Grace Ariola Posts 52.5 100 Back, 48.3 100 Free at IL Senior Champs

2018 Illinois Swimming SCY Senior Champs

  • March 1st-4th
  • University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Short Course Yards
  • Full Results



  1. St. Charles Swim Team – 763
  2. Academy Bullets Swim Club – 693
  3. New Trier Aquatics – 578
  4. Waves Bloomington/Normal Y S.T. – 443
  5. Patriot Aquatic Club – 376.5


  1. AcademyBullets – 653.5
  2. St. Charles Swim Team – 617
  3. New Trier Aquatics – 603
  4. West Swim Club – 382
  5. Fox Valley Swim Team – 362


  1. St. Charles Swim Team – 1380
  2. Academy Bullets – 1346.5
  3. New Trier Aquatics – 1181
  4. West Swim Club – 681
  5. Fox Valley Swim – 612


High Point Winners

Outstanding Performance Award


There were 14 meet records broken at the 2018 Illinois Swimming SCY Senior Champs meet, with Grace Ariola breaking 6 individual records and being a part of 1 relay record. The meet was run with a “super finals” format, which means the top 4 qualifiers from prelims swam in a heat called the super final, then 5th-12th swim in the A final, and 13th-20th swim in the B final.

Ariola, a National Junior Team member and Texas Recruit, broke the Senior Meet record in the women’s 200 free, 100 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 back, 100 free, and was part of the Waves Bloomington/Normal 800 free relay which broke the meet record. Ariola won the 200 free in a lifetime best of 1:47.38. She was fueled by a huge back half of the race, hitting the 100 mark last in the Super Final at 53.30. She then threw down a 54.08 on the last 100, with 50 splits of 27.69 and 26.39 respectively. Maxine Parker (1:48.07), Anne Margaret Tavierne (1:48.44), Noelle Peplowski (1:48.45), and Melissa Pish (1:48.70) all also came in under the previous meet record of 1:48.93.

Ariola then won the next women’s event, the 100 fly, by .90 seconds over Mallory Jump, 53.49 to 54.39. That marked lifetime bests for both swimmers, with Ariola dropping 1.57 seconds from her previous best of 55.06, and Jump dropped .53 seconds from her best of 54.92. They were very close at the 50 mark, with jump leading 25.35 to Ariola’s 25.59, then Ariola threw down a 27.90 on the final 50 compared to Jump’s 29.04. The Waves women’s 800 free relay of Peplowski, Pish, Sidney Kennedy, and Ariola then combined to win the event by 11 seconds and break the meet record of 7:24.67.

On the same day, Nick Vance broke the meet record in prelims of the men’s 400 IM by .31 seconds. finishing in 3:53.53 compared to the old record of 3:53.84. Vance threw down an impressive 56.02 backstroke split, which combined with his 53.18 fly split for a speedy 1:49.20 on the first 200. he went on to win the event in finals with a 3:54.06, the only swimmer to break 4 minutes.

The New Trier men’s 800 free relay team of Charlie Scheinfeld, Ean Vandergraaf, Patrick Gridley, and Ryan Gridley combined to break the meet record by almost 4 seconds, touching in 6:38.87 compared to the old record of 6:42.36. Scheinfeld led off with a lifetime best 1:39.00, followed by Vandergraaf at 1:41.69, Patrick Gridley at 1:40.48, and Ryan Gridley at 1:37.70.

Ariola then broke the women’s 50 free and 100 back meet records on the 3rd day of the meet. In the 50, Ariola posted a 22.17, shaving .03 seconds off her best time, breaking the meet record of 22.50, and winning by half a second over runner-up Maxine Parker, who went 22.63. That time put Ariola just .12 seconds off Olivia Smoliga’s state record of 22.05, and boosted her up to 27th in the USA Swimming all-time rankings for 17-18 girls. She then went on to win the 100 back in a new meet record by over 2 seconds, racing to a new best time of 52.56. The previous meet record sat at 54.76. She nearly even-split the race, going out in 26.05 and coming back in 26.51. That time brings her up to a tie for 40th in the all-time 17-18 rankings.

