Lawrence Senior Circuit Draws Best in the Midwest, Michael Andrew, Brennan Balogh and Many More

Swimmers from four states in the Region 8 Sectional and Central Zone will compete at the first Missouri Valley Senior Circuit Series meet this weekend in Lawrence, KS hosted by AAAA. The field of competitors includes some of the best swimmers in the region and features (2) Saturday sessions and (1) Sunday session.

Region 8 USA Swimming Medal Clubs Kansas City Blazers, Lincoln Select, Columbia Swim Club, Greater Nebraska Swim Team, Tsunami Swim Team and G.O.A.L. will all bring solid squads to compete in one of the fastest early season meets in the country.

Rising superstar Michael Andrew will compete in the the 100 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly and 50 Free. He will be pushed by Midwestern’s Brennan Balogh who is one of the nation’s top 20 recruits.

LSS, Ashley Pales will race in the 100 breast and 200 breast. She is one of the young Olympic Trials qualifiers from the region.

Don’t miss out on following this meet. Meet psych sheet and results will be here:

Swimming News courtesy of Missouri Valley Senior Circuit Series.

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samuel huntington

“rising superstar”?? I’d hesitate to call him that. still is not close to being on the senior national team.


who would you consider a “rising star” then? I’d consider an 18 and under standout who is consistently dropping time and breaking national records. Can’t think of a better fit than Michael Andrew in the last 5 years.

samuel huntington

I would throw in names like Ryan Murphy, Andrew Seliskar, Chase Kasilz. Guys who are on the senior national team and who are ready to make a name for themselves at Worlds and Rio. I don’t think Andrew will be doing that.


Ryan Murphy is a two-time NCAA individual national champion as a freshman. If that’s not superstar, I don’t know what is. So your definition of a RISING superstar is “top three guys I can think of off the top of my head not named Phelps or Lochte?” If not, please explain your logic. Check out the record books and you’ll find Michael Andrew’s name written on more and more records as he ages. Star rising… Stats say more thann anyone we’ve seen since Missy…

samuel huntington

As I said before, a rising superstar is someone who is on the cusp of winning international medals (NCAA championships are nice but not nearly the same as winning a gold at the Olympics). For me Phelps, Lochte, Grevers, Clary, and Adrian are superstars for the US right now. Someone can reasonably expect the swimmers I listed above to join this group. I can call Andrew an “age group star” but not “rising superstar”.


Brennan Balogh* not Balough


I would agree with Mr. Huntington regarding the “rising superstar” observation, It’s Balogh NOT Balough, and any ideas on where Brennan is leaning for his college swimming?


Balogh had visits to Auburn, Wisconsin, Florida, and Stanford.

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