2018 YMCA SHORT COURSE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- April 3rd-7th, 2018
- Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
- Meet Central
- Live Stream (Finals)
- Meet Results
- Psych Sheet
University of Minnesota commit Max McHugh of Door County YMCA crushed it again tonight in the finals of the 200 breast, lowering his hours-old meet record set in the prelims from a 1:54.23 down to a blistering 1:53.59. Prior to this morning, the meet record stood at a 1:55.46, set last year by McHugh, and it improves upon his personal best of 1:55.38 from the Wisconsin Senior Champs in March of 2017.
- Reece Whitley, 1:51.43
- Andrew Seliskar, 1:51.57
- Daniel Roy, 1:51.69
- Kevin Cordes, 1:51.97
- Max McHugh, 1:53.59
McHugh traded records with Cal Berkley commit Reece Whitley earlier this year in the 100 breast and turned heads when he split a 22.69 in the 50 breaststroke on his high school’s medley relay at his Wisconsin high school sectional meet. That split makes McHugh the 3rd-fastest performer ever at any level in the 50 breaststroke.
McHugh’s splits tonight, this morning, and from his previous best time are charted below.
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Brendan Burns has also had an incredible meet so far, going 2-for-2 in each of his events and breaking Tim Phillips‘s meet record in the 100 fly. Phillips’s former meet record had stood at a 46.96, but Burns shaved another three tenths off that mark tonight, clocking a 46.61. Burns was out fast in a 21.88 and finished in a 24.73. What’s even more impressive is that Burns is only 16-years-old.
Prior to the finals of the 100 fly, Burns clocked a 1:42.17 to win the 200 backstroke by over 2 seconds. Burns also led off Upper Main Line YMCA’s 400 freestyle relay in a 44.16, and began the meet with a 21.72 backstroke split on the 200 medley relay. The team finished 2nd overall in a final time of 3:01.89. Somerset Hills YMCA won the race in a 3:00.37, establishing a new meet record.
Other noteworthy finals swims include:
- 15-year-old Jack Alexy of Somerset Hills YMCA began the session with a 21.81 lead-off leg in the 200 medley relay, then took 3rd in the 200 backstroke in 1:46.59, and finished the session with a blazing 43.16 anchor leg on the 400 freestyle relay, the only sub-44 split in the field, and one of only a handful under 45, helping his team establish a new meet record in a time of 3:00.37.
- Annika McEnroe from Spartanburg, South Carolina continued to impress in the 100 fly, dropping another three-tenths for a 2nd-place finish in 54.11. McEnroe obliterated her seed time in the 100 fly in prelims, dropping from a 56.83 down to a 54.43. McEnroe also dropped nearly 7 seconds in the prelims of the 200 breast to register a 2:14.73. Tonight she went 2:16.16 for a 7th-place finish.
- Charity Pittard of Boise, Idaho defended her top seed from this morning, clocking a nearly identical time of 2:13.42. Teammate Sammie Eyolfson took 2nd in 2:14.13. Hannah Owenby of Spartanburg took 4th in finals with a 2:15.10, but this morning she destroyed her best time of 2:17.01, stopping the clock at 2:13.85.
- Paige Hetrick won the women’s 200 backstroke by nearly 2-and-a-half seconds, finishing in 1:54.73. Hetrick entered the meet at 1:56.50. Silver went to Olivia Harper in 1:57.00, followed by top-seed Grace Kayal of Red Bank in 1:57.21, and then by her teammate Marie Schobel in 1:57.91.
- The women’s 200 medley relay was narrowly won by the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA out of New Jersey in 1:42.70, getting the edge over Red Bank, which finished in 1:42.79. The Westport Westin YMCA out of Connecticut won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:23.23, and boasted the fastest split in the field with a 49.27 from 17-year-old Sarah Grinalds. Grinalds was the only sub-50 in the field, and one of only 6 under 51-seconds.