Alex Shackell Continues Surge, Hits 50.97 100 Fly To Move To #2 In 15-16 Age Group


Coming off an impressive triple in last night’s finals session, Carmel Swim Club’s Alex Shackell continued her hot streak during Friday morning’s preliminary session from the Winter Junior – East Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Shackell dropped a time of 50.97 in the girls’ 100 butterfly, resetting her best time and becoming just the second swimmer in the 15-16 age group to break 51 seconds.

The 16-year-old leapfrogs Beata Nelson for #2 all-time among 15-16 girls, trailing only U.S. Olympian Claire Curzan, who owns the National Age Group Record at 49.51.

All-Time Performers, 100 Butterfly (SCY) – 15-16 Girls

  1. Claire Curzan, 49.51 – 2021
  2. Alex Shackell, 50.97 – 2022
  3. Beata Nelson, 51.08 – 2014
  4. Torri Huske, 51.29 – 2019
  5. Olivia Bray, 51.48 – 2017
  6. Regan Smith, 51.63 – 2018
  7. Grace Oglesby, 51.75 – 2015
  8. Katie McLaughlin, 51.78 – 2014
  9. Emma Sticklen, 51.88 – 2019
  10. Campbell Stoll, 51.89 – 2021

Shackell had previously ranked third in the age group with the 51.21 she posted at this meet last year.

In that swim, she actually had the exact same opening 50 split as she did in this morning’s prelims, 23.79, but was over two-tenths quicker on the back half on Friday.

Split Comparison

Shackell, 2021 Winter Juniors Shackell, 2022 Winter Juniors
23.79 23.79
51.21 (27.42) 50.97 (27.18)

14-year-old standout Charlotte Crush qualified second into the girls’ 100 fly final in a time of 51.52, while Canadian standout Summer McIntosh advanced third in 51.91.

During Thursday’s finals session, Shackell won the girls’ 200 IM (1:54.54) and 50 free (21.73) back-to-back, moving into sixth and second all-time in the 15-16 age group, respectively. She finished things off by splitting 50.94 on the fly leg for Carmel in the 400 medley relay, propelling the club to the win and a new meet record.

McIntosh notably split 50.90 on Sarasota’s relay, indicating she could very well challenge Shackell for the victory tonight.

Shackell is coming off a breakout summer in long course, notably winning gold in the 100 fly at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in August.

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1 month ago

for a second, i thought a 15/16 age grouper went a 50.97 100 fly long course meters

Then i remembered Alex is the younger sister of Aaron and Andrew Shackell, and this time made more sense

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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