5 NAGs fall in 9 events at NCSAs night 2; Manuel’s 47.09 highlights fast night

Night number two of NCSA Junior Nationals hits tonight from Orlando, Florida. Simone Manuel had perhaps the most eye-popping swim of the morning with a 47.67 to grab the top seed in the 100 free. NOVA’s Francis Haas looks for his second win of the meet in the 500 free after pacing the 1000 on night 1. In addition, a number of athletes are in the hunt for dual titles, including Sam McHugh, Michael Andrew and Kylie Stewart.

Tonight’s events will include the 200 back, 100 free (girls only), 500 free (boys only), 100 breast and 200 fly. The girls 800 free relay will also wrap up tonight with the two fastest heats.

NCSA Junior Nationals

  • When: Tuesday, March 18th – Saturday, March 22nd
  • Where: Orlando YMCA Aquatics Center, Orlando, Florida
  • NCSA Championship Central
  • Prelims recap
  • Full results are available on Meet Mobile under “2014 NCSA Spring Championship.”


Girls 200 Back

Turns out that morning swim for Kylie Stewart was even easier than anyone though. The Dynamo 17-year-old smashed almost five seconds off her prelims time to crack 1:50 for the first time in her career, going 1:49.85. The Georgia commit was out in 53.43 to her feet at the 100 before coming home in 56.42.

Second went to 14-year-old Emily Meilus of Nation’s Capital. She cut another half-second after taking two full seconds off this morning, winding up with a 1:54.87. Elizabeth Nelson out of Wisconsin was 1:55.74 for third, just touching out NCAP’s Kristina Li (1:55.80).

Li and Meilus’s teammate Carrie Boone went 1:56.08 for fifth. There was a bit of a dropoff to St. Croix Swim Club of Minnesota’s Mickayla Hinkle (1:57.31) before a pair of 1:58s (Hannah Lindsey and Temarie Tomley) rounded out the championship heat.

Boys 200 Back

The battle in the front set up by prelims was a good one, with the top two seeds Tristan Sanders and Sam McHugh putting up much faster finals swims in racing away from the pack. Sanders pulled away slowly but surely, leading by half a second at the 100 and ending up with a 1-second margin by the time the clock stopped. His 1:41.84 was a lifetime-best by seven tenths for the Palm Harbor YMCA swimmers. McHugh went 1:42.82 in taking second, a PR by well over a second for the Baylor swimmers.

Brennan Balogh moved up from the fourth seed to take third for Lincoln Select; his 1:44.08 was another career-best. Dynamo 15-year-old Michael Taylor took fourth in 1:45.05, just holding off John Shebat of NCAP who went 1:45.37.

Jordan Ross and Alexander Martin each went 1:45 and Jason Arthur took home 8th place.

Girls 100 Free

Simone Manuel went a lifetime-best this morning, and it was hard to gauge how much faster she’d go at night, considering how hard it can be to drop large chunks of time in the sprint events. Turns out Manuel had plenty more in the tank. The 17-year-old from First Colony went 47.09 tonight to crack the National Age Group record held by international superstar Missy Franklin. 

Manuel is now closing in on 46-seconds, and with over a year left in the 17-18 age group, she should have a very strong chance to push that record under 47 (if Franklin doesn’t do it herself at the NCAA Championships on Saturday).

Manuel’s future Stanford teammate Janet Hu took second for NCAP in 48.85, still about a half-second off her best. Caroline McTaggart of All-Star Aquatics also got under 49 with a third-place 48.99.

Katherine Drabot out of Wisconsin went 49.10, a PR, for fourth place, beating fellow 16-year-old Megan Moroney. Another set of Wisconsin-ites came next, Abby Jagdfeld (49.52) and Kristin Malone (49.56). Temarie Tomley closed out the A heat.

Boys 500 Free

Francis Haas took another second and a half off his prelims swim to win the event easily, although it still fell short of his best time, which won Winter Juniors. Haas was 4:17.85 for NOVA, going out in 1:39.44 but dropping off some split-wise over the next 200 yards before closing strong.

Second went to Nick Arakelian of Kingfish Aquatic Club of Waterford. He dropped 2+ seconds en route to a 4:21.36 and is now sniffing a sub-4:20 swim. He was actually only a second behind Haas at the 200, but couldn’t close quite as rapidly.

Jack Boyd of Sweet Home Aquatics put up a 4:22.54 for third; behind him were Tomas Peribonio and Matthew Hirschberger, each going 4:23-lows. Gavin Springer was 4:24.33 for NCAP before a bit of a dropoff – the final two in the heat were 4:26s. That was Machine’s James Murphy and Rockville Montgomery’s Brennan Novak.

