Emma Weyant Drops 4, Jumps to #11 All-time, and Makes 400 IM A Final in Irvine

2018 U.S. National Championships

16-year-old Emma Weyant of Sarasota YMCA Sharks took another 4.45 seconds off a 3-week-old personal best and dominated her heat in the 400 IM on Friday morning. Weyant swam a 4:42.19 to finish 8th overall in prelims, putting her 11.11 seconds ahead of her best swim from last summer. At 2017 U.S. Open, she went 4:53.30 to make the B final before being DQd in finals. Since then, she has swum faster 7 times:

  • 4:42.19 – 8/27/2018
  • 4:46.54 – 7/6/2018
  • 4:48.44 – 3/1/2018
  • 4:50.46 – 3/1/2018
  • 4:52.64 – 6/22/2018
  • 4:52.79 – 5/17/2018
  • 4:53.16 – 4/19/2018

Weyant’s improvement over the last 12 months has been most dramatic on the front half of the race. While she has erased 2 seconds on the breaststroke leg and 1.5 on the free, she has improved by 2.45 and 5.27 in the fly and back, respectively.

8/3/17 prelims 7/27/18 prelims
1:08.06 1:05.61
2:25.59 (1:17.53) 2:17.86 (1:12.25)
3:47.61 (1:22.02) 3:38.01 (1:20.15)
4:53.30 (1:05.69) 4:42.19 (1:04.18)

Weyant jumped to #11 on the all-time list for 15-16 girls with her prelims swim:

Fastest 15-16 Performances 400 IM
Elizabeth Beisel 4:32.87
Katie Hoff 4:36.07
Janet Evans 4:38.58
Ella Eastin 4:38.97
Becca Mann 4:39.78
Dagny Knutson 4:40.10
Caitlin Leverenz 4:40.70
Ariana Kukors 4:41.17
Allison Wagner 4:41.22
Jasmine Tosky 4:42.11

 

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Joyce

Way to go Emma

Buckeyeboy

That’s a heck of a swim, especially in that arena. Congrats to Emma and her Coach(es).

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