Howard’s Miles Simon Becomes 2nd Olympic Trials Qualifier in School History

With the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials only approximately 2 months away, swimmers are still earning new cuts at high rate. In the past 3 weeks (3/17 – 4/6), while most of the sport in the United States was focused on the NCAA Championships and other collegiate championship meets, there were 66 new Trials cuts achieved. Of those 66 new cuts, 26 were in women’s events, and 40 in men’s.

One qualification was particularly historic. Howard University sophomore Miles Simon clocked a 23.11 in the 50 free to dip under the Wave I cut of 23.19. The swim marks Simon as only the 2nd Howard swimmer ever to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Notably, current Howard head coach Nicholas Askew is the only other Howard swimmer to have achieved a Trials cut.

As the head coach at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Askew has participated in webinars on the importance of diversity in swimming, and implementing aquatics programs at HBCUs. One such webinar can be found here.

Arizona State hosted an LCM intrasquad this weekend, where their swimmers picked up many new Trials cuts. Leading the charge among the Sun Devils was Jack Dolan, who picked up 3 new Wave II Trials cuts. Dolan entered the weekend with a personal best of 1:49.74, which was just 0.09 seconds off the Wave II cut of 1:49.65. He clipped his lifetime best with a 1:49.59, picking up the Wave II cut. Teammate Andrew Gray tied Dolan at 1:49.59, picking up the Wave II cut just a few weeks after achieving the Wave I cut.

Dolan then went on to swim a 54.84 in the 100 back, blowing away his best time, which had stood for 4 years. Dolan entered the weekend with a personal best of 55.94 from the 2017 NCSA Summer Championships. Similarly, Dolan blew away his 200 back best time. He swam a 2:00.41, picking up the Wave II cut and dipping 2 seconds under his previous best of 2:02.51, which was also from 2017.

NASA Wildcats 17-year-old Carly Novelline is one of the most prolific recent qualifiers, picking up a pair of new Wave II cuts at the Illinois Winter Open meet in March. Novelline tore to new best times of 25.46 in the 50 free, and 55.08 in the 100 free.

Zionsville Swim Club’s Will Modglin, 15, picked up 3 new Trials cuts in the past 3 weeks. Swimming at the Indy Sectionals meet back in March, Modglin swam to a Wave II cut in the 100 back (55.04), and Wave I cuts in the 200 back (2:02.28) and 200 IM (2:03.16). Raunak Khosla, a Princeton swimmer, picked up 3 new Trials cuts in the period as well. Swimming at the Illinois Open, Khosla posted a massive lifetime best (1:01.78) in the 100 breast for a Wave II cut, plus Wave I cuts in the 200 breast (2:16.55), and 100 fly (53.83). Khosla’s 100 fly wasn’t a lifetime best, but his personal best of 53.53 was swum before the start date of the qualifying period in 2018.

Lucy Malys, a 17-year-old out of Oakland Live Y’ers, picked up 3 Trials cuts as well. Malys was swimming at the Elkhart site of the Indy Sectionals meet, and she picked up Wave I cuts in the 400 free (4:16.22), 1500 free (16:47.56), and 200 fly (2:14.46).

Women’s Wave II Qualifiers:

Novelline, Carly 50 FR LCM 17 25.46 2021 ILOP Illinois Swimming Winter Open 3/21/2021 NASA Wildcat Aquatics IL
Novelline, Carly 100 FR LCM 17 55.08 2021 ILOP Illinois Swimming Winter Open 3/18/2021 NASA Wildcat Aquatics IL
Wilhelm, Kiley 100 BK LCM 16 1:00.97 2021 SC SCSC MOC Championship Final 3/26/2021 Lifetime Swim Team North Carolina NC
Berglund, Berit 100 BK LCM 16 1:01.20 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/27/2021 Carmel Swim Club IN
Ramey, Jo Jo 200 BK LCM 15 2:09.72 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/25/2021 Fishers Area Swimming Tigers IN
Christman, Madelyn 200 BK LCM 17 2:12.8 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/25/2021 Carmel Swim Club IN
Gridley, Kaelyn 100 BR LCM 16 1:09.33 2021 ILOP Illinois Swimming Winter Open 3/19/2021 New Trier Aquatics IL
Deleske, Nora 200 BR LCM 22 2:28.67 2021 SUN April Meet 4/3/2021 Sun Devil Swimming AZ


