2018 Speedo Junior Nationals Day 3 Finals: Andrei Minakov Sets Meet Record in 100 Fly

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The third evening of the 2018 Speedo Junior Nationals from Irvine, California, is a relatively short one with the finals of the 400 free and the 100 fly on the schedule, along with a record-setting relay.

But it was Andrei Minakov, who stole the show with a meet record in the 100 fly.



Order of events

Women’s 400 Free

Claire Tuggle continued her strong year by winning the junior national title in the 400 free to open night three of the Speedo Junior National Championships.

The Clovis swimmer finished the race in 4:10.11, holding off a surging Kensey McMahon of Bolles School (4:10.46).

Kaitlynn Sims was third (4:13.37), followed by Olivia McMurray (4:15.74), Miranda Heckman (4:16.05), Abigail McCulloh (4:16.60), Amanda Ray (4:16.90) and Easop Lee (4:17.66).

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Men’s 400 Free

It was the battle of the Jakes for the men’s 400 free title on Thursday with Jake Magahey and Jake Mitchell battling stroke for stroke all the way to the final wall.

Maguey was able to hold off Mitchell and get his hand on the walls in 3:52.32. Mitchell finished in 3:52.88.

Julian Hill was third in 3:55.02, followed by Owen Kao (3:55.17), Ivan Pushkovitch (3:57.35), Calvin David (3:57.48), Arik Katz (3:57.58) and Coleman Kramer (3:57.81).

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Women’s 100 Fly

Coleen Gillilan had the top seed int he women’s 100 fly heading into Thursday’s finals and used a balanced race to win the junior national title and hold off the rest of the field.

Gillilan finished the race in 59.01 to hold off Claire Curzan (59.85) and Justina Kozan (59.89), who had a strong back half of the race.

Talia Bates took fourth (1:00.10), followed by Kylee Alons (1:00.35), Emma Sticklen (1:00.59), Trude Rothrock (1:00.66) and Jewels Harris (1:01.15).

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Men’s 100 Fly

Andrei Minakov used a blistering start to set a meet record to win the men’s 100 fly.

Minakov, of Terrapins, used a 24.00 first 50 to finish the race in 51.88, breaking the 2015 junior national meet record set by Michael Andrew (52.57).

Alexei Sancov took second in 53.28, giving the Terrapins a 1-2 finish.

River Wright was third (53.63), followed by Connor Lee (53.67), Ethan Hu (53.69), Zachary Smith (53.83), Spencer Daily (54.12) and Noah Henderson (54.34).

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Men’s 4×200 Free Relay

The Mason Manta Rays surged to a meet record in the 4×200 free relay on Thursday.

Jacob McDonald, Jake Foster, Carson Foster and Adam Chaney finished in 7:26.74 to conclude the evening’s events.

SwimAtlanta’s Bradley Dunham, Jack DuBois, Dylan Scott and Jake Magahey took second in 7:31.79.

Terrapins’ Matt Fetterman, Andrei Minakov, Andrew Rodriguez and Alexei Sancov were third in 7:33.85.

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