NCSAs: Dafoe Clocks PR 4:44.2 in 500 Free, Letitia Sim Goes 59.6 100 Breast



Claire Dafoe of NOVA of Virginia had a breakthrough swim in the 500 free prelims, going under 4:45 for the first time with a 4:44.22 to lead the event by almost three seconds. Dafoe’s old best was a 4:45.52. In the A-final tonight, she’ll go up against OLY Swimming’s Lucy Malys (4:46.95), who won the 1000 free, and Santa Maria Swim Club’s Claire Tuggle (4:50.52), who won the 200 free.

Meanwhile, Letitia Sim of TNT Swimming was unstoppable in prelims, going 59.62 in the 100 breast and 53.48 in the 100 fly to lead the way.

In the 100 fly, Sim will compete with Elmbrook Swim Club 15-year-old Campbell Stoll (53.88) and younger sister, 14-year-old Levenia Sim. Last night, the younger Sim broke Regan Smith’s NAG record in the 100 back, so keep an eye out for her and her impressive underwaters.

The 100 breast saw two other girls break 1:01, with Racer X Aquatics’ Zoe Skirboll going 1:00.78, her first best in the event since December 2019. Elmbrook Swim Club 15-year-old Lucy Thomas was a close third at 1:00.82.


Daniel Worth was the only finisher under 54 seconds this afternoon in the 100 breast, hitting a 53.87. Academy Bullets’ Ty Spillane, meanwhile, lopped .78 off of his old best to take second with a 54.21, well ahead of top seed going into this, iNspire Swim Team’s Luke Barr (54.91).

In the 100 fly, Holden Smith of Race Pace Club led the way under 48 seconds, clocking a 47.43 ahead of Mid-Wisconsin Wave Makers’ Will Hayon (47.68). Both were at least a couple tenths off of bests.

City of Richardson’s Trey Dickey was the top swimmer in the 500 free this afternoon, going 4:24.95 ahead of Birmingham Swim League’s Mason Mathias. COR had two more in the top four after they swept the 1000 free, with 16-year-olds Levi Sandidge in third (4:27.30) and Gio Linscheer in fourth (4:28.30).

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1 year ago

Anyone else disappointed that all it took to make finals in the 500free for ladies was to swim legally? All of the heats aren’t even full. Note to all of the younger swimmers next year – try to hit the qualifying time and swim that event.

Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

Because alot of teams elected not to travel this Spring. Look at the lineup at the PVS 18 & Under Championship going on also this week. Some comparable times to NCSAs but just not as deep.

1 year ago

Well now my sister is almost faster than her 21 year old D1 brother.

Reply to  Beans
1 year ago

Sad 🤣

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Reply to  Beans
1 year ago

Must be Cameron

1 year ago

Is that another NAG record for sim in the 100 breast?

Reply to  PFA
1 year ago

No, Levenia (14) broke the 100 back record and her sister Letitia (18) was in the 100 breast.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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