Olympic Trials Semifinalist Letitia Sim Swims New Best Time in 100 Breast

2021 Southeastern Swimming LSC Championships

  • July 16-18, 2021
  • Centennial Sportsplex (13 & Over), Nasvhille, Tennessee
  • Long Course Meters (50m), Prelims/Finals
  • Meet Site
  • Live Results

Letitia Sim of TNT Swimming, a Michigan commit for this fall, won the 100 breaststroke on Friday at the Southeastern Swimming LSC Championships. She touched in a new personal best of 1:07.86, which shaves .04 seconds off the 1:07.90 that she swam at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June. Her Trials time placed her 11th in the semi-finals.

Sim leaves Spanish Fort High School having won 2 of the last 3 Alabama High School Championships in the 100 yard breaststroke.

With her older sister Alex off in Tokyo for the Olympics, Olympic Trials finalist Gretchen Walsh of the host Nashville Aquatic Club won 2 events on the first day of the meet.

She kicked off the meet with a win in the first Senior final, topping the women’s 50 fly in 26.73.

While USA Swimming doesn’t keep official National Age Group Rankings for 17-18s in the 50 fly, records show that this is the 75th-best 50 meter fly by an American junior in history.

Later in the session, she followed that up with a win in the 100 back in 1:01.57, which is about 1.3 seconds short of her personal best from August of 2019. Walsh, a Virginia commit, beat out Ellie Waldrep (1:03.02) and Kallie Chelsvig (1:04.75) in that final.

In the 13-14 final, 13-year old Eva Rottink of the Memphis Thunder won in 1:05.06. Coming into the meet, her best time was just 1:13. That swim, the 4th-best overall at the meet, ranks her 3rd in the country this year among 13-year old girls.

Walsh wasn’t the only Nashville swimmer to have a successful first day of the meet. 18-year old Julian Killius won the men’s 100 breaststroke handily in 1:02.99. His previous best time in that event of 1:03.66 was just 3 weeks old, done in late June. He now ranks among the top 20 American junior swimmers in the country in this event this season.

Spencer Nicholas gave the home team another win by topping the field in the men’s 50 fly. He swam 24.77 at only 15 years old, one of just two 15-year-olds to make either the A or B final at the meet. According to the USA Swimming database, since at least 2010, only one American has been faster in the 50 fly at 15-years old: Tokyo 2020 Olympian Michael Andrew.

Other Day 1 Winners:

  • Mason Mathias of the Birmingham Swim League scorched his best time to win the 200 free. He swam 1:50.92, holding off a late charge from fellow Alabaman Andrew Jordan (1:51.16). Mathias’ best time coming into the meet was just 1:55.02, done in June, and a 1:56.75 was his best time coming into 2021. A 3 second drop in his 200 yard free time in March, swimming 1:36.64, foreshadowed this corresponding drop in long course, though.
  • Julia Burroughs topped the women’s 200 free in 2:01.50, clearing the field by over 2 seconds and picking up a best time of her own. Her previous best swim, done in May, was 2:03.11. Burroughs, who trains with the Tennessee Aquatics club team, will stay close to home and attend the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2022.
  • Just .01 seconds separated the top two of the boys’ 100 backstroke final, with City of Mobile’s Stephen Conrad winning in 56.46 and Nashville’s Evan Petty placing 2nd in 56.47. That was a best time for Conrad by about 7-tenths of a second, and for Petty by about two-tenths. Petty’s swim was also faster than he was at the Wave I Olympic Trials in early June.

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