2015 USA Swimming Junior Nationals Day 4 Prelims Recap: Andrew, Whitley, Rooney On Pace For Meet Records

By Andy Ross, Swimming World College Intern

Michael Andrew, Maxime Rooney and Reece Whitley all have a legitimate chance at meet records going into the fourth night of finals at the 2015 USA Swimming Junior Nationals.

Women’s 100 Backstroke

Alex Walsh of Nashville Aquatic Club leads the way at 1:01.23 just in front of Ella Eastin at 1:01.61. Regan Smith of Riptide will join them in the final as the third seed at 1:02.26. This was a pretty fast event as the top 19 swimmers were under the Olympic Trial cut.

Men’s 100 Backstroke

Michael Andrew stole the show as he is the top seed at 55.81. Watch for the meet record tonight that is 55.46 held by Vlad Morozov set in 2010. David Crossland of the Delaware Swim Team is second at 56.20 and Daniel Carr is third with a 56.31.

Women’s 200 Freestyle

Melissa Pish of Bloomington, Illinois is top seed for tonight at 2:01.53. Erika Brown of Swim MAC is right behind her at 2:01.75 and Morgan Tankersley is third at 2:02.17. Tankersley is a surprise in the top eight as she was only seeded 28th coming into the meet. It will be a pretty good final with the top eight only separated by a little over a second.

Men’s 200 Freestyle

Maxime Rooney is the top seed in the 200 free with a 1:49.89 as the only swimmer under 1:50. He will be chasing the meet record held by Caeleb Dressel set in 2013 at 1:48.64. He is followed by Hawaiian ‘Aukai Lileikis at 1:50.39 and Cole Buese at 1:51.65. Parks Jones was the only other swimmer in the field under the Trial cut with a 1:51.68. The rest of the field is at 1:52 low and 1:51 high so it should be a tight race for second and third behind Rooney who is expected to win.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke

Miranda Tucker is the top seed going into finals with a 2:29.72. She is ahead of Grace Zhao and Meagan Popp who were 2:31.66 and 2:32.32 respectively. The top ten swimmers were all under the Olympic Trial cut. Tucker is a huge favorite and it is expected that everyone else will be battling for second behind her.

Men’s 200 Breaststroke

Reece Whitley just missed Gunnar Bentz’s meet record in the 200 breast at 2:12.93. Bentz’s record stands at 2:12.88. Whitley is way ahead of the rest of the field as Ethan Browne is the second seed at 2:17.09 and Joseph Portillo is the third seed at 2:18.29 as he just slid under the trial cut of 2:18.39. Whitley will also be looking to break his own 15-16 NAG record at 2:12.92 as it is not expected anyone will challenge him.

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Author: Andy Ross

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Andy Ross is the new man on board at Swimming World. He is based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is a 2017 graduate of Southern Illinois University where he graduated cum laude.

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