2018 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East: Jake Foster and Alex Walsh Double Up in Top Seeds

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Friday’s preliminary events from the 2018 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championships featured the prelim heats of the 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast and 100 Back. It was a very fast Thursday night with meet records falling left and right to the likes of Alex Walsh and Carson Foster.

The top seeds after Friday’s preliminary session were Grace ShebleJake FosterIsabel IveyNoah HendersonMaxine ParkerAlex Walsh and Carson Foster. Jake Foster and Walsh are top seeds in two events as those two, plus Carson Foster have a chance to take down some meet records and chase some NAG records.

Women’s 400 IM

15-year-old Grace Sheble of Nova of Virginia posted the top time in the 400 IM heats on Friday morning at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championships. She swam a 4:08.23, just a little off her best time of 4:07.74 that she came in seeded with. She used a strong second half to pull away from the rest of the field as she was the only one under 4:10 in the heats.

Michigan Lakeshore’s Kathryn Ackerman is the second seed with a 4:10.59 while Asphalt Green’s Isabel Gormley is the third seed at 4:11.34. The race could come between those three swimmers tonight.

Ella Nelson (4:11.68), Samantha Tadder (4:13.17), Kelly Pash (4:13.22), Charlotte Hook (4:15.77) and Yi Xuan Chang (4:16.30) also qualified for the A-Final.

 Event 13  Women 400 Yard IM
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  SC Jrs Meet: J 4:02.51  12/9/2016 Brooke Forde, Lakeside ST
         Pool: P 4:02.47  3/20/2015 Sarah Henry, TA&M-GU
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims HyPts       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 Grace Sheble     15 NOVA of Virginia  4:07.74    4:08.23  q946  
             27.27        57.65 (30.38)
        1:29.93 (32.28)     2:01.38 (31.45)
        2:36.45 (35.07)     3:11.80 (35.35)
        3:40.48 (28.68)     4:08.23 (27.75)
  2 Kathryn Ackerma  16 Michigan Lakesho  4:10.20    4:10.59  q923  
             26.96        58.24 (31.28)
        1:29.02 (30.78)     1:59.35 (30.33)
        2:35.13 (35.78)     3:11.54 (36.41)
        4:10.59 (59.05)                    
  3 Isabel Gormley   16 Asphalt Green Un  4:13.92    4:11.34  q916  
             26.69        57.17 (30.48)
        1:29.24 (32.07)     2:00.29 (31.05)
        2:36.37 (36.08)     3:13.22 (36.85)
        3:42.64 (29.42)     4:11.34 (28.70)
  4 Ella Nelson      17 Nashville Aquati  4:10.84    4:11.68  q913  
             26.90        57.18 (30.28)
        1:29.55 (32.37)     2:01.36 (31.81)
        2:36.88 (35.52)     3:12.51 (35.63)
        3:42.41 (29.90)     4:11.68 (29.27)
  5 Samantha Tadder  15 Tide Swimming-VA  4:16.72    4:13.17  q899  
             27.06        57.80 (30.74)
        1:30.56 (32.76)     2:02.86 (32.30)
        2:38.18 (35.32)     3:14.15 (35.97)
        3:44.16 (30.01)     4:13.17 (29.01)
  6 Kelly Pash       17 Carmel Swim Club  4:10.97    4:13.22  q898  
             26.90        57.11 (30.21)
        1:29.46 (32.35)     2:00.81 (31.35)
        2:37.50 (36.69)     3:14.91 (37.41)
        3:44.97 (30.06)     4:13.22 (28.25)
  7 Charlotte Hook   14 TAC Titans-NC     4:14.30    4:15.77  q874  
             27.11        57.15 (30.04)
        1:29.79 (32.64)     2:01.41 (31.62)
        2:39.01 (37.60)     3:16.66 (37.65)
        3:46.87 (30.21)     4:15.77 (28.90)
  8 Yi Xuan Chang    16 Stamford Sailfis  4:19.26    4:16.30  q869  
             28.12        59.97 (31.85)
        1:32.42 (32.45)     2:03.99 (31.57)
        2:40.82 (36.83)     3:18.24 (37.42)
        3:48.22 (29.98)     4:16.30 (28.08)

Men’s 400 IM

18-year-old Jake Foster cruised to the top seed in the 400 IM on Friday morning at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championships in Greensboro. He swam a 3:44.69 which is a new best time for Foster, who committed to swim for Texas next year. Foster was less than a second off of the 3:43.64 meet record set by Kieran Smith last year.

