SwimSwam’s The Weekly Wonders of Age Group Swimming – 3/12/2014

The short course season is winding down in most parts of the country and many LSCs held their age-group championships this past weekend. Here are our Daring Dozen of the week:

Andrea Santander, 12, Unattached: 50 free (23.95) – Santander won the girls’ 11-12 50, 100 and 200 free, the 50 fly, and the 100, 200, and 400 IM at the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics hosted by Coral Springs Swim Club. Her 50 free time marked her first time under 24 seconds. It was a personal best by .3, and good enough to break the LSC record.

Isaac Grinberg, 11, Sylvania Tsunami Swim Club: 100 free (51.29) – At the Ohio 14 & Under Junior Olympics hosted by Ohio State Swim Club, Grinberg won the 50/100 free, and 50/100 fly. He set meet records in the 50 free and both flys, and an LSC record in the 100 fly. His 100 free time represented a 5.5 second drop since the same weekend last year, and it propelled him to the number two position for 11-year-old boys in the country this year.

Paul Delakis, 15, Eau Claire YMCA Marlins: 200 free (1:39.32) – Delakis won High Point Award for 15-16 boys at the Wisconsin 13&Over Short Course State Championship hosted by Pleasant Prairie Patriots, thanks to his victories in the 100/200 free, 100/200 breast, and 200/400 IM. His 200 free time was his best by nearly 6 seconds.

Jason O’Brien, 18, North Coast Aquatics: 500 free (4:19.58) – Swimming at the American Short Course Championships at the University of Texas, O’Brien posted the top prelims time of 4:19.58, his best swim by nearly 5 seconds and the number six swim in the country for 18-year-old boys this year.

Madelyn Donohoe, 12, The Fish: 1000 free (10:08.18) – Donohoe knocked just over 30 seconds off her seed time to take second in the women’s 1000 at the Potomac Valley Swimming Short Course Senior Championships hosted by NCAP. Donohoe now owns the fastest 1000 in the nation for 12-year-old girls… by 20 seconds.

Christian Imbus, 14, Cincinnati Marlins: 1650 free (15:56.97) – Grender improved his time by 1 minute and 6 seconds since this same meet last year, and finished second in the boys’ 13-14 mile at Ohio 14 & Under Junior Olympics hosted by Ohio State Swim Club. Both he and teammate Joshua McDonald finished under the previous JO record time of 16:01.60 (set in 2006 by Aaron Buchanan, now of Olivet Nazarene and the 2014 NAIA National Champion in the 200 fly).

Haley Hynes, 15, Kansas City Blazers: 100 back (54.25) – Hynes won the 100 back at the Central Zone Speedo Champions Series meet in Jenks, Oklahoma, with a personal best of 54.25. She also picked up best times in the 100 and 200 free, and the 100 fly at the meet.

Noelle Peplowski, 13, Peoria Area Water Wizards: 100 breast (1:02.09) – Peplowski finished second in the 100 breast at the Speedo / Illinois Swimming Senior Championships hosted by CATS Aquatic Team and Westmont Swim Club. She went her best time by 2.8 seconds and earned “Rookie of the Meet” honors for her performance.

Austin Temple, 17, Tide: 200 breast (1:58.86) – Temple won the 100 and 200 breast at the Virginia Short Course Senior Championships. His 200 time was his best by 6 seconds. Temple broke the meet record by 1.5 seconds with the swim, and came within .8 of the Virginia state record.

Sophie Housey, 11, Pointe Aquatics: 100 fly (58.89) – Swimming at the Michigan 12 & Under State Champions Housey won the 200 and 500 free, 200 back, 100 fly and 200 fly. Her 100 fly time was a personal best by 1.4 seconds; her first time under 1:00, she went crashing through straight to a 58-high.

Cassidy Bayer, 14, Nation’s Capital Swim Club: 200 fly (1:57.60) – Just a tick off her personal best, Bayer nonetheless cranked out the nation’s fastest 18-and-under 200 fly time of the week at the Potomac Valley Swimming Short Course Senior Championships hosted by NCAP.

Danny Kovac , 13, Fort Collins Area Swim Team: 200 IM (1:55.67) – Kovac dropped a monster 8.6 seconds off his seed time (3.1 in prelims and another 5.5 in finals) to win the boys’ 13-14 200 IM at the Colorado State 14 & Under Age Group Championships.

Special thanks to Lyle Campbell for his assistance in putting this list together. 

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samuel huntington

what exactly is the Virginia state record referenced to with Austin Temple? Andrew Seliskar has been 4 seconds faster…


Seliskar — along with many of the Northern Virginia clubs — swims in the Potomac Valley LSC. So, I’m assuming the record referred to here means for the Virginia LSC. Although it still seems like there would be plenty of college swimmers who have swam faster than in sanctioned meets; not sure how that all counts, though.

Speaking of Seliskar, as Bobo pointed out, he actually lowered his personal best in the 200 breast last weekend, and he was considerably off his best in his other events. Really curious to see how he does at NCSA here soon.

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bobo gigi

Isaac Grinberg’s best performance was in my opinion in the 100 fly. 55.51 must be one of the fastest times ever swum by an 11-year-old boy. If Michael Andrew was the age group swimmer on the boys’ side, I name Sophie Housey the age group swimmer of the week on the girls’ side. Monster performances from this young girl in the 200 free and the 500 free at the Michigan 12 and under state championships. 1.52.64 in the 200 free! 4.59.20 in the 500 free! These are perhaps the fastest times ever swum by an 11-year-old girl The 11/12 NAG records are 1.49.64 by Kylie Stewart and 4.49.51 by Sippy Woodhead in 1977! The last one is the oldest NAG… Read more »


Fastest times in SWIMS since 2001 are 1:55.11 for 200 and 5:04.99 established by Courtney Harnish in March of 2011.


Gary Umbach had fastest 11 year old time at 56.48 in 2006 (since 2000)

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