ORLANDO, Florida, March 21. BOTH the women’s and men’s 200 breaststrokes were exciting events on the fourth night of the NCSA Junior National Championships.
Women’s 200 Breaststroke:
After placing second in the 100 breaststroke, Marin Pirates’ Riley Scott settled for nothing less than the win in the 200 breaststroke. Scott was out first in a 29.50 at the 50, but held back her speed until the back half of the race. Katherine Drabot, the 400 IM winner, actually turned first at the 100 with a 1:02.84. Drabot didn’t hold on to her lead long, however, as Scott built her lead going into the 150 and was a half-body length ahead of the competition by the final 25.
Scott won the event in a 2:11.18, a full second faster than her preliminary swim. “I was really excited to do the 200 after doing so well in the 100 before,” said Scott, commenting on her second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. “I always try to work the third 50 in that race.”
Men’s 200 Breaststroke:
Nations Capital’s Andrew Seliskar made a huge splash in the finals of his first individual event of the NCSA Junior National Championships. The 17-year-old chased down Kevin Cordes’ 1:53.55 17-18 National Age Group record, winning the event with a 1:52.21. Seliskar qualified first for the A final by swimming a personal best in the prelims (1:54.32).
“I really tried to push the back half. I was really happy with my time, too,” Seliskar told Swimming World after the race. “I had the goal of going out to get a 1:52 in mind, but I was a little surprised with the time.”