NCSA Spring Juniors: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2019 NCSA SPRING JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day 2 of the NCSA Spring Junior Championships will feature finals in the 200 back, women’s 100 free, men’s 500 free, 100 breast, 200 fly, and top 2 seeded heats of the 200 medley relay.

Looking to make 15-16 girls history in the 200 back are top 2 seeds Isabelle Stadden and Phoebe Bacon, who both aim for the sub-1:50 barrier. Another contender in 15-16 history is men’s 100 breast top seed Anthony Grimm, who could have a shot of joining five swimmers under 53 seconds.

The women’s 200 fly will be another event to watch as 14-year-old Tess Howley will aim for the 13-14 NAG as well as the national title against 17-year-old Abigail Harter and top seed 16-year-old Grace Sheble.

GIRLS 200 BACK – FINALS

It was Isabelle Stadden and Phoebe Bacon swimming stroke-for-stroke throughout the entire 200 yard race. Into the last stroke, Stadden had the three-tenths advantage over Bacon. Stadden was still just a tenth off her personal best, which maintains her #2 time on the 15-16 rankings. For Bacon, her second drop from prelims puts her at #4 all-time right behind Kylie Stewart, Stadden, and Regan Smith.

Taking third place was NCAP’s Caroline Bentz also dropped a second off prelims to now place #25 all-time in the 15-16 age group.

BOYS 200 BACK – FINALS

  • 1st: James Marcum (McCallie/GPS Aquatics)- 1:42.80
  • 2nd: Jack Dolan (Rockwood Swim Club)- 1:42.91
  • 3rd: Sean Conway (NCAP)- 1:43.79

ASU-commit Jack Dolan head the lead for the majority of the race, until James Marcum blasted out a blistering 25.22 closing 50 against Dolan to win the title by 0.11. IU-commit Marcum had a 4-second improvement over the day places him at #58 all-time in the 17-18 age group while Dolan is now #61.

UVA-commit Sean Conway of NCAP finished in third with a 1:43.79, his personal best of 1:43.54 is also on the all-time top 100 times in the 17-18 age group.

GIRLS 100 FREE – FINALS

  • 1st: Torri Huske (Arlington Aquatic Club)- 48.70
  • 2nd: Grace Cooper (Delta Aquatics)- 49.03
  • 3rd: Christiana Regenauer (Condors Swim Club)- 49.13

From lane one, Torri Huske showed outside smoke and maintained her top seed coming into the meet. Huske dropped from her personal best with a 48.70, which is now #18 in the 15-16 age group.

Taking second place was Texas Longhorn commit Grace Cooper, who is #44 in the same 15-16 age group rankings. Third place swimmer and Louisville-commit Christiana Regenauer also swam a personal best time of 49.13.

BOYS 500 FREE – FINALS

  • 1st: Luke Maurer (Nasa Wildcat)- 4:21.05
  • 2nd: Jacob Rosner (Unattached)- 4:21.32
  • 3rd: Andrew Matejka (Gator Swim Club)- 4:22.82

In a tight race effort, Jacob Rosner challenged Luke Maurer in the closing 25. However, Maurer defended his top spot from prelims to win the event. Taking third place behind the duo was Stanford-commit Andrew Matejka.

Out of the B-final, 16-year-old Sam Oliver of Snow Swimming dropped 8 seconds from his prelims time to win the final with a 4:21.38. While his time would have placed 3rd overall, his time is now #26 all-time in the 15-16 age group.

GIRLS 100 BREAST – FINALS

Anna Keating pulled away from Hannah Bach in the last 25 and pushed to become the only swimmer under a minute in the event. Keating’s 1.4-second drop from prelims earned her a personal best of 59.04, which ties her for the 4th-fastest 100 breast in the 15-16 age group.

The Ohio State-commit Bach took second in a 1:00.17. Baylor Swim Club’s Cecilia Porter swam a personal best of 1:00.58 to finish third.

BOYS 100 BREAST – FINALS

  • 1st: Anthony Grimm (Mason Makos)- 52.51
  • 2nd: Joshua Matheny (Team Pittsburgh)- 53.07
  • 3rd: William Myhre (St. Charles Swim Team)- 53.54

Anthony Grimm showed his true power in the race, maintaining a body length-lead nearly the entire race. At the touch, the 16-year-old Grimm finished in a second drop of 52.51, tying him as the 2nd-fastest 15-16 swimmer with Forrest Frazier.

