2018 Speedo Winter Juniors – East: Two More NAG Records Fall On Second Night Of Finals

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The second day of the 2018 Speedo Winter Junior National Championships – East continued today after a quick start in Greensboro last night.

The second day of the 2018 Speedo Winter Junior National Championships – East continued today after a quick start in Greensboro last night. The Mason Manta Rays started the meet off with a new 15-18 NAG record in the 4×200 free relay, and plenty more records came down on the second night of the meet.

Gretchen Walsh broke her own 15-16 NAG record in the 50 freestyle, while her older sister Alex Walsh broke the meet record in the 200 IM. Carson Foster from the Mason Manta Rays also added a meet record of his own in the 200 IM. The Manta Rays closed with another 15-18 NAG relay record, this time in the 4×100 medley relay.

Check out the recap of all the events below, and you can see live results for the meet here.

WOMEN’S 500 FREE

Top qualifier Mary Smutny held onto her position in the women’s 500 free to open day 2 finals, taking the win in 4:42.45. That just slips under the 17-year old’s previous lifetime best of 4:42.80 from the 2017 edition of this meet.

Closest to her was Ellie Marquardt in 4:43.76, while the battle for third was close between Kelly Pash (4:44.78), Lola Mull (4:44.86), and Rachel Klinker (4:44.91). Notably, Grace Sheble scratched after this morning’s prelims. The 15-year-old was the second seed with a 4:45.26.

 Event 5  Women 500 Yard Freestyle
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  SC Jrs Meet: J 4:37.82  12/9/2015 Hannah Cox, Upper Valley A.C
         Pool: P 4:29.54  12/4/2014 Katie Ledecky, NCAP-PV
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals HyPts Points
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Mary Smutny      18 South Florida Aq  4:44.72    4:42.45   910   20  
             25.71        53.79 (28.08)
        1:22.43 (28.64)     1:51.06 (28.63)
        2:19.59 (28.53)     2:48.13 (28.54)
        3:16.56 (28.43)     3:45.18 (28.62)
        4:13.84 (28.66)     4:42.45 (28.61)
  2 Ellie Marquardt  17 Aquatic Team Of-  4:47.25    4:43.76   895   17  
             26.29        54.81 (28.52)
        1:23.78 (28.97)     1:52.87 (29.09)
        2:21.50 (28.63)     2:49.75 (28.25)
        3:18.17 (28.42)     3:46.99 (28.82)
        4:15.64 (28.65)     4:43.76 (28.12)
  3 Kelly Pash       17 Carmel Swim Club  4:47.35    4:44.78   884   16  
             26.27        54.60 (28.33)
        1:23.22 (28.62)     1:52.19 (28.97)
        2:20.84 (28.65)     2:49.52 (28.68)
        3:18.36 (28.84)     3:47.41 (29.05)
        4:16.42 (29.01)     4:44.78 (28.36)
  4 Lola Mull        16 Mid-Michigan Aqu  4:45.56    4:44.86   883   15  
             26.22        54.44 (28.22)
        1:22.97 (28.53)     1:51.77 (28.80)
        2:20.81 (29.04)     2:50.00 (29.19)
        3:19.04 (29.04)     3:48.38 (29.34)
        4:17.14 (28.76)     4:44.86 (27.72)
  5 Rachel Klinker   18 Lexington Dolphi  4:45.39    4:44.91   883   14  
             25.98        54.62 (28.64)
        1:23.57 (28.95)     1:52.51 (28.94)
        2:21.29 (28.78)     2:49.92 (28.63)
        3:18.62 (28.70)     3:47.42 (28.80)
        4:16.73 (29.31)     4:44.91 (28.18)
  6 Samantha Tadder  15 Tide Swimming-VA  4:46.14    4:46.31   868   13  
             25.64        53.97 (28.33)
        1:22.76 (28.79)     1:51.75 (28.99)
        2:20.82 (29.07)     2:49.98 (29.16)
        3:18.98 (29.00)     3:48.13 (29.15)
        4:17.41 (29.28)     4:46.31 (28.90)
  7 Kaylee Williams  16 Club Wolverine-M  4:48.62    4:46.49   866   12  
             26.27        54.56 (28.29)
        1:23.32 (28.76)     1:52.30 (28.98)
        2:21.39 (29.09)     2:50.19 (28.80)
        3:19.17 (28.98)     3:48.26 (29.09)
        4:17.72 (29.46)     4:46.49 (28.77)
  8 Isabel Gormley   16 Asphalt Green Un  4:45.58    4:49.68   832   11  
             25.95        54.49 (28.54)
        1:23.59 (29.10)     1:52.76 (29.17)
        2:21.68 (28.92)     2:50.87 (29.19)
        3:20.28 (29.41)     3:50.07 (29.79)
        4:19.95 (29.88)     4:49.68 (29.73)

