SwimSwam’s The Weekly Wonders of Age Group Swimming – 5/21/2014

Spring high school championships are finally wrapping up. And while we are still keeping our eye on those fast short-course swims, we are starting to see age group swimmers hitting their stride in the long-course pool as well. Below are some great swims that took place over the weekend of May 16-18, 2014.

Ali Khalafalla, 18, Fork Union Aquatic Club: 50m free (22.90) – The Egyptian native, who is graduating from Fork Union Military Academy and will swim at Indiana, has only swum two long-course meets in the U.S. Still, his 50m free at Charlotte Grand Prix was his best performance by over 2 seconds and catapulted him into the “A” final.

Cole Cogswell, 17, Canyons Aquatic Club: 100y free (43.97) – Swimming for Hart High School, Cogswell won a come-from-behind victory in Southern California’s CIF-SS Division 1 championships. It was his first time under 44 seconds and two full seconds faster than last spring.

Grant Shoults, 16, Mission Viejo Nadadores: 200y free (1:35.99) – A sophomore at Santa Margarita, Shoults went 1:38.18 in prelims to log his best time by .37. Then in finals he dropped a stunning 2.2 seconds to jump to the top of the National Top Ten list for the 2013-14 year for 16-year-old boys.

North Baltimore Aquatic Club: 400m free – The girls from NBAC were impressive in the 400 free at Charlotte Grand Prix. Gillian Ryan, 18, who will swim at Michigan in the fall, went 4:09.10, less than two seconds off her best time. Becca Mann, 16, was about 2.2 off her best with 4:10.82. And Cal commit Cierra Runge, 18, was only .7 off her top time, going 4:10.77. All in all they were very impressive performances for so early in the season.

Alexander Capizzo, 12, Lakers Aquatic Club: 800m free – Capizzo dropped 28 seconds to win the boys’ 12-and-under 800 free at the PCC Cruisin’ into Summer meet at Eastern Michigan University. Capizzo also won the 100/200/400 free, 200 back, 100/200 fly, and 200 IM.

Aaron Zhu, 11, New Wave Swim Club: 1500m (19:48.10) – Zhu swam his first 1500 at the YNS LCM Distance Meet in Beverly, MA. He finished 17th out of 26 competitors in the Boys 11 & Older division. His time places him ninth for the 2013-14 year in the national rankings for 11-year-old boys.

Kyle Gornay, 18, Redlands Swim Team: 100y back (47.15) – Just .11 off his lifetime best, achieved while breaking the CIF-SS D1 record in 2013, Redlands High senior and future Cal Golden Bear Gornay won the 2014 CIF-SS title in the 100 back by 1.2 seconds.

Samantha Coloma, 16, Terrapins Swim Team: 200y back (1:58.11) – At the NCS Walk-On Meet hosted by Walnut Creek Aquabears, Coloma dropped 4.4 seconds and went under 2:00 for the first time. She won the 200 back by five seconds. Way to hold a taper!

Nikol Popov, 14, Canyons Aquatic Club: 100y breast (1:01.17) – A freshman at Valencia High School, Popov dropped over a second from her best time, which was already more than four seconds ahead of her pace from a year ago, in winning the 100 breast at CIF-SS D1 championships.

MC Schillinger 16, Walnut Creek Aquabears: 200y breast (2:12.99) – Schillinger dropped two full seconds off her personal best, and was 8.5 faster than a year ago when she won the 200 breast at WCAB’s NCS Walk-On Meet.

Kyle Grissom, 16, Tule Nation Tritons: 100y fly (48.80) – Representing Porterville High School, Grissom won both the 50 free and 100 fly at the CIF-Central Section Division 1 Championships. His 100 fly time was a person best by .4 and 1.7 seconds faster than at the same meet a year ago.

Kathleen Baker, 17, SwimMAC Carolina: 200m IM (2:13.17) – Baker went a best time and finished second to Katinka Hosszu at the Charlotte Grand Prix. She was 1.3 seconds ahead of her pace from the same meet a year ago.

Rafael Rodriguez, 12, South Florida Aquatic Club: 400m IM (5:03.69) – Rodriguez dropped 12.5 seconds while winning the boys’ 11-12 400 IM at the Coral Springs Invitational. Rodriguez also won the 50/200 free and 50 back, achieving best times in all three.

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

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bobo gigi
7 years ago

15-year-old Michael Andrew from Indie Swimming
56.39 in the 100 back

18-year-old Connor Green from Bluefish Swim Club
2.00.41 in the 200 back

17-year-old Andrew Seliskar from NCAP
1.57.40 in the 200 fly
4.19.72 in the 400 IM

16-year-old Judd Howard from Aquazot Swim Club
1.04.41 in the 100 breast
2.20.45 in the 200 breast

16-year-old Becca Mann from NBAC
8.26.43 in the 800 free

17-year-old Hannah Moore
2.12.20 in the 200 back

17-year-old Lilly King from Newburg Sea Creatures
1.09.57 in the 100 breast

And a few words about young freestylers who will make headlines in the next months.
12-year-old Sophie Housey from Pointe Aquatics
2.10.66 in the… Read more »

Mark Cianciolo
7 years ago

Bobo Gigi,

More great lookouts!

Also look for a 12 year old out of South Florida by the name Andrea Santader, I am pretty sure she will go 2:06 or less this season. My early prediction is at the end of Southern Zones she will be sitting on several top national times. Great family too.

Go Becca Mann!!!!

Mark Cianciolo
Reply to  Mark Cianciolo
7 years ago


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