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Editorial coverage for U.S. Junior Nationals proudly sponsored by Q Swimwear!
IRVINE, California, August 3. TOWNLEY Haas won his third junior national title, while Stanzi Moseley broke 2:00 for the first time in the 200 free at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals.
Women’s 200 free
Roadrunner’s 16-year-old prodigy Stanzi Moseley broke through the 2:00 barrier for the first time in the 200-meter freestyle finale. She rocked a 1:59.88 after behind under meet-record pace through 150 meters. That’s under her 2:00.37 lifetime best from the morning as Moseley moved to 15th all time in the 15-16 age division. Lia Neal’s amazing 1:58.26 meet record from 2011 remained for another day – unless of course a leadoff breaks it tonight in the 800 free relay.
Scottsdale’s Taylor Ruck, a 14-year-old phemon, turned in a second-place 2:00.14. That clipped her best of 2:00.27 from sectionals last month. Pleasanton’s Erika Brown raced to third in 2:00.29, while City of Mobile’s Paige Madden (2:00.50) and Loveland’s Eryn Eddy (2:00.78) finished fourth and fifth. Saint Andrew’s Megan Moroney also posted a 2:00 with a sixth-place 2:00.83.
Rockville-Montgomery’s Anna Kolanowski (2:02.02) and Bloomington Waves’ Melissa Pish (2:02.18) also competed in the finale.
Tallahassee’s Cece Wililams dropped a second-and-a-half from her best time with a 2:01.12 to win the B final. That’s a big drop from her 2:02.51 here at juniors a year ago. Marietta Marlins’ Stephanie Peters (2:01.61) and Upper Valley’s Hannah Cox (2:01.80) finished just a bit behind in second and third. Lakeside’s Lauren Pitzer (2:01.85) and JCC’s Lauren Barber (2:01.99) also had a shot at the heat win before Williams pulled away down the stretch.
Bolles’ Claire Rasmus turned on the jets down the stretch to claim a one-second win in the C final. She clocked a 2:01.59, smashing her previous best of 2:03.03 from earlier in the day. Tennessee’s Erica Laning picked up second in 2:02.69, while Chattahoochee Gold’s Lauren Case snared third in the bonus final with a 2:03.13.
Men’s 200 free
NOVA of Virginia’s Townley Haas has had himself a meet. On top of winning the 100 free and 400 free already this week, he just added a third title with a come-from-behind win in the 200 free. He raced his way to a 1:48.75 to take sixth in the 17-18 age division all time. That’s a big personal best, down from his 1:50.26 at Virginia senior states.
Pleasanton’s Maxime Rooney, who led at the 100, wound up taking second in 1:49.54. That clipped his personal best of 1:49.70 from this morning, and edged him closer to Caeleb Dressel’s 15-16 national age group record of 1:48.64. Tennessee’s Walker Higgins wrapped up third-place honors in 1:50.68.
Dayton Raiders’ Brock Turner (1:51.15), AGUA’s Michael Domagala (1:51.45), Iowa Flyers’ Aidan Keen (1:52.09), Machine’s James Murphy (1:52.53) and Terrapins’ Michal Zyla (1:52.83) also competed in the big final.
Tualatin’s Patrick Mulcare put together a speedy time in the B final to win in 1:51.10. That’s a lifetime best, clearing the 1:51.85 he clocked at sectionals earlier this summer. Last summer, he posted a 1:52.79, so that’s a nice drop since last year’s juniors. La Mirada’s Ryan Kao edged Quest’s Jeff Newkirk for second in the consolation heat, 1:51.81 to 1:51.86.
IUST’s Max Irwin cut another second off his best with a 1:51.87 in the C final. That’s exactly a second better than his 1:52.87 from this morning during prelims. Livermore’s Trent Trump (1:52.70) and Phoenix Swim Club’s Ryan McCoy (1:52.81) placed second and third with Crimson’s Liam Egan also being in the hunt with a fourth-place 1:52.83.