Alabama Commit Emilio Perez Posts a 23.74 50 Meter Free in Wisconsin

Southwest Aquatic Team (SWAT) Grand Prix

  • June 18-20, 2021
  • Pleasant Prairie Rec Plex, Pleasant Prairie, WI
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters)
  • Live Streams
  • Results

Alabama class of 2025 commit Emilio Perez of SWAT highlighted the Southwest Aquatic Team Grand Prix meet in Wisconsin last week. He dropped a 23.74 to win the 50 free, coming within half a second of his lifetime best time from 2019.

Perez also won the 100 free with a time of 53.28, about 1.5 seconds off his best time from a relay split in 2019. Although, he clocked a 53.24 during prelims. You can watch his finals race at 2:18.28 of the live stream of Saturday’s finals session. We were unable to find a race video of his 50 free.

These were Perez’s only events of the meet. He competed with Elmbrook Swim Club last year, but has returned to SWAT.

Elmbrook Swim Club’s Abby Wanezek, a Wisconsin class of 2026 commit, posted three lifetime best times throughout the meet: 

  • 100 free – 56.95
  • 100 back – 1:03.27
  • 200 IM – 2:26.42

And what she did not log a best time in, she came close to doing so. Wanezek won the 50 free (26.46), about .14 off her lifetime best from May. She came within 1.14 seconds of her lifetime best time in the 200 back from 2019 as well, as she won the event with a time of 2:22.25.

Abby’s younger sister, 13-year-old Caroline Wanezek, clocked 6 lifetime best times over the weekend. 

  • 50 free – 28.27 
  • 100 free – 1:02.63
  • 200 free – 2:21.45
  • 100 breast 1:19.79 
  • 200 breast: 3:01.35
  • 200 IM – 2:32.91

The younger Wanezek dropped half a second in the 50 free, about 4.5 seconds in the 100 free, 38 seconds in the 200 free, 4.5 seconds in the 100 breast, about 4.5 seconds in the 200 breast, and nearly 4 seconds in the 200 IM, totaling roughly 56 seconds.

All of her best times, excluding the 200 free which was from 2018, were from this May.

Another sibling power duo, 16-year-old Campbell Stoll and Illinois class of 2026 commit Sydney Stoll of Elmbrook Swim Club filled the scoreboard with best times. 

In the 50 free, 15-year-old Haiden Schoessel of Rockwood Swim Club took 2nd behind Wanezek (27.39), Campbell Stoll snagged 3rd (27.91), and Sydney Stoll placed 4th (28.03). Schoessel was right on her best time from 2021 Futures earlier this month, Campbell took .7 off her lifetime best from 2019, and Sydney was within .12 of her lifetime best from 2019.

Sydney Stoll dropped nearly a second off her 2019 lifetime best time in the 100 back, placing 3rd with a time of 1:07.22. Campbell took 2nd place (1:05.19), within a second of her lifetime best from May.

15-year-old Lucy Thomas of Elmbrook Swim Club placed 2nd in 100 free behind Abby Wanezek with a lifetime best time of 57.53, taking about .8 off her previous best time from December 2020. Thomas went on to win the 200 free (2:07.32) and 200 IM (2:24.99), about 1 second off her best time in the 200 free about 3 seconds off her best time in the 200 IM.

18-year-old Greg Dreisewerd of Rockwood Swim Club won the 100 fly (57.93), 200 IM (2:17.86), 200 fly (2:10.44), and 400 IM (4:46.97), all with lifetime best times.

He dropped about one-third of a second in the 100 fly, about .8 in the 200 IM, and one second in the 200 fly. All of his previous best times came from the “Meet Me in St. Louis Invite” in early June.

He dropped more than one second from his previous 400 IM lifetime best time from 2019 Sectionals. 

Lexi Cook of Rockwood Swim Club won the 200 back (2:21.67), 100 free (1:02.55), 1500 free (18:46.90), and 100 back (1:07.17). These were all new lifetime bests for 13-year-old Cook whose previous best times were when she posted a  2:22.75 200 back in March, a 1:05.40 100 free in May, a 20:18.46 1500 free in April, and a 1:07.57 100 back in March.

Other Notable Swims:

  • 13-year-old Cheyenne Borroughs of Verona Area Swim Team won the 100 breast 1:17.38 with a 2 second lead over the field. She dropped 2 seconds from her lifetime best from May.
  • Wisconsin commit Michael Long racked up three victories on the boys’ side, winning the  200 free (2:01.91), 800 free (9:03.83), and 200 back (2:16.06). This was his first 800 free logged in the USA Swimming database, but he did not meet his best times in all other events.
  • Long placed 2nd in the 100 back to 16-year-old Stuart Seymour of Elmbrook Swim Club who won with a lifetime best time of 58.97. Seymour then placed 2nd in the 100 fly (59.29), and this was his first time cracking 1:00.00 in both events. His previous  lifetime best in the 100 back was 1:00.17 from May and his previous best time in the 100 fly was 1:12.11 from 2019.

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Annika Johnson

Annika came into the sport competitively at age eight, following in the footsteps of her twin sister and older brother. The sibling rivalry was further fueled when all three began focusing on distance freestyle, forcing the family to buy two lap counters. Annika is a three-time Futures finalist in the 200 …

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