Nation’s Capital Sweeps Titles at Richmond Futures Championships

USA Futures Championships – Richmond

On the final night of the Richmond Futures Championships, Nation’s Capital Swim Club came away with the team, men’s, and women’s titles, dominating the overall point rankings. 

Final Scores: Combined 

  1. Nation’s Capital 777
  2. Bluefish Swim Club 313
  3. New Albany Aquatic Club 270
  4. Firestone Akron Swim Team 290 
  5. Long Island Aquatic Club 159

Final Scores: Men

  1. Nation’s Capital 267
  2. Bluefish Swim Club 209
  3. New Albany Swim Club 131
  4. Upper Arlington Swim Club 121
  5. Dayton Raiders 105

Final Scores: Women

  1. Nation’s Capital 510 
  2. Firestone Akron Swim Team 190
  3. New Albany Aquatic Club 139
  4. Long Island Aquatic Club 112
  5. Bluefish Swim Club 104

The race of the night came in the women’s 50 freestyle, where 15-year-old Annaliesa Moesch threw down a huge personal best of 25.29 to win the event by over a half second. With her swim, Moesch cut over two tenths of a second off of her best time, which previously stood at 25.54. 

Mosech, who swims for StreamLine Aquatics Club, now ranks 13th all-time in the 15-16 age group for the event, just ahead of Olympic medalist Lia Neal. At only 15-years-old, Mosech still has over a year to improve that ranking and challenge Claire Curzan’s National Age Group record of 24.17. 

Back in 5th place, 14-year-old Mackenzie Headley also threw down an impressive time of 26.57, ranking just outside of the top 100 swims of all-time in the 13-14 age group. 

The men’s 50 freestyle saw a dominant performance by 21-year-old Joseph Page, who claimed first overall by almost a second with his time of 22.56. Page cut over three tenths of a second off of his best time with his swim.

18-year-olds Avery Voss and Matvei Namakonov finished in second and third, respectively, with times of 23.36 and 23.45. For Namakonov, his swim was a .7 improvement on his personal best in the event. 

Bluefish Swim Club swept the 200 backstroke, with 16-year-old Aislin Farris claiming the top spot in the women’s race and 16-year-old Caleb Maldari taking first in the men’s event. Farris swam to a time of 2:14.51, coming just off of her best time of 2:13.88 for the win. Maldari, who was recently named to the USA National Junior Team World Cup roster, posted a time of 2:01.99 for the victory in his race. 

Behind Maldari, 16-year-old Luke Sullivan cut almost a half second off of his best time to finish second overall in a time of 2:03.31.

Bluefish also saw a win in the men’s 800 freestyle, where 16-year-old Joshua Parent dominated the field to claim the top spot by over 5 seconds. Parent, who will be joining Maldari on the World Cup roster, won the event in a time of 8:14.05. 

16-year-old Ava Sutphin came away with the victory in the women’s 1500 freestyle. Sutphin, who swims for the M.E. Lyons/Anderson Barracudas, finished in a time of 17:09.29, cutting almost 15 seconds off of her personal best in the process. Behind her, 17-year-old Kelsey Katt managed to drop 16 seconds off of her personal best to finish second in 17:13.27. 

Other Highlights:

  • Nation Capital’s Erin Gemmell touched first in the women’s 200 IM with a time of 2:16.92, just ahead of teammate Eleanor Sun (2:17.91). 
  • 17-year-old Spencer Aurnou-Rhees won the men’s 200 IM by over a second ahead of the aforementioned Parent, finishing in a time of 2:04.03. 


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Nicole has been with SwimSwam since April 2020, as both a reporter and social media contributor. Prior to joining the SwimSwam platform, Nicole also managed a successful Instagram platform, amassing over 20,000 followers. Currently, Nicole is pursuing her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After competing for the swim …

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