MEN’S 500 FREE

Jake Magahey of Swim Atlanta had a huge swim in the 500 free, dropping 5 seconds from his prelims time to finish in 4:14.61. Magahey’s old best time was a 4:16.88 from February, and his new time puts him just .21 from the Juniors meet record and about 2 seconds away from Michael Phelps NAG record from 2004. In second was SwimMAC’s John Walker, who dropped four seconds off his lifetime best from prelims to grab silver in 4:15.02.

Those two were well ahead of the field, with Julian Hill finishing in the bronze position with a 4:18.80.

 Event 6  Men 500 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
  SC Jrs Meet: J 4:14.40  12/7/2017 Jack Levant, N Texas Nadadore
         Pool: P 4:11.21  2/22/2018 Anton Oerskov Ipsen, NCSU-NC
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals HyPts Points
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Jake Magahey     17 SwimAtlanta-GA    4:19.76    4:14.61   949   20  
             23.41        48.84 (25.43)
        1:14.96 (26.12)     1:40.99 (26.03)
        2:06.78 (25.79)     2:32.59 (25.81)
        2:58.74 (26.15)     3:24.66 (25.92)
        3:50.16 (25.50)     4:14.61 (24.45)
  2 John Walker      17 SwimMAC Carolina  4:19.43    4:15.02   944   17  
             22.83        47.89 (25.06)
            2:05.14 ( )                    
            2:57.30 ( )                    
            3:49.77 ( )     4:15.02 (25.25)
  3 Julian Hill      17 Gator Swim Club-  4:22.25    4:18.80   905   16  
             23.53        49.13 (25.60)
        1:14.78 (25.65)     1:40.80 (26.02)
        2:07.06 (26.26)     2:33.11 (26.05)
        2:59.57 (26.46)     3:26.09 (26.52)
        3:52.80 (26.71)     4:18.80 (26.00)
  4 Jake Mitchell    16 Carmel Swim Club  4:22.51    4:21.67   875   15  
             23.47        49.32 (25.85)
        1:15.96 (26.64)     1:42.73 (26.77)
        2:09.41 (26.68)     2:36.32 (26.91)
        3:03.08 (26.76)     3:29.58 (26.50)
        3:55.98 (26.40)     4:21.67 (25.69)
  5 Ian Grum         17 Dynamo Swim Club  4:24.60    4:24.03   851   14  
             23.84        49.73 (25.89)
        1:16.15 (26.42)     1:42.89 (26.74)
        2:09.69 (26.80)     2:36.88 (27.19)
        3:04.12 (27.24)     3:31.28 (27.16)
        3:57.96 (26.68)     4:24.03 (26.07)
  6 Jacob McDonald   16 Mason Manta Rays  4:23.21    4:24.50   847   13  
                              50.12 ( )
        1:44.08 (53.96)                    
            2:11.14 ( )     2:38.29 (27.15)
        3:05.49 (27.20)     3:32.56 (27.07)
        3:59.20 (26.64)     4:24.50 (25.30)
  7 Preston Forst    17 Enfinity Aquatic  4:24.50    4:25.13   840   12  
             24.06        50.11 (26.05)
        1:16.57 (26.46)     1:42.85 (26.28)
        2:09.66 (26.81)     2:36.93 (27.27)
        3:04.46 (27.53)     3:31.97 (27.51)
        3:59.34 (27.37)     4:25.13 (25.79)
  8 Peyton Werner    18 Gator Swim Club-  4:23.27    4:26.01   831   11  
             23.76        49.65 (25.89)
        1:16.04 (26.39)     1:42.62 (26.58)
        2:09.33 (26.71)     2:36.31 (26.98)
        3:03.52 (27.21)                    
            3:58.55 ( )     4:26.01 (27.46)

WOMEN’S 200 IM

Nashville Aquatics Alex Walsh set the first meet record of the night in the 200 IM, touching first in 1:53.69. That is Walsh’s lifetime best and first time under 1:54. Her old lifetime best of 1:54.02 came at this meet last year.

