SwimSwam’s The Weekly Wonders of Age Group Swimming – 3/19/2014

With Speedo Championship Series Sectional meets going on in North Carolina, Florida and Washington states and season-ending age group state championships and Junior Olympics meets going on all over the country, you can bet there were some outstanding swims this past weekend. It was so hard to choose that we had to pick a Baker’s (Daring) Dozen:

Anya Goeders, 13, Mako Swim Team: 50 free (23.08) – Leading off the MAKO 200 free relay at the 2014 Indiana Age Group State Championships, Goeders went her best time by a half-second, and was three full seconds faster than at the same meet a year ago.

Zachary Hils, 13, Wildcat Aquatics: 100 free (47.56) – The youngest 100 free finalist at the Speedo Champions Series hosted by SwimMAC in Charlotte, North Carolina, Hils dropped 9/10 off his seed time and was 3.5 seconds faster than a year ago with his prelims swim of 47.56.

Lauren Case, 15, Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club: 200 free (1:47.35) – Case improved her time by 3.5 seconds in a year and finished second in the women’s 200 free at the Charlotte Sectionals. She also picked up new personal bests in the 100 and 200 fly, and the 400 IM.

Taylor Ruck, 13, Scottsdale Aquatic Club: 500 free (4:47.10) – Ruck dropped 3 seconds in prelims and another 7 in finals to finish second in the women’s 500 free at the Speedo Champions Series hosted by KING Aquatic Club in Federal Way, Washington.

Anna Jahns, 16, Gwinnett Aquatics: 1000 free (9:48.49) – Jahns went her best time in the 1000 by 10.5 seconds at the Charlotte Sectionals, lowering her own team record in the process. She also achieved personal bests in the 500 and 1650 free, 200 back, 200 fly, and 400 IM.

Alexander Capizzo, 12, Lakers Aquatic Club: 1650 free (16:48.98) – Capizzo dropped 17.5 seconds in the mile at Michigan Swimming’s 13-14 and Open Short Course State Championships, hosted by West Michigan Swimmers. He also picked up best times in the 1000 and the 200 back. Last weekend at Michigan’s 12 & Under Championships, Capizzo won the 500 free, 200 fly, and 400 IM.

Daniel Carr, 15, Cheyenne Mountain Aquatics: 100 back (49.12) – Carr finished fourth in the men’s 100 back at Federal Way Sectionals, breaking 0:50 for the first time and dropping 2.9 seconds since last March. He came away with best times in the 100/200 back, 200 breast and 200/400 IM.

Hanni Leach, 16, Missoula Aquatic Club: 200 back (1:54.31) – Leach dropped 2 seconds in prelims and another 2 in finals and won the women’s 200 back at Federal Way Sectionals. She finished the meet with personal bests in the 50/100/200 free and 50/100/200 back.

Liam Sullivan, 12, Mount Desert Island YMCA: 100 breast (1:02.70) and 200 breast (2:20.82) – Sullivan won every event he enterted at the 2014 Maine Winter Junior Olympics -by rather spectacular margins- and destroyed all kinds of records along the way. After this meet, Sullivan now holds the Maine LSC 11-12 boys’ short course records in 50/200 free, 200 back, 50/100/200 breast, 100 fly, and 100/200/400 IM.

Joelle Vereb, 14, Williamsburg Aquatic Club : 100 fly (54.56) – Vereb won the 50/100 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 200 IM at the 2014 Virginia Short Course Age Group Championships, setting the meet record in the 100 fly. She went personal bests in every event and achieved her first ever national-level cuts (100 back and 100 fly).

Nicholas Burry, 12, De Anza Cupertino Aquatics: 200y fly (2:00.81) – Burry took 4 seconds off his entry time in prelims and another 4 off in finals to win the boys’ 11-12 200 fly (by 18.5 seconds) at the 2014 Pacific Swimming Junior Olympics hosted by San Ramon Valley Livermore Aquatics. Burry also won the 100/200 free, 100/200 back, and 400 IM.

