2020 SE Holiday Classic
- December 4-7, 2020
- Ensworth Natatorium
- Nashville, Tennessee
- SCY (25 yards)
- Results on Meet Mobile: Holiday Classic 2020
Some standout age group swims were produced at the 2020 SE Holiday Classic in Nashville, highlighted by TNT Swimming’s sister duo of Levenia Sim and Letitia Sim charging up the girls’ 13-14 and 17-18 rankings in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke, respectively.
SIM SISTERS SHINE
Levenia Sim, 14, dropped a time of 53.17 in the 100 back, ranking her 11th all-time in the age group. Just a day prior, competing at the Alabama High School State Championships, Sim had clocked 53.42, which put her into a tie for 17th in the age group. Prior to that, her best time stood at 54.76, done in September.
Sim now sits just .01 shy of cracking the top-10, where five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin occupies the 10th spot in 53.16.
Back in February, Sim set a new Southeastern Swimming LSC record in the 200 fly in 1:58.77. She still has some work to do in the 100 back, however, as the current record happens to belong to the third-fastest performer in history, Alex Walsh (51.62).
Sim also raced the 100 (54.18) and 200 fly (2:00.05), along with the 100 breast (1:04.70) and 100 free (51.88). Her swim in the 100 breast was a new best, while she was just off her 100 fly PB of 53.75 which ranks her 31st all-time in the age group. That 200 fly LSC record also has her 26th-fastest among 13-14s.
Letitia Sim, 17, produced a time of 59.01 in the 100 breast, dropping nearly a second from her previous best time set last month (59.93). She now ranks 11th all-time among 17-18s, while her old best had her tied for 48th.
Sim now sits two-tenths off the 17-18 LSC record of 58.81, which also belongs to Walsh (set in March).
That swim also ranks her first in USA Swimming’s 18 & Under Winter Championships for the time being, with the window for results closing on December 13. Levenia Sim‘s 100 back ranks her fourth overall, which is the highest among any 14 & under athlete thus far.
The elder Sim sister also put up a time of 2:10.34 in the 200 breast, just off her best of 2:09.65 from November that ranks her 35th in the age group. She also cracked the top-100 in the 100 fly, clocking 52.76, and dropped a second in the 200 back (1:57.07).
ISAAC LEE DROPS 15:38 MILE AT 14
The other major standout performance of the meet came from 14-year-old Isaac Lee, representing the Manchester Makos Swim Team, who dropped 25 seconds in the 1650 freestyle to take over 37th spot in the boys’ 13-14 age group. Lee’s previous best was a 16:03.20, done in February, and had also gone 16:14.52 just last month, indicating he had a big taper for this meet.
Lee also took off over two seconds in the 200 (1:43.54) and 500 free (4:39.09), and dropped more than three in the 400 IM (4:04.94).
- Ensworth Aquatics’ Jake Mason, 16, picked up multiple victories in the men’s 200 free (1:43.14), 500 free (4:35.67), 200 fly (1:56.60), 200 IM (1:54.23) and 400 IM (4:00.90). He hit a lifetime best in the 200 fly prelims (1:53.15), and neared his PBs in both IM events (both set in February).
- Mason’s teammate Rob McCall, 18, topped the field in the men’s 100 back (49.36), 200 back (1:46.53) and 100 fly (49.50), setting best times in each.
- Triggerfish Aquatics swimmer Jacob Soderlund clocked 54.46 in the 100 breast, just off his best of 54.24, and also was 2:03.46 in the 200 (where he’s been 2:01.64). The 18-year-old also swam to personal best times in the 50 (21.39) and 100 free (46.22).
- Ensworth’s Hannah Jyawook clocked 4:56.55 in the 500 free and 17:18.07 in the 1650. The 17-year-old put up lifetime bests of 4:51.65 and 17:02.42 back in 2018.
- Another Ensworth swimmer, Ophelia Pilkinton, was the fastest female in the sprints, registering times of 23.22 and 50.46 in the 50 and 100 free, respectively. The 20-year-old owns bests of 22.74 and 49.67, both set in February 2019.