Weekly Wonders of Age Group Swimming – 8/12/2023

Our Weekly Wonders of Age Group Swimming series celebrates swimmers of every age and experience level with age group profiles of some recent results.

Note: This edition primarily sheds light on some of the top performers—who may not have received headlines—at the U.S. Junior National Championships in Irvine, in addition to a few other meets over the last few weeks.

Wilson York, 13, Lakeside Swim Team (KY): York, competing at the NCSA Summer Swimming Championships, set five new personal best times, including a blistering 2:18.30 in the 200 breaststroke which ranks him first all-time among 13-year-olds in the United States. In June, he clocked 1:04.09 in the 100 breast to earn the same distinction. York also now ranks fourth all-time in the boys’ 13-14 age group in the 200 breast, and he also had a noteworthy performance in the 200 IM, clocking 2:08.34 to become the fastest 13-year-old American ever.

Shannon Conway, 14, North Baltimore Aquatic Club (MD): Conway set new lifetime bests in the 50 free (26.41), 100 free (56.93), 400 free (4:21.85) and 800 free (8:59.04) at Junior Nationals, with the 100 free performance taking over 48th place all-time in the girls’ 13-14 age group. The NBAC product also split 2:04.51 on the 800 free relay, more than a second under flat start PB in the 200 free (2:05.75).

Joseph Campagnola, 14, West Florida Lightning Aquatic Club (FL): Campagnola dropped four and a half seconds in the 400 IM at Junior Nats to put up a time of 4:34.96, moving him into 40th all-time in the boys’ 13-14 age group. Notably, he opened the event with a fly split of 59.55, nearly under his lifetime best in the 100 fly (59.38).

Mia Su, 14, Santa Clara Swim Club (PC): At 14, Su was an ‘A’ finalist in the girls’ 200 breaststroke at Junior Nationals, placing eighth in 2:33.05 after qualifying fifth overall in the heats at 2:31.45 (her PB standing at 2:31.01, set in early July). Su also earned a second swim in the 100 breast, setting a lifetime best of 1:11.20 to move to 39th all-time in the girls’ 13-14 age group. In the 200 breast, her best time ranks 17th in 13-14 history.

Jackson Edwards, 14, Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics (AM): Edwards swam his way to five lifetime bests at the Eastern Zone Age Group Championships in Richmond, Va., including a blistering time of 58.89 in the 100 back. The swim ranks Edwards 48th all-time in the boys’ 13-14 age group, and he also went bests of 24.82 in the 50 free, 53.90 in the 100 free, 1:58.25 in the 200 free and 2:11.12 in the 200 back.

Vanessa Delev, 9, Badger Swim Club (MR): At the age of nine, Delev incredibly won seven events in the girls 10 & under age group at the Eastern Zone Age Group Championships, adding a runner-up finish to boot. Delev put up a time of 4:59.34 in the 400 free, cracking the 1100 power-point marker, and also exceeded 1000 points in the 100 free (1:06.37), 200 free (2:22.93), 50 back (34.82), 100 back (1:14.55), 100 fly (1:15.03) and 200 IM (2:42.17).

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3 months ago

Kevin Zacher doing it all over again!

Michael geh
3 months ago

Vanessa is with Badger Swim Club

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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