Lilly Zippel, 15, Schroeder YMCA (SSTY-WI): 100m breast, 1:15.10 – Swimming at Schroeder YMCA’s Summer Sprint this week, 15-year-old Lilly Zippel broke through with a two-and-a-half-second drop in her 100 breast. Zippel had only broken 1:20 for the first time in her career last August, going 1:17.64 at Wisconsin’s long course state meet. But Zippel crushed a 1:15.10 to win the Summer Sprint. At the same meet, Zippel also hit personal bests in the 100 fly (1:09.37, dropped from 1:13.13) and 100 back (1:10.88, dropped from 1:14.97).
Trey Carter, 16, Spartans Aquatic Club (SPAC-GA): 100y fly, 52.82 – In Georgia, Spartans Aquatic Club held an intrasquad meet where 16-year-old Trey Carter dropped almost three full seconds in his 100-yard butterfly. Carter was on a great trajectory in that event before the coronavirus pandemic: early last fall, his lifetime-best was a 59.54 from 2017. In October, he dropped to 55.55. And this week, Carter crushed a 52.82. At the same meet, Carter dropped a half-second in his 50 free.
Matthew Baumann, 13, Oshkosh YMCA Dolphin Swim Team (OSHY-WI): 50m free, 29.39 – 13-year-old Matthew Baumann made his first-ever foray under 30 seconds in Schroeder’s Summer Sprint meet. Last summer, Baumann went a personal-best 31.76 in the 50 free, but this week cut to 29.39 as a 13-year-old. Baumann also made a second drop in his 100 free (1:08.95 to 1:07.93) and about a half-second drop in his 100 back (1:16.17 to 1:15.65).
Caroline Parker, 12, Spartans Aquatic Club (SPAC-GA): 200y IM, 3:02.46 – Spartans Aquatic Club 12-year-old Caroline Parker set a whopping 9 personal-best times at the team’s intrasquad meet this week. The highlight was a 20-second drop in the 200 IM. It was Parker’s second-ever swim registered in the event, and she went 3:02.46 to best a 3:22.97 she had put up in October. Parker also hit best times in the 50 free, 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast, 50 back, 50 fly, 100 IM and 500 free. Her 200 breast and 500 free swims were her first-ever registered in those events.
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