Presenting our Weekly Wonders for the weekend of May 13-15, 2016.
Patrick Callan, 16, Trident Aquatics Club: 100m free (53.91) – Swimming at the JTSC Aloha Invitational hosted by Jenks Trojan Swim Club, Callan posted his second-best time in the 100m free, about 2/10 better than at the same time last year. Callan did get a new time, in the 50 free, dropping .42 seconds for 25.08.
Zoe Cosgrove, 15, Davis Arden Racing Team: 100m back (1:03.19) – Cosgrove dropped almost 2.4 seconds and got her first 2016 Olympic Trials cut, swimming at the Davis Post High School Shave Meet. She also got a best time in the 200 back, improving by 2 seconds.
Brendan Santana, 16, Pacific Swim: 100y back (49.81) – Swimming unattached for University City High School at the CIF-San Diego Section Division 2 Championships, Santana broke 50 seconds for the first time and won the boys’ 100 back. He also won the 100 fly, also with a best time (48.94).
Ethan Dang, 14, King Aquatic Club: 100m breast (1:03.62) – Dang added a 2016 Olympic Trials cut in the 100 breast to the one he already had in the 200 breast when he dropped .15 at the Fourth Annual Sockeye Spring Open hosted by the Issaquah Swim Team. Dang won the boys’ 13-14 50/100 free and 100/200 breast, and picked up a new PB in the 200 back.
Matthew Yish, 16, SOLO Aquatics: 100m fly (54.61) – Yish punched his first ticket to 2016 Olympic Trials by dropping .5 seconds in the 100 fly at Time Trials of the North Shore Swim Club Team Specialty Meet at MIT. In the meet itself, Yish won the boys 13 & Over 50 free (with a new PB) and 100/200 fly, and was runner-up in the 100 free.
Zach Brown, 15, Marlins of Raleigh: 200m fly (2:01.21) – Brown lowered his PB in the 200 fly and went under the 2016 Olympic Trials standard for the second time winning the B Final at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Charlotte. Brown also improved his PB in the 100 fly over the weekend.
Nora Deleske, 17, Golden West Swim Club: 200y IM (1:59.53) – A week after breaking 2:00 for the first time at Sunset League finals, the Edison High School sophomore won the 200 IM at CIF-Southern Section Division I with a best time by .4. Deleske also earned a new PB in the 100 free (51.95) leading off Edison’s 400 free relay.
Vanessa Pearl, 16, Metroplex Aquatics: 200m IM (2:18.37) – Pearl was .03 off her best time but was about 4 seconds faster than she was a year ago, swimming the 200 IM at the Atlantic Classic Swim Meet at McAuley Aquatic Center. It was Pearl’s second time under the 2016 Olympic Trials standard in the event.
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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