2022 CO TOPS Denver Invitational
- November 4 – 7, 2022
- Denver, CO
- Altitude: 5,384 feet/1641 meters
- SCY (25 Yards)
- Results: “2022 CO TOPS Denver Invitational” on MeetMobile
Eccleston, who’s committed to swim at the University of Louisville, swam lifetime bests in all five events he contested, and set new best times in four of them: the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM.
Highlighting the 16-year-old’s stellar weekend was his 200 breast performance, where he blasted 1:57.49 to drop nearly two and a half seconds. He was the only athlete in the field under the 2:00 abrrier, with runner-up Trevor Boodt finishing in 2:04.24. It’s the fourth fastest time by an 18 & under boy in the U.S. this season, and third in the 15-16 age group.
Eccleston had a breakout showing in the long course version of the event this summer. He arrived at Junior Nationals in Irvine with a lifetime best of 2:21.06 and in one day, dropped over six seconds to finish third in 2:14.46.
Adjusted for altitude, Eccleston’s time converts to 1:56.29. That would be the fastest time on the Louisville roster so far this season, ahead of Denis Petrashov‘s 1:57.17 from the SMU Classic.
Note: Altitude-adjusted times can be used for entry purposes at USA Swimming meets, but cannot be used for record or recognition purposes.
Eccleston also rocketed to a 54.19 in the 100 breast and 1:48.78 in the 200 IM, shaving .85 and .68 seconds off his bests in those events, respectively. In his opening swim of the meet, he posted 3:55.93 in the 400 IM, which is a best time by over four and a half seconds. That adjusts to 3:50.93, which would be the second-fastest time for Louisville this season behind Jackson Millard‘s 3:48.99. Both Petrashov and Millard will still be on campus when Eccleston arrives in fall 2024, which is promising for a Louisville team that’s in rebuild mode this season.
Eccleston’s Loveland Swim Club teammate Carther Ruthven also had a strong meet, hitting Juniors cuts en route to wins in the 100 and 200 fly. The 17-year-old swam a 48.67 100 fly, then followed up with 1:48.82 to win the 200 fly by almost three seconds. Ruthven’s 200 fly adjusts to 1:47.62, shaving .05 seconds off his lifetime best from March 2022.
On the girls’ side, it was Finley Anderson who shone, clocking 1:55.55 in the 200 back. It’s a lifetime best for the junior Cal commit, and converts to 1:54.35. The Cal women haven’t had their invitational yet, but that would be good enough for second fastest on the roster this season behind Isabelle Stadden.
The 17-year-old also won the 400 IM in 4:33.19, cutting 5.63 seconds off her best. She won by over two seconds, using her powerful front half to get out to a lead. Highland Ranc’s Mai Kawahata made her move on the breaststroke, and actually out split Anderson on both the breaststroke and freestyle legs. However, Anderson had built a big enough lead that it didn’t matter, and Kawahata stopped the clock in 4:35.45.
Anderson also collected an event win in the 100 back, swimming 53.68 for a new best time. It wasn’t the fastest 100 back of the meet though: that belonged to Charlotte Wilson, who we ranked #17 on our Way Too Early Rankings of the Girls’ High School Class of 2024. Wilson is part of an exceptional recruiting class for UVA, and at this meet she fired off a 53.57 100 back leading off the Hilltoppers’ 400 medley relay. That puts her within a second of her lifetime best of 52.70 from March 2022.
Rounding things out, Mary Macaulay cut over a second off her best in the 200 IM, hitting 2:00.64. That converts to 1:59.44, which would be her first time under the 2:00 barrier in the event. Her previous best was a 2:01.69 from Austin Sectionals in March 2022.