Just as we were lamenting how much better Australia’s young sprint talent is than the United States’, Multnomah Athletic Club’s Carson Brindle busted out a 51.67 to mark the fastest time at the USA Swimming long course time trial in Austin, the day after the conclusion of the short course Winter Junior Nationals.
That is a heck of an improvement for the 16-year old over yesterday’s 45.22 in prelims of the 100 free to sneak make the 100 free C-Final in the yards version. This was a best time for Brindle, and faster than any other American 16-year old was at either last weekend’s Winter Nationals or November’s Minnesota Grand Prix.
Brindle’s swim was sort of indicative of most of the swims we saw in the long course portion of this meet. Most of the big names had already headed home by this point, but there were a lot of potential-ridden times by young swimmers. Keep in context that these are swimmers who have been focusing on short course training for the last four months
Marlin Brutkiewicz of the City of Mobile Swimming Association posted a 2:20.94 in the men’s 200 breaststroke, which is a strong time for a 16-year old. Kaylin Moss, who will head to Stanford next year, was less impressive though still the top time in 2:35.65.
Another Mobile swimmer was the best in the 100 fly, this time it was 16-year old William Glass in 54.87, which is a U.S. Open time standard.
In the girl’s 50 free, 16-year old Linnea Mack took the top time in 26.37, with 15-year old Danielle Nack coming in 2nd in 26.57. A pair of 16-year olds topped the boys’ standings, with Paul Powers touching 1st in 23.68 just head of David Morgan in 23.69. Powers is a “pure sprinter” type whose yards times drop off dramatically between the 50 and 100 freestyles.
Meaghan Raab, who by way of a runner-up finish in the yards version of the 100 free earlier in the meet, is becoming one of the rising freestyle stars of USA Swimming, posted a 2:03.56 for the top time in the 200 meter free. That’s a career-best for the 15-year old from Hershey. In the boys’ 200, 17-year old Michael Haney of the Claremont Club swam a 1:53.80, though he’s been a touch faster. He will be headed to Cal next year.