Girls 100 Breast

After cruising to the 3-seed this morning, Ozaukee Aquatics 17-year-old Sam Senczyszyn blew past the field to win the 100 breast in 1:00.81. That’s just a few hundredths off her lifetime-best and was just enough to eke out the win over second-seeded Riley Scott. Scott, 16 and swimming for Marin Pirates, was 1:00.84.

Right on the edge of 1:00 was the Aquajets’ Olivia Anderson. She went 1:01.03 for third. Shoreview, Wisconsin’s Rachel Munson took fourth in 1:01.85, followed closely by Shea Hoyt of St. Charles Swim Club (Illinois).

In addition, the third-fastest time of the entire field came out of the “B” final, where 13-year-old Alexis Wenger of Grosse Point Gators went 1:00.98 to break the 13-14 NAG record set by Megan Quann all the way back in 1998.

Boys 100 Breast

Carsten Vissering ended his high school season as top dog among a fast group of high school breaststrokers. But after his 53.49 performance, Vissering saw Andrew Seliskar and Jacob Molacek go even faster, each breaking the national high school record in the 100 breast. But now Vissering joins Molacek under 53 seconds, going 52.83 to win the NCSA title and break the National Age Group record for 15-16s set by Seliskar last year. 

Top-seeded Connor Hoppe out of Clovis Swim Club dropped another half-second to go 53.12 for second place. Those two were well ahead of the field. 14-year-old Michael Andrew missed breaking his own NAG in the event by almost a half-second, going 54.40 for third.

Just behind Andrew were Shane McNamara (54.51) and Ross Palazzo (54.53), and Ben Cono of Team Suffolk was the last swimmer in the heat under 55 seconds with a 54.78.

The B final went to Jae Park, who also got under 55. going 54.63 to take 9th overall.

Girls 200 Fly

The girls 200 fly saw the third NAG record in a row fall, and the fourth of the night. Not to be outdone by fellow Stanford commit Manuel, Janet Hu of NCAP smashed through the race in 1:52.92, taking 1.4 seconds off her best to get under the 17-18 National Age Group record set by Elaine Breeden back in 2007.

Hu went out like a lightning bolt, splitting 53.67 in the front half. She faded some with a 59.25 on the second 100, but it was still plenty enough to crush the field and beating Breeden’s record of 1:52.99.

Second place was another NCAP-er, 14-year-old Cassidy Bayer. Bayer was just off her own NAG record, going 1:56.08 (she was 1:56.01 to set the record in 2013).

200 back champ Kylie Stewart took third for Dynamo in 1:56.30. Behind her was Isabella Paez in 1:57.26.

Boys 200 Fly

Sam McHugh of Baylor swam a very patient 200 fly, coming from behind to top 14-year-old Michael Andrew over the final 100. Andrew went out in 49.44 with McHugh trailing just a tenth or so. But McHugh, the Tennessee signee, bruised his way past the competition on the final 100, splitting 53.63 on the final four lengths to win in 1:43.23. That’s a drop of .4 for McHugh.

Though Andrew watched McHugh swim by him late, he still picked up second place and smashed his own National Age Group record in the event. Andrew went 1:45.39, almost a second faster than he was at College Station Sectionals about a month ago.

Zachary Fong took third in 1:46.13 followed by another 16-year-old, Zach Harting (1:46.50). Frederick Schubert of NOVA and William Brooks of SwimAtlanta also got under 1:47 in the heat.

Girls 800 Free Relay

The final event of the night saw NCAP take home a big win. Robyn Dryer, Megan Byrnes, Cassidy Bayer and Janet Hu combined to go 7:15.67 for Nation’s Capital. That included a 1:46.62 for Hu, not long after breaking her NAG record in the 200 fly. Dryer was 1:49.12 leading off, Byrnes 1:49.40 and the 14-year-old Bayer 1:50.53.

They beat out Waukesha Express by a second and a half. Waukesha led early on Abby Jagdfeld‘s 1:46.90 leadoff split, but NCAP overcame that lead over the course of the race.

The Aquajets took third in 7:19.87, just beating out Dynamo’s 7:19.93. Kaia Grobe was 1:48.09 for the Minnesota-based Aquajets, while Georgia’s Dynamo picked up a 1:47.35 leadoff from Kylie Stewart.

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8 years ago

just looking at the splits from MA 200 butterfly tonight, he was out 22.97 in the 200 butterfly compared to the 23.60 when he went 1:46 in the 200 butterfly, and at that same meet he was was out 22.27 when he went 47.7 in the 100 butterfly. im anxious to see what he will go in the 100 butterfly.

