Photo by Kristin Karkoska
Editorial coverage for U.S. Junior Nationals proudly sponsored by Q Swimwear!
IRVINE, California, August 3
Women’s 200 IM
Bellevue’s Kim Williams swept the IMs this week with a sizzling 2:14.58 in the 200-meter event after winning the 400 IM on day two. That’s a big time personal best for Williams, clearing the 2:16.08 she clocked at last year’s meet. Meanwhile, Central Bucks’ Allie Szekely ripped through the finale with a second-place effort of 2:15.98. Iowa Flyers’ Ruby Martin, 14, entered the top 10 all time in the 13-14 age division with a third-place time of 2:16.73. She’s one to watch out for in the future.
Liz Zeiger hit the wall fourth in 2:17.07 with JCC’s Lauren Barber claiming fifth in 2:17.19. Lakeside’s Leah Stevens (2:17.90), Livonia’s Miranda Tucker (2:18.07) and NBAC’s Heidi Miller (2:19.55) also vied for the junior national title.
Y-Sparta’s Savanna Faulconer had too much in her freestyle for the rest of the field as she stormed home to win the B final in 2:17.51. That’s her first time under 2:18, blasting her 2:18.39 best from last summer’s YMCA summer nationals. Bolles’ McKenna Debever checked in with a second-place 2:18.30, while SwimMAC’s Maija Roses took third in 2:18.57 after almost making the A final from heat 4 this morning.
Condors’ Carly Cummings raced her way to a 2:18.03 in a tightly-contest C final for the win. That swim cut more than a second from her lifetime best of 2:19.74 from this morning, and put her just ahead of NBAC’s Mary Pelton. Pelton, the youngster sister of American record holder Elizabeth, took second in 2:18.25. That’s just off her best of 2:18.03 from last summer’s senior nationals. Rays’ Sydney Lofquist touched third in 2:19.02.
Men’s 200 IM
Stanford-commit, PASA’s Curtis Ogren, cruised to victory in the event with a time of 2:01.95. That’s his first time under 2:02, coming into the night with a 2:02.64 best from prelims. A year ago, he went 2:03.45 here at juniors before entering his senior year of recruitment. Cascade’s Abrahm Devine chased down second in 2:02.74, his best by a long shot under a 2:04.49 from this morning. Michael Andrew, the 15-year-old pro, took third in 2:03.53. That ranks him sixth all time in the 15-16 age division as he broke 2:04 for the first time.
Tualatin’s Patrick Mulcare (2:03.71), Crimson’s Anthony Marcantonio (2:04.15), CyFair’s Austin Van Overdam (2:04.90), Alex Lebed (2:05.01) and Rockwall’s Jared Butler (2:05.07) also competed in the finale.
Marlins of Raleigh’s Justin Ress celebrated his birthday in style with a 2:03.97 to win the B final tonight. He dropped plenty of time from his best of 2:05.66 from sectionals last month. HEAT’s Ross Palazzo hit the wall second in a time of 2:04.52 with Duke’s Koya Osada earning third in 2:04.73.
YMCA Hub Fins’ Sam Stewart powered his way to a C final triumph with a time of 2:04.89. That’s more than a second off his previous best of 2:06.03 from the Charlotte stop of the Arena Grand Prix, and entering this year he had topped out with a 2:09.49. That’s a great year of swimming. Greenwood Memorial’s Ryan Harty turned in a second-place time of 2:05.49 with Badgers’ Patrick Conaton taking third in 2:06.20.