2016 Junior Nationals: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap

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Everything you need to know to follow along with day five of the Speedo Junior Nationals can be found below.

Schedule of Events:

  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Women’s 50 Free
  • Men’s 50 Free

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Women’s 200 IM:

On the last day of the Speedo Junior Nationals, things started off this morning with the women’s 200 IM.  Touching first overall was Zoe Bartel of Fort Collins, who crushed the back half of her preliminary race, splitting 38.58 on the breast stroke and 32.66 on the freestyle to touch at 2;17.22.  Second this morning, Dannielle Dilsaver of Greater Nebraska was just behind Bartel at 2:17.45.

Finishing third this morning and making another appearance in the A final was Regan Smith of Riptide Swim Team who after being entered at a yards time, crushed the early heats to touch at 2:18.37.  Kenisha Liu of Brea Aquatics will be the fourth seed tonight, touching at 2:18.48 this preliminary session.  Liu was just ahead of Carmel Swim Club’s Sammi Burchill who finished fifth overall at 2:18.55.

Dilsaver’s teammates Caroline Theil (2:18.94) and Olivia Calegan (2:19.21) will also be in the A final tonight, finishing sixth and eighth overall.  Hannah Foster (2:19.07) of the Mason Manta Rays will round out the top eight tonight with the seventh fastest time this morning.

Men’s 200 IM;

Once again, Michael Andrew of Race Pace Club stole the top seed entering tonight’s final.  Andrew touched at 2:02.57 this morning, well ahead of the rest of the field.  Kieran Smith of Ridgefield Aquatics will be the second seed in the A final with a best time of 2:04.83.

Third this morning was Tommy Cope of the Dayton Raiders who finished just behind Smith at 2:04.89.  Brennan Pastorek of Georgia Coastal was fifth overall this morning finishing at 2:05.27.  Pastorek was just three hundredths ahead of Matthew Willenbring of the Austin Swim Club who finished at 2:05.50.

William Macmillan (2:05.62) of North Carolina Aquatics will be sixth entering tonight, Sam Iida (2:05.82) of Glenview Titans is seventh and Eric Knowles (2:05.84) of the Dayton Raiders is eighth.

Women’s 50 Free:

Anya Goeders of Mako Swim Team will be the top seed entering tonight’s A final.  Goeders was just off her best this morning, touching at 25.30, well ahead of the rest of the A final.

The second seed tonight will be winner of the 200 free, Morgan Tankersley of Greater Tampa who finished just off her best this morning at 26.11.  Only a hundredth behind her was a tie for third between Brea’s Kenisha Liu and North Bay Aquatics’ Miki Dahlke at 26.12.

Ashley Volpenhein of the Mason Manta Rays will take the fifth seed tonight at 26.17, while Kylee Alons of Fort Collins was sixth this morning with a best time of 26.27.  To round out the top eight there was a tie for seventh between Lucie Nordmann of the Marietta Marlins and Sarah Grinalds of Westport Weston at 26.36.

Men’s 50 Free:

With a quick turn around, Michael Andrew of Race Pace Club still managed to take the top seed for tonight’s A final in the men’s 50 free, finishing at 22.56.  Andrew is about a half second ahead of the second place seed, Drew Kibler of Carmel Swim Club, who finished with a best time of 22.93.

Alberto Mestre  of the Tiger Shark Swim Team will be third entering tonight, also finishing this morning with a best time of 23.29.  Mestre is just a hundredth ahead of fourth place finisher David Madej who touched with a best time of 23.30.

Devon Nowicki of Aqua Swim Club was fifth this morning at 23.46.  John Whiteside (23.50) of Westport Weston, Colin Riley (23.53) of the Marietta Marlins and Jordan Greenberg (23.69) will compete in the A final as well.

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Author: Ashleigh Shanley

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Ashleigh Shanley is from Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a rising senior at Duke University. She swims breaststroke and IM, and has been a part of Duke's ACC Championship team for the past three years. She is studying psychology while receiving a certificate in journalism and media studies.

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