Watch: Bella Sims’ 4:28 500 FR, 1:52 200 IM – Winter JRs West Day 2 Race Videos

by Spencer Penland 2

December 09th, 2022 National, News, Video

2022 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – WEST

In this post, you’ll find the race videos from the ‘A’ finals on day 2 of the 2022 Winter Junior Championships – West in Austin, TX. All videos in this post are from USA Swimming’s YouTube Channel.

GIRLS’ 500 YARD FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • Meet Record – 4:32.28, Bella Sims (2021)
  • Pool Record – 4:31.34, Brooke Forde (2019)
  • 13-14 NAG Record – 4:35.14, Katie Ledecky (2011)
  • 15-16 NAG Record – 4:28.71, Katie Ledecky (2014)
  • 17-18 NAG Record – 4:26.58, Katie Ledecky (2015)

Top 8:

  1. Bella Sims (SAND) – 4:28.64
  2. Katie Grimes (SAND) – 4:29.53
  3. Claire Weinstein (SAND) – 4:33.03
  4. Bailey Hartman (CROW) – 4:33.72
  5. Madi Mintenko (PPA) – 4:42.56
  6. Kayla Han (RMDA) – 4:44.64
  7. Macky Hodges (SAND) – 4:44.76
  8. Elise Clift (MAC) – 4:46.26

The Sandpipers of Nevada were in their element in the girls 500 free, going 1-2-3 for the second year in a row. This time, they had two swimmers, Bella Sims and Katie Grimes, break 4:30, both coming in under the West meet record and the pool record. Claire Weinstein also swam a personal best, clocking a 4:33.03.

BOYS’ 500 YARD FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • Meet Record – 4:14.40, Jack Levant (2017)
  • Pool Record – 4:08.19, Townley Haas (2019)
  • 13-14 NAG Record – 4:24.79, Lleyton Plattel (2017)
  • 15-16 NAG Record – 4:15.36, Drew Kibler (2016)
  • 17-18 NAG Record – 4:08.42, Luke Hobson (2022)

Top 8:

  1. Rex Maurer (ROSE) – 4:12.33
  2. Alec Enyeart (TEX) – 4:13.74
  3. Cooper Lucas (LAC) – 4:14.53
  4. Chase Mueller (FST) – 4:16.52
  5. Max Hatcher (LAC) – 4:21.55
  6. Jones Lambert (LSC) – 4:22.05
  7. Luke Ellis (SAND) – 4:22.23
  8. Keaton Jones (NEP) – 4:23.76

Rex Maurer had a fantastic swim, throwing down a new personal best of 4:12.33, which makes him the #2 17-18 all-time in the event.

GIRLS’ 200 YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – FINALS

  • Meet Record – 1:54.09, Leah Hayes (2021)
  • Pool Record – 1:50.79, Beata Nelson (2019)
  • 13-14 NAG Record – 1:56.20, Alex Walsh (2015)
  • 15-16 NAG Record – 1:54.02, Alex Walsh (2017)
  • 17-18 NAG Record – 1:51.65, Ella Eastin (2016)

Top 8:

  1. Bella Sims (SAND) – 1:52.73
  2. Teagan O’Dell (MVN) – 1:55.61
  3. Campbell Stoll (EBSC) – 1:58.05
  4. Camden Doane (KING) – 1:58.62
  5. Grace Rabb (AQJT) – 1:58.73
  6. Piper Enge (BC) – 1:58.83
  7. Ava Chavez (SMST) – 1:59.98
  8. Asia Kozan (MVN) – 2:00.48

In her second race of the night, Bella Sims showed her incredible versatility, roaring to victory with a 1:52.73. She also shattered the meet record in the event.