That meet record will probably come down to Jake and his younger brother Carson Foster, who did not take a hard stroke over the second 200 in his heat swim. Carson is the second seed at 3:47.16 as the winner tonight could be coming home with a new meet record. The two Fosters are also looking to move up on the 17-18 all-time NAG rankings.

Owen Conley was the only other swimmer to break 3:50 as he is the third seed at 3:49.10.

Peyton Werner (3:51.16), Rick Mihm (3:52.18), Tyler Watson (3:53.00), Ian Grum (3:53.17) and Conall Monahan (3:53.80) also qualified for the A-Final.

 Event 14  Men 400 Yard IM
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  SC Jrs Meet: J 3:43.64  12/8/2017 Kieran Smith, Ridgefield Aquat
         Pool: P 3:39.52  2/23/2018 Ted Schubert, UVA-VA
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims HyPts       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 Jake Foster      18 Mason Manta Rays  3:45.46    3:44.69  q944  
             23.81        51.12 (27.31)
        1:20.10 (28.98)     1:49.05 (28.95)
        2:20.09 (31.04)     2:52.10 (32.01)
        3:19.16 (27.06)     3:44.69 (25.53)
  2 Carson Foster    17 Mason Manta Rays  3:44.16    3:47.16  q917  
             23.67        50.52 (26.85)
        1:18.89 (28.37)     1:46.37 (27.48)
        2:18.16 (31.79)     2:50.68 (32.52)
        3:19.89 (29.21)     3:47.16 (27.27)
  3 Owen Conley      17 Dayton Raiders-O  3:51.72    3:49.10  q896  
             24.46        53.10 (28.64)
        1:20.63 (27.53)     1:48.47 (27.84)
        2:21.99 (33.52)     2:55.54 (33.55)
        3:22.76 (27.22)     3:49.10 (26.34)
  4 Peyton Werner    18 Gator Swim Club-  3:56.98    3:51.16  q874  
             24.01        52.05 (28.04)
        1:21.79 (29.74)     1:51.33 (29.54)
        2:23.82 (32.49)     2:57.62 (33.80)
        3:25.01 (27.39)     3:51.16 (26.15)
  5 Rick Mihm        17 Allegheny North-  4:24.27L   3:52.18  q863  
             24.88        53.23 (28.35)
        1:22.38 (29.15)     1:50.87 (28.49)
        2:23.94 (33.07)     2:57.62 (33.68)
        3:25.45 (27.83)     3:52.18 (26.73)
  6 Tyler Watson     17 North Florida Sw  3:52.76    3:53.00  q854  
             24.43        51.94 (27.51)
        1:22.29 (30.35)     1:51.45 (29.16)
        2:26.11 (34.66)     3:00.20 (34.09)
        3:27.14 (26.94)     3:53.00 (25.86)
  7 Ian Grum         17 Dynamo Swim Club  3:56.51    3:53.17  q852  
             25.26        53.93 (28.67)
        1:22.71 (28.78)     1:50.86 (28.15)
        2:25.08 (34.22)     3:00.00 (34.92)
        3:26.99 (26.99)     3:53.17 (26.18)
  8 Conall Monahan   16 SwimMAC Carolina  3:57.65    3:53.80  q845  
             25.19        53.70 (28.51)
        1:22.98 (29.28)     1:51.62 (28.64)
        2:24.59 (32.97)     2:58.30 (33.71)
        3:26.52 (28.22)     3:53.80 (27.28)

Women’s 100 Fly

Isabel Ivey of the Windermere Lakers posted the top time in the 100 fly on Friday morning in Greensboro with a 52.24, dropping over three seconds off her entry time. The time was a best for Ivey as she was a 52.61 at Winter Juniors two years ago. The senior is headed to Cal next year.

Ivey is just ahead of Kate Douglass (52.29) of Chelsea Piers and Gretchen Walsh (52.77) of Nashville. Douglass moved up to tied for 31st all-time in the 17-18 NAG rankings with former NCAA champion Olivia Scott from 2011. Ivey moved up to 30th all-time.

15-year-old Gretchen Walsh also lowered her best time as she moved up to 21st all-time in the 15-16 NAG rankings, sitting in a tie with Jasmine Tosky and Danielle Nack.

Behind the top three is a long list of 53’s led by Talia Bates of Gator Swim Club (53.18) and Gabi Albiero (53.21) of Cardinal Aquatics. Albiero came into the meet with the top seed.

