Duke Commit Easop Lee, 12-Yr-Old Maggie Belbot Impress at NBAC Invite


  • December 7 – December 10, 2017
  • St. Mary’s City, MD
  • Results

At the 2017 NBAC Christmas Invite, Duke commit Easop Lee and 12-year-old Maggie Belbot, both members of NBAC, put together impressive weekends.

Lee, a high school senior who is signed with Duke, won five of the six events she competed in. She dropped time in five of her six events, too.

In the 400 IM win, her time of 4:08.59 was a drop of nearly seven seconds. She also went 1:58.51 for a .24 drop in the 200 IM, 53.68 in the 100 back for a .49 drop, 1:53.74 in the 200 back for a 1.96 second drop, and 49.56 in the 100 free for a .63 drop. She was also 1:45.34 in the 200 free, though her best in the event is a 1:44.63.

Duke has a lot to be excited about with Lee incoming next fall– her best times would break Duke program records in the 200 free, 500 free, 200 back, and the 400 IM (by over six seconds).

Meanwhile, at just 12 years old, NBAC’s Maggie Belbot had a spectacular meet of her own. In the 11-12 division, Belbot won eight events, climbing the 11-12 U.S. rankings in most of her events.

Belbot’s 11-12 Age Group Top 100 Swims

  • 100 free – 51.65 (16th)
  • 200 IM – 2:05.64 (19th)
  • 100 fly – 56.33 (25th)
  • 200 free – 1:52.62 (33rd)
  • 50 free – 23.97 (38th)
  • 50 fly – 25.88 (45th)
  • 100 breast – 1:05.88 (64th)
  • 200 fly – 2:08.70 (97th)

Belbot also won the 50 back, and in the 200 fly, she had her lone 2nd place finish. Anna Phelps of Plymouth Whitemarsh Aquatic Club was the fastest 12-year-old in the 200 fly, going a monster 2:04.58 which now ranks her 15th all-time in the 11-12 rankings. Phelps also won the 500 free (5:09.40) and the 200 back (2:11.48).

UMBC alumna Emily Escobedo, at her first meet since the U.S. Open when she dropped a 2:23 200 breast in long course, quietly swam some respectable times this weekend. Escobedo won two events, going 1:58.04 to take the 200 IM and 2:08.59 to win the 200 breast– no best times, but solid swims for the 21 year old. Escobedo is working towards a graduate degree in special education, per UMBC News.


  • Reaching the 15-16 top 100 in three events was Tyler Christianson of Naval Academy Aquatic Club. He posted times of 55.69 in the 100 breast, 1:59.38 in the 200 breast, and 3:53.36 in the 400 IM, which rank him 95th, 39th, and 69th all-time, respectively.
  • 14-year-old Mia Abruzzo went best times in the 200 free (1:51.79), 400 IM (4:18.48), 100 back (56.25), 200 back (2:05.36) and the 1000 free (10:04.18). She also won the 200 fly (2:00.14). She trains with PWAC.
  • NBAC’s Megan Drumm broke 51 for the first time in the 100 free in prelims (50.95), then smashed another barrier by dropping a 49.95 in the finals. She also broke 1:50 for the first time, going 1:49.80 to take 2nd in the 200 free.

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zip fan

WOW Easop Lee!

Jerimiah Knots

That Chinese girl is pretty good! She will be a great addition to the Duke swim team! CONGRATS!


Her name is Easop Lee, and she’s South Korean. “That Chinese girl” isn’t only inaccurate, but a little rude, don’t ya think?

Not ignorant

If you’ve been around the world (or if you are aware of that fact that there is a large planet called Earth filled with people, of which you are a small fraction), you know that not all Asian people are from the same place. This is a giant Earth we live on.


why so salty


you need to stop over reacting



science geek

Were you trying to be ridiculous? That was an outrageous comment. She does rock though, that’s an awesome 400im.


What does her nationality or race have anything to do with her performance in the pool?

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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