2019 NCSA Junior National Championship Day 3: RMSC Women Move Up

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Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross

By Olivia McKelvey, Swimming World College Intern.

It’s day three of the 2019 NCSA Junior National Championship meet at Orlando YMCA and we have witnessed it all. From defending champs to upsets, to PR’s and broken records the competition has been intense and made for some exciting races. May the excitement continue on day three as the line up consists of the women’s and men’s 200 free, the women’s and men’s 50 breast, the women’s and men’s 400 IM, and the women’s and men’s 50 fly.

After day three of competition at the 2019 NCSA Junior National Championship, team scores of the top eight (combined women and men) are as follows:

  1. Nation’s Capital Swim Club – 1469
  2. Nova of Virginia Aquatics Inc – 801
  3. Aquajets Swim Team – 668
  4. Long Island Aquatic Club – 614.5
  5. Rockville Montgomery Swim Club – 511
  6. Fox Valley Swim Team – 428
  7. Academy Bullets Swim Club – 426
  8. Machine Aquatics – 371

Women’s 200 Free

It was a battle for the top three spots in the women’s 200 Free. All girls, first through third place, went 1:46’s. Gold went to Arlington Aquatic Club swimmer Victoria Huske with a time of 1:46.66. Only two hundredths of a second separated second from third place. However, Chloe Stepanek from Long Island Aquatic Club was able to get her hand to the wall at 1:46.81, just ahead of third place finisher Rachel Klinker from Lexington Dolphins posting a time of 1:46.83. Fourth place went to Ella Bathurst from Greater Tampa Swimming Association with a time of 1:47.29. Swimming a time of 1:47.36 was National’s Capital swimmer Paige McKenna, grabbing fifth place. Christiana Regenauer from Condor’s Swim Club of Clarkstow finished in sixth with a time of 1:48.65. Seventh place went to Nasa Wildcat Aquatics swimmer Annika Wagner with a time of 1:49.53. Wrapping up the top eight finishers in the event was Grace Sheble from Nova of Virginia Aquatics swimming a time of 1:51.28.

Men’s 200 Free

The 2019 NCSA Junior National Championship title holder in the men’s 200 free is Jack Dolan from Rockwood Swim Club swimming a solid time of 1:35.38. It was a close race for silver. However, Lexington Dolphin swimmer Zachary Hils was able to pull ahead of Wildcat Aquatics swimmer Luke Maurer in the last 50 of the event putting him at 1:36.11. Maurer was right behind with a time of 1:36.33.  Fourth place went to Bowling Green Swim Club swimmer Andrew Matejka with a time of 1:36.81. Sean Conway, Nation’s Capital swimmer, touched the wall at 1:37.11 earning him a fifth place finish. Fox Valley Swim Team member Aayush Deshpande finished in sixth with a time of 1:37.25. Seventh place went to Michael Bonson from Hurricane Swim Club with a time of 1:38.24, and eight place went to Daniel Gyenis from Machine Aquatics with a time of 1:38.83.

Women’s 50 Breast

The women’s 50 breast displayed some stiff competition. Six hundredths of a second separated first and second place. The champion in the women’s 50 breast of this years 2019 NCSA Junior National Championship is Hannah Bach from Cleveland Swim Institute swimming a time of 27.60. Touching the pad right after her was Baylor Swim Club member Cecilia Porter with a time of 27.66. Bronze medal went to Machine Aquatics swimmer Anna Keating posting a time of 27.76. Fourth place went to Letitia Sim from Tnt Swimming with a time of 28.04. Zoe Skirboll, swimming for Racer X Aquatics, finished in fifth with a time of 28.05. Coastal Aquatic Club swimmer Taylor Steele landed in sixth swimming a 28.19. Seventh place went to Aquajet Swim Team member Isabelle Stadden with a time of 28.28 while eighth place went to New Wave Swim Team swimmer Mikaela Fullerton with a time of 28.68.

