Presenting the AgonSwim Weekly Wonders for the weekend of October 7-9, 2016.
Holden Smith, 13, Triton Swimming: 50y free (23.21) – Swimming at the JTSC Fall Invitational, Smith dropped a half second and was 1.3 seconds faster in the 50 free than he’d been last year at the beginning of the season. Smith went six-for-six with best times, improving in the 100/200 free, 100 back, 100 fly and 200 IM in addition to the 50.
Rittivuth Chea, 11, Crimson Aquatics: 100y back (1:00.71) – Chea won the boys’ 12-and-under 100 back at the CRIM Wheaton Team Specialty meet with a best-by-1 1:00.71; he was 8.3 faster than he’d been last year at this time. He also won the 100 free, 50 back, and 100/200 IM, and was runner-up in the 200 free and 50/100 fly.
Alexandra Crisera, 15, Beach Cities Swimming: 200y back (2:01.80) – Swimming at the Penguins Aquatics Club IMX Short Course Meet, Crisera won the girls’ 15-and-over 200 breast with a best time by 7/10, improving on her time by 4.1 seconds since last year. She also won the 50/100 free, 200 fly, and 200/400 IM, and was runner-up in the 200 breast.
Benjamin Nachod, 12, Rockville Montgomery Swim Club: 100y breast (1:05.50) – Nachod won the boys’ 11-12 100/200 free, 100 breast, and 200 IM at the Potomac Valley Swimming October Kick-Off Classic. He was runner-up in the 200 breast and 400 IM, as well. Nachod had ginormous drops in all his events, including a PB by 6.1 seconds in the 100 breast.
Laura Goettler, 14, Lake Erie Silver Dolphins: 200y breast (2:19.77) – Swimming at the Canton City Schools Short Course Meet at the C.T. Branin Natatorium, Goettler won the girls’ 13-14 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, and 200 IM. She was runner-up in the 200 breast by 25/100, but posted the #1 time in the country for 18-and-under girls for the weekend.
Lexi Anderson, 13, Lahaina Swim Club: 100y fly (58.15) – Anderson broke a 1998 meet record winning the girls’ 13-14 100 fly at the MAGSA B1 Swim Meet in Maui. She went a best time by 6.2 seconds and was 7.1 faster than she’d been last fall. Anderson also won the 100 free and 200 back, and was third in the 50 breast.
Sarah Lopez, 12, Swim Streamline at Northampton: 200y fly (2:15.53) – Swimming at the GULF October Open Invitational Meet hosted by Swim Streamline and South Texas Aquatics, Lopez swam a 200 fly that, while off her PB by 2.2, was 7.8 seconds faster than she’d been a year ago. She did, however, pick up new times in the 200 free and 100 IM during the weekend.
Patrick Callan, 17, Trident Aquatics Club: 400y IM (3:58.29) – Callan won the 400 IM at the JTSC Fall Invitational, posting the #1 time in the country for the weekend. It was his best time by 10.6 seconds, and his first Winter Juniors cut in the event. earned PBs in the 100 breast and 200 free, and picked up his first Summer Juniors cut in the latter.
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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