Riley Scott, Andrew Seliskar Win 200 Breaststroke Titles at NCSA Juniors

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.”

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