Presenting the AgonSwim Weekly Wonders for the weekend of November 18-20, 2016.
Serafina Viola, 13, Fairport Area Swim Team: 50y free (23.47) – Representing Penfield High School at the 2016 NYSPHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships, Viola went a PB by .03 and was .4 faster than she’d been at this time last year. Placing second to New York state and national age-group record-holder Kate Douglass, Viola earned her first Winter Juniors cut in the event. The freshman was also third in the 100 free (51.22).
Quinn Scholz, 15, Coast Aquatics: 50y free (21.22) – Scholz improved by 8/10 and was 1.2 seconds than last year with her second-place finish at the “Gravy Bowl” hosted by The Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club. Scholz was also runner-up in the 200 free and 200 back, and finished fourth in the 100 back, 100 fly and 200 IM.
Griffin Ayotte, 15, Colorado Springs Swim Team: 200y free (1:40.91) – Swimming at the 10th Annual High Desert Classic hosted by Charger Aquatics at the Academy Natatorium, Ayotte dropped .7 with a leadoff 200 free of 1:40.91. That is 5.2 seconds better than at the same period last season, and adjusted for altitude, takes him under 1:40 (1:39.71) for the first time. Ayotte also went PBs in the 100 free and 100/200 back.
Georgia Mosher, 16, Club Wolverine: 500y free (4:50.08) – Representing Ann Arbor Skyline at the 2016 MIOB MHSAA Division I Girls’ Championships, Mosher whacked 4.5 seconds off her previous best time and won the women’s 500 free with her first Winter Juniors cut in the event. She also earned her first Winter Juniors invitation in the 100 breast after finishing fifth with 1:03.77.
Joe Hayburn, 12, Annapolis Swim Club: 200y back (2:04.45) – Hayburn won the boys’ 11-12 50 back and 200 back, and was second in the 100 fly at the Fall Warmup Meet hosted by North Baltimore Aquatic Club. He dropped 3.6 seconds in the 200 back and was 5 seconds ahead of last year’s pace, touching the wall over 14 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Josh Matheny, 14, Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics: 200y breast (2:05.03) – Matheny set meet records in winning both the boys’ 13-14 100 breast and 200 breast at the Mark J. Braun Fall Classic. His 200 breast time was a PB by 2.6 seconds and fully 13.2 seconds faster than a year ago. Matheny finished the weekend with new times in the 50 free, 100/200 breast, and 200/400 IM.
Jack Dolan, 15, Rockwood Swim Club: 100y fly (48.96) – Swimming at the Ozark A Championships at the Shea Natatorium in Carbondale, Illinois, Dolan won the boys 15 and over 100/200 free, 200 back, and 100 fly, setting the Ozark LSC record in the fly. Dolan was runner-up in the 200 IM and third in the 100 breast. His 100 fly time was a PB by 4/10 and 2.3 seconds better than last year’s. He also earned new personal-bests in the 100 breast and 200 IM.
Kathryn Ackerman, 14, Tri-Cities Guardians: 200y IM (2:01.64) – Representing Grand Haven High School at the 2016 MIOB MHSAA Division I Girls Championships, Ackerman rocketed to the #2 spot in the 200 IM with a huge 3.4-second drop. That marked a 6.6-second improvement over her time from last fall. Ackerman also finished fourth in the 500 free (4:54.55) and anchored both Grand Haven’s freestyle relays.
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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