Presenting the AgonSwim Weekly Wonders for the weekend of October 14-16, 2016.
Levani Tutovani, 12, Atlantic Coast Athletic Clubs of VA: 50y free (23.10) – Swimming at the Rays Great Pumpkin Splash Invitational hosted by Rappahannock Area YMCA, Tutovani won the boys’ 11-12 50/100 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 fly, and 100/400 IM. He improved 1/10 in the 50 free and was 2.4 seconds fast than he’d been a year ago.
Wen Zhang, 15, Dothan Dolphins Swim Team: 100y free (46.06) – Zhang went his second-best lifetime 100 free, only off his best time by .23 and 9/10 faster than at this time last year, at the War Eagle Invitational. He won the boys’ 15-and-over 100 free by 6/100 over a stacked field that included Auburn University swimmers.
Rachel Rhee, 15, Rancho San Dieguito: 500y free (4:59.43) – Rhee won the girls open 500 free, 100 breast, and 200 IM at the College Area Swim Team Senior Meet. She went her second-best time in the 500, and her best in-season time ever, winning the event by more than 22 seconds.
Andrew Renninger, 12, Olympic Aquatic Club: 1650y free (17:12.43) – Renninger finished second in the mixed open 1650 freestyle at the MET October Senior Challenge, he went a best time by 30 seconds. Renninger finished third in the 100 fly and fourth in the 100 back and 100 breast.
Hannah Ownbey, 14, Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club: 100y breast (1:05.00) – Swimming unattached for Riverside High School at the 2016 SCHSL 5A Championships, Ownbey won the 100 breast with a third-best, best-in-season 1:05.00. She placed second in the 200 IM, anchored the 200 free relay, and led off the 400 free relay, contributing greatly to Riverside’s state title.
Leo Wang, 17, Potomac Marlins: 100y breast (57.38) – Wang won the boys 13-and-over 100 breast at the October Open hosted by the Potomac Marlins at Freedom Center. Wang dropped a half-second and procured his first Winter Juniors cut in the event.
Jamie Bouda, 16, Kalispell Aquatic Team: 100y breast (58.93) – Swimming at the WRSC Fall Frenzy in Whitefish, Montana, Bouda won the boys’ 15-16 50/100/200 free, 50/100/200 breast, 100 fly, and 200 IM. He dropped 4.6 seconds in the 100 breast and broke 1:00 for the first time.
Emily Wang, 11, Morris County Swim Club: 200y IM (2:15.65) – Wang won the girls’ 11-12 500 free, 100/200 breast, and 100/200 IM at the Condors October Fall Festival. She went a best time by 2.3 seconds in the 200 IM, improving 6.1 seconds since the same meet last year.
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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