There were only a handful of meets during the weekend of April 7-9, but two major events produced a ton of fast times. Presenting the MP Weekly Wonders for the weekend of April 7-9, 2017.
Lexie Mulvihill, 13, Team Velocity: 50y free (22.85) – Swimming at the Dolfin Elite Showcase Classic in Clearwater, Florida, Mulvihill dropped 8/10 to go her first sub-23 in the 50. She won the girls’ 13 50 free with a new meet record, and crashed through the Winter Juniors standard straight to the Summer Juniors standard for her first national-level cut. Mulvihill took home new PBs in the 50/100/200 free, 50/100 back, 50/100 breast, and 50/100/200 fly.
Michaela Rankin, 16, Ocean County YMCA: 200y back (2:01.09) – Rankin took a monster 5.6 seconds off her seed time in prelims of the 200 back at YMCA Short Course National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was a lifetime best by 4.7 seconds, and her first Winter Juniors cut in the event. Rankin wrapped up the meet with two more PBs: 50 free and 50 back.
Parker Lenoce, 11, Swim Seventy: 200y back (2:08.12) – Lenoce dropped 5.6 seconds to finish as runner-up in the boys’ 11 event at Dolfin Elite Showcase. He has dropped 17.7 seconds this season alone; last October he was going 2:25.8 in the 200 back. Lenoce also earned new best times in the 50 back, 50/100/200 fly, and 100/200 IM.
Jack Casey, 16, Hauppauge Athletic Association: 100y breast (55.59) – Casey took a half-second off his time and won the boys’ 15-18 100 breast at the Suffolk County Championships at Nassau County Aquatic Center. It was his first time under the 56-second barrier and his first Summer Juniors cut. Casey has dropped 1 second since this time last year in the event. He finished the weekend with new PBs in the 100 back and 100 fly, as well.
Tara Enneking, 16, Lynchburg YMCA Swim Team: 100y breast (1:04.44) – Enneking improved by 3/10 in prelims, breaking 1:05 for the first time and qualifying for the C final at YMCA Short Course Nationals. She then took another 3/10 off and finished 19th overall. Enneking is now 4.6 seconds faster than she was last year at this time. She also notched a PB in the 200 IM, by 2.5 seconds, during the weekend.
Megan Glass, 16, Blue Ash YMCA Swim Team: 200m fly (1:59.50) – Glass went a best time by 3/10 with her fifth-place finish in the 200 IM at YMCA Short Course Nationals. She earned her first U.S. Open cut and posted the #6 time in the country for 18-and-unders. Glass has improved by 4 seconds in the 200 fly over the past year. She also improved her PBs in the 50/200/500 free.
Abigail Doss, 15, Sunbury Branch YMCA: 200m IM (2:00.35) – Doss won the national title in the 200 IM at the YMCA Short Course Nationals with her first U.S. Open cut. She dropped 2.5 seconds and swam the fastest time in the country for 18-and-under girls for the weekend. Doss was runner-up in the 400 IM with a PB, and picked up new times in the 500/1000 free and 50/100 back, as well.
Josh Zuchowski, 12, Flood Aquatics Swim Team: 400m IM (4:07.81) – Zuchowski lowered his own, month-old NAG in the 400 IM by 1.1 seconds at the Dolfin Elite Showcase. When he first broke the record in March, it was a PB by nearly 10 seconds. He is now 21.3 seconds faster than he’d been at this time last year. Zuchowski’s weekend ended with new PBs in the 50/100 free, 50/100/200 back, 50/100 breast, 50/100 fly, and 100/200/400 IM.
Reminder: The Weekly Wonders column is a celebration of age-group swimming, where new champions are made every day. Anyone can look up the top swims of the week. That’s not what we’re doing here. If we were only reporting on the week’s top swims we would feature the same handful of athletes every Wednesday. Instead, this is an opportunity to introduce the swimming community to athletes who have made great strides in the context of their own particular swimming worlds. By association, it also celebrates their coaches and their teams. The Weekly Wonders column, therefore, amounts to a pat on the back for a job well done, and hopefully encourages swimmers of all levels to continue to reach from within to get to that next level.
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