Grace Countie, Abigail Arens Notch Wins on Night 2 of 2018 NCSA Junior Nationals (Race Videos)

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The 2018 NCSA Junior National meet continued this evening in Orlando, Florida. The event lineup included the men’s and women’s 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly, and 100 breaststroke, the women’s 100 freestyle, and the men’s 500 freestyle.

Marlins of Raleigh earned three individual first-place finishes and one relay gold during the course of the evening, with Grace Countie taking the 100-yard freestyle, Abigail Arens taking the 100-yard breaststroke, and Zachary Brown topping the 200-yard butterfly. Arens, Countie, Madison Homovich, and Ashley McCauley combined for relay gold in the women’s 200-yard medley relay.

Academy Bullets swim team, led by 200 back runner-up Spencer Walker, placed first in the men’s 200-yard medley relay.

Women’s 200 Backstroke

Gator Swim Club’s Caitlin Brooks maintained the top spot in the women’s 200-yard backstroke by 0.03, battling it out with 15-year-old Isabelle Stadden of Aquajets Swim Team. Brooks took the title in 1:52.01 to second-place Stadden’s 1:52.04.

Third place went to Nation’s Capital’s Phoebe Bacon in 1:52.84. Madison Homovich, winner of the 1000-yard freestyle last night, took the fourth-place spot with a time of 1:54.15. Kaitlyn Schoof of Elmbrook Swim Club’s time of 1:56.46 was good for fifth place.

Meghan Lee of Eagle Swim Team, who came into the meet as the 12th seed, took sixth place in 1:56.88, followed by Mariana Kraus of Delta Aquatics in 1:57.36 in seventh place. Sophie Housey of Grosse Pointe Gators rounded out the championship heat in 1:58.28 for eighth place.

Men’s 200 Backstroke

Aquajets’ Jack Dahlgren and Academy Bullets’ Spencer Walker unseated top seed Jack Dolan of Rockwood Swim Club in the men’s 200-yard backstroke, nabbing the gold and silver, respectively. Dahlgren, a Mizzou commit, touched in 1:42.45 for first place, followed by Walker in 1:43.36. Dolan was third in 1:43.42, about a half second off of his seed time. He swam at Columbia Speedo Sectionals as recently as Sunday, hitting 48.04 in the 100 back.

Fourth place went to Peter Larson of Edina Swim Club in 1:43.51, followed by Sean Conway of Nation’s Capital in 1:43.54 for fifth place.

Michael Daly of Condors Swim Team, who came in as the 20th seed, catapulted up to sixth place with a time of 1:45.51, a three-second drop. John Healy of Marlins of Raleigh stopped the clock in 1:45.92 in seventh place, while Aggie Swim Club’s Peter Simmons touched in 1:46.27 for eighth.

Women’s 100 Freestyle

Marlins of Raleigh swim team continued their strong performance, as UNC-bound Grace Countie took home the title in the women’s 100-yard freestyle with a swift 48.88. The rest of the heat was tightly packed, with Scottsdale Aquatic Club’s Ashley Strouse nabbing silver with a time of 49.24, almost a full two-second drop from her seed time and an incredible 43-place improvement from the psych sheet. Kaitlyn Schorr of Southwest Stars grabbed third place by a hair with her time of 49.33.

Fourth place went to Huntsville Swim Association’s Rebekah Hamilton in 49.35, while Christiana Regenauer of Condors Swim Club’s time of 49.44 was good for fifth.

Talia Bates of Gator Swim Club sprinted to a sixth-place time of 49.57, followed by Katelyn Mack of Nation’s Capital in seventh with a 49.97. Eighth place went to Rachel Klinker of Lexington Dolphins with a mark of 50.13.

Men’s 500 Freestyle

University of Louisville-bound Hayden Curley of Highlander Aquatic Club held on to the top spot in the men’s 500-yard freestyle with his time of 4:21.08. The silver went to Andrew Matejka of Gator Swim Club in 4:21.65 (a eight-and-a-half-second drop from his psych sheet time), followed by Ryan Vipavetz in 4:22.45 for the bronze.

Gator Swim Club’s Julian Hill touched fourth in 4:22.82, followed by Saint Edwards Aquatic Club’s Coleman Kramer in 4:23.85 for fifth place.

Matthew Tannenberger of Swim Streamline’s time of 4:24.13 was good for sixth, while Walker stepped up for his second event in a row to finish in seventh with a time of 4:25.31.

Bennett McDade of Badger Aquatics Club rounded out the top eight swimmers with a 4:25.84.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

Marlins of Raleigh notched another first-place finish with Abigail Arens‘ time of 1:00.01. Her prelims time of 1:00.00 was also just off the minute barrier, but still over half a second faster than her psych sheet seed time of 1:00.66. Second place went to Kylie Powers of Swim Houston Aquatic Club in 1:00.40, followed by Anna Keating of Machine Aquatics in 1:00.58 for third.

