Justin Fleagle Goes 55.1 In 100 Fly On Day 2 Prelims of YNats

2019 YMCA LONG COURSE NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • July 30th-August 3rd, 2019
  • Eppley Recreation Center, College Park, Maryland
  • LCM (50m)
  • Meet site
  • Results
  • Psych Sheets
  • Meet Mobile:
    • “2019 LCYNationals” for the main meet
    • “2019 LCYNationals TT only” for time trial swims

Auglaize Mercer 18-year-old Justin Fleagle dropped more than a second to put up a 55.12 in the 100 fly, qualifying first on the opening morning session of YMCA Long Course Nationals.

Fleagle, a rising high school senior who recently committed to Ohio State University, leads all qualifiers in that event by half a second. His best time prior to this week was a 56.24, done just last month. He was 56.33 at YMCA Nationals last summer. But his 100-yard butterfly has improved rapidly in that time, from 54.6 as of summer 2018 to 51.0 last winter to 48.1 this past spring. The drops just keep coming for Fleagle.

18-year-old Megan Glass of Blue Ash had the top swim among girls in the 100 fly. Her 1:01.47 is still a second off her seed time, but she could challenge Courtney Weaver’s YMCA National record tonight, if she can cut a few tenths from her best.

Most of the top athletes were a bit off their best this morning, but there were a couple drops among top qualifiers. Nicholas Toepfer of South Shore dropped about six tenths from seed to lead the boys 200 back in 2:06.20. And Red Bank’s Dylan Citta went 2:21.30 to cut a half-second from seed and lead the boys 200 breast. Both boys are 16.

Other top qualifiers from day 2 prelims:

  • Cheshire Y went 4:20.33 in the girls 400 medley relay, getting the field’s best free split from Sophie Murphy in 57.19.
  • Bradford Y’s Paige Hetrick is the top qualifier by a longshot in the girls 200 back. The 17-year-old was 2:15.92, still at least two seconds off her best time.
  • Wheeling 16-year-old Mia Sunseri went 2:34.93 to qualify atop the 200 breast. She’s a second and a half ahead of York 15-year-old Meaghan Harnish‘s 2:36.62.
  • Somerset Hills led the boys 400 medley relay, going 3:52.63. Lukas Scheidl had the field’s best fly split at 55.2, and Trent Russano‘s 58.30 backstroke leadoff was also the best split in the field.

Tonight’s finals will include all of those events, plus the 200 free relays, which had preliminary qualifying last night during the distance session.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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