Here are the Weekly Wonders for the weekend of April 28-30, 2017:
Penny Celtnieks, 12, Loyola Blakefield Aquatics: 50m free (29.31) – Celtnieks dropped 1.7 seconds, cracking 30 seconds for the first time, when she finished fourth in the girls’ 11-12 50 free at the NTCA Spring Fling hosted by NTC Aquatics and the National Training Center. Celtnieks was 3.2 seconds faster than she had been at this time last year. She also notched new PBs in the 100/200 free, 50/100 back, 50/100 breast, 50/100 fly, and 200 IM.
Janelle Rudolph, 14, PRO Swimming: 100m free (58.87) – Rudolph won the girls’ 13-14 50/100/200/400 free, 100 fly, and 400 IM at the BC May Flowers meet hosted by Bellevue Club Swim Team. She broke the 59-second barrier for the first time in the 100 free, taking .5 off her seed time and improving 1.2 seconds since last April. Rudolph also notched PBs in the 400 free and 100 fly.
Trever Brenner, 16, Sioux Falls Swim Team: 100m free (55.05) – Brenner went his lifetime second-best time in the 100 free, and was 1.2 seconds ahead of last April’s pace, at the Augustana Spring Splash hosted by Augustana University Women’s Swimming. He won the 50/100/200/400 free, 100 fly and 200 IM, and was runner-up in the 200 back and 200 fly. Brenner finished the weekend with new times in the 50 free, 200 free, and 200 back.
Sage Sungail, 13, Patriot Aquatics: 200m free (2:07.44) – Sungail placed 8th in the mixed 13-and-over 200 free at the NTCA Spring Fling. He dropped 2.7 seconds and was 6.2 faster than he’d been at this time last year. Sungail left the meet with new PBs in the 50/100/200/400 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 50/100 fly, and 200/400 IM.
Justin Schneider, 12, Temecula Swim Club: 800m free (9:03.18) – Schneider was 3-for-3 with best times at the TYR/MVN Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions. He dropped 38 seconds in the 800 free and finished 18th overall, nearly 1 minute ahead of last year’s pace. He then improved 3.2 in the 100 free, crashing through the 1:00 barrier to log a 56.91. Lastly, he dropped 5 in the prelims of the 400 free to make the C final, then another 1.4 in finals to place 23rd with 4:21.01.
Kevin Kyi, 13, King Aquatic Club: 100m back (1:02.28) – Swimming at the BC May Flowers meet hosted by Bellevue Club Swim Team, Kyi improved his 100 back by .6 and was runner-up in the boys’ 13-14 category. He is now 3.3 seconds faster than he was at this time last year. Kyi also improved his PBs in the 50/100/200 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 400 IM.
Jason Louser, 15, Long Island Aquatic Club: 100m breast (1:05.08) – Louser won the men’s open 100 breast at the Long Island Challenge hosted by Long Island Aquatic Club. He improved his PB by .24 seconds and was 2.3 faster than last year at this time. He also picked up his first U.S. Open cut in the event. Louser also went best times in the 100 back and 100 fly.
Isabella Abrajan, 12, Rancho San Dieguito: 200m fly (2:19.16) – Abrajan picked up her first Winter Juniors cut in the 200 fly with a 3.5-second improvement and a fourth-place finish at TYR/MVN Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions. She was 4.3 seconds faster than she’d been last spring. Abrajan also improved her 100 fly and 200/400 IM times at the meet.
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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