Richmond Spring Cup: Gemmell (16), Weinstein (14) Hit Wave II Cuts in 400 Free

2021 TYR 18&Under Spring Cup – Richmond Site

Team Scores (Top 5)

Combined

  1. Nation’s Capital Swim Club – 454.5
  2. Nova of Virginia – 294.5
  3. North Baltimore Aquatic Club – 246.5
  4. Jersey Wahoos – 212
  5. Badger Swim Club – 123

Men

  1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club – 169
  2. Nation’s Capital Swim Club – 129
  3. The Fish – 116
  4. Nova of Virginia – 110.5
  5. Jersey Wahoos – 83

Women

  1. Nation’s Capital Swim Club – 325.5
  2. Nova of Virginia – 184
  3. Jersey Wahoos – 129
  4. Badger Swim Club – 123
  5. Westchester Aquatic Club – 90

The last women’s race of the night was the most electric on day 3 of the TYR 18&U Spring Cup in Richmond. Freestyle aces Erin Gemmell, a NCAP 16-year-old, and Claire Weinstein, a Westchester Aquatic Club 14-year-old, went head-to-head in finals of the 400 free, pushing each other to lifetime bests and new Trials cuts. Gemmell took the race out in 28.69, ahead of Weinstein’s 29.37. From there, Weinstein quickly took over, out-splitting Gemmell on the next 150 to flip at the 200 mark in 2:04.82, with Gemmell right behind in 2:05.44. Weistein then maintained her lead through the next 100, flipping at 3:09.90 at the 300, while Gemmell was 4:10.50. Gemmell ate into that lead on the 7th 50, splitting 32.07 to Weinstein’s 32.60, which left Weinstein’s lead at just 0.07 seconds with a single 50 to go. With a sizzling 30.37 on the final 50, Gemmell was able to seal the deal, roaring into the finish in 4:12.94. Weinstein also brought it home fast, splitting 30.70, for a 4:13.20.

Both girls swam massive lifetime bests. Gemmell entered the meet with a 4:16.66, which she had swum in July of 2019. Weinstein’s personal best was 4:15.29, which was from January of this year. Importantly, both girls came in under the Olympic Trials Wave II standard of 4:13.29. Jersey Wahoos 18-year-old Erin Cavanagh also posted a huge lifetime best. She swam a 4:17.82, dropping almost 5 seconds from her previous best of 4:22.59.

Torri Huske, an 18-year-old out of Arlington Aquatic Club, continued to flex her muscles as the U.S. Olympic Trials grow ever nearer. After breaking through in the 200 free on Friday night, Huske swam a 2:10.88 to win the women’s 200 fly on Saturday night. The swim reinforces Huske’s performance from early April, where she swam a lifetime best 2:09.90. Assuming Huske swims the 200 fly at Trials, now that she has swum a 2:09 and 2:10 just a few weeks apart, she appears to be in play to make it out of prelims, and maybe even into the final.

Huske followed up her 200 fly by winning the 50 free in the very next event. Huske was 25.04, a bit off her personal best of 24.44 from early April, but without much of a turnaround between events, the race again reinforced her early April performances. NCAP 16-year-old Camille Spink clocked a lifetime best 25.86 for 2nd place. The swim was 0.11 seconds under her previous best. Spink already had the Wave I cut in the event. UMLY 16-year-old Alexa Fulton came in 2rd in 25.88, breaking 26 seconds for the first time in her career, and picking up an Olympic Trials Wave I cut in the process. Jersey Wahoos 15-year-old Clare Logan posted a huge lifetime best in prelims, swimming a 25.75. She picked up a Trials Wave I cut with the prelims swim. NCAP 17-year-old Tatum Wall also picked up a Wave I cut in prelims, swimming a 25.97.

Team Suffolk 16-year-old Denise Phelan also picked up a Trials cut, swimming a 2:33.00 to win the women’s 200 breast. The swim marked a personal best by over 2 seconds, and came in just under the Wave I cut of 2:33.29. This marks Phelan’s first Trials cut.

USC 18-year-old Isabella Korbly also picked up a Trials cut, swimming a 1:02.38 in prelims of the women’s 100 back. Korbly won the event in finals with a 1:02.78, which was also under her previous best of 1:03.17. Her prelims swim came in under the Wave I standard of 1:02.69.

