While Reece Whitley was continuing to break National Age Group records in the 13-14 category, Nation’s Capital senior Andrew Seliskar nearly got a NAG of his own on Saturday morning of the Tom Dolan Invite, going 1:41.72 to rattle the 200 fly record held by U.S. National champ Tom Shields.
Seliskar had a great morning, highlighted by that 1:41.7, which is a liftime-best by eight tenths. The NAG record stands at 1:41.52 from Shields in 2010.
In addition to that 200 fly, Seliskar is the top seed in the 200 breast, where he went 1:55.68. He’ll presumably swim both again at finals and could have shots at NAG records in both – Seliskar already holds the record in the 200 breast at 1:52.21.
Second behind him in the breaststroke is teammate Carsten Vissering, the USC commit who broke the 15-16 record in the 100 breast last year.
Whitley’s 1:57.87 200 breast in the 13-14s was obviously the highlight of the morning, and that record-breaking swim got its own story here. Whitley is also the second seed in the 100 back at 53.16, behind Destin Lasco. Lasco, a NAG record-breaker in the 11-12s last year who is now 13, leads at 51.87.
On the girls side, keep an eye on 15-year-old Cassidy Bayer. The NCAP swimmer leads the 200 fly (1:55.86) and 50 free (22.98), plus has a shot to win the 100 back as the second qualifier (54.78). She’s second in that event to 16-year-old Allie Szekely (54.40).
Szekely is also the top seed in the 200 breast after going 2:13.27 this morning.
Some other high points from prelims:
- 14-year-old Morgan Scott showed some impressive range this morning in the freestyles. She’s the top qualifier in the 50 free at 23.44 and also leads the 500 free in 5:01.59.
- The boys 100 back should be a great race between Delaware Swim Team’s David Crossland and NCAP’s John Shebat. Crossland, 16, leads the way in 48.87 with Shebat, a Texas commit, second in 48.89.
- NCAP’s Megan Byrnes leads the 500 free after going 4:47.12 in prelims, but she’ll have to fight off 14-year-old Madison Homovich of North Coast, who was 4:47.31 and sits second. Also in the hunt will be 15-year old Isabella Rongione at 4:49.21.
- U.S. Olympian Andrew Gemmell went 4:24.45 for the top seed in the open 500 free. He’ll be chased by high school senior Townley Haas, who was 4:25.85. Also finishing near the top was Machine’s James Murphy at 4:26.01.
You can find live results here, though finding the meet on the Meet Mobile app has been more reliable so far this week. Finals begin at 6:05pm Eastern Time.