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IRVINE, California, July 31. LAST night, Lauren Barber and Connor Hoppe claimed titles in the 100-meter breaststrokes, while Reece Whitley blasted his 13-14 U.S. National Age Group record at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals. Watch all the videos here.
Women’s 100 breast
JCC Sailfish Lauren Barber led a quartet of swimmers in the 1:09s with a winning effort of 1:09.72. This morning, she clocked a lifetime best of 1:10.21, and tonight she managed to break through that 1:10 barrier. KING’s Carolyn McCann chased down second-place honors with a time of 1:09.84, while Roadrunner’s Jorie Caneta finished third in the finale with a 1:09.88. Atlantis’ Lindsey Horejsi also put up a 1:09 to take fourth in 1:09.89.
Central Bucks’ Allie Szekely (1:10.12), Shorewood’s Rachel Munson (1:10.19), Canyons’ Nikol Popov (1:10.30) and Highbridge’s Madison Winstead (1:11.01) also battled in the championship heat. Kasey Carlson’s meet record of 1:08.29 had looked to be in trouble this morning, but will add another year to its reign since 2008.
Aspen’s Emma Cain, 14, powered her way to a strong B final win in 1:10.89. This morning, she just missed breaking 1:11 for the first time with a 1:11.00, and tonight she raced right through that barrier. Rose Bowl’s Kirsten Vose took second in 1:11.10 with Loveland’s Morgan Friesen also with a 1:11 as she posted a 1:11.42 for third in the consolation heat.
Fort Collins’ Zoe Bartel edged Nashville’s Tatum Wade in the C final, 1:11.19 to 1:11.35. That clipped 13-year-old Bartel’s lifetime best of 1:11.68 set this morning, while Wade also edged a best of 1:11.39 from July. Marin Pirate Riley Scott placed third in the bonus consolation heat with a 1:12.01.
Men’s 100 breast
Clovis’ Connor Hoppe chased down Canyon’s Peter Kropp down the stretch, winning the junior national title 1:02.17 to 1:02.32. That’s Hoppe’s first time under 1:03, breaking his previous personal mark of 1:03.18 from prelims. Kropp missed his best of 1:02.21 set during prelims. Avon’s Chandler Bray rounded out the top three in 1:02.87 with Arkansas Dolphin Blair Bish picking up fourth in 1:02.88.
Cardinal’s Todd Owen (1:02.95), PASA’s Curtis Ogren (1:03.13), Greater Omaha’s Jacob Molacek (1:03.55) and Heat’s Ross Palazzo (1:03.67) turned in the rest of the championship heat swims. Carsten Vissering’s meet record held up as his 1:01.94 from last year will make it another year.
Penn Charter’s Reece Whitley took down his 13-14 National Age Group record with a winning time of 1:03.23. Two weeks ago, he broke Michael Andrew’s 1:03.83 with a new record time of 1:03.82 (30.46, 33.36). Tonight, he blasted half-a-second from the record ahead of Andrew’s second-place time of 1:03.49. PASA’s Joe Kmak took third in 1:03.60.
Long Island’s Gunther Cassell had too much in the tank as he powered his way to a 1:03.40 to win the C final. That cut half-a-second off his lifetime best of 1:03.94 from the Mesa stop of the Arena Grand Prix. Stingrays’ Ben Hendrickson took second in 1:03.51 with Arizona Marlin Matt Anderson third in 1:03.75.