Walsh really separated herself in the second 100, distancing herself from the rest of the field with a 32.78 breaststroke split that was more than a second faster than anyone else. In second was Kate Douglass of Chelsea Piers Aquatics in 1:56.09, which was about another three-quarters of a second faster than the lifetime best she set in prelims. Just behind her in third was Isabel Ivey (1:56.13).  

 Event 7  Women 200 Yard IM
=========================================================================
  SC Jrs Meet: J 1:54.02  12/7/2017 Alexandra Walsh, Nashville Aquati
         Pool: P 1:52.11  3/19/2015 Missy Franklin, CAL-PC
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals HyPts Points
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Alex Walsh       17 Nashville Aquati  1:56.05    1:53.69J 1034   20  
             24.96        52.89 (27.93)
        1:25.67 (32.78)     1:53.69 (28.02)
  2 Kate Douglass    17 Chelsea Piers Aq  1:56.75    1:56.09   981   17  
             24.41        53.83 (29.42)
        1:28.05 (34.22)     1:56.09 (28.04)
  3 Isabel Ivey      18 Laker Swim-FL     1:59.17    1:56.13   980   16  
             24.82        53.78 (28.96)
        1:28.87 (35.09)     1:56.13 (27.26)
  4 Charlotte Hook   14 TAC Titans-NC     1:59.37    1:57.22   957   15  
             25.75        54.88 (29.13)
        1:29.79 (34.91)     1:57.22 (27.43)
  5 Kathryn Ackerma  16 Michigan Lakesho  1:59.11    1:57.66   947   14  
             26.06        55.50 (29.44)
        1:29.44 (33.94)     1:57.66 (28.22)
  6 Grace Sheble     15 NOVA of Virginia  1:58.50    1:58.12   937   13  
             26.06        55.73 (29.67)
        1:30.34 (34.61)     1:58.12 (27.78)
  7 Brooke Zettel    15 TAC Titans-NC     1:59.69    1:58.87   921   12  
             25.66        55.60 (29.94)
        1:30.65 (35.05)     1:58.87 (28.22)
  8 Ella Nelson      17 Nashville Aquati  1:58.20    1:59.31   912   11  
             25.82        55.92 (30.10)
        1:30.45 (34.53)     1:59.31 (28.86)

MEN’S 200 IM

Carson Foster of the Mason Manta Rays had another big swim to follow up from his NAG record as part of the 4×200 free relay last night, dropping nearly a second from his lifetime best in prelims to win the event in 1:42.54. His time also set a new meet record in the event, taking down Michael Andrew’s 2015 record of 1:42.77.

Older brother Jake Foster was second in 1:44.57, just off his own lifetime best. The two Texas commits were well ahead of the rest of the field as the only two swimmers under 1:46. In third was Zach Hils in 1:46.03, almost a second drop from his previous lifetime best.

 Event 8  Men 200 Yard IM
=========================================================================
  SC Jrs Meet: J 1:42.77  12/2015   Michael Andrew, Indie Swimming
         Pool: P 1:41.61  3/14/2018 Marius Kusch, QU-NC
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals HyPts Points
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Carson Foster    17 Mason Manta Rays  1:43.50    1:42.54J 1017   20  
             22.62        48.35 (25.73)
        1:17.96 (29.61)     1:42.54 (24.58)
  2 Jake Foster      18 Mason Manta Rays  1:44.88    1:44.57   965   17  
             23.13        50.32 (27.19)
        1:19.52 (29.20)     1:44.57 (25.05)
  3 Zach Hils        18 Lexington Dolphi  1:47.70    1:46.03   928   16  
             23.01        48.89 (25.88)
        1:20.34 (31.45)     1:46.03 (25.69)
  4 Rick Mihm        17 Allegheny North-  1:48.33    1:47.24   898   15  
             23.35        50.48 (27.13)
        1:21.67 (31.19)     1:47.24 (25.57)
  5 Owen Conley      17 Dayton Raiders-O  1:48.03    1:47.50   891   14  
             24.14        50.25 (26.11)
        1:22.13 (31.88)     1:47.50 (25.37)
  6 Sean Faikish     17 North Penn Aquat  1:47.94    1:47.85   883   13  
             23.47        49.99 (26.52)
        1:21.40 (31.41)     1:47.85 (26.45)
  7 Cason Wilburn    17 East Coast Aquat  1:47.90    1:49.80   835   12  
             22.43        49.98 (27.55)
        1:23.84 (33.86)     1:49.80 (25.96)
 -- Hugh Svendsen    17 SwimMAC Carolina  1:48.78         DQ

