Maggie Wyngowski, Josh Matheny Dominate 200 Breast at Geneva Futures, Night 3

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The 200 breaststroke, heralded by Maggie Wyngowski and Josh Matheny, proved to be the highlight of the night in Geneva, Ohio, where the Futures Championships continue. Wyngowski, who will swim for Bucknell University in the fall, racked up yet another gold after winning the 400 IM and earning silver in the 100 breaststroke on night two. Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Matheny claimed his second gold in two days, along with the third-ranked 200 breast of all time for the 13-14 age group.

The action started off with Northern Kentucky Clippers’ Allison Piccirillo taking home another butterfly title, this time in the 200 meter distance. Piccirillo dropped two seconds from her prelims time–on top of a one second drop in prelims from her entry time–for a 2:13.83. Piccirillo stayed one hundredth ahead of Empire Swimming’s Kate Amar on the first hundred, but Piccirillo really made her move on the second hundred, where she kept her time at a low 1:08.79.

That back half kept Piccirillo positioned her over two seconds ahead of Amar and the rest of the field. Amar wound up with a 2:16.42, while 14-year-old Megan Deuel of Victor slowly gained ground in the second half of the race for a 2:16.68.

On the men’s side, New York Sharks’ Tavis Siebert tasted gold with his 2:02.99, thanks to a whopping time job of 5.52 seconds from the morning. Siebert accomplished his winning time by never wavering from the beginning of the race, which he took out in the fastest split in the pool (59.14).

Second place went to Casey Ransford of Pack Swim Team of Pittsburgh, who came in at a respectable 2:05.58, just ahead of Scarlet Aquatics’ Kyle Iorizzo (2:05.63), who finished quickly.

In a change of pace for the night, Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics’ Charlotte Krevitt barely edged out Radnor Aquatic Club’s Madison Ledwith by just one one-hundredth of a second. The fifteen-year-old Krevitt dropped 0.71 seconds from prelims for the victory and 26.61. Not far behind Ledwith was Fairport Area Swim Team’s Rebecca Evans, who earned her spot on the podium with a 26.76.

In the men’s race, Sam Neaveill, representing Club Mountaineer, posted a serviceable 23.37 for the win. Behind Neaveill, Canton City Schools’ William Rose, 15, stopped the clock in 23.81, while Brendan Sullivan of Seacoast Swimming nabbed the bronze medal with a 23.90.

The other long stroke event of the night–the 200 breaststroke–belonged to Maggie Wyngowski of Schenectady-Saratoga Aquatic Club, who took the heat with a 2:36.34. Wyngowski went out in an ambitious 1:15.64 and came back in a steady 1:20.70.

Second place went to Hudson Explorers’ Giovanna Cappabianca, who dropped 4.44 seconds from the morning for the silver and for her 2:38.51. Finally, Katelyn Walsh of Patriot Swim Team took care of the bronze with a 2:39.66.

Meanwhile, demolishing the men’s 200 breaststroke was the 100 breaststroke champion, 14-year-old Josh Matheny of Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics, who earned the third-ranked 200 breaststroke of all time for his age group in the NAG rankings with his 2:17.73. Matheny virtually obliterated the competition, as the next top finisher, Lake Erie Silver Dolphins’ Sulta Bukeev, was good for silver with a 2:22.05. Maxwell Reich of Phoenix Swimming was not far behind, tightening up on his final 100 behind Bukeev for Bukeev in 2:22.17.

The top three had a photo finish in the women’s 100 back. Yunfan Dong of Schenectady-Saratoga laid claim to gold with a 1:04.14. The fastest swimmer in the first fifty was Victor’s Alyssa Helak, followed by Dong’s teammate, Mattie Williams. 

It was all Dong, however, in the second fifty. She came back to touch three hundredths ahead of Williams (1:04.17) and 0.25 seconds ahead of Helak (1:04.39).

In the men’s race, Joseph Perry of Cape Cod Swim Club proved himself top dog in the event with a 58.09. Jared Daigle  of North Shore Swim Club took out the first fifty fast (28.35), but Perry came back to dominate the second fifty in 29.64. The silver medalist, William Rose, fresh off of the 50 freestyle, got his hand to the wall in 58.38, while Daigle settled for third in 58.71.

The distance event of the evening, the 400 freestyle, was the territory of Victor’s Sydney St Rose-Finear, who brought back the gold with a 4:19.21. St Rose-Finear trailed Team Pittsburgh’s Meghan Joram during the first 100, but St Rose-Finear came back strong in the back half to touch first, while Joram’s stroke shortened for a 4:21.31. The next top finisher was Hudson Explorers’ Paige McCormick, 15, who snatched bronze in 3:22.92.

The final event of the night, the men’s 400 freestyle, belonged to Ryan Schonbachler of the University of Pittsburgh, who posted a 4:03.96. The next top finisher was Empire Swimming’s Liam Bogart in 4:04.47, while Scarlet Aquatics’ Kyle Iorizzo snagged the bronze in 4:06.01. Bogart went out fast, but Schonbachler gradually gained as the 400 progressed. Meanwhile, Iorizzo hung tight with clockwork-like splits.

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11 Comments

11 comments

  1. Kim Kono

    We are so proud of Josh!!

  2. RA Butera

    Now he needs a name for 2 bearded dragons…lol
    Incredible swim from a great kid

Author: Katie Wingert

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Katie Wingert is a senior at Messiah College, where she is majoring in English with a secondary teaching certification and minoring in French. Katie swims middle-distance freestyle and IM for the Falcons and serves as an assistant coach for the Annville-Cleona Otters. In 2017, Katie was named the NCAA Division III Elite 90 Award recipient for Women’s Swimming and Diving.

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