Anna Moesch Destroys 100 Freestyle Record at YMCA Nationals; Adds Blazing 50 Free Split


Anna Moesch Destroys 100 Freestyle Record at YMCA Nationals; Adds Blazing 50 Free Split

As the YMCA National Championships got underway in Greensboro, N.C., a 16-year-old from Greater Somerset YMCA in central New Jersey provided the top performance as she blasted up the national rankings in the women’s 100 freestyle. Anna Moesch swam a time of 54.33 in the event, topping her previous lifetime best of 54.84 (set at the U.S. International Team Trials in April) by a half-second. The swim made Moesch the fourth-fastest performer in U.S. history in the 15-16 age group, trailing only Claire CurzanGretchen Walsh and Simone Manuel. The swim blasted the former YMCA Nationals record of 56.05, set in 2015 by Katrina Konopka.

Moesch finished 11th at this year’s qualification meet to earn her spot on the U.S. team for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships later this summer, but she is positioning herself to aim for a spot on a senior international team as soon as next year. The top six swimmers in the 100 free typically qualify to represent the U.S. at major competitions as relay swimmers, and the sixth-place standard is rarely much quicker than Moesch swam Tuesday in Greensboro. Allison Schmitt finished sixth in the 100 free at last year’s Olympic Trials in 54.15, while Mallory Comerford occupied the sixth spot at this year’s trials with her time of 54.09.

Less than a half-hour after her 100 free performance, Moesch anchored Greater Somerset’s 200 medley relay to a victory. She dove in just behind Lakeland Hills, but she split 24.46 on the freestyle split. That was much quicker than her flat-start best time, 25.29. The team of Charlotte HollidayMeghan SharmaEmily Thompson and Moesch combined for a winning time of 1:55.88.

In other action on the opening night of Y-Nationals, 16-year-old Daniel Diehl from Cumberland (Md.) won the 100 free in 50.05, just off his lifetime best of 49.71. Diehl is also part of the Jr. Pan Pacs team, and he is slated to swim the 100 back next month in Maui.

A huge evening for Greater Somerset swimmers included Thompson winning the women’s 200 fly (2:15.87) and Sharma taking first in the 50 breast (33.14). Western Branch’s Katelyn Fitzgerald won the 800 free (9:08.20). In men’s competition, Upper Main Line’s Kevin Cary won the 800 free (8:28.53) while ME Lyons’ Justin Dostal took first in a tight finish of the 200 fly (2:04.66). Another ME Lyons swimmer, Jack Grandy, won the 50 breast in 28.98. The Western Branch team of Tommy JantonAlek ElderAlexander Karahalis and Liam Simmons won the men’s 200 medley relay in 1:43.76.


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