Taking second place was fellow 16-year-old Joshua Matheny and in 3rd place was future Iowa Hawkeye Will Myhre.

GIRLS 200 FLY – FINALS

Winning the anticipated women’s 200 fly final was UVA-commit Abigail Harter, who held off top seed by 0.13 seconds. Harter’s winning time is now #19 all-time for the 17-18 age group while Shelbe’s time is now #11 in the 15-16 age group.

Finishing in third place behind the 16-17 duo was 14-year-old Tess Howley, who broke the 13-14 NAG in this event with a 1:55.29. In prelims, Howley went a 1:56.12, which at the time was #6 in the rankings and half a second off the month-old NAG of 1:55.64. Howley’s mark is now the 3rd time the 13-14 NAG has been broken in the last 4 months.

BOYS 200 FLY – FINALS

  • 1st: Alex Colson (Rockville Montgomery)- 1:45.40
  • 2nd: Timothy Marski (Long Island)- 1:45.94
  • 3rd: Jack Mowery (Arlington Aquatic Club)- 1:46.45

Holding a consistent form throughout the race was Alex Colson, who dropped just a tenth off his prelims time to maintain his spot on the all-time top 100 times in the 17-18 age group. Florida-commit Timothy Marski dropped under the 1:46 mark to take second behind Colson. In third place was Jack Mowrey, who dropped 2 seconds from prelims.

Out of the B-final, 10th-place finisher Landon Gentry of NCAP swam a personal best of 1:48.79, which is the 5th-fastest time in the 13-14 age group.

GIRLS 200 MEDLEY RELAY– FINALS

  • 1st: Nation’s Capital- 1:39.50
  • 2nd: Baylor Swim Club- 1:39.69
  • 3rd: Aquajets Swim Team- 1:40.67

Leading off NCAP for the early lead was Phoebe Bacon‘s 24.42 BK split versus Aquajet’s Isabelle Stadden‘s 24.50. Abigail Harter maintained Bacon’s lead while Baylor’s BR swimmer Cecilia Porter challenged NCAP with a 27.39.

Addison Smith put Baylor in the lead with her 24.06 FL split, yet Katelyn Mack of NCAP pulled out a 22.49 split to have her squad out-touch Baylor by 0.19 seconds. Aquajets took third with a 1:40.67, yet anchor Abigail Kapeller swam the fastest FR split with a 22.08.

BOYS 200 MEDLEY RELAY – FINALS

  • 1st: Aquajets Swim Team- 1:30.12
  • 2nd: St. Charles Swim Team- 1:30.46
  • 3rd: Team Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics: 1:30.64

The Aquajets quad of Anderson Breazeale (22.73), Hayden Zheng (25.01), Alexander Deng (22.09), and Casey Stowe (20.29) won from lane 7, just missing the sub-1:30 barrier with a 1:30.12. William Myhre of St. Charles had the fastest BR split of 24.10, which propelled his relay to a second place finish. The Team Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics relay finished in third place with a 1:30.64.

The fastest fly split of the evening came from Long Island’s Timothy Marski (21.38) while Fox Valley’s Connor Boyle had the fastest free split of 19.83. Fox Valley finished in 6th place (1:31.51) while Long Island finished in 8th place (1:31.84).

Team Scores After Day 2:

Top 5 Boys

  1. Nation’s Capital- 336.50
  2. Rockville Montgomery- 298
  3. NOVA of Virginia- 225.50
  4. Long Island Aquatic Club- 216.50
  5. Machine Aquatics- 187

Top 5 Girls

  1. Nation’s Capital- 692.50
  2. Aquajets Swim Team- 265
  3. NOVA of Virginia- 226.50
  4. Long Island Aquatic Club- 185
  5. Arlington Aquatic Club- 181

Top 5 Combined

  1. Nation’s Capital- 1029
  2. NOVA of Virginia- 452
  3. Aquajets Swim Team- 413
  4. Long Island Aquatic Club- 401.50
  5. Rockville Montgomery- 368

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Hooosiers

Marcum is an IU commit

NCSwimFan

Tess Howley of Long Island Aquatic Club with a new NAG in the 13-14 girls 200 fly. 1:55.29, breaks the mark of 1:55.64 set by Claire Curzan a month ago. That was the one Curzan took from teammate Charlotte Hook.

Ervin

VA and DC based clubs dominating this meet…4 of the top 5 on the mens side. 3 of the top 5 on the other 2

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