National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals
ORLANDO, Florida – Spring championships are here. And with it, comes the NCSA Spring Championship meet held this year from March 17-21 in Orlando, Florida.
Session One will feature (both men’s and women’s) 1000/1650, 200 free relay, and 200 medley relay. Check down below for a live recap of each event.
For the first event, the women’s 1650, first place went to second seeded Isabella Rongione – a 15 year old from Nation’s Capital Swim Club – who won by over four seconds with a time of 16:07.40! Second and third places went to Joy Field and Megan Brynes, with times of 16:11.65 and 16:22.12, respectively. Brynes was seeded first with a time of 16:01 but fell behind.
Matthew Hirshberger – a 16 year old also from Nation’s Capital Swim Club – won the 1000 with an unrivaled time of 8:45.11. Hirshberger finished almost 20 seconds ahead of second place finisher, Joshua McDonald who swam a 9:03.50 and touched out Gavin Springer by just over a second.
Hirshberger broke a NAG record more than double his own age.
Women’s 200 Free Relay
Aquajets take first with Rachel Wittmer, Carly Quast, Kaiai Grobe, and Zoe Avestruz swimming a time of 1:30.60. The Academy Bullets – from Illinois – took second at a 1:31.09 while Nation’s Capital took third at a 1:32.78,
Men’s 200 Free Relay
With the Nation’s Capital Swim Club seeded well ahead of the rest of the pack, it’s no surprise that their relay – consisting of James Jones, Andrew Seliskar, Grant Goddard, and John Shebat – finished first by over two seconds, with a final time of 1:19.55. In second and third places, come the Iowa Flyers and Machine Aquatics – with times of 1:21.92 and 1:22.02, respectively.
Nation’s Capital broke the NAG record for 15-18 200 free relay!
Unfortunately, one of the higher seeds – the Arlington Aquatic Club – DQed in the event.
Women’s 200 Medley Relay
This one didn’t go out to Nation’s Capital, but rather, Minnesota’s Aquajets Swim Team took first place with a time of 1:40.70. Aquajets’ first place relay consisted of Zoe Avestruz, Olivia Anderson, Kaia Grobe, and Rachel Wittmer. Nation’s Capital finished second followed by Ozaukee Aquatics (Wisconsin), with times of 1:41.08 and 1:41.38, respectively.
Amazingly enough, Aquajets’ B relay finished in fourth place, just behind Ozuakee with a time of 1:42.13.
Men’s 200 Medley Relay
With nearly three seconds to the competition, Nation’s Capital’s A relay – consisting of John Shebat, Carsten Vissering, Andrew Seliskar, and James Jones – took first place in the 200 medley with a time of 1:26.47. Second and third places went to Dynamo (GA) and Jersey Wahoos, with times of 1:29.41 and 1:29.69, respectively.