At long last, it’s really summer. School is over, or will be in a week or so, long-course training is upon us, and WWAGS is now focusing on the most noteworthy meters swims of the week. Below are the Daring Dozen for May 23-25, 2014.
Kaitlyn Albertoli, 17, San Clemente Aquatic Team: 50m free (25.99) – Albertoli, fresh off a very successful CIF-SS championship, made the move to long course seamlessly. She went her third-fastest time winning the “B” final of the 50 free at Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine, CA, and was 3/10 faster than at the same time a year ago.
Braeden Knight, 11, Episcopal AmberJax: 100m free (1:02.81) – Knight took 2 seconds off his best time to finish second in the boys’ 11-12 100 free at EAJ’s Midnight Madness LC Meet in Jacksonville, FL. At this same meet last year he went a 1:10-mid. Knight also went best times in the 800 free and 50 fly.
Aukai Lileikis, 16, Punahou Aquatics: 200m free (1:53.98) – Competing at the 10th Oceania Swimming Championships, Lileikis took 1.4 seconds off his prelims time to finish fourth in the men’s 200 free final. He also came home with new personal bests in the 50 (24.04) and 100 (52.85) frees.
John Nunez, 17, Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics: 400m free (4:00.76) – Nunez went a best time by 1.9 seconds and finished third in the championship final (of only four swimmers) at the Speedo Grand Challenge.
Gillian Caverly, 13, Team Santa Monica: 800m free (9:06.64) – Almost a full minute faster than she was a year ago, Caverly dropped two seconds in prelims to make the women’s 800 final at Speedo Grand Challenge, then dropped another two in finals to finish seventh.
Kensey McMahon, 14, Bolles School Sharks: 1500m free (18:02.19) – McMahon came up with a personal best at her first meet of the long course season, dropping 29 seconds from where she was a year ago at this time. She also got best times in the 200 fly and 200 IM.
Lainey Visscher, 15, Oregon City Swim Team: 100m back (1:04.41) – Visscher’s personal best of 1:04.41 in prelims at Mel Zajac Jr International, was good enough to get her into the “A” final of the 100 back with Missy Franklin, Rachel Bootsma, and Elizabeth Pelton. She also came home with best times in the 50/100/200 free.
Thomas Smith, 17, Aquazot Swim Club: 200m back (2:02.97) – Seeded ninth at Speedo Grand Challenge with a 2:06.30, Smith dropped nearly three seconds in prelims and qualified first. He then lopped off another half-second in finals and finished second behind USC’s Yacov Toumarkin, a 2012 Olympian for Israel. Newly 17, Smith broke the Southern California LSC record in the boys 15-16 200y back in February with 1:43.71.
Andy Lee, 12, La Guardia Aquatic Club Twisters: 100m breast (1:15.56) – At the May Extravaganza Invitational hosted by Long Island Express, Lee won the boys 11-12 50/100 free, 50 back, 50/100 breast, and 50 fly. He set club records in the 50/100/200 breast, and a new Metropolitan Swimming record in the 200 IM by two seconds (2:23.68).
Julio Horrego, 15, City Of Hialeah Storm Swim Team: 200m breast (2:23.87) – Horrego has been chipping away at the 200 breast with every meet he’s swum so far this season. At Gulliver Long Course Invitational he dropped another second in winning the boys 13-and-over race. He also came out on top in the 400 free and 200/400 IM.
Remedy Rule, 17, Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club: 200m fly (2:12.38) – Rule won the 200 fly at Speedo Grand Challenge, only a second off her lifetime best and about 3.5 ahead of her time from last June. Rule did, however, go back to Virginia with a new time in the 200 IM: 2:20.91.
Darius Truong, 11, Nation’s Capital Swim Club: 200m IM (2:30.06) – In April, Truong dropped two seconds from his 2013 personal best in the first long-course meet of the 2014 season. Last weekend at the Virginia LC State Championships he dropped another five and finished second in the boys 11-12 IM by a mere .07. Truong also won the 100/200 breast and 100 fly.
Special thanks to Lyle Campbell for his assistance in putting this list together.