BOYS’ 200 YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – FINALS

  • Meet Record – 1:42.77, Michael Andrew (2015)
  • Pool Record – 1:38.14, Andrew Seliskar (2019)
  • 13-14 NAG Record – 1:45.29, Michael Andrew (2014)
  • 15-16 NAG Record – 1:41.71, Thomas Heilman (2022)
  • 17-18 NAG Record – 1:41.39, David Nolan (2011)

Top 8:

  1. Maximus Williamson (LAC) – 1:42.07
  2. Nate Germonprez (ISWM) – 1:42.82
  3. Jacob Wimberly (TFA) – 1:44.08
  4. Cooper Lucas (LAC) – 1:44.89
  5. Diego Nosack (THSC) – 1:45.56
  6. Jeremy Kelly (NTRO) – 1:45.87
  7. Colin Geer (GWSC) – 1:46.36
  8. Anthony Laurito (AQUA) – 1:46.44

Maximus Williamson broke the West meet record, and would have broken the 15-16 NAG as well, if not for Thomas Heilman going 1:41 at the East meet an hour earlier.

GIRLS’ 50 YARD FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • Meet Record – 21.49, Abby Weitzeil (2014)
  • Pool Record – 21.02, Abby Weitzeil (2019)
  • 13-14 NAG Record – 21.89, Claire Curzan (2019)
  • 15-16 NAG Record – 21.50, Claire Curzan (2021)
  • 17-18 NAG Record – 21.32, Simone Manuel (2015)

Top 8:

  1. Avery Karl (EKC) – 22.22
  2. Rebecca Diaconescu (TRA) – 22.31
  3. Hailey Tierney (LAKE) – 22.33
  4. Teia Salvino (MVN) – 22.36
  5. Emma Kern (AQJT) – 22.46
  6. Jada Scott (AAAA) – 22.60
  7. Tyler Driscoll (EA) – 22.66
  8. Teagan O’Dell (MVN) – 22.78

Avery Karl clocked a 22.22, leading a very tight field into the finish in the girls 50 free.

BOYS’ 50 YARD FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • Meet Record – 18.71, Ryan Hoffer (2016)
  • Pool Record – 18.58, Ryan Hoffer (2019)
  • 13-14 NAG Record – 19.76, Michael Andrew (2014)
  • 15-16 NAG Record – 19.24, Michael Andrew (2015)
  • 17-18 NAG Record – 18.67, Caeleb Dressel (2015)

Top 8:

  1. Ethan Harrington (PASA) – 19.45
  2. Diggory Dillingham (BEND) – 19.57
  3. Cade Duncan (DADS) – 19.71
  4. Rex Maurer (ROSE) – 19.77
  5. Maximus Williamson (LAC) – 19.82
  6. Sonny Wang (NTRO) – 19.93
  7. Marre Gattnar (NBA) – 19.96
  8. Hayden Bellotti (FCST) – 20.07

Ethan Harrington gets the touch in a close race with Diggory Dillingham.

GIRLS’ 4×100 YARD MEDLEY RELAY – TIMED FINALS

  • Juniors Meet Record – 3:33.88, Carmel Swim Club (B Berglund, D Kitchel, A Shackell, G Lueking) (2021)
  • Juniors West Record – 3:33.93 Fort Collins Area Swim Team (B Stewart, Z Bartel, C Gillilan, K Alons) (2017)
  • Pool Record – 3:25.24, California (Bilquist, Rajic, McLaughlin, Weitzeil)
  • 13-14 NAG Record – 3:40.43, SwimMAC Carolina (2019)
  • 15-16 NAG Record – 3:36.53, Virginia Gators (2017)
  • 17-18 NAG Record – 3:37.83, SwimMAC Carolina (2014)

Top 8:

  1. Sandpipers of Nevada – 3:34.26
  2. Mission Viejo – 3:34.53
  3. Denver Hilltoppers – 3:36.74
  4. Aquajets – 3:38.11
  5. Bellevue Club – 3:38.87
  6. Crow Canyon – 3:39.27
  7. Palo Alto Stanford – 3:40.37
  8. Seattle Metro – 3:41.63

Watch a thrilling race between the Sandpipers of Nevada and Mission Viejo in the girls 400 medley relay.

 

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Swimmerj
1 month ago

500 free is it’s own story, but after watching Bella’s IM. Two things.

1. Her underwaters are unbelievable, especially on backstroke.

2. That was the best back-breast/bucket turn/whatever you want to call it that I’ve ever seen. She just yeeted herself at the wall and came right off.

Last edited 1 month ago by Swimmerj
Gummy Shark
1 month ago

I can’t wait for the East videos to come out!