LA Invite Day 4: Kendyl Stewart, Riley Scott Among Final Day Winners


  • USC Uytengsu Aquatic Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • July 12th-15th
  • Prelims at 8:30 a.m., finals at 5 p.m.
  • Psych sheet
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2018 CA Los Angeles Invite (1)”

The fourth and final day of the 2018 Los Angeles Invite featured finals for the men’s and women’s 100 back, 100 breast, and 400 medley relay, as well as the women’s 200 free and 1500 free, and men’s 200 IM and 800 free.

USC alum Kendyl Stewart, who recently switched from Trojan Swim Club to Team Elite’s San Diego team, won the women’s 100 fly in 57.89 (27.11/30.78) – the second-fastest time by an American woman this year. She is now the second-fastest American woman in 2018 behind only Kelsi Dahlia, who is No. 1 in the U.S. with her time of 57.29 from the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series Columbus stop last weekend. In second was USC Catherine Sanchez in 1:00.46, and in third Aztec’s Courtney Vincent in 1:00.61.

Trojan Swim Club’s Triady Sidiq split 24.81/28.91 to win the men’s 100 fly in 53.72. In second was Team China’s Peng Wang (53.78), and in third, Hungary’s Daniel Dudas in 54.10.

Chinese national teamers Jie Chen, Xiang Liu, and Yuru Yang swept the women’s 100 back, going 1:00.72, 1:01.13, and 1:01.45 respectively. Trojan Swim Club teammates Siman Sudartawa and Omar Pinzon went 55.72 and 55.79 to top the men’s race. In third was Team China’s Yutian Wang in 56.42.

16-year-old Bingjie Li won the women’s 1500 in 16:18.92, followed fellow Chinese national teamer Ke Zhang in 16:27.81. Team Santa Monica’s Katy Campbell took third in 16:47.85.

Team China’s Ziao Qiu won the men’s 800 free in 8:00.15. Orca’s Ben Olszewski took second in 8:09.96, followed by Nova’s Owen Kao in 8:11.92.

Riley Scott, representing the Marin Pirates, won the women’s 100 breast in 1:09.54 (she was 1:08.87 in prelims). Aztec’s Morganne McKennan was second in 1:10.89, and in third was Nova’s Isabelle Odgers in 1:11.33. China’s Jiale Song topped the men’s race in 1:02.03, followed by 29-year-old Brandon Fischer of the Livermore Aquacowboys in 1:02.13. Alabama’s Pavel Romanov was third in 1:02.55.

China’s Junxuan Yang, 16, won the women’s 200 free in 1:57.48 (28.02/30.32/29.79/29.35). Her teammate Yanhan Ai, also 16, was second in 1:58.17; Nova’s Ayla Spitz was third in 2:00.74.

China’s Yizhe Wang won the men’s 200 IM in 2:02.34 (25.54/30.89/36.47/29.44). UCSB’s Douglas Nogueira took second in 2:04.20, followed by Armada’s 16-year-old Kevin Vargas in 2:06.48. Conor Dwyer was 2:02.37 in prelims, but scratched finals.

Mission Viejo’s “A” women’s team of Maddy Harris, Riley Lexvold, Mandy Barnes, and Emily Bogess won the 400 medley relay in 4:20.47. Highlands Ranch took second in 4:21.03, and the Mission Viejo B-team took third in 4:27.98.  Mission Viejo’s men’s team of Nick Williams (1:00.30), Alex Qu (1:08.12), Min Zhi Chua (57.07), and Joel Hernandez (55.09) won their race in 4:00.58. Tule Nation took second in 4:04.96, followed by Highlands Ranch in 3:05.69.

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masters swimmer
5 years ago

Congrats to Kendyl Stewart!!!. Awesome swim and good indicator of future success. Go Mavs!

5 years ago

Very respectable by American standards 1:57.48 in W200 FR was swum with negative splits. I remember that Femke Heemskirk made her impressive personal best 1:54.6 also with negative splits. When she swam it as long sprint (as all “normal” people do 😀 ) she was back into 1:56 area. Is this the way how this very tricky event has to be approached?

Reply to  Yozhik
5 years ago

I am not actually sure there is a ‘way’ – I think it’s about an athlete understanding their body and what suits them. Some people can go out hard and hang on – Others benefit from back-ending. Most, in my experience, like to build into the race 50 by 50 – gradually increasing their tempo.

For me personally, I loved swimming the 200fr. As a non-freestyler, it was the most fun event to jump into. I just liked to hare off in front and say catch me – As a distance swimmer, it’s so fun putting the sprinters in your wash and giving them a scare!

Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

So there is no science behind 200m free strategy.
Franklin started swimming her championship race extremely fast and almost died at the end of her 1:54.8
Pellegrini put everything in her last fifty swimming her best 1:54 5
Sjostrom swims identical without any variations second, third and fourth fifties when making her 1:54.0
Schmitt makes classical balanced splits when setting still unbeaten 1:53.6
And as has been mentioned before Heemskirk did 1:54.6 with negative splits.
Such a variety of strategies at highest level of performances let me believe that this events is not associated with any particular biological features like muscles type, endurance, etc. And therefore there is no optimal way to approach it.… Read more »

Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

Torrey: Thanks for your coverage of this meet.

Also, good luck to you and your fellow Athenas in 2018-19! My favorite is the amazing backstroke sensation Emily Howard (I had the opportunity to do several workouts with her this summer) — a very nice lady.

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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