Phoebe Bacon Clocks 1:01.6 100 Back At Wisconsin LC Opener

2021 WI WEST April LC Opener

  • April 24-25, 2021
  • Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center, Brown Deer, WI
  • LCM (50m)
  • Full Results (PDF)
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2021 April LC Opener”

Reigning NCAA champion and current U.S. National Team member Phoebe Bacon was the most notable competitor in action this past weekend at the WI West April LC Opener at the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center in Brown Deer, Wisconsin.

Bacon, fresh off a standout freshman NCAA season at the University of Wisconsin that included winning the national title in the women’s 200 backstroke, only raced the 100 back in Brown Deer, though she was also initially entered in the 200 back and 200 IM.

The 18-year-old posted a time of 1:01.68 in the 100 back, splitting 30.05/31.63 to mark her third-fastest time early on this long course season.

Bacon holds down the 25th spot in the 2020-21 world rankings (fifth among Americans) with her time of 1:00.18 from the 2020 U.S. Open in November, and had been 1:01.20 at January’s Pro Swim Series stop in San Antonio.

Bacon’s best time stands at 58.63, set at the 2019 U.S. Open.

Kaylyn Schoof, 18, was the runner-up to Bacon in a time of 1:05.13, and led the 200 back field by four seconds in 2:19.15. Both swims marked her fastest since 2019.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 19-year-olds Elizabeth Moore (1:11.66) and Sophia Bricker (1:13.32) went 1-2 in the women’s 100 breaststroke, with Moore’s swim being her fastest since 2018 and Bricker’s a new lifetime best.
  • 18-year-old Andrew Benson had a strong showing on the men’s side, setting a personal best in the 100 breast (1:02.95) while nearing them in the 50 free (23.45) and 100 free (50.83). Benson tied with Collin Miller for the 100 breast victory, while claiming the 100 free on his own. In the 50 free, Chicago Wolfpack’s Danny Tucker blasted a 23.19 for the win.
  • Jude Williams paced the men’s 200 free (1:53.84) and 400 free (4:02.51), with the latter being his best showing since the beginning of 2020.
  • Constantin Bensch, 19, led a trio of men sub-56 in the 100 fly, recording a time of 55.24 to take nine-tenths off his previous best of 56.15 set in August 2019.
  • Maxwell Boehnlein eclipsed the 2:20-barrier for the first time in the men’s 200 breast, clocking 2:19.63. The 22-year-old also took third in the 100 breast behind Benson and Miller (1:03.76).

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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