Hunter Armstrong Scratches 200 Free Final on Day 4 at U.S. Junior Nationals

2019 USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships

Day 4 Finals heat sheets

After a huge prelims swim in the 100 backstroke that left him seeded first headed into finals, Hunter Armstrong of Canton City Schools has opted out of the C final of the men’s 200 free on Friday evening. Armstrong swam both events in prelims, finishing 18th in the 200 free and first in the 100 back. Both swims resulted in lifetime bests for the 18-year-old. In the 200 free, he was seeded 82nd with 1:55.62 and dropped 2.36 seconds in heats to place 18th. Two events later, he posted the top 100 back time in the field with 55.14. While he was seeded with 56.40, Armstrong in fact went 55.33 at U.S. Nationals last week so his PB was by .19. Armstrong’s CCS teammate Christopher O’Connor was the only other sub-56 in backstroke heats this morning.

Armstrong’s absence in the C final of the 200 free meant that YMCA Westside Silver Fins’ Jadan Nabor and Beach Cities’ Kai Bathurst, tied for 24th place with 1:53.97, did not have to swim off for lane 8.

There were a number of scratches out of the women’s 200 free final. Long Island Aquatic Club’s Bella Antoniuk (19th with 2:03.83), Lauryn Johnson (24th with 2:04.30), and Tess Howley (25th with 2:04.31) all gave up their places in the C final. Taking the two empty lanes will be Erin Cavanagh of Jersey Wahoos (26th with 2:04.37) and Carmel Swim Club’s Ashlyn Underhill (27th with 2:04.46).

Women’s 200 free

Men’s 200 free

Women’s 200 breast

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Men’s 200 breast

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Women’s 200 back

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Men’s 100 back

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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