The weekend of October 26-27, 2013 produced some very fast swims at the age-group and senior level. SwimSwam has chosen a dozen among the many deserving swims to highlight:
Jonathan Spires, 15, South Eastern Virginia Aquatics: 50 free (21.63) – Jonathan posted one of the fastest non-high school championship sprint 50s in the country this weekend when he won the SEVA Senior Tri/Quad Meet in Newport News, VA with 21.63. That’s only .09 off his best, achieved at the Tom Dolan Invitational last December, and a great swim coming at the beginning of short course season.
Bryce Kananowicz, 17, Coeur D’Alene Area Swim Team: 100 free (46.50)/ 100 back (49.53) – Bryce won the 100 free and 100 back at Gold Medal Swim Club’s Trick or Treat Pentathlon at the University of Idaho Swim Center, posting lifetime bests in both events. He’s a South Carolina commit.
Kristin Romano, 14, Unattached: 100 free (52.27)/ 200 IM (2:04.32) – Swimming for Lancaster High School, freshman Kristen won the 100 freestyle in 52.27 and the 200 individual medley in a pool record time of 2:04.32 at the ECIC Class AA Championships district meet in Clarence, New York.
Curtis Ogren, 17, Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics: 200 free (1:40.89) – Stanford-bound Curtis Ogren started his short course season off with strong swims at the BAC age group meet in Burlingame, CA. His 1:40.89 in the 200 free is within 1.2 of his lifetime best, and a full 2.5 seconds faster than at this time last year.
Owen Kao, 13, Irvine NovAquatics: 500 free (4:50.07) – At the NOVA vs Canyons IMX Meet in Irvine this past weekend, Owen opened the season by dropping 18.4 seconds from his previous best, swum at the 2013 Far Western Championship meet in April.
Madison Homovich, 13, North Carolina Aquatic Club: 1650 (17:01.23) – Madison dropped 46 seconds in the mile since last October and leads the nation in the 13-14 age group with her 17:01.23 from the NCAC Mile Meet on October 27.
Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, 15, Greater Omaha Aquatics: 200 back (2:03.11) – Elizabeth won the 100/200 free, 100/200 back and 100 fly at the Lincoln Select B Minimum “Spooky Splash” this weekend. Her 200 back time of 2:03.11 beat last year’s best by 6 seconds.
Andrew Seliskar, 17, Nation’s Capital Swim Club: 100 breast (55.33) – Andrew jumped out to lead the nation in the 100 breast with his 55.33 swim at NCAP’s October Open October 18-20 at University of Maryland. This puts him nearly a full second ahead of where he was this time last year. Andrew also had strong early-season times en route to winning the 50/100 frees, both breasts, both flys and both IMs.
Ashley McCauley, 12, Marlins of Raleigh: 200 breast (2:25.68) – With a 2:25.68 in the 200 breast at the MOR Senior Classic meet, Ashley was within a half second of her best time and 9 seconds faster than last October. Ashley holds all the 10U and 11/12 Marlins of Raleigh short course and long course breaststroke records.
Jordan Portela, 14, Lawrence Aquahawks: 100 fly (52.42) Swimming at the COOL Spooktacular in Gladstone, MO, Jordan won the boys’ 13/14 100 fly in a personal best time of 52.42, 3 seconds ahead of last year’s pace. Jordan re-broke his own Lawrence Aquahawks 13/14 team record with the swim.
Sonia Wang, 16, Redlands Swim Team: 200 fly (1:59.48) – Sonia won the 200 fly at the SCS October Senior Invite hosted by Riverside Aquatics Association in Southern California. She was the only girl under the 2:00 barrier and logged her best early-season swim in the event at a timed-finals meet.
Kate Douglass, 11, Westchester Aquatic Club: 400 IM (4:42.83) – In only her second time swimming the 400 individual medley, Kate Douglass went 4:42.83 at the WEST Wolverines’ Halloween Splash meet in New Rochelle, NY. At 11 she still has time to go after Annie Zhu’s Metropolitan Swimming record of 4:27.77 from 2007.