Check out the Weekly Wonders for the weekend of September 30-October 2, 2016.
Dawson Sloan, 17, Pearl City Aquatics: 50y free (21.45) – Swimming at the Hawaiian Swimming Senior Meet at the Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center, Sloan won the men’s 50y free with a personal best by 25/100. He was 7/10 faster than he had been at the beginning of the season last year.
Adrian Aguilar, 15, Metro Aquatic Club of Miami: 200y free (1:41.57) – Aguilar, swimming unattached while representing Doral Prep Firebirds at the 39th FSPA Invitational Swimming & Diving Meet, won the 200 free and the 500 free. He earned a PB in the former by a half-second and a lifetime second-best time in the latter.
Mollie Wright, 16, City Of Midland Swim Team: 500y free (5:10.24) – Wright dropped 3 seconds in the 500 free and finished second in the event at the TXLA 11 & Over Fall Kick Off meet. She was also runner-up in the 100 back, and she earned best times in the 100 breast and 100 IM.
Devin Esser, 13, Swim Neptune: 1650y free (17:25.52) – Esser improved his 1650 time by 5.1 seconds, and was a full 49 seconds than he had been last year at this time while competing at Swim Neptune’s October Invite. Esser also scored PBs in the 50 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 200/400 IM.
Luca Urlando, 14, Davis Aquadarts Racing Team: 100y back (51.97) – Swimming at the Sierra Marlins Super League Meet, Urlando went his second best time ever and finished third in the men’s 100 back, the only 14-year-old in the top 8. He was 3.1 seconds ahead of last year’s pace. Only off his lifetime times by a tick, Urlando won the 200 back and was runner-up in the 100 fly.
Will Little, 12, Jonesboro ‘jets’ Swim Team: 200y breast (2:29.29) – Swimming at the 53rd Annual Aquakids Bob Courtway Swim Meet, Little went 1.4 seconds better than his seed time in the 200 breast, which was already 9 seconds faster than the previous year. Little finished the weekend with new PBs in the 50/100/200/500 free, 100 back, 100/200 breast, and 200 IM.
Katalina Wang, 12, Peters Township Swim Club: 200 breast (2:40.31) – Wang competed at the SFAC First Splash meet over the weekend, and came home with four new PBs, including the 200 breast where she dropped 4.2 seconds. She also improved her times in the 50 breast, 100 IM, and 500 free.
Janie Davis, 13, Lanier Aquatics: 200y fly (2:14.79) – At the Lanier Aquatics October Invitational, Davis entered four events and came home with four new PBs, including a 4-second improvement in the 200 fly that was 7.3 seconds faster than last year at this time. She won the girls’ 13-14 200 fly and 400 IM, was runner-up in the 200 free and took third in the 200 back.
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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