The long course edition of the 2015 NCSA Junior National Championships, hosted in Indianapolis, Indiana, began on Tuesday and run through Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium. This meet is not as heavily attended as its short course counterpart in March, largely because it butts up against USA Swimming’s Junior National meet, but has been gaining steam, especially from Midwestern swimmers who are geographically convenient to the site.
The first day’s preliminary rounds had one standout swim, and that was the men’s 100 free, where Zionsville Swim Club’s Kyle Decoursey swam a 50.36 to qualify first into finals, ahead of Ryan Baker (51.50) and Tabahn Afrik (51.57).
That time puts Decoursey under the Olympic Trials Standard (he already had a cut in the 50 free), and would have made him the top seed at USA Swimming’s Junior Nationals meet this upcoming weekend in San Antonio, where he’s not entered to swim.
The next-best swim on the morning came from NOVA of Virginia’s Wade O’Brien in the 200 meter backstroke, where a 2:00.03 made him the top qualifier by two-and-a-half seconds. That’s a new lifetime best swim for O’Brien by a wide margin, yet he wasn’t thrown-off by his new found speed, and still split his race remarkably well: 28.43/30.67/30.73/30.20.
Other Individual Top Qualifiers
- Logan Shiller from the Houston Swim Club swam a new lifetime best (56.59) in the women’s 100 free, beating out Casey Fanz from Poseidon in Virginia (56.81) for the middle lane in the final.
- 15-year olds Alexandra Sumner and Lauren Meeker (2:15.33) took the top two spots in the women’s 200 back with times of 2:15.22 and 2:15.33, respectively.
- Isabella Goldsmith swam 27.80 in the women’s 50 fly, the only swimmer under 28 seconds in the heats, for a top qualifying spot.
- Camden Murphy swam 24.95 in the men’s 50 fly to qualify first, with Indiana native Ryan Huizing taking 2nd in 25.20.
Full results available on Meet Mobile.