The time just keeps falling off for Greater Holyoke’s Erin Voss. The 16-year-old dropped a second from her lifetime-best 200 back this morning while taking three off the YMCA National record. Apparently that wasn’t enough for the Viking, who dropped two more tonight at finals to get down to 2:10.58.
That time crushed the field for the national title, with Countryside’s Emily Slabe second in 2:15.83. Slabe (who was coming off the 200 medley relay a few events earlier) just touched out Lindsay Temple of Somerset Valley for silver, as Temple went 2:15.85 for third.
In the boys event, Tristan Sanders of Sun Coast defended his top seed with a runaway win of his own. Sanders went 2:01.68, dropping two seconds from prelims and winning by four. Sean Workman was the runner-up in 2:05.56.
Both winning 200 medley relays rattled their respective national records, but neither was able to break one. Countryside’s girls went 1:57.76, with Middle Tyger’s national record standing at 1:57.53. Countryside got a nice lead on backstroker Marianne Kahmann‘s 29.4 split, and picked up with Princeton commit Alisabeth Marsteller‘s breaststroke and Slabe (a UNC prospect) swam butterfly. 15-year-old Megan Sichterman closed out the relay, which won a national title by a second and a half over York.
On the boys side, Somerset Valley of New Jersey went 1:44.25, two tenths off the record of 1:44.00 it set last year. Several relay members were the same, but the order was shuffled from a year ago. 2013 anchor Brad Zdroik led off with a 26.92 to stake the team to a lead. Zack Warner manned the breaststroke leg for the second consecutive year, going 27.94. Then new additions Joseph Delbuono and Samuel Hendrix took care of the relay’s back-half to carry Somerset Valley to a win by nine-tenths over Cheshire.
Alyssa Arwood of Western North Carolina Y picked up a big 100 breast win, knocking off top seed and 50 breast champ Olivia Ontjes of YMCA of the Triangle. Arwood went 1:11.68, just nipping Ontjes by .13. Ontjes was still faster than this morning by one one-hundredth, going 1:11.81 for YOTA.
In the boys 100 breast, Zack Warner won another title after taking the 50 earlier in the meet. Warner, coming off that relay victory, went 1:02.94. Warner, an Auburn commit, was the only swimmer under 1:03 and came within two tenths of a national record, the second time in one night the Somerset Valley swimmer narrowly missed a record. Second place was University of Minnesota signee Conner McHugh, who went 1:03.42 for Door County YMCA of Wisconsin.
Warner’s relay teammate Brad Zdroik came back to win the 50 fly for dual titles of his own. Zdroik was 25.33, just barely beating out Cheshire’s Joseph Shepley. Shepley, the top seed coming into finals, went 25.35 for silver.
Maddie Zimmerman won the 50 fly for the Upper Mainline YMCA of Pennsylvania. Zimmerman just missed a 27-second swim, going 28.00 for the win. Two tenths back was Cheshire’s Amy Zhao.
Countryside’s boys took down the second national record of the day in a crushing performance against an 800 free relay field where not just one but three relays got under the previous record.
Rising star Grant House was 1:52.27 leading off for Countryside, powering the team to a 7:39.91 win. Joining him on the team were Kevin George, Ross Westrick and Matt Slabe. They beat out YMCA of the Triangle by about three-and-a-half seconds. YOTA had a 1:54.41 split from sprinter Colin Ellington, who’s had a nice meet so far, en route to a 7:43.52 with the team of Noah Franz, Ellington, Chris Kohut and Tom Gordon. Finally, Wilton YMCA took third, also sneaking under the old record at 7:44.39. Maxwell Dolan led off in 1:53.84 for Wilton, with Hugo Sykes, Lexo Walker and Tommy Kealy closing out the relay.
The previous record was 7:44.53 set by YOTA two years ago.
The YOTA girls picked up their own win in the girls 800 free relay. Jenny Nusbaum, Christin Kerr, Olivia Ontjes and Sam Medlin teamed up to go 8:21.82, just a second or so off Middle Tyger’s national record. Most notable in the splits was the 14-year-old anchor Medlin, who turned in a 2:03.81, the fastest split of the entire field. Nusbaum, 16, also led off in a 2:05.13, which was one of the field’s better splits without even getting a relay exchange.
Full results are available here. The meet continues through tomorrow from IUPUI in Indianapolis.