WOMEN’S 50 FREE

The women’s 50 free is the second event won by a Walsh sister, with Gretchen Walsh taking the top spot in the final with a 21.82 that stands as a new 15-16 NAG record. That slips .03 under her previous record of 21.85.

That just got her by top-seed Kate Douglass, who was coming off a silver medal and lifetime best performance in the 200 IM. She finished second here again in 21.95, just .08 off of her lifetime best from the morning. Douglass’ previous best had been a 22.04 from 2016.

In third was 14-year old Claire Curzan, who narrowly missed Gretchen Walsh’s own 13-14 NAG record of 22.00 with a 22.06.

 Event 9  Women 50 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
  SC Jrs Meet: J 21.49  12/12/2014Abbigail Weitzeil, Canyons Aquatic
         Pool: P 21.32  3/19/2015 Simone Manuel, STAN-PC
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals HyPts Points
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Gretchen Walsh   15 Nashville Aquati    21.98      21.82   989   20  
         r:+0.75                       
  2 Kate Douglass    17 Chelsea Piers Aq    21.87      21.95   976   17  
         r:+0.69                       
  3 Claire Curzan    14 TAC Titans-NC       22.15      22.06   964   16  
         r:+0.69                       
  4 Ashley Turak     18 dROP Aquatics-MI    22.68      22.25   944   15  
         r:+0.67                       
  5 Isabel Ivey      18 Laker Swim-FL       22.68      22.27   942   14  
         r:+0.71                       
  6 Alex Walsh       17 Nashville Aquati    22.42      22.43   926   13  
         r:+0.75                       
  7 Cora Dupre       17 Mason Manta Rays    22.66      22.46   923   12  
         r:+0.68                       
  8 Maxine Parker    16 Chelsea Piers Aq    22.44      22.50   919   11  
         r:+0.74

MEN’S 50 FREE

The Mason Manta Rays kept the ball rolling in the 50 free, with 16-year old Adam Chaney hitting the wall first in 19.87 to win the event. That is Chaney’s first time under 20 seconds. His 20.13 in this morning’s prelims was a lifetime best. His best time coming into the meet was a 20.21.

Just behind him in second was 17-year old Noah Henderson (19.90). David Curtiss was third, also under 20 seconds in 19.96. That was also Henderson’s first time under 20 seconds, while Curtiss’ best time is a 19.75 from earlier this year. Notably, top seed Matt Brownstead slipped to fifth in the final tonight, touching in 20.02.

 Event 10  Men 50 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
  SC Jrs Meet: J 18.71  12/10/2016Ryan Hoffer, Scottsdale Aq.
         Pool: P 18.75  2/22/2018 Ryan Held, NCSU-NC
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals HyPts Points
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Adam Chaney      16 Mason Manta Rays    20.13      19.87   893   20  
         r:+0.68                       
  2 Noah Henderson   17 Star Aquatics-NC    20.19      19.90   890   17  
         r:+0.63                       
  3 David Curtiss    16 Hamilton Y Aquat    20.12      19.96   884   16  
         r:+0.57                       
  4 Kimani Gregory   17 Racer X Aquatics    20.20      20.01   879   15  
         r:+0.63                       
  5 Matt Brownstead  16 State College Ar    19.98      20.02   878   14  
         r:+0.65                       
  6 Cam Peel         18 Michigan Lakesho    20.26      20.06   874   13  
         r:+0.60                       
  7 Jack Alexy       15 Somerset Hills Y    20.24      20.29   850   12  
         r:+0.65                       
  8 Max Edwards      18 Enfinity Aquatic    20.27      20.53   826   11  
         r:+0.65

WOMENS 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY

The Nashville Aquatic Club won their third relay of the meet, as the team of Alex Walsh (53.25), Ella Nelson (1:01.31), Lauren Hurt (54.89), and Gretchen Walsh (46.78) posted a 3:36.23 to win the longer medley relay. The same foursome won the 200 medley relay on night one of the meet.

