Katie McLaughlin and Will Licon capped off the 2015 Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions with a lifetime-best each en route to individual wins.
McLaughlin, the 17-year-old swimming for the host club Mission Viejo, won the 100 fly to open the night. Her 57.87 was a new 17-18 National Age Group record, and she becomes the first U.S. junior to break 58 in the event.
That time will also rank her inside the top 10 in the world this year:
McLaughlin will compete in the 200 fly for the United States at Worlds in Kazan, Russia.
Also impressive was Nitro Swimming’s Will Licon. The Texas native is coming off a huge college season for the University of Texas, but has been quiet for most of the summer. But Licon showed up in Mission Viejo with a huge lifetime-best in the 100 breast, going 1:01.50 to pick up the win over Japanese legend Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic gold medalist.
At age 32, Kitajima was 1:01.98. For his part, Licon got under 1:02 for the first time ever. His previous best according to USA Swimming was a 1:02.73 from last summer’s U.S. Nationals.
Canyons Swim Club’s Santo Condorelli won the men’s 100 fly, going 53.56. Condorelli is a USC Trojan who recently switched his citizenship to Canada, a nation he hopes to represent in the Rio Olympics next year.
He beat USC teammate Ralf Tribuntsov (54.00) for that 100 fly win.
Erin Emery won her second distance race of the weekend, going 16:46.34 to win the women’s 1500 free. Emery, 17, currently swims for the Sandpipers of Nevada, but will join the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers next fall.
Canada’s Brooklynn Snodgrass paced the women’s 100 back, winning easily in 1:01.71. The men’s race went to USC’s Dylan Carter in 55.53.
Jordan Wilimovsky won the male distance race, going 7:59.72 in the 800 free. Wilimovsky is a Northwestern Wildcat and a Big Ten champ, but will redshirt next year to train for the Olympic Trials with Team Santa Monica.
The youngest winner of the night was Team Manitoba’s Kelsey Wog, a 16-year-old who won the 100 breast with a 1:09.27. That came in a narrow win over fellow Canadian Tera Van Beilen (1:09.52).
One more Canadian winner: Greater Ottawa Kingfish Erika Seltenreich in the 200 IM. Seltenreich was 2:14.99 to run away with the event over American Ella Eastin (2:17.12).
The men’s 200 IM went to Anton Panferov of Orange County Riptide. Panferov was 2:03.33, beating Mission Viejo 18-year-old Grant Shoults (2:03.83).