Katharine Berkoff Breaks Missy Franklin’s Meet Record in Federal Way


Missoula’s Katharine Berkoff, the 3rd-ranked recruit in the high school class of 2019, set a new meet record in the 100 back with a 50.99. That broke the old record of 51.18 set in 2013 by 5-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin. Berkoff’s personal best is 50.72 from 2018 Speedo Winter Juniors-West is 4th-fastest swim  of all-time for the 17-18 girls.

Berkoff was 2-for-2 on day 2, adding a win in the 200 free with a 1:46.14. That’s a new lifetime best for her.

Meet record by Hillsboro’s Ethan Heasley. Winning time of 3:44.25 took down meet record of 3:45.46. For the 17-18 age group, he ranks #23 all-time. The Texas commit would have placed 2nd at the 2019 Big 12 championships and would have been on the selection bubble for the 2019 NCAAs.

Runner-up Tyler Lu of Seattle Metropolitan finished with a 3:48.14, which ranks #12 all-time in the 15-16 age group. Later in the 100 back, Lu won with a 47.46, which ranks #18 in his age group all-time.

Other Friday (Day 2) Winners & Highlights:

  • Hillsboro senior and Notre Dame commit Luke Thornbrue won the boys’ 200 free in 1:35.58. In the process, he beat out Hawaiian Aukai Lileikis, who was 2nd in 1:36.68; and Tualatin Hills’ Caspar Corbeau, who was 3rd in 1:35.85. Lileikis is a former Cal Bear swimmer who now appears on Hawaii’s roster as a redshirt sophomore, though he didn’t swim for Hawaii this season.
  • Sarah Dimeco of the Bellevue Club Swim Team won the girls’ 400 IM in 4:12.10. She was the runner-up in this event at last year’s meet, with a winning time in 2019 that was 3.7 seconds faster than she swam in 2018. This is her 2nd win of the meet after taking the 1000 free (9:46.27) on Thursday.
  • Fort Collins Area Team (FAST)’s Lucerne Bell once again showed off her 14-year-old speed and took 2nd in the 400 IM with a 4:12.42. She is now #9 all-time in her age group. That’s after she climbed to #3 in the 200 fly on Thursday.
  • The Bellevue Club Swim Team relay of Christina Bradley (50.28), Jazlynn Pak (50.04), Gabrielle Dang (49.99), and Grace Felner (49.50) combined to win the girls’ 400 free relay in 3:19.81. That just-missed the Meet Record of 3:19.59 set by Fort Collins at last year’s meet. The fastest split of the field was a 49.41 anchor leg from Sefilina Maile of the Lobo Aquatic Club in New Mexico to close out their 6th-place relay.
  • In the boys’ 400 free relay, Tualatin HIlls’ quartet of Caspar Corbeau (43.39), Marco Nosack (46.15), Samuel Donchi (45.57), and Trenton Martinez (44.73) combined for a winning time of 2:59.84. Lileikis, the 100 free winner, led off Iolani’s relay with a 42.87 – faster than the 43.01 with which he won the individual event.

Team Scores After Day 2:

Boys Top 5

  1. Hillsboro Swim Team – 466
  2. University of Denver Hilltoppers – 404
  3. Bellevue Club Swim Team – 378
  4. SMAC – 377
  5. Tualatin Hills – 350

Girls Top 5

  1. Bellevue Club Swim Team – 845
  2. Tualatin hills – 504
  3. SMAC – 497
  4. University of Denver Hilltoppers – 447
  5. Fort Collins Area Swim Team – 373

Combined Top 5

  1. Bellevue Club Swim Team – 1223
  2. SMAC – 874
  3. University of Denver Hilltoppers – 851
  4. Tualatin Hills Swim Club – 844
  5. Fort Collins – 554

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Nick Pecoraro started swimming at age 11, instantly becoming drawn to the sport. He was a breaststroker and IMer when competing. After joining SwimSwam, the site has become an outlet for him to research and learn about competitive swimming and experience the sport through a new lenses. He graduated in …

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