Tristen Ulett (53.34), Claire Curzan (53.37) and Christiana Regenauer (53.71) also posted top eight times.

Curzan is currently fourth all-time in the 13-14 NAG rankings as she is chasing the 51.73 by Regan Smith from the 2016 Winter Juniors. That time also stands as the meet record.

 Event 15  Women 100 Yard Butterfly
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  SC Jrs Meet: J 51.73  12/9/2016 Regan Smith, Riptide
         Pool: P 49.81  3/20/2015 Kelsi Worrell, UOFL-KY
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims HyPts       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 Isabel Ivey      18 Laker Swim-FL       55.56      52.24  q954  
             24.20        52.24 (28.04)
  2 Kate Douglass    17 Chelsea Piers Aq    53.97      52.29  q952  
             24.39        52.29 (27.90)
  3 Gretchen Walsh   15 Nashville Aquati    52.81      52.77  q932  
             24.54        52.77 (28.23)
  4 Talia Bates      17 Gator Swim Club-    52.82      53.18  q915  
             24.70        53.18 (28.48)
  5 Gabi Albiero     16 Cardinal Aquatic    52.59      53.21  q914  
             25.07        53.21 (28.14)
  6 Tristen Ulett    16 Dynamo Swim Club    52.94      53.34  q908  
             25.22        53.34 (28.12)
  7 Claire Curzan    14 TAC Titans-NC       52.94      53.37  q907  
             24.70        53.37 (28.67)
  8 Christiana Rege  17 Condors Swim Clu    54.29      53.71  q893  
             25.13        53.71 (28.58)

Men’s 100 Fly

17-year-old Noah Henderson put up the top time in the 100 fly heats on Friday morning at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championships in Greensboro. Henderson posted a 47.13, lowering his best time by a tenth of a second. He is the top seed ahead of Cason Wilburn (47.62) and Jean-Pierre Khouzam (47.66). Khouzam moved up one spot to 25th all-time in the 15-16 NAG rankings, passing Clark Smith.

Boyd Poelke (47.73) and Max Edwards (47.90) were the only other swimmers to break 48 in the heats, as it will be a tight race to claim the title tonight in finals.

Kimani Gregory (48.13), Sterling Crane (48.13) and Preston Forst (48.15) also qualified for the A-Final.

 Event 16  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
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  SC Jrs Meet: J 45.46  12/11/2015Ryan Hoffer, Scottsdale AC
         Pool: P 44.96  2/23/2018 Ryan Held, NCSU-NC
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims HyPts       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 Noah Henderson   17 Star Aquatics-NC    47.25      47.13  q919  
             21.90        47.13 (25.23)
  2 Cason Wilburn    17 East Coast Aquat    48.00      47.62  q894  
             22.02        47.62 (25.60)
  3 Jean-pierre Kho  16 Dayton Raiders-O    47.76      47.66  q892  
             22.66        47.66 (25.00)
  4 Boyd Poelke      17 SwimMAC Carolina    48.07      47.73  q889  
             22.38        47.73 (25.35)
  5 Max Edwards      18 Enfinity Aquatic    48.13      47.90  q880  
             22.31        47.90 (25.59)
  6 Kimani Gregory   17 Racer X Aquatics    48.03      48.13  q869  
             22.40        48.13 (25.73)
  6 Sterling Crane   17 Episcopal AmberJ    47.76      48.13  q869  
             22.38        48.13 (25.75)
  8 Preston Forst    17 Enfinity Aquatic    48.37      48.15  q868  
             22.68        48.15 (25.47)

Women’s 200 Free

Maxine Parker, swimming with a new team Chelsea Piers, qualified first for the 200 free final today at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championships in Greensboro. Parker is the top seed for tonight’s 200 free with a 1:46.38, moving up to 63rd all-time in the 15-16 NAG rankings.

Parker is ahead of a talented field with the likes of Isabel Ivey (1:46.68), Cora Dupre (1:46.86) and Kelly Pash (1:46.97) all breaking 1:47 in the heats.

14-year-old Natalie Mannion turned some heads with a 1:47.26, lowering her best time of 1:47.91 from last week. She moved up to 22nd all-time in the 13-14 NAG rankings, moving ahead of Simone Manuel from 2011.

Ryley Ober (1:47.34), Olwyn Bartis (1:47.45) and 500 champ Mary Smutny (1:47.57) also qualified for the A-Final.