Claire Grover fell from second seed after prelims to fourth place with a time of 1:00.98, while Ashley McCauley of Marlins of Raleigh touched in 1:01.01 for fifth.

Sixth place went to Hannah Bach in 1:01.31 for sixth, followed by Jordan Morgan of Santa Clara Swim Club in 1:01.46 for seventh. Bacon was next in 1:02.16.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke

Eli Fouts of Rockville Montgomery Swim Club won the men’s 100-yard breaststroke in 53.56, followed closely by second-place Charles Scheinfeld of New Trier Aquatics in 53.63. Notably missing was Reece Whitley, who has competed at this meet for the past two years and whose best time of 51.84 would have won the event by a good margin. With their swims, however, Fouts and Scheinfeld punched their tickets to the annual NCSA Junior National Team.

Third place went to Casey Storch of Machine Aquatics in 54.12, followed closely by William Mhyre of Saint Charles Swim Team in 54.13 for fourth.

Izaak Bastian of Saint Andrew’s put up a fifth-place mark of 54.21, while Jason Louser of Long Island Aquatic Club finished sixth in 55.08.

Michael Chang of Long Island Express nabbed seventh place in 55.13, and Caleb Carlson of Academy Bullets rounded out the final eight with his time of 56.25.

Women’s 200 Butterfly

15-year-old Grace Sheble out of Nova of Virginia won the women’s 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:55.82. There was a tight battle for the silver medal between Caroline Cooper of Highlander Aquatics and Abigail Harter of Nation’s Capital, with Cooper coming out on top by 0.01 to secure the place on the NCSA Junior National Team. Cooper touched in 1:56.03, followed by Harter in 1:56.04.

Harter’s teammate Isabella Gati touched in 1:56.87 for fourth place, followed by Homovich in 1:58.15 for fifth. This was Homovich’s third top eight finish in three events.

Klinker took sixth place with a 1:58.29, while Sydney Harrington of Nation’s Capital placed seventh in 2:00.54. Finally, Schoof touched in 2:00.62 for eighth.

Men’s 200 Butterfly

Marlins of Raleigh continued their domination of the meet, as NC-state commit Zachary Brown stopped the clock in a time of 1:43.96 for first place, over two and a half seconds ahead of second-place David Madej of Swim United. Madej touched in 1:46.04, followed by Dylan Eichberg of Stingrays Swim Team in 1:46.13 for the bronze.

Fourth place went to Nation’s Capital Darren Durocher, who touched in 1:46.52. Timothy Marski of Long Island Aquatic Club’s mark of 1:46.60 was good for fifth.

Jack Edgemond of Machine (1:46.82), Hugh Robey of Nation’s Capital (1:48.29), and Dahlgren (1:49.20) finished in sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.

Women’s 200 Medley Relay

The Marlins of Raleigh team of Homovich, McCauley, Arens, and Countie finished first in the women’s 200-yard medley in a time of 1:39.96, with Countie splitting a 21.62 on the freestyle leg.

Bacon, Abigail Harter, Jasmine Hellmer, and Katelyn Mack of Nation’s Capital finished close behind in second place with a time of 1:40.09.

Third place went to Aquajets Swim Team, as Stadden, Jordyn Wentzel, Madison Potter, and Abigail Kapeller combined for a time of 1:40.18.

Academy Bullets (1:41.67), Scottsdale Aquatic Club (1:41.78), Gator Swim Club (1:42.10), Delta Aquatics (1:42.63), and Arlington Aquatic Club (1:42.70) also placed in the top eight for the relay event.

Men’s 200 Medley Relay

Academy Bullets Swim Club and Saint Charles Swim Team overtook Nation’s Capital A and B teams, which were seeded 1-2 in the event, to nab the gold and silver in the men’s 200-yard medley relay. Academy’s team of Walker, Caleb Carlson, Horace Qiao, and William Kamps stopped the clock in 1:29.26 for the gold, while Mitchell Milosch, Mhyre, Frank Niziolek, and Matthew Nagler of Saint Charles combined for a second-place time of 1:30.59.

Nation’s Capital A-team of Steven Thalblum, Kyle Barker, Durocher, and Brandon Hamblin finished third with a time of 1:30.93, with Hamblin splitting a 19.40 on the anchor leg.

Nation’s Capital B-team (1:31.68), Marlins of Raleigh (1:31.83), Aquajets Swim Team (1:32.04), Alamo Area Aquatic Association (1:32.09), and Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (1:32.11) rounded out the top eight relay finishers.

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Author: Ailish Dougherty

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Ailish Dougherty is a junior at Tufts University where she is majoring in Child Study and Human Development with a concentration in Child and Family Health. She swims distance freestyle for their Division III program in the NESCAC. Go Jumbos!

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