64) – Matsushima, a freshman at Marina High School, dropped 1 second off her previous PB in the 100 fly and was runner-up by a hair at the Sunset League championships. It was Matsushima’s second time under the Winter Juniors time standard in the event.
Andrew Rogers, 11, Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team: 400m IM (5:24.93) – Rogers dropped 1 second in the and landed in 10th place in the open division of the men’s 400 IM at the Spring Splash Invitational. He won the boys’ 11-12 200 free, 50/100 back, 50/100 fly, and 200 IM, and was runner-up in the 50/100 free and 50/100 breast.
Reminder: The Weekly Wonders column is a celebration of age-group swimming, where new champions are made every day. Anyone can look up the top swims of the week. That’s not what we’re doing here. If we were only reporting on the week’s top swims we would feature the same handful of athletes every Wednesday. Instead, this is an opportunity to introduce the swimming community to athletes who have made great strides in the context of their own particular swimming worlds. By association, it also celebrates their coaches and their teams. The Weekly Wonders column, therefore, amounts to a pat on the back for a job well done, and hopefully encourages swimmers of all levels to continue to reach from within to get to that next level.
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