Ariola also came in 2nd in the 200 IM, her only individual race that she didn’t win, falling short to Annika Wagner by .80 seconds. Ariola was out in the 1st 100 in 57.17, compared to Wagner’s 59.11, then Wagner massively out-split Ariola on the breast leg, 34.03 to 38.29. Ariola then posted a speedy 26.38 free split compared to Wagner’s 27.80, but it wasn’t enough to take back the lead.

That same night, Topher Stensby broke the meet record in the men’s 50 free, posting a 20.03, to come in well under the previous record of 20.32. He won the race by more than half a second over runner-up Cole Grosshans. Spencer Walker shattered the men’s 100 back meet record of 49.16, putting up a 47.23 to win over runner-up Ryan Gridley, who also broke the meet record with a 48.94. Walker was out in 22.66 and back in 24.57, compared to Gridley, who was out in 23.85 and back in 25.09.

The St. Charles women’s 400 medley relay team of Megan Armstrong, Mary Jania, Mallory Jump, and Anne Margaret Tavierne combined to break the meet record of 3:45.78, posting a 3:43.50. Armstrong led off with a 55.87, followed by Jania at 1:02.51, Jump at 54.55, and Tavierne at 50.57. Tha Academy Bullets men’s 400 medley relay also broke the meet record. The team of Spencer Walker (47.77), Caleb Carlson (56.45), Horace Qiao (48.73), and William Kamps (45.33) posted a final time of 3:18.28, coming in under the previous record of 3:19.37.

There were 3 more records broken on the final day of the meet. Ariola broke the women’s 200 back record in prelims, posting a 1:58.02 to come in under the meet record of 1:59.07. That time was well off her best time of 1:54.60, and she elected not to swim the 200 back in finals, instead focusing on the 100 free. Emma Theobald won the 200 back in finals, posting a 1:58.26, which was under the old record but just off Ariola’s prelims time.

Walker also broke the men’s 200 back record, throwing down a 1:44.14 in prelims to break the old record of 1:45.18 by a full second. He was out in a fast 1st 100, 49.59, and came back in 54.55. In finals, he went 1:44.30 to win the event, splitting almost exactly the same (49.62/54.68).

Ariola then closed out her meet with a win in the 100 free, shattering the previous meet record of 49.61 with her time of 48.30. She was out in 23.13 and back in 25.17, outpacing runner-up Maxine Parker, who also was under the previous record with her time of 49.24. That marked a .59 second drop for Ariola, and a .73 second drop for Parker.


  • Women’s 1000 free: Audrey Coffey (ACAD) – 10:05.20
  • Men’s 100o free: Nick Vance (WCS) – 9:18.19
  • Women’s 100 breast: Noelle Peplowski (BNY) – 1:01.56
  • Men’s 100 breast: Charlie Scheinfeld (NTA) – 53.90
  • Men’s 200 free: Ryan Gridley (NTA) – 1:38.52
  • Men’s 100 fly: Henry Claesson (LYON) – 48.53
  • Women’s 400 IM: Sydney VanOvermeiren (ACAD) – 4:21.80
  • Men’s 200 IM: Garrett Clasen (WCS) – 1:50.90
  • Women’s 200 breast: Noelle Peplowski (BNY) – 2:13.35
  • Men’s 200 breast: William Myhre (SCST) – 2:00.66
  • Women’s 500 free: Melissa Pish (BNY) – 4:50.02
  • Men’s 500 free: Nick Vance (WCS) – 4:28.16
  • Women’s 1650 free: Audrey Guyett (SCST) – 16:58.43
  • Men’s 1650 free: William Kamps (ACAD) – 15:38.49
  • Men’s 100 free: Topher Stensby (PAC) – 44.40
  • Women’s 200 fly: Isabelle Pelka (PAC) – 2:01.68
  • Men’s 200 fly: William Boley (DDST) – 1:49.78
  • Women’s 400 free relay: New Trier (Kearney, Richardson, Kurzydlo, Ohr) – 3:26.61
  • Men’s 400 free relay: New Trier (Scheinfeld, Barr, P. Gridley, R. Gridley) – 3:03.81

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