Speedo Summer Championships West: Kaitlyn Dobler Claims 100 Breaststroke; Teen Battle in 100 Back Nears NAG

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Kaitlyn Dobler put together a strong 100 breaststroke at the 2021 Speedo Summer Championships West meet in Irvine, California, on Friday.

The 19-year-old Trojan Aquatics swimmers won the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.46 to hol doff Denver’s Emma Weber (1:07.62).

They were the only swimmers in the event to break a 1:08.

The Speedo Summer Championships 100 backstroke was a battle of the young teens. Elmbrook Swim Club’s Maggie Wanezek, 15, won the 100 backstroke in 1:00.84, just four hundredths ahead of Novaquatics’ Teagon O’Dell, 14, who finished in 1:00.88.

The National Age Group Record for 13-14 is 1:00.26 set by Regan Smith in 2016. O’Dell has the fifth-fastest time in history in that age group.

In the men’s 100 breaststroke, Team Rebel’s AJ Pouch touched the wall first in 1:00.63.

Austin Swim Club’s Jillian Cox, 16, won the 400 freestyle in 4:13.09, more than a second ahead of 13-year-old Kayla Han of La Mirada Armada (4:14.52).

Longhorn Aquatic’s David Johnston won the men’s 400 free in 3:51.17. Ziyad Saleem won the men’s backstroke in 55.27.

California Aquatic’s 800 free relay won in 7:20.97 behind Dare Rose, Destin Lasco, Dylan Hawk and Sean Grieshop.

The Speedo Summer Championships are taking place as two meets taking place on opposite sides of the country. Half the swimmers are in Greensboro, N.C., while the other half are in Irvine, Calif. The meet replaces the standard end-of-summer championships for senior-level and junior-level athletes, with the two usual events combined due to typical low turnout when the meets are around the same time as the Olympic Games. Older swimmers and 18-and-under swimmers had different time standards required for qualification. Most of the top American swimmers either just finished competing at the Olympics or are taking the summer off after narrowly missing the Olympic team.

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