2019 USA SWIMMING SPEEDO JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, August 6 – Saturday, August 10, 2019
- Stanford Avery Aquatic Center, Palo Alto, CA
- Prelims 9 AM / Finals 5 PM (U.S. Pacific Time)
- LCM format
- Psych sheet
- Live stream (all sessions)
- Start Lists & Live Results
Justina Kozan of Brea Aquatics closed in on Leah Hayes in the final 50 of the 200 IM to take home the gold medal at the 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships. Kozan, 15, is now the 10th fastest 15-16 200 IMer in the United States and the 3rd fastest 15 year old in the event in the last decade, behind Missy Franklin (2:11.69) and Alex Walsh (2:12.36).
Kozan dropped 1.70 seconds from her entry time of 2:14.04. She added 2.5 seconds during her prelims swim (2:16.62) but made up for it in finals. Her final 50 free split of 29.15 was 1.13 seconds faster Ye Shiwen‘s top closing split of 30.28 at World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. The closing 50 split would even have been the second fastest at Worlds in the 200 free, only slower than Federica Pellegrini‘s split of 28.90.
Kozan was out of the water for part of the summer after a dog bite to the face that left her with 17 stitches. She had to sit out of the pool for a couple of week in order to recover, which only made her work harder once she was able to get back to training.
Top 10 Swimmers:
- Katie Hoff – 2:10.41
- Dagny Knutson – 2:10.79
- Elizabeth Pelton – 2:11.03
- Elizabeth Beisel – 2:11.65
- Missy Franklin – 2:11.69
- Meghan Small – 2:11.83
- Alex Walsh – 2:11.83
- Caitlin Leverenz – 2:12.32
- Allison Wagner – 2:12.54
- Justina Kozan – 2:12.74
|Kozan (finals)||Kozan (prelims)|
Kozan also finished first in the 200 fly (2:09.68) and the 200 free (1:59.48). She and her team placed second in the 4×200 free relay.