USA Swimming Junior Nationals: Carmel Keeps Cruising in Day Three

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IRVINE, California, August 1. CARMEL Swim Club, already leading the team point battle by a wide margin with 123 points after last night, kept cruising during day three prelims at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals.

Scheduled Events

Women’s 400 free
Men’s 400 free
Women’s 100 fly
Men’s 100 fly

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LIVE RESULTS

Women’s 400 free

Photo Courtesy: Kristin Karkoska

Photo Courtesy: Kristin Karkoska

Sierra Schmidt, the 800 freestyle winner, is on track for another big day after clocking a 4:13.08 to lead all prelim swimmers this morning. That performance blasted her lifetime best of 4:14.70 from the Bulldog Grand Slam, and put her in position for another victory tonight.

Tallahassee’s Cece Williams edged NBAC’s Easop Lee for second out of the 11th heat, 4:13.52 to 4:13.65, as the only other 4:13s from this morning. Williams cut huge time from her best of 4:15.78 from last summer’s juniors, while Lee demolished her personal record of 4:16.28 from the Bulldog Grand Slam.

Indiana University’s Stephanie Marchuk (4:14.61), North Carolina’s Madison Homovich (4:14.97), Marlins’ Stephanie Peters (4:15.53), Pleasanton’s Moriah Simonds (4:15.56) and NOVA’s Jessie Gvozdas (4:15.68) also made their way into the championship heat as even a 4:15 was not a guarantee to make the A final. Chenoa Devine (4:15.88) and Taylor Ault (4:15.89) both made the B final with ninth and 10th-place swims.

Men’s 400 free

Photo Courtesy: Mike Comer/ProSwimVisuals.com

Photo Courtesy: Mike Comer/ProSwimVisuals.com

NOVA’s Townley Haas, the 15-16 500-yard freestyle NAG record holder, turned it up during the final heat of qualifying in the men’s 400-meter free with a 3:53.50. He still has more in the tank, considering his personal best is a 3:51.99 from last summer’s juniors. In the same heat, Dayton Raiders’ Brock Turner clocked a 3:55.14 for the second seed of the morning. That’s a personal best, clipping the 3:55.22 from last summer. Meanwhile, Nitro’s Sean Grieshop snared third overall in 3:55.35 for his first time under 3:56.

The story of the morning, however, has to be Parkland’s Sam Magnan. Magnan, who picked up a rare win out of the slower-seeded heats in the 1500 free earlier this week, had another fabulous morning swim. Magnan qualified fourth with a 3:55.59 all the way from heat 8 out of 14. That’s an eight-second drop from his personal best of 4:03.11 from just a few weeks ago. Entering 2014, his best time had been a 4:09. That’s a crazy amount of time lopped off in less than a year.

Marlins of Raleigh’s Adam Linker also made his way into the A final from an early heat with a 3:57.42 out of heat 9. That’s his first time under 4:00 as well. Santa Clara’s Michael Messner (3:57.51), Scarlet’s Eric Stobbe (3:57.67) and PASA’s Curtis Ogren (3:57.68) also made the championship heat.

Women’s 100 fly

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Felicia Lee’s meet record of 58.69 from 2009 is in jeopardy as Veronica Burchill continued Carmel’s big run here at juniors. She broke 1:00 with a 59.28 to lead the field, clearing her previous best of 1:00.75 from the Santa Clara stop of the Arena Grand Prix. Carmel has been rolling this week, leading the team point tally with 123 points after last night. Look for more from Burchill this evening. If Burchill can challenge Lee’s time tonight, she may even be able to get close to the top 20 in the world currently anchored by Katarina Listopadova and Alexandra Wenk with 58.49s.

Duneland’s Vanessa Krause placed second in 1:00.02 as she nearly cleared 1:00 for the first time. Longhorn’s Victoria Edwards rounded out the top three qualifiers with a 1:00.35, while SwimAtlanta’s Haley McInerny (1:00.37) and Redlands’ Sonia Wang (1:00.47) qualified fourth and fifth.

JCC Waves’ Lindsey Engel (1:00.56), Quest’s Maddie Banic (1:00.59) and Aquazot’s Eva Merrell (1:00.64) also earned transfer spots into the championship heat. One swim to make note of was Allie Szekely’s valiant 1:01.41 from heat 1. That qualified her into the C final, and stood as the top time until the ninth heat when Brittany Usinger qualified 13th overall with a 1:01.19.

Men’s 100 fly

Buenaventura’s Alex Valente posted the top time of the day with a 53.10. That chopped a bit off his personal best of 53.43 and puts him within reach of Justin Lynch’s 2013 meet record of 52.91. Azura’s Luis Martinez took second in 53.54 with Rose Bowl’s Sascha Subarsky finishing third in 53.66.

15-year-old pro Michael Andrew could have a chance at his first 15-16 national age group record after qualifying in 53.90. That’s a best time and first time under 54 seconds. Lynch holds the 15-16 record for the event with a 52.75 from last year.

FAST’s Max Holter (53.98), Central Bucks’ Greg Brocato (54.22), PASA’s Andrew Liang (54.24) and Peddie’s Patrick Park (54.30) also made their way into the championship heat.

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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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