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IRVINE, California, August 9. THE first day of the U.S. Junior Long Couse Nationals featured four meet records falling by the wayside including one during prelims.
Palo Alto Stanford's Jasmine Tosky dominated the women's 200 fly with a meet-record time of 2:09.28. That swim cleared the previous record of 2:09.45 set by Felicia Lee last year in Federal Way. She also moved to 21st in the world with that effort. Curl-Burke's Kaitlin Pawlowicz finished second overall in 2:11.45, while The Claremont Club's Noelle Tarazone placed third in 2:12.09.
Rattler's Andrea Kropp, who made finals at senior nationals, finished with a meet record in the women's 200 breast. She clocked a 2:28.70 in the event, downing the 2:29.05 set by Annie Zhu back in Federal Way last year. Zhu, of AGUA, wound up taking second overall in 2:30.36, while Aquazot Casey Mims earned third in 2:30.52.
Wilton Y's Christian Higgins, who also finaled at senior nationals, set a meet record during prelims with a 2:14.35 in the men's 200 breast. Higgins, however, wound up taking fourth overall in the finale with a 2:15.67. Peoria Area's Matt Elliott won the finale in 2:14.66, while Nitro's Zachary Gunn finished second in 2:14.94. Sandpiper Cody Miller took third in 2:15.43.
Fort Lauderdale's Lauren Driscoll lowered a meet record in the women's 800 free with an 8:35.43. That time eclipsed the 8:37.77 set by Ashley Evans back in 2007. Parkland's Gillian Ryan finished second in 8:37.83, while teammate Taylor O'Brien wound up third in 8:37.84.
City of Plano's Seth Stubblefield claimed the men's 200 fly title by clearing 2:00 with a 1:59.15. SwimMAC's Kip Carmody placed second in 2:00.11, while Great Lakes' William Hamilton earned third in 2:01.32.
The Woodlands' Edlz Yildirimer won the men's 1500 free in 15:29.38, while Metro's Carlos Omana took second in 15:31.93. Sarasota's Nick Caldwell finished third in 15:34.14.