NBAC Ryan Branon took the men’s 200 fly in 2:00.90. The swim marked a personal best of 0.75 seconds, and brought Branon under the Wave I cut of 2:01.19. This also marks Branon’s first Trials cut. Unattached 15-year-old Daniel Diehl won the men’s 50 free in 22.99. The swim was a huge drop for Diehl, who entered the meet with a personal best of 23.44. So, not only was the swim Diehl’s first sub-23 performance, it was also under the Wave I standard of 23.19. Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family Y’s Thomas Heilman, 14, swam a 23.27 in prelims, and again in finals for 3rd place. Heilman’s swims marked a personal best by 0.09 seconds. He already stood as the #3 swimmer all-time for 13-14 boys in the event, but the swims moved him a tick closer to Michael Andrew (23.19) and NAG-holder Isaac Dominguez (23.12).

Diehl went on to take the men’s 100 back as well, roaring to a 54.90. The swim was huge for Diehl, coming in well under his previous best of 55.46, which he swam in November of 2020. Diehl already had the Wave II cut with his previous best, but with his swim Saturday night, he’s now well under the standard and into the 54-second range. NCAP 18-year-old Brett Feyerick picked up a Wave I cut, finishing 2nd in 56.42.

NCAP 18-year-old Jakob Frick won the 200 breast in 2:15.72. The swim was a tick under his previous best time of 2:15.91, which he swam on April 11th of this year. Utah Valley Aquatics 18-year-old Tanner Nelson took the men’s 400 free in 3:58.29. The swim was huge for Nelson, who entered the meet with a personal best of 4:04.35.

 

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Hswimmer
7 days ago

Huske MAYBE into the final?? She could make Tokyo in multiple events if she swims them all. She could easily drop to 2:06/7 in 2 fly for the second spot behind Flickinger.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Hswimmer
7 days ago

Charlotte Hook has been faster (2:07.99) than Torri Huske in calendar year 2021. Huske is better in the women’s 100 meter butterfly than the women’s 200 meter butterfly. Hook is better in the women’s 200 meter butterfly than the women’s 100 meter butterfly

ZanBai
Reply to  Hswimmer
7 days ago

Ever heard of Smith?

Hswimmer
Reply to  ZanBai
7 days ago

Yes if regan swims it

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Hswimmer
7 days ago

Why would Regan Smith not swim the women’s 200 meter butterfly? The women’s 200 meter butterfly does not interfere on the schedule with either the women’s 100 meter backstroke or the women’s 200 meter backstroke.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  ZanBai
7 days ago

Torri Huske is better in the women’s 200 meter individual medley than the women’s 200 meter butterfly.

Torri Huske
2021 Olympic Team Trials
100 FL
200 IM
100 FR
50 FR

MarkB
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
6 days ago

We get it that swimmers named Tori, Charlotte and Regan are in Women’s events.

Caleb
Reply to  Hswimmer
7 days ago

I don’t think she’ll swim the 200 fly at Trials. She would probably final, might make the team, but she won’t medal… and she could make team in other multiple events. Decent shot at a medal in the 100 fly, even with the tough competition. And who knows where she lands in the 50 & 100.

Walter
Reply to  Hswimmer
6 days ago

“Easily?” Easy for you to say.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
7 days ago

Commence the countdown! Six weeks from the “Big Show” in Omaha!

swimgeek
7 days ago

Great swim, but I’m fairly sure Gemmell already had a Wave2 cut in the 2 free (and perhaps the 1 free also).

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  swimgeek
7 days ago

At this point in time, Leah Smith is more worried about the Chinese swimmers in defense of her bronze medal in the women’s 400 meter freestyle at the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships.

Last edited 7 days ago by Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  swimgeek
7 days ago

As a footnote, the Olympic Qualifying Time in the women’s 400 meter freestyle is 4:07.90 for those keeping track at home.

OldSwimmer
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
7 days ago

They are also picking the Jr Worlds team off Trials. You act as if nothing and noone matters below the 2021 Olympic Team. The 2024 and 2028 teams have to come from somewhere, making pogress from younger swimmers important. They don’t just appear swimming a 4:03 400 free at age 20. In other news, I think it unlikely Dahlia will make the team. Two swimmers from the last Jr Worlds team, Huske and Curzan will both beat her. And she isn’t the only one at risk to lose to the younger crowd.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  OldSwimmer
6 days ago

No offense, my primary focus recently has been the 2021 Olympic Team Trials and the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

Dahlia has not fared well in calendar year 2021 at the TYR Pro Swim Series whether it’s been the women’s 100 meter freestyle or the women’s 100 meter butterfly. McLaughlin has not fared well in calendar year 2021 at the TYR Pro Swim Series in the women’s 100 meter butterfly.