Lucerne Bell Swims #3 13-14 200 FL Time at Federal Way Sectionals

2019 Speedo Spring Sectionals – Federal Way

The Federal Way Sectionals are always one of the highlights of the spring sectional season, because the meet draws not only swimmers from Washington State, but from around the western US (with the exception of very few swimmers coming from California). This year’s meet is pulling in big-name teams from Colorado, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho, and Wyoming, among other places.

Highlighting the first day of action was 14-year-old Lucerne Bell of Fort Collins Area Swim Team (FAST). In the finals of the 200 fly, Bell not only won the event with a 1:55.85, but put herself at the third-fastest time in the girls 13-14 age group all-time. Her time just missed Claire Curzan‘s week-old NAG by 0.14 seconds.

All-Time Girls 13-14 200 Fly Rankings

  1. Claire Curzan, 2019- 1:55.64
  2. Charlotte Hook, 2018- 1:55.67
  3. Lucerne Bell, 2019- 1:55.78
  4. Cassidy Bayer, 2013- 1:56.01
  5. Tristen Ulett, 2017- 1:56.07

Ranking Bell in the older age groups, she is the 26th-fastest time for 16&U swimmers and the 64th-fastest time for all 18&U swimmers ever. Going into the meet, Bell’s PB was 2:01.55. In prelims, she dropped 4 seconds and went under 2 minutes with a 1:57.67, a senior national cut. From there, she dropped even more to go her historically-ranked time.

On the men’s side of the distance fly, Texas commit Ethan Harder worked his way up into the 17-18 all-time rankings. Before the sectional meet, Harder’s personal best was 1:46.80. In prelims, Harder put up a senior national cut of 1:44.48. Harder then made the most of his finals swim and dropped to 1:43.51.

His time eclipsed the 2015 meet record of 1:43.72. It is also the 22nd-fastest time for the 17-18 age group. Comparing Harder’s time to the 2019 Big 12s meet, he would have placed 3rd overall.

In the men’s 200 medley relay, the Hillsboro quad of Maxwell Woodbury (23.03), Brett Champlin (24.75), Ethan Heasley (21.21), Luke Thornbrue (20.08) set a new meet record with a winning time of 1:29.07.

More Day 1 Winners:

  • Women’s 200 Medley Relay: Bellevue Swim Club (Dang, Felner, Baron, Bradley)- 1:40.71
  • Women’s 100 Free: Katharine Berkoff (Missoula Aquatics)- 48.76
  • Men’s 100 Free: Aukai Lileikis (Iolani Swim Club)- 43.01
  • Women’s 1000 Free: Sarah Dimeco (Bellevue Swim Club)- 9:46.27
  • Men’s 1000 Free: Ethan Heasley (Hillsboro Swim Club)- 8:50.51
  • Women’s 200 Breast: Kaitlyn Dobler (The Dolphins Portland Swimming)- 2:11.25
  • Men’s 200 Breast: Ethan Dang (Unattached)- 1:56.04
  • Women’s 200 Free Relay: Bellevue Swim Club (Dang, Bradley, Pak, Felner)- 1:32.09
  • Men’s 200 Free Relay: Bellevue Swim Club (King, Richardson, Dudley, Feldmann)- 1:22.64

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2 years ago


2 years ago

Also outstanding was the anchor split for Caspar Corbeau on the THSC men’s 200 Free Relay. The Texas commit anchored in 18.93!!

Reply to  Coach
2 years ago

Do you know his leadoff time in 400 free relay? I can’t see it on the link.

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Reply to  Peyton
2 years ago


Reply to  (G)olden Bear
2 years ago

Thank you!

2 years ago

Just an FYI, she swims for FAST in Fort Collins, CO, not University of Denver or Michigan. 🙂

Reply to  jcd<3
2 years ago

….And that’s not a picture of Lucy

Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger
Reply to  Kcw
2 years ago

Read the caption. It’s a stock photo. Shockingly, SwimSwam doesn’t have photos of every 14 year old swimmer on the planet at their disposal.

The Truth Will Set You Free
Reply to  jcd<3
2 years ago

The DU Hilltoppers is a club team that trains at the University of Denver pool. They are from Colorado and at the meet as well. The University of Denver are the Pioneers.

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