Men’s 50 Breast

On the men’s side in the 50 breast the event turned out to be equally competitive. To make top eight the men had to go under a 25.62. With that being said, gold medal went to Mason Makos Swim Team member Anthony Grimm with a time of 24.14. Second place went St. Charles Swim Team member William Myhre with a time of 24.65. Meanwhile, Paul Kinsella from York Swim Club finished in third with a time of 24.83. Joshua Matheny from Performance Elite Aquatics finished in fourth with a time of 24.95. Fifth place went to Noah Nichols from Poseidon Swimming Inc. posting a time of 25.13. Hayden Zhen, Aquajet swimmer, swam a time of 25.43 landing in sixth place. Seventh place went to Peoria Area Water Wizards swimmer Justin Alderson with a time of 25.46. Wrapping up the top eight was Bowling Green Swim Club member Christopher Layne with a time of 25.62.

Women’s 400 IM

The extraneous event with a unique sort of pain was yet another event to display the talent in the field. Finishing nearly four seconds ahead of the pack was Nova of Virginia Aquatics swimmer G. Sheble earning a gold medal with a time of 4:07.59. Second place went to Felicia Pasadyn from SwimStrongsville with a time of 4:11.86. Shortly behind Pasadyn was Academy Bullets Swim Club swimmer Sydney Vanovermeiren finishing in third with a time of 4:12.68. Fourth place went to Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics swimmer Isabel Gormley touching the wall at 4:13.82. P. McCormick, Hudson Explorer Aquatic swimmer, landed in fifth with a time of 4:14.62. Meanwhile, Madison Kolessar, representing Suburban Seahawks Club, fell behind McCormick at the breaststroke portion of the racing leading her to a sixth place finish with a time of 4:14.65. Catheirne Purnell from Nation’s Capital landed in seventh place at 4:15.01 while Greenwich Ywca Dolphins Swim Team member Meghan Lynch finished in eighth with a time of 4:16.28.

Men’s 400 IM

The 2019 NCSA Junior National Champion in the men’s 400 IM is J. Louser from Long Island Aquatic Club with a time of 3:46.81. Earning a silver medal in the event was Nation’s Capital swimmer S. Conway posting a time of 3:48.90. Third place went to Bernhard Christianson from Naval Academy Aquatic Club with a time of 3:49.12. It was a tight race between fourth and fifth place. Dylan Rhee, representing Asphalt Green, and Jack Fitzpatrick, representing Peoria Area Water Wizards, battled it out. Yet, Rhee pull ahead of Fitzpatrick at the breaststroke leg of the race and finished in fourth with a time of 3:52.37 while Fitzpatrick came in behind him at 3:52.49. In sixth place from Nova of Virginia Aquatics was Hunter Locher with a time of 3:52.59. Timothy Ellett, Rockville Montgomery Swim Club member, came in seventh touching the wall at 3:53.37. Last, but not least, eighth place went to another Nova of Virginia Aquatics swimmer, Zachary Cram with a time of 3:58.81

Women’s 50 Fly

Taking home another gold medal for the night was Arlington Aquatic Club swimmer V. Huske with a time of 22.96. Taking home a silver medal was Mason Mako Swim Team member Alexa Cuomo with a time of 23.44. Capping off the top three finishers and taking home a bronze medal was Nation’s Capital swimmer Phoebe Bacon with a time of 23.74. Academy Bullets Swim Club member, Athena Ye, finished in fourth with a time of 24.01. Fifth place went to Aquajet swimmer Abigail Kapeller touching the wall at 24.10. Finishing in sixth place was Abigail Gibbons representing Blue dolphins and posting a time of 24.22. Seventh place finisher was I. Stadden from Aquajets swimming a solid time of 24.30. Meanwhile, Megan Pulley swimming for Nova of Virginia Aquatics, landed in eighth place with a time of 24.68.

Men’s 50 Fly

The last event of day three at the 2019 NCSA Junior National Championship in Orlando was filled with sprinters powering through to their finishes. The champion in the men’s 50 breast earlier tonight, A. Grimm from Mason Makos Swim Team, took home gold with a time of 20.73. Silver went to William Rose from Canton City Schools with a time of 21.58. Taking home bronze in the event was Summit Swimming member Aidan Stoffle with a time of 21.61. Fourth place went to Topher Stensby posting a time of 21.86 while representing Patriot Aquatic Club. Racer X Aquatics swimmer Kimani Greogory came in fifth with a time of 21.92. Sixth place finisher was Gregory Kalin from Mercy Healthplex Sea Wolves touching the wall at 21.93. Constantin Bensch from Machine Aquatics landed in seventh with a time of 21.98. Wrapping up the top eight qualifiers was Matthew McDonald from Bowling Green Swim Club with a time of 22.26.