Female Relay Records Tumble at Night One of 2017 Speedo Juniors West

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2017 Speedo Junior Championships West meet splashed into action with two relay records falling on the first night of action. Both the 200 medley relays and the 800 free relays were contested.

The girls of Fort Collins got the meet off to a record-breaking start, posting a new Juniors West record in the women’s 200 medley relay. The relay team of Bayley Stewart (25.26), Zoe Bartel (27.08), Coleen Gillilan (23.56), and Kylee Alons (21.75) turned in a combined time of 1:37.65 to better their own previous record of 1:38.85.

Scottsdale Aquatic Club finished second overall with a time of 1:40.07, followed by Crow Canyon’s time of 1:40.35.

 Event 1  Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
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     Jrs West: * 1:38.85  12/7/2016 Fort Collins Area Swim Team
                          B Stewart, Z Bartel, C Gillilan, K Alons
  SC Jrs Meet: # 1:38.85  12/7/2016 Fort Collins Area ST
                          B Stewart, Z Bartel, C Gillilan, K Alons
         Pool: ! 1:37.34  2/15/2012 Wisconsin
                          A Osten, A Wanland, R Palm, R Thompson
    Team                                            Finals Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Fort Collins Are-CO  'A'                       1:37.65*  40  
     1) Stewart, Bayley 18            2) Bartel, Zoe 17               
     3) Gillilan, Coleen 16           4) Alons, Kylee 18              
                 25.26        52.34 (27.08)
        1:15.90 (23.56)     1:37.65 (21.75)
  2 Scottsdale Aquat-AZ  'A'                       1:40.07   34  
     1) Pattison, Greer 14            2) Grover, Claire 17            
     3) Edwards, Sadie 15             4) Strouse, Ashley 15           
                 25.65        52.73 (27.08)
        1:17.89 (25.16)     1:40.07 (22.18)
  3 Crow Canyon-PC  'A'                            1:40.35   32  
     1) Howard, Abriana 17            2) Hartman, Zoie 16             
     3) Depaco, Alexis 15             4) Kosturos, Sophia 17          
                 25.91        55.83 (29.92)
        1:17.79 (21.96)     1:40.35 (22.56)

On the men’s side, it was Academy Bullets’ Spencer Walker (22.33), Caleb Carlson (25.56), Horace Qiao (21.18), and William Kamps (20.54) who picked up the victory. Irvine Novaquatics’ team grabbed second with a time of 1:30.16, just ahead of Nitro Swimming’s 1:30.66.

 Event 2  Men 200 Yard Medley Relay
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     Jrs West: * 1:27.11  12/7/2016 Scottsdale Aquatic Club
                          R Hoffer, S Gage, R Van Deusen, J Blake
  SC Jrs Meet: # 1:27.11  12/7/2016 Scottsdale AC
                          R Hoffer, S Gage, R VAn Deusen, J Blake
         Pool: ! 1:22.40  3/27/2015 California
                          R Murphy, C Katis, J Lynch, T Messerschmidt
    Team                                            Finals Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Academy Bullets-IL  'A'                        1:29.61   40  
     1) Walker, Spencer 18            2) Carlson, Caleb 18            
     3) Qiao, Horace 17               4) Kamps, William 17            
                 22.33        47.89 (25.56)
        1:09.07 (21.18)     1:29.61 (20.54)
  2 Irvine Novaquati-CA  'A'                       1:30.16   34  
     1) Tu, Kevin 16                  2) Koustik, Andrew 18           
     3) Pang, Aaron 17                4) Slusiewicz, Sean 16          
                 23.68        48.67 (24.99)
        1:10.45 (21.78)     1:30.16 (19.71)
  3 Nitro Swimming-ST  'A'                         1:30.66   32  
     1) Gogulski, Ethan 17            2) Ribeiro, Vincent 15          
     3) Gwin, Isaac 18                4) Hammer, Kevin 16             
                 22.94        48.48 (25.54)
        1:10.52 (22.04)     1:30.66 (20.14)

The girls continued to deliver record-breaking swims as both the Magnolia Aquatic Club and Austin Swim Club posted times faster than the existing meet record of 7:07.81 in the 800 free relay. Magnolia’s Lucie Nordmann (1:46.16), Monica Gumina (1:46.96), Kaitlynn Sims (1:47.60), and Lillie Nordmann (1:45.19) delivered a time of 7:05.91 to blitz past the previous record, set by Carmel Swim Club in 2016.

Austin Swim Club’s Dakota Luther (1:46.38), Ella Collins (1:46.63), Diana Dunn (1:47.02), and Kendall Shields (1:47.56) also swam beneath the previous record, stopping the clock at a combined time of 7:07.59.

Irvine Novaquatics rounded out the top three with a time of 7:13.08.

