Orlando Section of TYR 18U Spring Cup Produces Glut of Trials Cuts

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Six swimmers picked up new Olympic Trials cuts at the Orlando section of the TYR 18U Spring Cup Sunday.

The 200 individual medley was particularly prosperous ground. Sara Stolter won the girls event in 2:16.45 to get under the standard. Ella Bathurst was second having already earned her way to Omaha. Third-placed Annika McEnroe will join them after she dropped 1.5 seconds to go 2:17.29 and clear the mark by an even tenth of a second.

The boys winner is also Omaha-bound. Henry Bethel eked his way under the cut of 2:04.09, winning in 2:04.06. There was almost a fourth IMer bound for Trials, but Matt Fallon came up .09 shy in 2:04.18. It was still a best time by 1.8 seconds.

Evan Keogh didn’t win the 200 backstroke, but his runner-up time of 2:02.74 was a best by 1.2 seconds and gets him a Trials spot. Winner Brandon Miller (2:02.47) already had a Trials cut sewn up. Luke Shourds (1:03.06 in the 100 breaststroke) and Holden Smith (54.01 in the 100 butterfly) also earned Trials cuts via time trials in Orlando.

The Orlando section is one of four quadrants of the TYR 18U Spring Cup across the country, offering the top youth talent a chance to qualify for Trials or upgrade which wave of Trials they make.

Kirsti McEnroe won the girls 100 freestyle in Orlando with a time of 56.49, her best by a full second. Jack Alexy nearly cracked 50 seconds again in winning the boys race. Hayden Penny (200 back), Julia Brzozowski (1,500 free) and Andrew Taylor (800 free) added wins.

Zoe Dixon Earns Wave 2 Cut in 200 IM in Richmond

Zoe Dixon finished second to Torri Huske in the 200 IM at the Richmond section of the TYR 18U Spring Cup. But she trimmed nearly a second and a half off her entry time to upgrade from Wave 1 to Wave 2 of Olympic Trials in 2:13.89.

Huske won the event in 2:12.32, a little over a second from her best. She also won the 100 free in 55.57, outdueling Erin Gemmell in a battle of Trials cut holders.

The other new cut from the day was Kristin Cornish in the mile, going 16:45.82 to book a spot in Omaha. Second was Claire Dafoe, who trimmed five seconds off her entry time to 16:49.60, just .41 from a cut.

The boys 200 IM didn’t supply a new Trials cut, but it made for a great race, with Arsenio Bustos edging Colin Bitz by a tenth. Bitz remains in the hunt for the Trials cut (2:04.09). Daniel Diehl won the boys 100 free, Henry McFadden claimed the 800 and Trials qualifiers Ann Behm and Tommy Janton split up the 200 back.

Aurora Roghair, Luke Hobson Achieve Cuts in Des Moines

Aurora Roghair trimmed nearly seven seconds in the 1,500 free to win the event in 16:48.56 and earn an Olympic Trials cut at the Des Moines section of the TYR 18U Spring Cup.

At the other side of the distance spectrum, Luke Hobson won the 100 free in 50.24 to earn a Trials cut.

The 200 backs were won by swimmers with cuts in hand, Emma Karam in 2:14.35 on the girls side and Ziyad Saleem in 2:02.26 for the boys.

Malia Rausch solidified her cut in the 200 IM with a best time of 2:15.46, 1.3 seconds quicker. Tyler Lu continues to live around the cutline in the boys 2-IM: He entered with a seed time of 2:04.01 and was fractionally slower Sunday in 2:04.06. The Trials cut is 2:04.09.

Des Moines featured a pair of heartbreaking near-misses. Marcus Gentry’s 2:03.03 is .04 off the 200 back cut. Caroline Bricker fell .07 shy in the 200 IM.

Teagan O’Dell, 14, Picks Up Cut in 200 Back

Teagan O’Dell dropped more than four seconds to earn the Trials cut in the 200 back at the Irvine section of the TYR 18U Spring Cup.

O’Dell clocked in at 2:14.51 to just get under the cut. The 14-year-old had been 2:18.55 entering the meed. She was also third in the 200 IM in 2:18.24, an event won by Katelyn Crom.

O’Dell’s was the only new Trials cut of the day. Justina Kozan improved her time in winning the 100 free in 55.75. Crom and 800 free winner Matthew Chai each had Trials cuts.

Gabriel Jett (boys 100 free), Ronald Dalmacio (boys 200 back), Zackary Tan (boys 200 IM) and Mattea Sokolow (girls 1,500) added wins.

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    Matt Strobl

    Emma Kern – AQJT – Aquajets MN also made the 100 back Qualifying time by virtue of her declared split in the 200 Backstroke final. Congrats Emma!!