8 years ago

Wenger on the younger end of the 13-14 age group…could she be the first 13-14 girl sub-1:00? Can’t wait to see her 200 later in the meet (and the 50 as well, she had great opening speed on the 100, could make a run for the win there.

bobo gigi
Reply to  KD
8 years ago

She will swim under the minute in the next short course season.
About her 200 breast, I don’t expect crazy things. At her breakout meet last month where she swam 1.01 in the 100 breast, she was only in 2.26 in the 200 breast.
I think she’s really a 100 specialist with much speed, at least for the moment.
We’ll see if she can improve her 200 this week.
Her 50 should be great.

8 years ago

Wonder how tapered everyone is. Thought Haas might be a little faster in the 500. Also curios to see how Bentz and Seliskar will do once they get going tomorrow and Friday.

Reply to  TheTroubleWithx
8 years ago

I think the 500 guys were a bit affected by the 1000 last night. That’s a tough event schedule.

Reply to  Hulk Swim
8 years ago

Whose idea was it to move the guys’ 500 to today? Not only is the 1000/500 back to back difficult, but many 500 swimmers also do the 200 back and/or 200 fly.

Reply to  coach
8 years ago

200 Back and/or 200 Fly is always the same day as the mile and the 500 almost always follows the 1000. With a limited number of days for the meet with so many swimmers it is difficult. I certainly saw my son have a poor 500 this morning after his 1000 last night and was nto thrilled they were on back to back sessions – but I like to think that if any of the swimmers can overcome it’s the distance swimmers. My son has had some of his best 200 fly races on the last day of a meet within an hour of his fastest mile and that is after having swum nothing under 200s for the entire meet.

8 years ago

Obviously great night at NCSAs. Clearly Stanford recruits put up some amazing times but future Georgia star Stewart right there with them. Don’t forget Georgia also bringing in great butterflyers/IMers Kingsley and Weaver and the very versatile Raab free/IM/ her newly discovered backstroke. Womens college swimming looks to be very exciting for years to come! Can’t wait to watch.

Penn State Fan
8 years ago

First time watching Kylie Stewart in person and WOW! Just finished her 3rd 200 of the night (back, fly and lead off 800 free relay), and she is a special talent. Last night 1000 free and two relays, and Manuel has raced once in two days. Must be nice to have one event that you’re good at, but UGA is getting the best overall talent in women’s swimming next year. I’m a new Kylie Stewart fan, and so are all of us fro Penn!

Reply to  Penn State Fan
8 years ago

Incredibly talented is right. Kylie may have the same dilemma as Franklin/Pelton in college though.

She’ll obviously swim the 200 back. Then, does she be a full-time backstroker and try to compete with all the specialists by swimming 2IM-1Bk-2Bk? Does she go more in the mold of a “traditional Georgia swimmer” with 500fr-200fr-2Bk? Does she try to do the 400 IM? Maybe she tries to become the next underwater queen in the fly-back events?

Her options are dizzying! Right now it’s great to be young and swim everything, but I suspect sometime in college she’ll end up specializing somehow.

John Sampson
Reply to  Floppy
8 years ago

I think she will could do some damage in the 500-400 IM-200 back like Beisel did her freshman year. But Kylie is very versatile and Georgia will do great in developing her in several events. She could be on all but the sprint relays perhaps.

Reply to  John Sampson
8 years ago

That’s a grueling schedule, but one a tough swimmer like Kylie can likely handle. If I were her college coach, I’d probably start her out a little less intense with 100bk-200bk-400IM, and in the following years sub the 200fr or 500fr in for 100bk, just so she gets used to college competition. But you really can’t go wrong with anything Kylie swims.

Reply to  Penn State Fan
8 years ago

Let’s show a little class when talking about kids. Janet Hu is just as versatile, if not more so, with 17-18 NAG records in the 200 fly and 50 free, and if you think World Championship finalist Simone Manuel is “just good in one event”, you are plain ignorant.

These are kids. All three have incredible gifts with bright futures. Let’s celebrate that.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Little recap.

Huge day 2.
5 NAG records.
Awful and very irritating commercials on the live webcast during the races.
Michael Andrew is special. He has rebounded after a disappointing 100 breast to swim a huge PR in the 200 fly.
Simone Manuel is the best US sprint specialist on the women’s side since Jenny Thompson.
Janet Hu is absolutely giant in yards.
Stanford must laugh tonight.
Alexis Wenger and Carsten Vissering are future breaststroke stars.
Swimming is faster and faster.
Good night.

bobo gigi
8 years ago




He finished second behind Sam McHugh.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

The Stanford relays with Janet Hu and Simone Manuel! :mrgreen:

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

And Lia Neal!

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