The American Short Course Championships, while not technically recognized by USA Swimming as a National Championship meet, still play a very important roll in the spring swimming calendar. The first two days of the meet were set in a long course meters format in the run-up to Olympic Trials, with Saturday and Sunday reverting to its typical short course format as a “last chance” meet for collegiate swimmers and a top high school competition, as well.
No collegiate swimmers swam fast enough to qualify for either upcoming NCAA meet, but Abbey Weitzeil finished off her brilliant weekend with a 46.52 100 yard free, just 0.05 off her 46.47 prelims swim that was the third-fastest in history. She went out more than two-tenths faster tonight (an eye-popping 21.88 tonight, compared to a nearly-as-eye-popping 22.11 this morning), but faded a bit more over the back-half. Regardless, that swim caps off a great weekend for the future Cal Bear.
Stanzi Moseley, Weitzeil’s 17-year-old teammate at Canyons Aquatic Club, finished second in the event in 48.11, the 10th fastest time ever for a 17-18 girl, as well as the #1 time by a prep swimmer this season. Later in the session, in the absence of top-seed Eva Merrell scratching out of finals, Moseley came back to win the 100 fly handily in a lifetime-best 52.72.
As he has all weekend, Santo Condorelli followed up Weitzeil’s performance with a strong one of his own, clocking a 42.65 in the men’s 100 free, the fourth-fastest of his career. He came back to win the men’s 100 fly in 46.07, holding off his Canyons teammate Coleman Allen, who finished in 46.36.
The final news-making swim came from Nikol Popov of Canyons, who cut nearly a second off her lifetime-best from prelims to win the women’s 200 breast in 2:08.92. That final time rockets her up to second place all-time in the 15-16 age group (Caitlin Leverenz holds the NAG record in 2:08.11).
Other winners of the day:
- Women’s 200 back – Abby Richter, 1:55.84
- Men’s 200 back – Alex Walton, 1:44.15
- Men’s 200 breast – Shotaro Shimaza, 1:56.62
- Women’s 500 free – Victoria Navarro, 4:48.84
- Men’s 500 free – Kevin Jackson, 4:21.98
- Women’s 400 IM – Katie Glavinovich, 4:13.89
- Men’s 400 IM – Austin Van Overdam, 3:46.62
- Women’s 200 medley relay – Aquazot, 1:44.59
- Men’s 200 medley relay – Texas A&M, 1:25.53