 Event 17  Women 200 Yard Freestyle
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  SC Jrs Meet: J 1:43.64  12/9/2016 Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club
         Pool: P 1:39.10  3/20/2015 Missy Franklin, CAL-PC
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims HyPts       
==================================================================
                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 Maxine Parker    16 Chelsea Piers Aq  1:48.07    1:46.38  q909  
             25.08        51.83 (26.75)
        1:19.08 (27.25)     1:46.38 (27.30)
  2 Isabel Ivey      18 Laker Swim-FL     1:43.89    1:46.68  q900  
             25.06        52.12 (27.06)
        1:19.49 (27.37)     1:46.68 (27.19)
  3 Cora Dupre       17 Mason Manta Rays  1:46.28    1:46.86  q895  
             24.95        52.42 (27.47)
        1:19.65 (27.23)     1:46.86 (27.21)
  4 Kelly Pash       17 Carmel Swim Club  1:45.25    1:46.97  q892  
             25.52        52.54 (27.02)
        1:19.78 (27.24)     1:46.97 (27.19)
  5 Natalie Mannion  14 Commonwealth Swi  1:49.28    1:47.26  q884  
             25.11        52.11 (27.00)
        1:19.67 (27.56)     1:47.26 (27.59)
  6 Ryley Ober       18 Sarasota Tsunami  1:47.16    1:47.34  q882  
             25.45        52.80 (27.35)
        1:20.19 (27.39)     1:47.34 (27.15)
  7 Olwyn Bartis     17 SwimMAC Carolina  1:46.39    1:47.45  q879  
             24.88        51.69 (26.81)
        1:19.19 (27.50)     1:47.45 (28.26)
  8 Mary Smutny      18 South Florida Aq  1:45.36    1:47.57  q876  
             25.46        52.60 (27.14)
        1:20.10 (27.50)     1:47.57 (27.47)

Men’s 200 Free

SwimMAC’s John Walker looked long and strong in his heat swim on Friday morning at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championships in Greensboro. Walker posted a 1:35.86 to lead the qualifiers as he was the only swimmer to break 1:36, and one of just two people to break 1:37. The other to break 1:37 was Jack Wright of Allegheny, who is the second seed at 1:36.92.

Behind Walker, the rest of the field is separated by four tenths of a second as it will be a great race for second tonight. Perhaps that tight race will fuel the field to chase down Walker, who looks like he has more in the tank for finals.

Hugh Svendsen, Walker’s SwimMAC teammate, is the third seed at 1:37.04, while 500 champ Jake Magahey of Swim Atlanta is the fourth seed at 1:37.19. 50 free champ Adam Chaney also qualified for the final, placing in a tie for fifth at 1:37.22. He is in a tie with Julian Hill of Gator Swim Club.

Preston Forst (1:37.25) and Jack Alexy (1:37.36) also qualified for the tight A-Final.

 Event 18  Men 200 Yard Freestyle
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  SC Jrs Meet: J 1:33.40  12/9/2016 Drew Kibler, Carmel Swim Club
         Pool: P 1:32.46  2/26/2016 Simonas Bilis, NCSU-NC
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims HyPts       
==================================================================
                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 John Walker      17 SwimMAC Carolina  1:34.98    1:35.86  q897  
             22.08        45.93 (23.85)
        1:10.78 (24.85)     1:35.86 (25.08)
  2 Jack Wright      18 Allegheny North-  1:34.77    1:36.92  q867  
             22.82        47.79 (24.97)
        1:12.67 (24.88)     1:36.92 (24.25)
  3 Hugh Svendsen    17 SwimMAC Carolina  1:51.61L   1:37.04  q864  
             22.72        47.24 (24.52)
        1:12.36 (25.12)     1:37.04 (24.68)
  4 Jake Magahey     17 SwimAtlanta-GA    1:36.11    1:37.19  q860  
             23.13        48.17 (25.04)
        1:13.05 (24.88)     1:37.19 (24.14)
  5 Adam Chaney      16 Mason Manta Rays  1:39.50    1:37.22  q859  
             22.04        46.66 (24.62)
        1:12.02 (25.36)     1:37.22 (25.20)
  5 Julian Hill      17 Gator Swim Club-  1:35.70    1:37.22  q859  
             22.65        47.14 (24.49)
        1:12.12 (24.98)     1:37.22 (25.10)
  7 Preston Forst    17 Enfinity Aquatic  1:37.33    1:37.25  q858  
             23.09        48.00 (24.91)
        1:12.86 (24.86)     1:37.25 (24.39)
  8 Jack Alexy       15 Somerset Hills Y  1:53.44L   1:37.36  q855  
             22.02        46.27 (24.25)
        1:12.00 (25.73)     1:37.36 (25.36)

Women’s 100 Breast

Alex Walsh put up a smooth swim in the 100 breast prelims on Friday morning at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East Championships with a 59.86. She was the only one to break a minute this morning as it should be her against the clock in the final. Walsh holds the meet record at 58.19 from last year. If she gets close to that, she will challenge the NAG record in the 100 breast for 17-18, which is a 58.10 currently held by Miranda Tucker from 2016. Walsh is temporarily 35th all-time in the 17-18 NAG Rankings, passing 2000 Olympic gold medalist Megan Quann.