Women’s Wave I Qualifiers:

Paegle, Kristina 50 FR LCM 16 25.72 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/25/2021 Indiana Swim Club IN
Christianson, Lily 50 FR LCM 15 25.83 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/25/2021 Irish Aquatics IN
Curry, Camryn 50 FR LCM 21 25.83 2021 SUN April Meet 4/3/2021 Sun Devil Swimming AZ
Ivan, Teresa 50 FR LCM 17 25.92 2021 SC SCSC MOC Championship Final 3/26/2021 Mecklenburg Swim Association NC
Gersper, Aspen 50 FR LCM 15 25.95 2021 FL NCSA LC TT 3/21/2021 Saint Andrew’s Aquatics FG
Looney, Lindsay 100 FR LCM 19 56.19 2021 SUN April Meet 4/4/2021 Sun Devil Swimming AZ
Hayes, Leah 100 FR LCM 15 56.25 2021 FL ISCA International Senior Meet 3/27/2021 Fox Valley Park District Riptides IL
Peplowski, Anna 200 FR LCM 18 2:00.66 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/26/2021 Waves Bloomington/Normal Y S.T. IL
Malys, Lucy 400 FR LCM 17 4:16.22 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/27/2021 OLY Swimming MI
Malys, Lucy 1500 FR LCM 17 16:47.56 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/28/2021 OLY Swimming MI
Ramey, Jo Jo 100 BK LCM 15 1:01.54 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/27/2021 Fishers Area Swimming Tigers IN
Francis, Malia 100 BK LCM 17 1:02.61r 2021 FL ISCA International Senior Meet 3/25/2021 Mid Wisconsin Wave Makers WI
Peplowski, Anna 100 BK LCM 18 1:02.64 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/27/2021 Waves Bloomington/Normal Y S.T. IL
Papanicholas, Maggie 100 BR LCM 15 1:10.08 2021 WI 18&U MAC Spring Virtual 3/19/2021 Pleasant Prairie Patriots Swim Team WI
Boemer, Anna 100 FL LCM 16 1:00.64 2021 WI 18&U MAC Spring Virtual 3/19/2021 SOLO Aquatics NE
Malys, Lucy 200 FL LCM 17 2:14.46 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/27/2021 OLY Swimming MI
Kitchel, Devon 200 IM LCM 17 2:17.04 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/28/2021 Carmel Swim Club IN
Christman, Madelyn 200 IM LCM 17 2:17.27 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/28/2021 Carmel Swim Club IN


Men’s Wave II Qualifers:

Bustos, Arsenio 100 FR LCM 18 49.25 2021 FL ISCA International Senior Meet 3/27/2021 Woodbridge Aquatic Club CT
Hill, Julian 200 FR LCM 20 1:47.58 2021 SUN April Meet 4/3/2021 Sun Devil Swimming AZ
Gray, Andrew 200 FR LCM 19 1:49.59 2021 SUN April Meet 4/3/2021 Sun Devil Swimming AZ
Dolan, Jack 200 FR LCM 20 1:49.59 2021 SUN April Meet 4/3/2021 Sun Devil Swimming AZ
Hill, Julian 400 FR LCM 20 3:52.92 2021 SUN April Meet 4/3/2021 Sun Devil Swimming AZ
Kravitz, Caleb 800 FR LCM 20 8:08.55 2021 FL ISCA International Senior Meet 3/23/2021 Unattached FL
Modglin, Will 100 BK LCM 16 55.04 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/27/2021 Zionsville Swim Club IN
Dolan, Jack 100 BK LCM 20 54.84 2021 SUN April Meet 4/3/2021 Sun Devil Swimming AZ
Dolan, Jack 200 BK LCM 20 2:00.41 2021 SUN April Meet 4/3/2021 Sun Devil Swimming AZ
Heaphy, John 100 BR LCM 20 1:01.53 2021 AZ PSC LCM Sectional Time Trial March 3/23/2021 Unattached AZ
Khosla, Raunak 100 BR LCM 20 1:01.78 2021 ILOP Illinois Swimming Winter Open 3/19/2021 Unattached IL
Colson, Alex 200 FL LCM 20 1:58.82 2021 SUN April Meet 4/4/2021 Sun Devil Swimming AZ