 Event 3  Women 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
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     Jrs West: * 7:11.88  12/9/2015 SwimMAC Carolina
                          E Brown, A Marsh, C Lappin, J Merritt
  SC Jrs Meet: # 7:07.81  12/7/2016 CarmelSwim Club
                          S Burchill, K Pash, E Nordin, G Rothrock
         Pool: ! 7:00.82  2/15/2012 Indiana
                          B Strumbel, L Vrooman, J White, M Farrell
    Team                                            Finals Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Magnolia Aquatic-GU  'A'                       7:05.91#  40  
     1) Nordmann, Lucie 17            2) Gumina, Monica 18            
     3) Sims, Kaitlynn 17             4) Nordmann, Lillie 15          
                 24.37        51.67 (51.67)
      1:19.19 (1:19.19)   1:46.16 (1:46.16)
        2:10.66 (24.50)     2:37.40 (51.24)
      3:04.96 (1:18.80)   3:33.12 (1:46.96)
        3:58.12 (25.00)     4:25.27 (52.15)
      4:53.15 (1:20.03)   5:20.72 (1:47.60)
        5:44.85 (24.13)     6:11.45 (50.73)
      6:38.51 (1:17.79)   7:05.91 (1:45.19)
  2 Austin Swim Club-ST  'A'                       7:07.59#  34  
     1) Luther, Dakota 18             2) Collins, Ella 16             
     3) Dunn, Diana 17                4) Shields, Kendall 17          
                 25.05        51.69 (51.69)
      1:18.91 (1:18.91)   1:46.38 (1:46.38)
                            2:38.07 (51.69)
      3:05.45 (1:19.07)   3:33.01 (1:46.63)
        3:57.75 (24.74)     4:24.89 (51.88)
      4:52.36 (1:19.35)   5:20.03 (1:47.02)
        5:44.55 (24.52)     6:11.42 (51.39)
      6:39.14 (1:19.11)   7:07.59 (1:47.56)
  3 Irvine Novaquati-CA  'A'                       7:13.08   32  
     1) Spitz, Ayla 16                2) Ristic, Ella 15              
     3) Vitort, Lauren 17             4) Degn, Mackenzie 16           
                 25.20        52.61 (52.61)
      1:19.72 (1:19.72)   1:46.64 (1:46.64)
                            2:39.67 (53.03)
      3:07.83 (1:21.19)   3:36.32 (1:49.68)
        4:01.64 (25.32)     4:29.52 (53.20)
      4:57.24 (1:20.92)   5:25.14 (1:48.82)
        5:49.34 (24.20)     6:16.59 (51.45)
      6:44.69 (1:19.55)   7:13.08 (1:47.94)

The North Texas Nadadores claimed victory in the men’s 800 free relay, as team members Jack Levant (1:34.53), David Hallaron (1:38.90), Logan Davis (1:39.42), and Kevin Repice (1:39.75) turned in a final time of 6:32.60.

Irvine Novaquatics posted a second place finish of 6:33.26, while the Katy Aquatic Team was third with a 6:40.13.

 Event 4  Men 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
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     Jrs West: * 6:31.93  12/7/2016 Scottsdale Aquatic Club
                          R Hoffer, J Blake, T Yang, A Apel
  SC Jrs Meet: # 6:31.93  12/7/2016 Scottsdale AC
                          R Hoffer, J Blake, T Yang, A Apel
         Pool: ! 6:11.64  3/27/2015 Southern Cal
                          C Quintero, D Carter, M Domagala, R Malone
    Team                                            Finals Points 
==================================================================================
  1 North Texas Nada-NT  'A'                       6:32.60   40  
     1) Levant, Jack 18               2) Hallaron, David 17           
     3) Davis, Logan 18               4) Repice, Kevin 16             
                 22.21        46.20 (46.20)
      1:10.45 (1:10.45)   1:34.53 (1:34.53)
        1:57.05 (22.52)     2:21.82 (47.29)
      2:47.46 (1:12.93)   3:13.43 (1:38.90)
        3:35.67 (22.24)     4:00.88 (47.45)
      4:26.64 (1:13.21)   4:52.85 (1:39.42)
        5:15.75 (22.90)     5:40.90 (48.05)
      6:06.78 (1:13.93)   6:32.60 (1:39.75)
  2 Irvine Novaquati-CA  'A'                       6:33.26   34  
     1) Kao, Owen 17                  2) Lou, Shawn 17                
     3) Koustik, Andrew 18            4) Hitchens, Hunter 17          
                 22.82        47.40 (47.40)
      1:12.49 (1:12.49)   1:37.85 (1:37.85)
        2:00.37 (22.52)     2:25.01 (47.16)
      2:50.68 (1:12.83)   3:16.85 (1:39.00)
        3:39.29 (22.44)     4:04.30 (47.45)
      4:30.33 (1:13.48)   4:55.59 (1:38.74)
        5:18.42 (22.83)     5:43.11 (47.52)
      6:08.20 (1:12.61)   6:33.26 (1:37.67)
  3 Katy Aquatic Tea-GU  'A'                       6:40.13   32  
     1) Coakley, William 16           2) Ahn, Seung Joon 16           
     3) Bratanov, Kaloyan 17          4) Won, Jacob 18                
                 23.40        47.83 (47.83)
      1:12.95 (1:12.95)   1:38.27 (1:38.27)
        2:01.32 (23.05)     2:26.55 (48.28)
      2:53.50 (1:15.23)   3:20.83 (1:42.56)
        3:43.40 (22.57)     4:08.33 (47.50)
      4:33.72 (1:12.89)   4:58.90 (1:38.07)
        5:21.87 (22.97)     5:47.23 (48.33)
      6:13.46 (1:14.56)   6:40.13 (1:41.23)
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