2016 Junior Nationals: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

Dakota Luther-2015

By Caitlin Daday, Swimming World College Intern

Everything you need to follow along with the first night of finals of the 2016 Speedo Junior National Championships.

Schedule of Events:

  • Women’s 200 Butterfly
  • Men’s 200 Butterfly
  • Women’s 100 Breaststroke
  • Men’s 100 Breaststroke
  • Women’s 800 Freestyle
  • Men’s 1500 Freestyle

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Women’s 200 Butterfly:

In the first final of the week, Austin Swim Club’s Dakota Luther claimed the Junior National title in a winning time of 2:10.63. Luther finished in dominating fashion, nearly two seconds ahead of her next closest competitor, Ashlyn Fiorilli of Texas Ford, who touched second in 2:12.46. Coming in just behind Fiorilli were Tide’s Callie Dickinson and Highlander’s Carley Lowe, who claimed third and fourth places in times of 2:12.64 and 2:12.79 respectively.

Fifth place went to Regan Smith of Riptide in 2:13.32. Crimson Tide’s Jewels Harris was just behind Smith in sixth place with a time of 2:13.44.

Brea’s Kenisha Liu (2:15.51) and Fort Collins’ Coleen Gillilan (2:16.40) rounded out the top eight.

Men’s 200 Butterfly:

North Carolina’s Will Macmillan became the only swimmer to break the 2:00 barrier in the men’s event, taking the win in 1:59.76. Behind him Fynn Minuth touched second with a time of 2:00.43. Sandpiper’s Carter Grimes finished third in 2:00.88, dropping a second and a half from his prelims swim.

North Texas Nadadores’ Jack LeVant took fourth place in 2:01.30, just ahead of Spencer Carl of Michigan Lakeshore who was fifth in 2:01.33.

Andrew Koustik, represnting Irvine Novaquatics, finished sixth in 2:02.00. Maverick’s Alex Dillmann was seventh in 2:02.60, while Memphis Thunder’s Jack McCaghren touched eighth in 2:03.45.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke:

15 year old Zoe Bartel of Fort Collins won the women’s 100 breaststroke in dominant fashion. With an entire second drop from prelims, her 1:08.11 was good to win by almost a second and a half. Olivia Calegan of Greater Nebraska was Bartel’s next closest competitor, touching second in 1:09.56. Third place went to Champaign County YMCA’s Ema Rajic in 1:10.19.

Rajic was followed by North Bay’s Halle Morris for fourth in 1:10.29. Hanna Gresser of Firestone Akron took fifth in 1:10.42.

For sixth place, Rachel Ramey of Texas Ford swam a 1:11.39. Alicia Harrison of Buenaventura and Firestone Akron’s Carly Hart completed the top eight in 1:11.84 and 1:11.86, respectively.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke:

The top two men in the 100 breaststroke were both under meet record time. Michael Andrew claimed the win in 1:00.08, just off his National Age Group record. Second place finisher Devon Nowicki of Aqua Swim Club also came in under the old mark of 1:01.94, but still a second behind Andrew at 1:01.06.

Third place went to Spokane’s Daniel Roy in 1:02.22. AJ Bornstein of Ridgefield was fourth in 1:03.47, while Mason Manta Rays’ Jake Foster touched fifth in 1:03.78.

Dillon Hillis of Manhattan Makos took sixth 1:04.12, ahead of New Trier’s Charles Scheinfeld at 1:04.25. Mitch Hovis of King Aquatics was eighth in 1:04.48.

Women’s 800 Freestyle:

With a solid six second drop, La Mirada Armada’s Taylor Ault took the win in the women’s distance event with a time of 8:37.97. It was a tight race all the way between Ault and Magnolia’s Joy Field, with Ault pulling away only in the final 100 meters. Field finished with a time of 8:38.94. 15 year old Erica Sullivan of Sandpipers took third place in 8:41.52.

Fourth and fifth place were taken by two 14 year olds, the Fish’s Madelyn Donohoe and North Baltimore’s Chase Travis. Donohoe finished in a time of 8:42.10. Travis easily had one of the most impressive swims of the day, swimming in the afternoon heats and dropping eleven seconds down to 8:43.47 for fifth.

Greater Tampa’s Morgan Tankersly also moved up from the morning to take sixth in 8:46.53. Seventh place went to Sandpiper’s Hailey Houck in 8:46.55. Haley Yelle of Mansfield was eighth in 8:48.41.

Men’s 1500 Freestyle:

16 year old Johannes Calloni of Scarlet Aquatics claimed the longest event of the night in a new meet record of 15:16.62. Calloni crushed the previous meet record of 15:23.01, held by 2016 Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky. Also under the old meet record was second place finisher Aaron Apel of Scottsdale, who touched in 15:17.60, as well as Fast Swim Team’s Simon Lamar, who clocked a 15:22.03.

Sarasota Tsunami’s T.C. Smith took fourth place in 15:36.75. Fifth went to Alamo Area’s Mikey Calvillo, moving up from the afternoon heats with his 15:42.76. Joshua McDonald of the Cincinnati Marlins took sixth with his afternoon time of 15:47.74.

Eric Knowles of Dayton Raiders (15:48.84) and Sandpiper’s Nicholas McDowell (15:49.09) rounded out the top eight finishers.