Here are the Weekly Wonders for the weekend of May 12-14, 2017:
Jake Magahey, 15, SwimAtlanta: 400m free (4:01.76) – Magahey earned his first Summer Juniors cut in the 400 free thanks to a 5.7-second drop and a win in the B final at the Atlanta Classic Swim Meet. He is now 11 seconds faster than he was at this time last year. Magahey left the meet with new PBs in the 200/400/1500 free and 400 IM.
Caitlin Horning, 11, Delaware Swim Team: 100m back (1:10.47) – Horning won the girls’ 11-12 100 back at the Abby Seeger Memorial Invitational hosted by the Retriever Aquatic Club, slashing 3 full seconds off her previous PB and going 5.7 seconds faster than a year ago. Horning also posted new best times in the 50 back, 200 breast, and 50/200 fly.
Matt Menke, 16, Kentucky Aquatics: 100m back (1:00.26) – Swimming at the Kentucky Aquatics Derby Classic Invitational, Menke dropped 2.9 in the 100 back, nearly breaking the 1:00 barrier, to beat last year’s pace by 6.9 seconds. But that wasn’t all; Menke scored new PBs in the 50/100/200/400/800 free, 200 back, 100 fly, and 200/400 IM as well.
Blake Francois, 11, Kansas City Swim Academy: 200m back (2:33.50) – Francois dropped 10.9 seconds to place 13th in the men’s open 200 back at the Rose Memorial Swim Meet hosted by Empire Swim Club. He won the 12-and-under 100 back and 100 fly and was runner-up in the 50 back and 50 fly. All in all, Francois finished the weekend with new times in the 50 free, 50/100/200 back, 50/100 breast, and 50/100/200 fly.
Andrew Britton, 17, Ripon Aquatics: 100y breast (54.91) – Swimming for Joseph Gregori High School at the 2017 CIF-SAC-Joaquin Section Championships, Britton dropped 1.2 seconds to win the 100 breast and score his first U.S. Open cut. He also placed fourth in the 200 IM (1:52.36), earning another PB.
Kristina Murphy, 16, Spare Time Aquatics Sacramento: 100y breast (1:01.83) – Also competing at the CIF-SAC-Joaquin Section Meet was the Christian Brothers High School junior, Murphy. She, too, earned her first U.S. Open cut with a best-by-6/10 1:01.83 to win the 100 breast. Murphy broke the Section record with her swim and was 1.2 seconds ahead of last year’s pace. She also took second in the 200 IM with a PB of 2:02.17.
Hayden Cornellison, 17, Pacific Swim: 200y IM (1:52.55) – Representing Great Oak High School at the CIF-Southern Section Division II Championships, Cornellison went a best time by 3.1 seconds and finished fifth, beating his time from May of 2016 by 4.7 seconds. He also placed third in the 100 back, dropping 2 seconds and earning his first Summer Juniors cut in the event.
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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