15-year old Thomas Heilman (above) will lead a loaded U.S. roster to the 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Chamipionships in August.
Young rising stars were the headliners through three days at the Eastern Zone Super Sectionals, including in the girls’ 200 breast.
These posts focus on the swims from each day of the meet which might have flown under the radar, or not received a sufficient amount of coverage.
We’ve got a short session for the final morning, with heats of just the 200 IM and 50 free, but there should be plenty of excitement.
With the swim Heilman became the first 15-year-old American in history to crack 53 seconds in the LCM 100 fly.
Katie Ledecky secured a spot on the US World Championship team for the fifth time on night 1 of 2022 International Trials.
There were a number of scratches for day 2 prelims at the 2022 US World Championship Trials, the most notable being Abbey Weitzel in the 200 freestyle.
Hali Flickinger is in position to become the first member of the U.S. World Championship team tonight in the final of the women’s 200 butterfly.
Heilman is now the second-fastest 15-year-old in U.S. history after clocking 1:58.01, trailing only Phelps, who set the world record in 1:54.92 at that age.
Caeleb Dressel is the favorite in the men’s 100 fly, though he has been beaten twice this year in the race: once by Michael Andrew and once by Shaine Casas.
14-year-old Nicholas Castella of Denmark made some major waves over the past few days, hitting eye-popping times for his age across multiple events.
Just when you think the men’s 200m free was competitive enough one the senior level, the juniors upcoming are crushing some ridiculous times as well.
As expected heading into tonight, Piedmont Family Y handily won the combined and men’s team titles at the 2022 SCY YMCA Nationals
He was great on the 2nd 50 of the race this morning, splitting 28.72, which was the fastest 2nd 50 split in the field by over a second.
Below, you can watch day 4 race videos from SC YMCA Nationals in Greensboro, NC.