14-year old Ryan Hoffer from the Scottsdale Aquatic Club became the youngest swimmer to ever dip under 45 seconds in the 100 yard freestyle on Thursday evening, swimming a 44.81 in the men’s final of the race at the Federal Way, Washington Sectional Championship meet.
That swim broke Hoffer’s own 45.10 set in prelims. The two swims combined to lower the 45.21 swum by Edward Kim in this same pool in 2010. Kim, who is now 17, was actually swimming here and took 3rd in 44.38.
That 100 free final was loaded. Tyler Messerschmidt, who is representing the same Scottsdale Aquatic Club on his hiatus from Cal, won the race in 42.32, which is a new Meet Record (which he broke in prelims as well). The old record was 21-years old, set by Keith Anderson in 1992. Also in the race were Cal commit Long Gutierrez, who was 5th in 44.58, and Minnesota commit Daryl Turner, who was 6th in 44.70. Every swimmer in the A-Final was faster than he was in prelims.
On the women’s side, the star of the meet was Missy Franklin. She “warmed up” with a 47.28 in the 100 yard free, which breaks her own 17-18 National Age Group Record of 47.60. Among even collegiate swimmers, only Margo Geer of Arizona has been faster this season in the event, and that time moves Missy to the position of the 7th-fastest swimmer of all-time in the race (with only a few tenths separating her from a position in the top three).
17-year old Jasmine Mau from the Kamehameha Swim Club was 2nd in 49.04, and Jeffco Hurricanes swimmer Lexie Malazdrewicz was 3rd in 49.56.
Franklin’s second swim of the night, in the 200 back (1:48.42), was also a 17-18 National Age Group Record, breaking a 1:49.16 set by Liz Pelton back in 2011. Another, much more significant, Pelton record almost went down, however. Franklin’s time was .03 seconds away from the American Record set by her future Cal teammate at the Pac-12 Championships just 12 days ago. Had Franklin’s time been done two weeks earlier, it would have been a record for her. She and Pelton, beginning this fall, will be training partners under Teri McKeever, and what an incredible battle they should have on a daily basis in practice.
Hannah Weiss of the King Aquatic Club (no relation to Michael) was 2nd in 1:55.54. Malazdrewicz again took 3rd in 1:55.91.
Another impressive young swimmer from Scottsdale, 15-year old Amy Bilquist, was 4th in 1:56.81.
Thomas Brewer from Current Swimming won the men’s 200 breaststroke in 1:58.23 – three seconds better than he’d been coming into the meet. That’s the 4th-best time by a 15-16 year old this season.
Michelle Cefal, a member of the Junior National Team, won the women’s 200 fly in 1:55.50. That’s a new Meet Record for her, and easily a best time (she was two-minutes on the dot coming into the meet). That brings her yards times more in line with her impressive long course results.
Jasmine Mau took 2nd in 1:58.63.
Other winners at the meet:
- The Scottsdale Aquatic Club won the 200 medley relay running away, with a very unique lineup. They were led off by a 23.07 50 backstroke from Hoffer, passed to 15-year old Marcello Quarante for the breaststroke leg. Next came a 20.77 fly split from 20-year old Tyler Messerschmidt, and anchoring in 19.99 was 26-year old Daren Brubaker.
- The King Aquatic Club won the 200 medley relay running away in 1:41.07, including a 28.04 breaststroke split from Carolyn McCann. The only split better than that was Franklin, who was a 27.75 on the Colorado Stars’ 4th-place relay.
- Thane Maudslien won the men’s 200 back in 1:43.97. He’ll go to Arizona next season. Carter Griffin took 2nd in that race in 1:44.38.
- Alex Schultz from Arizona Gold won the men’s 200 fly in 1:47.00. Gutierrez very nearly ran him down, but ran out of room and finished 2nd in 1:47.02.
- Brianna Jurries, also from Arizona Gold, won the women’s 200 breaststroke in 2:14.04.