 

Men’s Wave I Qualifiers:

Wiegand, Ben 50 FR LCM 18 22.92 2021 FL NCSA LC TT 3/21/2021 Waukesha Express Swim Team WI
Bustos, Arsenio 50 FR LCM 18 23.02 2021 FL ISCA International Senior Meet 3/25/2021 Woodbridge Aquatic Club CT
Mas, Diego 50 FR LCM 19 23.03 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/25/2021 U Indy IN
Grodecki, Max 50 FR LCM 26 23.05 2021 ILOP Illinois Swimming Winter Open 3/21/2021 New Trier Aquatics IL
Simon, Miles 50 FR LCM 19 23.11 2021 FL ISCA International Senior Meet 3/25/2021 Unattached GA
Eiber, Griffin 50 FR LCM 22 23.12 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/25/2021 Indiana Swim Club IN
Branzell, Reese 100 FR LCM 18 50.23 2021 FL NCSA LC TT 3/21/2021 Unattached FG
Hill, Julian 100 FR LCM 20 50.26 2021 SUN April Meet 4/3/2021 Sun Devil Swimming AZ
Cecil, Robert 100 FR LCM 21 50.27r 2021 FL ISCA International Senior Meet 3/24/2021 Academy Aquatic Club FL
Shoyat, Eli 400 FR LCM 17 3:56.92 2021 FL ISCA International Senior Meet 3/25/2021 Northern KY Clippers Swimming OH
Gray, Andrew 400 FR LCM 19 3:57.11 2021 SUN April Meet 4/3/2021 Sun Devil Swimming AZ
Kravitz, Caleb 1500 FR LCM 20 15:44.83 2021 FL ISCA International Senior Meet 3/27/2021 Unattached FL
Marshall, Jonny 100 BK LCM 16 56.42 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/27/2021 Firestone Akron Swim Team LE
Crosby, Charlie 100 BK LCM 17 56.59 2021 ND LCM Sectionals Time Trial 3/25/2021 Hurricanes Swim Team MN
Modglin, Will 200 BK LCM 16 2:02.28 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/25/2021 Zionsville Swim Club IN
Bustos, Arsenio 100 BR LCM 18 1:02.95 2021 FL ISCA International Senior Meet 3/24/2021 Woodbridge Aquatic Club CT
Malicki, Ryan 100 BR LCM 17 1:03.14 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/27/2021 Carmel Swim Club IN
Khosla, Raunak 200 BR LCM 20 2:16.55 2021 ILOP Illinois Swimming Winter Open 3/21/2021 Unattached IL
Colson, Alex 100 FL LCM 20 53.46 2021 SUN April Meet 4/4/2021 Sun Devil Swimming AZ
Ledford, Mitchell 100 FL LCM 16 53.79 2021 FL ISCA International Senior Meet 3/26/2021 Treasure Coast Swimming Conquistadores FL
Khosla, Raunak 100 FL LCM 20 53.83 2021 ILOP Illinois Swimming Winter Open 3/20/2021 Unattached IL
Crawford, Jace 100 FL LCM 18 53.91 2021 FL ISCA International Senior Meet 3/26/2021 Unattached FL
Sequeira, Aaron 100 FL LCM 19 53.95 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/26/2021 Cincinnati Marlins OH
Bloebaum, Carl 100 FL LCM 17 54.15 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/26/2021 Mason Manta Rays OH
Ward, Zach 200 FL LCM 18 2:00.98 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/27/2021 Buckeye Swim Club OH
Modglin, Will 200 IM LCM 16 2:03.16 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/28/2021 Zionsville Swim Club IN
Iida, Scooter 200 IM LCM 18 2:03.52 2021 WI 18&U MAC Spring Virtual 3/20/2021 Glenbrook Swim Club IL
Rothrock, Gus 200 IM LCM 18 2:03.54 2021 IN Combined Speedo Sectional 3/28/2021 Carmel Swim Club IN

 

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Bfunk
5 months ago

Huge for Howard as a program and Mr Simon as an individual

SWIMGUY12345
5 months ago

Well done!

Last edited 5 months ago by SWIMGUY12345
GoPack
5 months ago

Arsenio Bustos also made a wave 2 cut in the 100 freestyle (49.25)