Here we go! Long course season is upon us. There were a few end-of-short-course-season meets this past weekend, plus several states are still in high school season so we haven’t quite seen the end of SCY results, but for the most part it’s time for LCM swimming. Read below to find out who made the WWAGS Daring Dozen for the weekend of April 11-13, 2014.
Eleanor Beers, 11, Poulsbo Piranha Swim Team: 50m free (29.09) – Beers went a best time by .60 in winning the girls’ 11-12 50 free at the April Showers meet hosted by Puget Sound Swim Club. She also won the 100 fly and 200 IM.
Scott Bole, 17, Unattached: 200m free (1:52.81) – Swimming for AS Monaco Natation at the French National Championships in Chartres, Bole went three successive best times (in prelims, semis, and finals) and wound up third in the boys’ 17-18 200 free. It was his lifetime best by 2.2 seconds. Bole’s club team stateside is Bolles School Sharks.
Julien Pinon, 15, Unattached: 200m free (1:54.08) – Swimming for Canet 66 Natation at the French National Championships, Pinon won a national title the boys’ 14-16 200 free. He went his best time by 1.2 seconds. Pinon also took bronze in the boys’ 14-16 100m free with 53.05. He will represent France next summer at the COMEN Cup in Israel. When not swimming in France, Pinon swims with South Florida Aquatic Club.
Noelle Kaufmann, 12, BGC-N. Westchester Marlins: 500y free (5:15.29) – Kaufmann won the girls’ 11-12 100/200/500 free, 100 back, 50 fly, and 100/200 IM at the Boys & Girls Clubs National Swimming Championships sponsored by the Carrollwood Village Swim Team. Kaufmann broke a 15-year-old meet record for the 500, and finished the season 32 seconds faster in the event than she had started.
Shingo Nakaya, 17, Unattached: 800m free (8:11.19) – Competing at the Japan Swimming Championships in Tokyo, Nakaya finished 12th with a lifetime best 8:11.19. He was ninth in the heats of the 1500, again with a lifetime best (15:30.26). Nakaya swims club with Mission Viejo Nadadores.
Alexander Riedel, 11, Monocacy Aquatic Club: 1500 free (19:00.31) – Riedel dropped a ton of time in a ton of events at the Chesapeake Bay Aquatic Club’s Spring LC Meet, but nothing quite like his 75-second improvement in the 1500.
Kade Knoch, 13, Unattached/King Marlin Swim Club: 100m back (1:04.21) – Knoch won the boys’ 13-14 100 back at Oklahoma Swimming’s Jump Start Meet. He went his best time by .60 and was 4.4 seconds faster than he was at the same meet in 2013.
Mia Mesceda, 11, North Baltimore Aquatic Club: 100m breast (1:22.01) – Mesceda dropped 4.3 seconds en route to winning the girls’ 100m breast at Eagle Swim Team’s Spring Into Long Course Meet. She also picked up best times in the 200 free, 100/200 back, and 200 breast.
Sean Swift, 11, Foothill Aqua Sharks Swim Team: 200m breast (2:56.81) – Swift’s first 200 breast was a fast one. He won the boys’ 11-12 event by 3.1 seconds. Swift went home from the meet with best times in 50/100/200 free, 50/100/200 breast, 50 fly, and 200 IM.
Alex Gelman, 12, Parkway Swim Club: 100m fly (1:07.70) – Gelman went his best time by 2.4 and was 3.7 ahead of his 2013 pace when he won the boys’ 11-12 100 fly at River City Aquatics’ Spring Long Course Invitational. He also won the 50/100/200/400/800 free, 100 breast, 200 fly, and 400 IM and was runner-up in the 1500.
Tyler Hill, 14, BGC-N. Westchester Marlins: 200y IM (1:59.42) – Hill dropped 3 seconds in prelims and another 6 in finals to win the boys’ 13-14 IM at the Boys & Girls Clubs National Swimming Championships sponsored by the Carrollwood Village Swim Team. His 9-second drop led to a meet record in the event. He also won, and set meet records in, the 50/200/500 free, and 100 back. Moreover he won the 100 free (no meet record) and came in under the previous meet record time with his second-place finishes in the 200 back and 400 IM.
Mihir Chandra, 11, Rockwood Swim Club: 400m IM (5:40.52) – His very first 400 IM landed Chandra a third-place finish in the boys’ 11-12 400 IM at the River City Aquatics Spring Long Course Invitational. In addition he finished the meet with best times in the 50/100/200/400 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 200 IM.
Special thanks to Lyle Campbell for his assistance in putting this list together.