 Event 11  Women 4x100 Yard Medley Relay
==================================================================================
  SC Jrs Meet: J 3:33.93  12/7/2017 Fort Collins Area ST
                          B Stewart, Z Bartel, C Gillilan, K Alons
         Pool: P 3:26.41  3/19/2015 Stanford
                          A Howe, M Olsen, J Hu, S Manuel
    Team                             Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Nashville Aquati-SE  'A'      3:36.68    3:36.23         40  
     1) Alex Walsh 17                 2) r:0.09 Ella Nelson 17        
     3) r:0.21 Lauren Hurt 17         4) Gretchen Walsh 15            
    r:+0.35  26.44        53.25 (53.25)
        1:22.06 (28.81)   1:54.56 (1:01.31)
        2:19.89 (25.33)     2:49.45 (54.89)
        3:11.75 (22.30)     3:36.23 (46.78)
  2 TAC Titans-NC  'A'            3:40.67    3:38.47         34  
     1) Claire Curzan 14              2) r:0.20 Maria Baric 17        
     3) r:0.33 Charlotte Hook 14      4) Brooke Zettel 15             
    r:+0.45  25.52        53.01 (53.01)
        1:21.86 (28.85)   1:54.77 (1:01.76)
        2:19.47 (24.70)     2:47.88 (53.11)
        3:12.00 (24.12)     3:38.47 (50.59)
  3 SwimMAC Carolina-NC  'A'      3:38.55    3:39.57         32  
     1) Maddy Flickinger 17           2) r:0.41 Emme Nelson 17        
     3) r:0.37 Ellie Vannote 17       4) Elizabeth Sowards 15         
    r:+0.40  26.52        54.83 (54.83)
        1:23.60 (28.77)   1:56.41 (1:01.58)
        2:21.50 (25.09)     2:49.70 (53.29)
        3:13.56 (23.86)     3:39.57 (49.87)

MEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY

The Mason Manta Rays ended the session with another 15-18 NAG relay record, taking more than a second off of the old mark. The team of Carson Foster (46.70), Jake Foster (52.96), Jacob McDonald (48.54), and Adam Chaney (42.91) touched the wall in 3:11.11 to establish the new record and smash the Juniors meet record of 3:13.37 from 2015.

 Event 12  Men 4x100 Yard Medley Relay
==================================================================================
  SC Jrs Meet: J 3:13.37  12/10/2015Palo Alto Stanford AQ
                          B Ho, J Babinet, J Molinari, A Gwo
         Pool: P 3:04.24  2/23/2018 North Carolina State
                          A Vazaios, J Molacek, R Held, J Ress
    Team                             Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Mason Manta Rays-OH  'A'      3:13.68    3:11.11J        40  
     1) Carson Foster 17              2) r:0.30 Jake Foster 18        
     3) r:0.20 Jacob McDonald 16      4) Adam Chaney 16               
    r:+0.20  22.67        46.70 (46.70)
        1:11.10 (24.40)     1:39.66 (52.96)
        2:01.68 (22.02)     2:28.20 (48.54)
        2:48.61 (20.41)     3:11.11 (42.91)
  2 Dynamo Swim Club-GA  'A'      3:18.81    3:16.69         34  
     1) Ian Grum 17                   2) r:0.20 Quinn Harron 16       
     3) r:0.33 Cam Auerbach 17        4) Brooks Curry 17              
    r:+0.24  23.31        47.99 (47.99)
        1:14.40 (26.41)     1:44.36 (56.37)
        2:06.30 (21.94)     2:32.07 (47.71)
        2:53.31 (21.24)     3:16.69 (44.62)
  3 Michigan Lakesho-MI  'A'      3:19.16    3:16.77         32  
     1) Joey Wachter 16               2) r:0.37 Khadin Soto 17        
     3) r:0.23 Riley Vanmeter 17      4) Cam Peel 18                  
    r:+0.38  23.88        49.92 (49.92)
        1:15.01 (25.09)     1:44.47 (54.55)
        2:06.57 (22.10)     2:32.90 (48.43)
        2:53.75 (20.85)     3:16.77 (43.87)

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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