2019 Speedo Junior Nationals Day 3 Prelims: Ethan Hu, Lucy Bell Take Top 100 Fly Seeds

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The second full morning of the 2019 Speedo Junior Nationals from Palo Alto, California featured four events, the men’s and women’s 400 free and the men’s and women’s 100 butterfly.

Miranda Heckman started the session with a strong 400 free to take the top seed.

James Plage followed suit with a convincing top seed in the men’s event.

Lucy Bell was close to breaking a minute in the 100 fly and Ethan Hu put together a stellar race in the men’s event.

 

Women’s 400 Free
Men’s 400 Free
Women’s 100 Fly
Men’s 100 Fly

Women’s 400 Free

Miranda Heckman put together a consistent race to take the top seed in the 400 free, heading into finals.

The swimmer from Pleasanton Seahawks took the top seed in 4:17.14, holding off Jillian Cox of Austin Trinity Aquatic Club, who finished in 4:17.22.

Both times were 10 seconds off the meet record, set in 2012 by Gillian Ryan (4:07.26) but being prelims, both could have more in the tank during finals, setting up an intriguing race.

Ellie Marquardt of ATOM took the third seed in 4:17.30 and could easily be in the mix for the title.

Hana Shimizu-Bowers took the fourth seed in 4:17.70, the only other swimmer to finish under 4:18.

SMAC’s Yulia Groysman took the fifth spot in 4:18.62, followed by Kaitlynn Sims (4:19.06), Long Island Aquatic Club’s Lauryn Johnson (4:19.59) and teammate Bella Antoniuk (4:19.87).

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Men’s 400 Free

James Plage used an impressive 29.29 split on his final 50 to hold off the field and take the top seed in the men’s 400 free at the 2019 Speedo Junior Nationals.

The AquaBears swimmer finished the race in 3:55.77 to earn the top seed for tonight’s final.

His time was a little more than five seconds off the meet record of 3:51.44 set by Alexander Zettle in 2017.

Swim MAC’s Jack Walker took the second seed in 3:56.01 to finish ahead of Mason Manta Rays’ Jacob McDonald, who finished in 3:56.85, the only other swimmer to break 3:57.

Christopher Mykkanen of Novaquatics took the fourth seed in 3:57.47, using a 28.97 final split.

Dylan Moffatt took the fifth seed in 3:58.09, followed by Cole Kuster (3:58.40), Luke Maurer (3:58.47) and Ben Forbes (3:58.48) of Clovis.

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Women’s 100 Fly

Fast Co’s Lucy Bell inched closer to breaking a minute in the 100 fly during prelims at junior nationals.

Bell took the top seed in the event at 1:00.44 to finish 32 hundredths ahead of the field. She had a consistent swim and had enough for a 30.91 split to close her swim.

Her time was nearly two seconds behind the meet record of 58.69 set by Dakota Luther in 2017, but after prelims, she could have more in the tank for a faster finals.

Dynamo’s Tristen Ulett took the second seed in 1:00.76, followed by Megan Pulley (1:00.83).

Rachel Klinker was also under 1:01, finishing in 1:00.88 to take the fourth seed.

Kaitlyn Winter grabbed the fifth seed with a swim of 1:01.06, followed by Megan Glass (1:01.12), Sarah Snyder (1:01.14) and Mackenzie McConagha (1:01.19).

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Men’s 100 Fly

Stanford commit Ethan Hu performed well in his future home pool on Thursday. The Peak swimmer took the top seed in the 100 fly in 54.13.

He split a 25.88, followed by a 28.25 to earn that top seed at the 2019 Speedo Junior Nationals.

His time is a couple of seconds behind the meet record of 51.88, set by Andrei Minakov in 2018.

Michael Linnihan of Elmbrook Swim Club was out fast in 25.41, coming home in 28.98 to take the second seed in 54.39.

Aiden Hayes took the third seed in 54.44, to hold off Goal’s Rush Clark (54.51).

Tim Connery was just behind in 54.54, followed by Dalton Lowe (54.55), Matthew Jensen (54.61) and Arsenio Buston (54.66).

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1 comment

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    ams

    Just pointing out that that finals list is a repeat of woman’s 400 free result, and doesn’t reflect the event in that section. Hope you can fix the links.