Phoebe Bacon Pops 2:09.11 200 BK, Ranks US #7/World #16 at PVS LC Open Champs

2019 PVS Long Course Open Championships

At the 2019 PVS Long Course Open, 16-year-old Phoebe Bacon (NCAP) moved herself up in the rankings for the 200 back. Bacon won the event with a lifetime best of 2:09.11, ranking herself 7th in the US and 16th in the world this year. Bacon is also the 3rd-fastest 18&U swimmer behind Regan Smith and Isabelle Stadden. For the 15-16 age group, Bacon is now the 7th-fastest performer in US history.

Bacon also won two other events, the 100 fly (1:00.87) and 200 IM (2:14.51). Bacon’s 200 IM was a new lifetime best, putting her in the top 25 times in the US and 15-16 age group history. The remaining top 3 finishers in the 200 IM, 16-year-old Torri Huske and 14-year-old Erin Gemmell, also moved up in the rankings.

Huske, representing Arlington Aquatic Club, took second in the 200 IM with a lifetime best of 2:15.75. That time puts Huske in the top 50 times in the US this year and in 15-16 age group history. Huske also won two more events, the 50 free (25.70) and 200 fly (2:14.01).

Taking 3rd in the women’s 200 IM final was 14-year-old Erin Gemmell of NCAP, finishing with a lifetime best of 2:16.58. Her time puts her at #12 in the all-time 13-14 rankings and in the top 40 US times this year. Gemmell also set a lifetime best in the 50 free with a 26.00, right behind Huske. In the event, Gemmell moved up to #11 all-time in 13-14 age group history. Gemmell took home a win in the 200 free in a 2:01.93, where she was just off her lifetime best.

More Meet Highlights:

  • Destin Lasco, of Salvation Army Kroc Aquatics, walked away with an impressive 5 wins over the weekend. Lasco took wins in the 100 free (50.55), 200 free (1:52.76), 100 back (56.28), along with setting lifetime bests in the 200 back (2:01.81) and 200 IM (2:03.78). Both the 200 IM and 200 back put Lasco in the top 30 US times this year and cracked the top 100 all-time 17-18 rankings.
  • NCAP’s Paige McKenna won titles in the 400 free (4:14.78) and 800 free (8:41.78), moving up into the top 100 times in 15-16 age group history. McKenna’s 800 free time puts her in the top 20 US times this season as well.
  • 14-year-old NCAP swimmer Eleanor Sun made waves with earning her first Olympic Trials cut in the 400 IM. Sun threw down a 4:49.81 to win the event and become the 20th-fastest 13-14 performer in history.
  • David Dixon of Club Mountaineer swept the butterfly events, winning with a lifetime best in the 100 fly (54.72) and taking the win in the 200 fly (2:00.11).
  • Also sweeping the strokes was 16-year-old Anna Keating of Machine Aqautics. Keating took home wins in the 100 breast (1:09.82) and 200 breast (2:31.55).

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The women’s 100 and 200 backs at trials will be leaps and bounds faster than 2016. Such a deep stroke for the US.


One can’t help but feel bad that the US can only send two of these women to the Olympics in those events. Baker, Smith, Nelson, Smoliga, Stadden, Berkoff, Bacon, Walsh … probably forgetting someone that should be on the list, but this is quite a list.


We should loan them to other countries just for the Olympics.

Samuel Huntington

Some of them won’t even make finals! I can think of Deloof too, which makes 9!


Lisa Bratton also


Seidt in the 200


Nice swims from the youngsters at this meet!!


Just the fact the she’s ranked 16th in the WORLD, but only 7th in her COUNTRY, and even 3rd in 18&U IN HER COUNTRY is absolutely insane. That means, that if EVERYONE swam in Gwangju right now and swam there exact season bests, almost half of the swimmers moving past prelims would be American

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