Jackson Brown, 17, Aquajets Swim Team (AQJT-MN): 500 free, 4:31.20 – Jackson Brown, then 16, entered 2019 with a best time of 4:41.85 in the 500 free. In February, he dropped to 4:38.10, and in March, went 4:36.55 for a 2019 Futures cut. At the 2019 Rochester Belt Buckle Invite last weekend, he dropped to 4:31.20, a quadruple-A cut. He also went best times in the 200 free (1:41.41) and 200 IM (1:55.61).
Diggory Dillingham, 14, Eastern Iowa Swim Federation (EISF-IA): 50 free, 20.67 – Fourteen-year-old Diggory Dillingham qualified for 2019 Winter Junior Nationals and broke the 13-14 Iowa State record in the 50 free two weekends ago. He first went 20.87 on a 50 split, breaking the record of 21.33 that stood since 2004. Later the same morning, he won the individual event in 20.77, then went 20.67 in finals. That time and put him at the number one rank in the country for 13-14 boys and 11th-fastest of all-time in the age group.
Sabrina Bennani, 15, Brea Aquatics (BREA-CA): 400 IM, 4:19.60 – Sabrina Bennani, then 13, finished out 2017 with a best time of 4:28.96 in the 400 IM. At the end of 2018, she was 4:27.01, and by March of 2019, 4:23.85. Bennani went 4:23.68 in early November, and then last weekend went 4:19.60 to hit a 2019 Winter Juniors cut, her second of the year.
Mary Kate Reicherter, 17, Arlington Aquatic Club (AAC-PV): 200 back, 1:58.26 – Then 16, Mary Kate Reicherter closed 2018 with a best time of 2:01.65 in the 200 back. In March of this year, she went 2:01.57, but didn’t go under 2:09 again until two weekends ago. At the 2019 NC TAC Big Southern Classic, she dropped all the way to 1:58.26. She also went a best time in the 100 back at 55.64, a new 2019 Winter Juniors cut.
Lily Dormans, 13, Canyons Aquatic Club (CANY-CA): 200 free, 1:53.63 – A then-12-year-old Lily Dormans broke 2:00 in the 200 free for the first time in December 2018, going 1:59.94. In March, she went 1:57.09, then in October went 1:59.26. On November 1, Dormans went 1:55.07, then last weekend, she dropped to 1:53.63. She also went a best time in the 100 free as well as the 100 and 200 back.
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