The race for second is currently led by Taylor Steele (1:00.63) as she was the only other swimmer to break 1:01 in the prelims. 15-year-old Kaylee Hamblin is the third seed at 1:01.20 as she moved to 51st all-time in the 100 breast in the 15-16 age group, tying her with Ingrid Wall from 2015.

Janessa Mathews (1:01.25), Ella Nelson (1:01.58), Claire Tuttle (1:01.60) and Kasia Norman (1:01.96) also qualified for the A-Final.

14-year-old Zoe Skirboll placed seventh this morning with a 1:01.72, just off her 1:01.47 best time. She is currently 10th all-time in the 13-14 NAG rankings as no 14-year-old has ever broken a minute in the women’s 100 breast.

 Event 19  Women 100 Yard Breaststroke
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  SC Jrs Meet: J 58.19  12/8/2017 Alexandra Walsh, Nashville Aquati
         Pool: P 58.19  3/20/2015 Sarah Haase, STAN-PC
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims HyPts       
==================================================================
                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 Alex Walsh       17 Nashville Aquati    58.19      59.86  q963  
             29.18        59.86 (30.68)
  2 Taylor Steele    18 Coastal Aquatic-  1:01.73    1:00.63  q935  
             28.52      1:00.63 (32.11)
  3 Kaylee Hamblin   15 Mecklenburg Swim  1:02.86    1:01.20  q915  
             28.65      1:01.20 (32.55)
  4 Janessa Mathews  18 Ohio State Swim-  1:01.60    1:01.25  q913  
             28.74      1:01.25 (32.51)
  5 Ella Nelson      17 Nashville Aquati  1:01.03    1:01.58  q901  
             29.37      1:01.58 (32.21)
  6 Claire Tuttle    16 Hudsonville Eagl  1:01.24    1:01.60  q901  
             28.95      1:01.60 (32.65)
  7 Zoe Skirboll     14 Racer X Aquatics  1:01.47    1:01.72  q896  
             29.17      1:01.72 (32.55)
  8 Kasia Norman     15 Michigan Lakesho  1:03.60    1:01.96  q888  
             28.90      1:01.96 (33.06)

Men’s 100 Breast

18-year-old Jake Foster moved to 26th all-time in the 100 breast in the 17-18 age group on Friday morning at the Speedo Junior Nationals East Championships. Foster posted a 53.25, another best time for him as he earlier set one in the 400 IM. The 100 breast is the second event of the day that he has qualified first in.

Foster is ahead of Paul Degrado (54.19) and long course Juniors champ Josh Matheny (54.25). Matheny lowered his best time and moved up to 17th all-time in the 15-16 NAG rankings.

Phillip Gong (54.86), Scott Sobolewski (54.87) and Antonio Octaviano (54.92) all broke 55 seconds in the heats.

Tyler Babinec (55.19) and Khadin Soto (55.22) also qualified for the A-Final.

 Event 20  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
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  SC Jrs Meet: J 52.21  12/11/2015Michael Andrew, Indie Swimming
         Pool: P 51.86  2/26/2016 Brandon Fiala, VT-VA
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims HyPts       
==================================================================
                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 Jake Foster      18 Mason Manta Rays    53.46      53.25  q946  
             24.89        53.25 (28.36)
  2 Paul Degrado     17 Episcopal AmberJ    54.21      54.19  q907  
             25.68        54.19 (28.51)
  3 Josh Matheny     16 Pittsburgh Elite    54.55      54.25  q904  
             25.59        54.25 (28.66)
  4 Phillip Gong     17 NYS Aquatics, In    56.67      54.86  q879  
             25.92        54.86 (28.94)
  5 Scott Sobolewsk  16 Cincinnati Marli    55.17      54.87  q879  
             25.75        54.87 (29.12)
  6 Antonio Octavia  16 Radnor Aquatic C    54.58      54.92  q877  
             25.13        54.92 (29.79)
  7 Tyler Babinec    18 Mason Manta Rays    55.70      55.19  q865  
             25.92        55.19 (29.27)
  8 Khadin Soto      17 Michigan Lakesho    56.44      55.22  q864  
             25.91        55.22 (29.31)

Women’s 100 Back

Alex Walsh came back in the 100 back heats with a 51.76, moving her up to 20th all-time in the 17-18 age group on Friday morning at the Speedo Junior Nationals East Championships. Walsh was the only one to break 52 seconds in the heats as Isabel Ivey is the second seed at 52.49.

