The men’s 50 free on the first day of the 2013 YMCA Short Course National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina still looks like it was the best race of the meet so far.
The 100 free on Friday, though, looks like it could match that level though, at least based on prelims, where exactly a second separated the top 8 swimmers.
The top seed goes to Vlad Komarov of the Upper Main Line Y in Pennsylvania in 45.11, with Ryan Held witting just behind him in 45.24. Colin Ellington from the YOTA sits 3rd with a 45.53 in prelims, but he and Held are the only two in the field who have been better than 45 seconds, so expect a couple of 44’s to come through in finals.
Ellington also took the top seed in 1:50.81, just ahead of Huntington, West Virginia 18-year old Nate Carr, who was a 1:51.01. Carr had a great closing kick this morning, so if he can maintain a little better contact on the front-half he’ll have a chance.
Sava Turcanu took the top seed in the 200 fly in 1:48.89, with Brandywine’s Ben Creekmore taking the 2nd seed in 1:49.10.
On the women’s side of the meet, the morning standout was Flint, Michigander Courtney Weaver. We mentioned earlier in the meet that she had scratched the 400 IM, and that saved yardage seems to have kept her very fresh for her tough double on Saturday.
First, Weaver took the top seed in the 200 IM in 2:02.14, followed by a pair from the York YMCA (Niki Price in 2:02.41, and Meghan Small in 2:02.43).
Weaver followed that up with a top seed in the 200 fly in a best time of 1:58.53 – her fastest time by more than a full second. Hannah James was the only other swimmer under two minutes, with a 1:59.37 for the second seed.
Adriana Granski (49.75) and Middle Tyger 15-year old Katrina Konopka took the top two seeds in the women’s 100 free in 49.95. Chase Kinney (50.19) and Ingrid Shu (50.44) are not far behind them.