There was a lot of fast swimming going on during the weekend of November 9-10, 2013, including various high school state championships. (e.g., Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Iowa) SwimSwam chose a few highlights: the Daring Dozen.
Ryan Hoffer, 15, Unattached: 50 free (19.55) – It’s impossible to ignore Hoffer’s National Age Group record for 15/16 boys in the 50 free from prelims at the Arizona High School Division I State Championship. Even though we’ve already reported it here and here, it was simply a phenomenal swim that deserves its place among the Daring Dozen.
Matthew Hirschberger, 15, Unattached: 500 free (4:26.11)/ Kent Haeffner, 17, Unattached: 500 free (4:25.75) – Haeffner and Hirschberger produced the nation’s top two times in the 500 this week at the Florida High School Swimming Championship but what makes them even more special is that a year ago Hirschenberger went a 4:36 and Haeffner went a 4:30; those are 10- and 5-second drops, respectively.
Hannah Moore, 17, Triangle Aquatics Club Titans: 500 free (4:43.93) – Moore dropped an enormous 8 seconds from last fall’s 500 time and went her all-time best by 3.5 at the TAC Titans Big Southern Classic. Next fall she will join the University of Michigan Wolverines, who are most likely thrilled about these early-season results.
Megan Byrnes,15 , Nation’s Capital Swim Club: 1650 (16:32.16) – Byrnes won the mile at Potomac Valley Swimming’s November Open hosted by the FISH. Her 16:32 was a full 30 seconds faster than she went last year at the same meet.
Clara Smiddy, 17, Unattached: 100 back (52.46) – Smiddy went a 52.46 100 back to break the state record and win the Florida High School Swimming Championship. That’s her best time by .5, and it’s a full 2 seconds faster than she went at the same meet last year. It’s also the fastest girls’ 100 back swum so far this year – and that includes college swimmers. A 52-mid in prelims would have landed her in the B final at NCAAs last year. That’s another future Wolverine they’ve got to be smiling about.
Sean Grieshop, 14, Unattached: 200 back (1:50.79) – Grieshop’s 1:50.79 from the TXLA November Unclassified is six seconds faster than last year’s swim and only a second off his personal best. At this meet he also won the 200 free in 1:39.29, dropping 8.5 seconds from last year; won the 100 back, 3 seconds better than last year; finished second in the 200 fly, dropping 8; and second in the 200 IM, going 5 seconds faster than last November.
David Dixon, 14, NOVA of Virginia: 200 breast (2:07.41) – Dixon had a standout meet at the NOVA Senior Classic. His 2:17.41 second-place finish in the 200 breast was 9 seconds faster than last November, and an all-time personal best by 3. He was right at his best time in the 100 and 1000 free; he went his best 100 back by 4; and he won the 200 fly with 1:51.01 – a Winter Juniors cut and an 11.8 second drop from last November.
Lindsey Engel, 17, JCC Waves: 100 fly (54.47) – At the Kevin Perry Senior Invitational in Fullerton, the Stanford-bound Engel won the 100 fly in 54.47. She was only 1.1 off her all-time best from Winter Juniors last December, and 1.5 ahead of her pace from the 2012 KP Invite.
Abby Richter, 14, Boulder City Henderson Swim Team – At the Nevada State Short Course Championships Richter won the 200 IM in 2:04.31; she was 5.1 seconds faster than last November and 2.1 seconds faster than her personal best.
Sean Lee, 14, Team Century Swim: 400 IM (4:01.53) – Lee swam a blistering 400 IM to finish third at the Kevin Perry Senior Invitational in Fullerton, going a full 16 seconds faster than he had nine months ago. He also finished sixth in the 500 free (4:37.74, 25 seconds faster than in February).