Max Miranda Triples as Six Pool Records Fall at Bluefish Fall Classic

Photo Courtesy: David Rieder

The first night of finals at the Swimming World Trials/Finals Fall Classic included six different pool records going down while a pair of Bluefish swimmers wrapped up sweeps of their three individual events. Overall, the hosts won nine out of the 22 events contested on the evening in Bristol, RI, between the 13-14 and senior divisions.

Max Miranda starred with three wins and a trio of his own pool records. Miranda first won the 200 IM in 1:51.27 – a pool record before grabbing the 100 fly title in 50.51. He closed out the night with a win in the 500 free, clocking 4:30.16. Cape Cod’s Jarrett Jones challenged Miranda early, but he ended up having to overcome a strong surge from Bluefish’s William Barao to hang on to second, touching in 4:39.81 to Bareo’s 4:40.24.

River Wright also swept his events for Bluefish, winning the 50 free, 100 fly, and 100 back in the 13-14 division. Wright – whose father Verne joined David Rieder for Swimming World’s live stream of the finals session – clocked 21.93 in the 50 free and 52.19 in the 100 back, the top times of the day regardless of age. His 100 fly winning time of 52.26 would have ranked third in the senior event.

Bluefish’s Lilly Vivado also set a pair of pool records, with a 2:07.18 in the 200 IM and 4:59.18 in the 500 free. In both events she broke her own pool marks. She also took second in the 100 fly in 59.17.

Jones set a new pool record in the 200 breast with a 2:08.39. He trailed Eric Shi by more than a second at the halfway point before turning on the jets on the way home.

The final record of the night went to Kingfish’s Molly Westrick in the 50 free, where she came in first with a 24.15.

Seacoast Seekonk’ Gianna Spremullo (13-14) and Seacoast Dover’s Emma Whall (15 & over) both swept the 100 fly and 100 back events. Spremullo touched in 1:00.24 in the 100 fly and 59.36 in the 100 back. Whall, meanwhile, came in at 58.63 (100 fly) and 58.68 (100 back).

Bareo also had a strong night aside from his 500 free, swimming a 1:56.97 to win the 13-14 200 IM. Only Miranda swam faster on the night. He also took second behind Wright in the 50 free, and his 22.40 beat out any of the senior swimmers in the event.

Other winners on the girls’ side included Phoenix’s Grace Walker in the 13-14 200 IM (2:12.44), Phoenix’s Callie Breiter in the senior 50 free (25.49), Seacoast Dover’s Hannah Lord in the 13-14 200 breast (2:29.08), and Phoenix’s Carly Soares in the senior 200 breast (2:24.59).

Phoenix Swimming won the remainder of the boys’ events. Maxwell Reich finished first in the 13-14 200 breast in an impressive 2:21.40. Yungseo Jung won the 50 free in 22.44 before teammate Joe Turk grabbed first in the 100 back in 53.38.

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Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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