2016 Speedo Winter Junior Championships East: Day 2 Finals Recap

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Read below for all of our coverage of day two finals of the 2016 Speedo Winter Junior Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • Women’s 500 Free
  • Men’s 500 Free
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Women’s 50 Free
  • Men’s 50 Free
  • Women’s 400 Medley Relay
  • Men’s 400 Medley Relay

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Women’s 500 Free

Greater Tampa’s Morgan Tankersley pulled away from Marlins of Raleigh’s Madison Homovich down the stretch and ended up cruising in to win the meet’s first individual event. Tankersley touched in 4:38.13, the only time under 4:40, to win by almost three seconds.

Homovich finished second in 4:40.90, and Tennessee Aquatics’ Erica Lanning was third in 4:46.16, just ahead of the Fish’s Madelyn Donohoe, who came in at 4:46.51, and Tampa Bay’s Christin Rockway, who finished in 4:46.80.

Triangle’s Ana Pozder (4:46.88), Ohio State’s Molly Kowal (4:47.80) and PACK’s Lindsay Stone (4:47.81) also qualified for the top eight.

Men’s 500 Free

Carmel’s Drew Kibler pulled away from Baylor’s Robert Freeman and Upper Dublin’s Jake Sannem to take first place in the 500 free. Kibler, who broke a 15-16 National Age Group record Wednesday night in the 200 free, posting a time of 1:33.36 leading off Carmel’s 800 free relay, broke another tonight as he touched in 4:15.36, breaking Matthew Hirschberger’s 2015 time of 4:16.43. The time was also a new Junior Nationals meet record.

Freeman took second in 4:16.99, and Sannem was third in 4:19.34. Fourth place went to Red Bank’s Christopher Smith (4:21.91), and Scarlet’s Johannes Calloni was fifth in 4:22.51.

Also competing in the “A” final were Ridgefield’s Kieran Smith (4:22.67), Cincinnati Marlins’ Justin Grender (4:24.45) and Charter Oak’s Joshua Wroblewski (4:28.14).

Women’s 200 IM

Nashville Aquatic Club’s Alex Walsh posted a big swim to pick up top honors in the women’s 200 IM as the 15-year-old knocked off two big names in Lakeside’s Brooke Forde and Gator Swim Club’s Isabel Ivey and won the race by more than a bodylength.

Walsh finished in 1:54.48, just off Dagny Knutson’s 15-16 NAG record of 1:54.03 but good for a new meet record. Forde finished second in a strong 1:55.55, and third place went to Ivey in 1:57.19.

Carmel’s Kelly Pash took fourth in 1:58.30, just ahead of SwimMAC’s Caroline Hauder (1:58.41), Carmel’s Samantha Burchill (1:58.45), Nashville’s Allie Raab (1:58.67) and Marlins of Raleigh’s Julia Poole (1:59.15).

Men’s 200 IM

Cardinal Aquatic Club’s Nicolas Albiero held a substantial lead at the halfway point, but Penn Charter’s Reece Whitley ran him down on the breaststroke leg and cruised home to a two-second win. Whitley touched in 1:43.93, just over a second off Michael Andrew’s 15-16 NAG record of 1:42.77.

Albiero held on for second in 1:45.63, and third went to Bolles’ Ariel Spektor in 1:46.57.

Eastern Express’ Connor Doyle finished fourth in 1:47.82, and Mason Manta Rays’ Carson Foster came in next at 1:47.88. Rounding out the top eight were Foster’s teammate Jacob Foster (1:48.28), Gulliver’s Miguel Cancel (1:48.55) and Blue Dolphin’s John Fulginiti (1:48.70).

Women’s 50 Free

Westchester Aquatic Club’s Kate Douglass blasted a 22.04 to win the women’s 50 free, matching Simone Manuel’s 15-16 girls’ NAG record that was previously set in 2013. Douglass, 15, was victorious in the race by four tenths of a second over Gator’s Isabel Ivey, who picked up her second podium finish of the night when she touched in 22.44.

Marlins of Raleigh’s Grace Countie finished third in 22.54. Gator’s Talia Bates (22.64) and Greater Tampa’s Morgan Tankersley (22.70) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Ohio State Swim Club’s Miranda Donley (22.80) and Southwest Stars’ Kaitlyn Schorr (22.81). Nashville’s Alex Walsh, returning form the 200 IM for a second event of the night, was disqualified after initially touching sixth.

Men’s 50 Free

Carmel Swim Club’s Drew Kibler won his second event of the night as he led a group of four men under the 20-second barrier in the 50 free. Kibler posted a time of 19.70, just off the 19.66 he clocked in prelims, for the overall win.

Zionsville’s Jack Franzman finished second in 19.81, Bolles’ Willie Davis got third in 19.92, and Davis’ teammate Isaac Davis took fourth in 19.93. Competing in lane eight, Davis pounded the water in excitement at the finish after seeing he had broken 20 for the first time.

SwimMAC’s John Walker was fifth in 20.10, followed by teammate William Chan (20.44), SOLO Aquatics’ Matthew Yish (20.48) and Cincinnati Marlins’ Justin Grender (20.81).

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

Nashville Aquatic Club won the women’s medley by more than a second to round out the women’s competition on night two. Alex Walsh (52.67), Allie Raab (1:01.37), Ella Nelson (55.51) and Gretchen Walsh combined to post a time of 3:38.11.

Finishing second was SwimMAC’s squad of Julia MenkhausCaroline HauderSophie Lindner and Heidi Lowe in 3:39.21. Gator Swim Club’s foursome of Caitlin BrooksIsabel IveyTalia Bates and Kirschtine Balbuena finished third in 3:39.71.

SwimAtlanta (3:39.92), SwimMAC’s “B” team (3:40.03), Carmel (3:40.18), Cardinal Aquatics (3:41.31) and Marlins of Raleigh (3:42.52) finished in the top eight.

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

The Bolles School Sharks dominated the men’s medley relay as Matthew Serra (49.48), James Daugherty (53.85), Ariel Spektor (47.07) and Willie Davis (43.50) combined to swim a time of 3:13.90 to win the race by almost four seconds.

Zionsville finished second with Tyler HarmonBrock BrownAndrew Schuler and Jack Franzman posting a time of 3:17.79. Carmel’s Wyatt DavisStefano BatistaDrew Kibler and Andrew Couchon got third in 3:18.80.

Lakeside Swim Team (3:19.24), Dynamo (3:19.65), Memphis Thunder (3:19.73), Cincinnati Marlins (3:19.90) and Upper Dublin (3:20.00) comprised the top eight.