2016 U.S. WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPS – WEST
- Wednesday, December 7th – Saturday, December 10th
- College Station, TX (Texas A&M University)
- Psych sheets
- Meet information
- Live Results
Fort Collins Area Swim Team’s 16-year-old Zoe Bartel took down U.S. Olympian Caitlin Leverenz‘s 15-16 National Age Group Record in the 200 breast en route to gold at the 2016 U.S. Winter Junior Championships (West). Bartel’s winning time of 2:07.73 cleared the old mark of 2:08.11 set by Leverenz in 2007. It also shattered the previous Meet Record, which stood at a 2:09.23 done by Grace Zhao in 2015. Zhao placed 2nd in tonight’s final, also swimming under the old Meet Record with a 2:09.21.
When looking at the splits, we can see that the big difference in the NAG Records came with Bartel’s front-end speed. Her first 50 split of 29.43 was almost a half second faster than Leverenz’s 29.89.
|Swimmer||1st 50 split||2nd 50 split||3rd 50 split||4th 50 split||Final Time|
|Zoe Bartel (2016)||29.43||32.47||32.73||33.10||2:07.73|
|Caitlin Leverenz (2007)||29.89||32.64||32.78||32.80||2:08.11|
|Grace Zhao (2015)||29.51||32.43||33.4||33.89||2:09.23|
When she was racing Zhao in the final, however, her back half was her biggest asset in the race for gold. The 2 swimmers were separated by just a couple tenths at the 100, but Bartel brought it home in 1:05.83 to Zhao’s 1:07.04.