Patrick Mulcare, 17, Tualatin Hills Swim Club: 200 IM (1:46.51) – Mulcare competed in the Federal Way Sectionals and won the 200 free, 100/200 back and 200 IM, setting Western Sectional records in both backs and the IM. He picked up personal bests in 100/200 free, 50/100/200 back, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 200/400 IM.

Emma Muzzy, 13, Virginia Gators: 400 IM (4:23.47) – Muzzy broke the meet record at the Virginia Age Group Championships in the 400 IM by 2.5 seconds and notched her first ever national cut. Her finals swim was 5 seconds faster than prelims, 10 seconds faster than she was in December 2013, and 15 seconds faster than at the same meet last year. Muzzy also won the 200 back and 200 breast.

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

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7 years ago

Anna Jahns swam at the Charlotte sectional, not the Plantation one. Still unbelievably fast for her and all these swimmers!

7 years ago

if Zach Hils did in fact go a 47.5, wouldn’t that have destroyed Michael Andrews NAG record?

bobo gigi
Reply to  woods
7 years ago

The problem is that the sectional meet in Florida was in long course.
And 47.56 in long course for a 12-year-old boy is a little too fast. 😆
Even in SCY, I have no trace of a 47.56 from Mr Hils.
It would have been a new NAG record.
There’s a little error.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

It was at Charlotte, and he’s listed as 13. That’s still a great time for a 13-year-old!

32 Hils, Zachary 13 WA-KY 48.44 J47.56 qSECT
22.95 47.56 (24.61)

7 years ago

Thanks for your “Weekly Wonders” and congratulations to all the above mention. It’s very interesting when you comment abput their swimming history and the big leaps they make to achieve in order to make your list!
Several other performances this past weekend were fastest times in the USA for 2013-2014 season. These include:
200 free – G13 – Madison Homivich – NC-NCAC – 1:48.31
200 free – G14 – Melisa Phish – IL-BNY – 1:47.13
200 free – G17 – Kathleen Baker – NC-MAC – 1:43.61
500 free – G13 – Madison Homivich – NC-NCAC – 4:44.99
1000 free – G11 – Travis Chase – MA – DST – 10:22.55
1650 free –… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  WHOKNOWS
7 years ago

Thank you. You made my job! :mrgreen:
Amazing week for US age group swimmers!

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

You can add the great 14-year-old Courtney Harnish to your list.
She has swum 1.45.91 in the 200 free and 4.40.04 in the 500 free at the Pennsylvania 2A high school championships.
I don’t know if she will swim at the YMCA short course nationals which begin on April 1 but usually she swims there. She turns 15 on April 17 so perhaps she can still improve her best times and swim closer to the NAG records of 1.44.55 by Missy Franklin, 4.35.14 and 9.29.81 by Katie Ledecky and 15.54.26 by Becca Mann.

7 years ago

400 i.m. – B16 – Mark Jurek – AZ-GOLD – 3:48.73

bobo gigi
7 years ago

I name Destin Lasco as age group swimmer of the week on the men’s side.
I name Alexandra Walsh on the women’s side.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

But 12-year-old Regan Smith has again impressed me a lot as well.
Another monster meet for her with 7 new PRs.
50 free. 24.62
200 free. 1.53.61
50 back. 26.19. NAG record is 25.76 by Janet Hu.
100 back. 55.20 NEW NAG RECORD
200 back. 2.00.62. NAG record is 1.59.49 by Kylie Stewart.
50 fly. 25.73. NAG record is 24.87 by Ella Eastin.
100 fly. 56.19. NAG record is 55.51 by Ella Eastin.

And she just turned 12 last month. :mgreen:
So she almost has a full year ahead of her to destroy these records.
The videos of her NAG records were posted on youtube the last 2 years. But… Read more »

bobo gigi
7 years ago

I’ve compiled the videos of NAG records I’ve found from last week.

13/14 men’s 200 breast NAG record. 1.58.39 by Reece Whitley.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Women’s 11/12 200 breast NAG record. 2.15.64 by Alexandra Walsh.

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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