Ellie Waldrep (52.49) and Gretchen Walsh (52.53) lowered their best times in the heats as Waldrep moved up to 23rd all-time in the 15-16 age group, moving ahead of some impressive company in Kathleen Baker (52.52, 2013) and Natalie Coughlin (52.55, 1998). Walsh is now 26th all-time in the same age group, moving past Coughlin.

14-year-old Claire Curzan posted a 52.89 to put her fifth this morning in Greensboro. She is now sixth all-time in the 13-14 NAG rankings, sitting just behind Baker (52.87, 2012) and moving in front of Taylor Ruck (52.95, 2014).

Caitlin Brooks (53.43), Annabel Crush (53.53) and Talia Bates (53.65) also qualified for the A-Final.

Event 21  Women 100 Yard Backstroke
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  SC Jrs Meet: J 51.09  12/9/2016 Regan Smith, Riptide
         Pool: P 50.03  3/20/2015 Rachel Bootsma, CAL-PC
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims HyPts       
==================================================================
                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 Alex Walsh       17 Nashville Aquati    51.45      51.76 q1034  
             25.73        51.76 (26.03)
  2 Isabel Ivey      18 Laker Swim-FL       52.27      52.25 q1010  
             25.40        52.25 (26.85)
  3 Ellie Waldrep    16 Baylor Swim Club    53.51      52.49  q999  
             25.51        52.49 (26.98)
  4 Gretchen Walsh   15 Nashville Aquati    52.85      52.53  q997  
             25.48        52.53 (27.05)
  5 Claire Curzan    14 TAC Titans-NC       53.23      52.89  q980  
             25.74        52.89 (27.15)
  6 Caitlin Brooks   18 Gator Swim Club-    52.27      53.43  q955  
             25.95        53.43 (27.48)
  7 Annabel Crush    15 Lakeside Swim Te    52.90      53.53  q950  
  8 Talia Bates      17 Gator Swim Club-    53.97      53.65  q944  
             26.18        53.65 (27.47)

Men’s 100 Back

17-year-old Carson Foster put up the top time in the 100 back heats as this was his second race of the day. He cruised to a 47.57, sitting in front of Jack Kirby (47.88) and Jacob Eismann (47.89). Those three were the only ones under 48 seconds in the heats.

Foster’s teammate Adam Chaney is the fourth seed at 48.10. He won the 50 free last night and also got into the 200 free final earlier today. Lakeside’s William Cole (48.12) is the fifth seed, joining Max Edwards (48.16), Noah Yarian (48.35) and Lleyton Smith (48.41) in the final.

 Event 22  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
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  SC Jrs Meet: J 45.48  12/11/2015Ryan Hoffer, Scottsdale AC
         Pool: P 44.54  2/23/2018 Coleman Stewart, NCSU-NC
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims HyPts       
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                         === Round 1 ===                          
 
  1 Carson Foster    17 Mason Manta Rays    47.07      47.57  q928  
             23.11        47.57 (24.46)
  2 *Jack Kirby      18 Baylor Swim Club    48.05      47.88  q913  
             23.13        47.88 (24.75)
  3 Jacob Eismann    18 Ohio State Swim-    49.02      47.89  q912  
             22.93        47.89 (24.96)
  4 Adam Chaney      16 Mason Manta Rays    48.73      48.10  q902  
             23.38        48.10 (24.72)
  5 William Cole     16 Lakeside Swim Te    48.67      48.12  q901  
             23.12        48.12 (25.00)
  6 Max Edwards      18 Enfinity Aquatic    49.05      48.16  q899  
             23.47        48.16 (24.69)
  7 Noah Yarian      17 Fort Wayne Swim-    47.60      48.35  q889  
             23.46        48.35 (24.89)
  8 Lleyton Smith    17 SwimAtlanta-GA      49.03      48.41  q886  
             23.45        48.41 (24.96)
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