ORLANDO, Florida, March 19. THE breaststroke events were particularly intriguing on the first night of finals at the 2014 NCSA Junior National Championships. Carsten Vissering won the boy’s 100 breaststroke, taking down Andrew Seliskar’s NAG in the process. The girls A final came down to the touch and girls B final winner Alexis Wenger claimed her first NAG in the 13-14 age group.
Girls 100 Breaststroke:
It was a nail bitingly close race in the girl’s 100 yard breaststroke. Although Aquajets’ Olivia Anderson was the top qualifier from the morning session, she slipped to third after some tough racing from Ozaukee Aquatics Samantha Senczyszyn and Marin Pirates’ Riley Scott. Senczyszyn touched the wall first with a 1:00.81, just three one hundredths faster than Scott (1:00.84). Anderson took third with a 1:01.03, still several tenths faster than her morning swim (1:01.75).
Boys 100 Breaststroke:
16 year old Vissering and 14 year old Michael Andrew were both gunning for NAGs in the boy’s 100 yard breaststroke. Fortunately, no toes were stepped on, as the two are in different age groups.
Vissering won the event with a ridiculously fast 52.83, a new 15-16 NAG and the title of being the first swimmer in his age group to break the 53 second mark in the event. The NAG was previously held by Andrew Seliskar at a 53.26, set at last year’s NCSA Junior National Championships. Second place went to Clovis Swim Club’s Connor Hoppe, 18, with a 53.12. Andrew took third with a 54.40, just off of his 54.04 NAG.