USA Swimming Junior Nationals: Lots of Potential Meet Records Setup For Finals

Editorial coverage for U.S. Junior Nationals proudly sponsored by Q Swimwear!

IRVINE, California, July 30. ALL four meet records from events swum this morning are in play tonight as swimmers brought the fireworks on day one at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals here in Irvine.



Women’s 200 fly
It’s going to take a big-time drop for anyone to challenge Jasmine Tosky’s 2010 meet record of 2:09.28, but Gold’s Lauren Case and NBAC’s Easop Lee certainly put up some strong times to take the top two slots this evening. Case posted a 2:12.01, while Lee finished second this morning in 2:12.08. That’s a full second drop for Case from her lifetime best of 2:13.13, while Lee has a 2:11.66 to her credit from the Bulldog Grand Slam.

Redlands’ Sonia Wang also cleared 2:13 this morning with a third-seeded time of 2:12.78, while Metro Aquatics’ Isabella Paez snared fourth overall in 2:13.44. Kingfish’s Caitlin Casazza (2:13.73), Longhorn’s Victoria Edwards (2:13.85) and NCAC’s Madison Homovich (2:13.96) also earned their way into the championship heat this evening.

Carmel’s Veronica Burchill nearly pulled off an epic drop in terms of her original seeding as she qualified ninth in 2:14.19 in heat 5 of 12. That crushed her lifetime best of 2:17.46 from the Santa Clara stop of the Arena Grand Prix.

Men’s 200 fly
Aquazot’s Corey Okubo is definitely going to take a run at Andrew Seliskar’s meet record of 1:56.54 tonight. Seliskar clocked that swim in 2013, and Okubo just blasted a 1:58.89 in prelims. His lifetime best is a 1:58.28 from last summer’s Juniors, and there’s little reason why he won’t be on point tonight to take a huge chunk of his best this evening.

There’s a handful of swimmers who will likely be battling for second-place honors as five swimmers put up 2:00s this morning. KING’s Mathias Oh (2:00.00), Gold’s Mark Jurek (2:00.34), NBAC’s Cole Buese (2:00.63), UDAC’s Michael Thomas (2:00.80) and ESC’s Matthew Grauslys (2:00.89) all cleared 2:01 in preliminary competition. HSA’s Zach Harting had a screamer of a swim out of heat 4 of 12 to make finals with a 2:01.12, while PLS’ Maxime Rooney took eighth overall in 2:01.43.

In the Michael Andrew watch, he finished 32nd this morning in the event with a 2:03.54.

Women’s 100 breast
Kasey Carlson’s meet record of 1:08.29 from 2008 is definitely living on borrowed time as Lindsey Horejsi (1:09.54), Carolyn McCann (1:09.77) and Jorie Caneta (1:09.89) all roared to 1:09s this morning. Horejsi smashed her lifetime best of 1:11.36 from two months ago, and could have more in the tank tonight. McCann entered today with a personal best of 1:10.66, while Caneta has a 1:11.23 personal record. With the way those three were swimming this morning, there’s a big chance they can drop even more time tonight.

Rachel Munson (1:10.18), Lauren Barber (1:10.21), Nikol Popov (1:10.69), Allie Szekely (1:10.81) and Madison Winstead (1:10.89) also will return for the championship heat. Szekely is one of those swimmers who can fire a big time out of nowhere, and has a 1:09.87 lifetime best to prove it. So, she could be a bit of a darkhorse for the junior national title tonight.

Men’s 100 breast
Canyons’ Peter Kropp had a special swim this morning with a 1:02.21 for the top seed. That’s well under his personal best of 1:04.03 from the LA Invite, and just short of the meet record of 1:01.94 set by Carsten Vissering a year ago here in Irvine. Kropp’s definitely going to be vying for another huge time drop tonight and will be pushed by national high school record holder Jacob Molacek. Molacek qualified second in 1:03.03 with Blair Bish taking third overall in 1:03.13 as he dropped under 1:04 for the first time in his career.

Chandler Bray and Connor Hoppe both put up 1:03.18s to tie for the fourth seed, and will be looking to challenge the favorites this evening for the title. Meanwhile, Todd Owen (1:03.35), Ross Palazzo (1:03.38) and Curtis Ogren (1:03.47) also made the finale.

15-year-old pro Michael Andrew qualified 15th overall with a 1:04.03 as he is still looking for his first junior national title.

Women’s 800 freestyle and men’s 1500 freestyle slower-seeded heats will take place later this afternoon before finals begin at 6 p.m. Pacific time.



  1. avatar
    Jorge Aguado

    Lots of youth records are falling worldwide. An interesting article would be to know the new trends in coaching the young swimmers.

    • avatar

      Hey Jorge! How’s South America treating you? One thing that keeps coming up is USRPT. Not sure that’s 100 percent the reason, but one of the top things about USRPT is the focus on technique.

      And, we all know that anything that gets a swimmer focusing on proper technique in practice is a big deal. Especially when anything else can lead to a swimmer falling back into bad habits during a lot of yardage.

  2. avatar

    As you note, 15 year old Michael Andrew qualified tied 15th at 1:04.03, but if that is worthy of note, what about 14 year old Reece Whitley who qualified 14th at 1:03.87? They may be side by side in the “B” final. What fun!

    • avatar

      Actually I was just looking at years of birth — Andrew in 2000 and Whitely 1999 so I suppose Whitely could have turned 15 by now, not sure, just that he is younger than Andrew. And interestingly the other “15T” with Andrew (Corey Lau) is also born 2000.

      • avatar

        Reece is considered 14 for this meet. The other two are 15 based on finals sheet.

      • avatar

        Wow. Too many numbers. Bet you guys never feel that way! I got them backward; Andrew and Lau born in 1999 and Whitely in 2000; thus, Whitely turns 14 on whenever his birthday is/was this year.

  3. avatar

    Thanks for keeping it straight, Jason,

    • avatar

      No worries. With the way NAGs are falling, it gets increasingly more crazy!

Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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