Here are the Weekly Wonders for the weekend of May 19-21, 2017:
Katie Schorr, 17, Southwest Stars Swim Club: 50m free (25.76) – Schorr sliced .32 off her personal best to win the 50 free at the Patriot Aquatics Long Course Invitational. It was her first sub-26 and the #1 50 free in the United States for 18-and-under girls during the weekend.
Micayla Cronk, 13, Daytona Beach Swimming: 100m free (57.40) – Also competing at the Patriot Aquatics LC Invitational, Cronk notched her first Winter Juniors cut winning the girls’ 13-14 100m free with a huge 2.5-second drop and the #2 time in the U.S. this weekend for 18-and-unders. She was 4.8 seconds faster than she’d been a year ago. Cronk also won the 50/200 free, 100 back, and 200 IM.
Calvin David, 15, Pleasanton Seahawks: 500y free (4:21.66) – Swimming unattached for Pleasanton’s Foothill High School at the 2017 California State Swimming and Diving Championships, David won a thrilling 500 free final, earning his first U.S. Open cut with a 2.4-second drop from the PB he had set at last week’s CIF-North Coast Section Championships. He has now improved 9 seconds since last May. Davgid also went a PB in the 200 free (1:38.31) and notched his first Summer Juniors cut.
Olivia Frantum, 12, Central Iowa Aquatics: 1500m free (18:39.85) – Frantum dropped 1 minute and 1 second to finish third in the women’s 1500 free at the 2017 David Armbruster Open hosted by Iowa Flyers at the University of Iowa. Frantum went 11-for-10, earning PBs in all ten events she swam (50/100/200/400/1500 free, 100/200 back, 100 fly, and 200/400 IM), plus in the 800 as a leadoff split on her 1500.
Nick Fox, 16, Jeffco Hurricanes: 100m back (1:00.43) – Fox won the boys’ open 100 back at the Jeffco May Open with a personal-best time of 1:00.43. It was his best by 1.7 seconds and 2.5 ahead of where he’d been last year at this time.
Leah Hayes, 11, USA Athletic Club Tidal Waves Swim Club: 200m breast (2:48.72) – Swimming at the WEST Swim Club’s TYR Dive into Summer Meet, Hayes dropped 5.3 seconds in the 200 breast to take second place in the open event, with the #40 time in the U.S. for the weekend for all girls 18-and-under. She won both the 200 free and 200 IM, picking up new times in both events.
Kate McCarville, 14, Springfield Aquatics: 200m fly (2:18.89) – McCarville snagged her first Winter Juniors invite with a 2.3-second drop in the 200 fly at the Aloha Invitational hosted by Jenks Trojan Swim Club. She was fully 6.4 seconds faster than she had been last year at this time. McCarville also left the meet with new times in the 50/1500 free, 200 back, 100/200 breast, and 100 fly.
Kyle Brown, 14, West Hartford Aquatic Team: 200m IM (2:17.30) – Brown took second in the men’s 13-and-over 200 IM, going his second lifetime best time, which was 7.4 seconds better than during the same weekend a year ago. He picked up new PBs in the 50/100 free and 100 fly during the weekend.
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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