10-year-old Joy Jiang, 11-year-old Chase Travis and 12-year-old Vinny Marciano each won three events on the second night of action at the NASA Showcase Classic in Clearwater, Florida. That brings Jiang to 5 wins on the week, and Marciano broke his second National Age Group record of the meet in the 50 back.
This is a unique meet in that the top 10 swimmers of each age make the final. The 11-12 age bracket, for example, runs two heats at finals – a field of the top ten 11-year-old qualifiers followed by a field of the top ten 12-year-olds.
Westchester’s Jiang ran away with all three events in the 10 & under category. She opened up the meet winning the 10-year-olds heat of the 100 IM in 1:03.94, over three seconds ahead of the runner-up. She came back to win the 50 fly at 28.22 and closed out the meet with a 200 free victory in 2:06.29.
The 9 & under heats in those first two events went to Nova of Virginia’s Zoe Dixon. The 9-year-old went 1:09.18 in the 100 IM to survive a test from the Orcas (of Minnesota)’s Allie Hathaway, who took second at 1:09.72. Dixon also picked up the 50 fly title at 29.02.
Second in that 50 fly was Grace Olsen of Fenton Area, who went on to win the 9 & under 200 free. Her time of 2:11.70 topped second-place Hathaway by almost two seconds.
Delaware Swim Team’s Chase Travis also won three events in her 11-year-old age bracket, all by big margins. Travis went 2:11.45 to win the 200 IM, 2:12.58 for the 200 fly title and 5:05.06 in the timed finals 500 freestyle.
Vinny Marciano was the other triple winner. The Morris County swimmer first went 2:00.35 to win the 200 IM for 12-year-olds. That was a three-second margin of victory. His NAG record came in his second event, his signature backstroke. Marciano won the 50-yard distance, going 24.32 to break the National Age Group record tie between he and his age group rival Destin Lasco.
Finally, Marciano swam the timed finals 500 free, going a very-fast 4:50.19 to top Adam Kerr by five seconds. Kerr was also under five minutes, going 4:55.41 representing Poseidon Swimming.
The Fish’s Johnny Bradshaw had a good day himself in the 10 & under age group. The 10-year-old won his championship heats of the 100 IM and 50 fly, his third and fourth wins of the week. Bradshaw went 1:03.17 in the IM, beating out Lance Godard by just over a second. He and Godard also went 1-2 in the butterfly at 27.95 and 28.40, respectively.
Godard finally broke through in the 200 free, topping Bradshaw by four seconds at 2:00.81. The 9-year-old heats of the IM and butterfly went to Joshua Zuchowski of the Jupiter Dragons (1:06.79 in the 100 IM and 29.06 in the 50 fly). Tommy Fitchett won the 9 & under 200 free for the Virginia Gators at 2:11.01.
Michael Andrew picked up two more wins in the 13-14 age group. A day before his 15th birthday, Andrew went 1:46.54 to win the 200 fly, just over a second off his NAG. In the 13-year-old heat, Brennen Doss of Quest went 1:58.19 to knock off the Academy Bullets’ William Kamps and his 1:58.88.
Andrew also flew away with the 14-year-olds’ 50 back. His 21.87 was over two seconds ahead of the field in the short, two-lap race. The 13-year-old heat went to last night’s 200 back winner Desmon Sachtjen of Sauk Prarie in 24.63.
Kamps added two wins to his second-place finish in that 200 fly. The Bullet went 1:56.96 to win the 200 IM for 13-year-olds and also put up a 4:49.46 to take the 500 free. The 14-year-old heats in both of those events went to Keith Myberg of the Virginia Gators. Myberg went 1:54.82 to power away with the 200 fly and won the 500 free in 4:29.21.
The girls 13-14 division had some great battles. In the 200 IM, Town Wrecker’s Kristen Romano went 2:03.63 to overcome top-seeded Olivia Paoletti. Paoletti was 2:04.28 in second as the top two really checked out from the field.
Romano took second in the 50 back, just three tenths off of winner Paige Assad of the Virginia Gators. Assad went 26.08 to Romano’s 26.35.
The 13-year-old heats in those races went to Emma Muzzy (200 IM, 2:06.64) and Kaitlyn Barth (50 back, 26.50).
Samantha Suer went 2:03.60 to win the 14-year-old 200 fly with Kasja Dymek taking the 13-year-old’s heat at 2:04.26. Meanwhile in the 500 free for that age group, Marcella Ruppert-Gomez (14-years-old, 4:53.13) and Brooke Travis (13, 4:59.43) claimed victory.
Cuyahoga Falls’ Giovanna Cappabianca took the age 12 200 IM in a touchout. Her 2:05.58 got in just ahead of last night’s double-winner Katie Mack. Mack, who swims for Nation’s Capital, went 2:05.73 for a tight second.
The 200 fly in that age group was another touchout. Emma Lasecki of Green Bay went 2:05.14, just nipping Lauryn Johnson‘s 2:05.33.
In the 50 back, 12-year-old Olivia Bray took her heat for the Virginia Gators at 26.83. Meanwhile Southwest’s Gabriela Pierobon Mays went 27.61 to win the only 11-year-old heat that didn’t go to Chase Travis.
The 12-year-olds’ 500 free went to The Fish’s Madelyn Donohoe. She dropped four seconds from her seed to win the timed finals event at 4:55.83, the only swimmer under five minutes.
Christopher Hardt picked up his third win in the 11-year-old division, going 2:07.18 to win the 200 fly over Leo Goldblatt, himself a double-title-winner at this meet already. Goldblatt was 2:07.66 for The Fish.
It was a great night for the Virginia Gators, and they closed things out with a victory in the girls 10 & under 400 medley relay. The team of 8-year-old Ava Muzzy, Caroline Summerlin, Alexa Scott and Claire Moddy went 4:42.95 to touch out Delaware Swim Team by a tenth.
The Fish won the boys 10 & under relay by ten seconds. J.T. Ewing, Johnny Bradshaw, Nicholas Arndy and Liam Redman ran away with things, going 4:33.54 for the big win.
The 11-12 girls 400 medley relay went to the Academy Bullets. Michaela Herwig, Tiffany Matulis, Lindsey Merk and Emily Hennessy combined to go 4:03.28, winning by about a second and a half over St. Charles. St. Charles triumphed in the boys relay, though going 3:59.66 to beat the field by five seconds. That was the team of Nicholas Vance, Matthew Nagler, Nathaniel Baxter and Henry Bliss.
In the oldest age group, Delaware Swim Team’s girls took the race. Brooke Travis, Rabea Pfaff, Olivia Paoletti and Serena Derderian went 3:54.64 as a unit in that 400 medley, including a 51.5 from Derderian on the freestyle leg. Meanwhile on the boys side, Quest Swimming took the title in 3:39.35. Ethan Beach, Clark Beach, Michael Strycker and Brennen Doss made up that team.
The meet will pick back up tomorrow morning and continue through Saturday night, meaning we’ve officially hit the halfway marker at the conclusion of night two.