Torri Huske, Matt Fallon Drop Impressive Marks at TYR Spring Cup; Thomas Heilman Scares NAG Record


Torri Huske, Matt Fallon Drop Impressive Marks at TYR Spring Cup

Some of the top 18-and-under swimmers in the nation are using this weekend to either fine-tune their preparation for the upcoming United States Olympic Trials, or to earn qualification for Trials in Omaha. The TYR 18-and-Under Spring Cup is being held at four locations around the United States – Richmond, Des Moines, Orlando and Irvine.

Here is a look at the highlights from each locale on Saturday night.

Torri Huske Headlines Again in Richmond

One of several teenage contenders to represent the United States at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, Torri Huske claimed a pair of victories in Richmond. The Stanford recruit opened the night with a victory in the 200-meter butterfly, thanks to a clocking of 2:10.88, and came back to win the 50 freestyle later in the session in 25.04.

Ryan Branon nearly cracked the two-minute barrier in the men’s 200 butterfly, which he won in 2:00.90, and 15-year-old Daniel Diehl was impressive in the 50 freestyle, going 22.99. In third place was 14-year-old Thomas Heilman, who checked in at 23.27. Heilman also posted that time in prelims and was just off the National Age Group record of 23.19, held by Michael Andrew.

Jakob Frick prevailed in the men’s 200 breaststroke, as his effort of 2:17.62 was a second quicker than the 2:18.62 of Josh Matheny, the world junior champion in the event.

Matthew Fallon Impresses at Orlando Site in 200 Breaststroke


Photo Courtesy: FINA / Budapest 2019

University of Pennsylvania recruit Matt Fallon was superb in the 200 breaststroke at the Orlando location. The 18-year-old blasted the field, going 2:11.33 for a victory of nearly six seconds. Meanwhile, Jack Alexy produced an impressive double, as he won the 50 freestyle in 22.90 and was second in the 100 backstroke (56.30), which was won by Josh Zuchowski.

In women’s action, Alexis Mulvihill sped to a 25.82 marker in the 50 freestyle, with Eboni McCarty not far behind in 26.08. In the 400 freestyle, Summer Cardwell easily outpaced the field, as she turned in a time of 4:13.69.

Molly Yetter Speeds to Des Moines Triumph in 50 Freestyle

Molly Yetter was the lone swimmer to dip under 26 seconds in the 50 freestyle at the Des Moines location of the Spring Cup. Yetter covered her lap in 25.99, and was followed in second place by Cory Shanks in 26.09. Kaelyn Gridley and Maggie Papanicholas dueled in the women’s 200 breaststroke, with Gridley narrowly winning in 2:30.94. Papanicholas was right behind in 2:31.34. On the men’s side, it was Adam Fusti-Molnar who was quickest, on the strength of a 2:14.93 performance.

Daniel Matheson put together a strong outing in the men’s 200 butterfly, touching the wall in 2:00.62, and Jeremy Graunke dropped a time of 22.44 to finish first in the 50 freestyle. Ziyad Saleem (55.59) and Margaret Wanezek (1:01.20) topped the fields in the 100 backstroke.

Gabriel Jett, Rex Maurer Add Trials Cuts in 400 Free at Irvine

Gabriel Jett and Rex Maurer both turned in huge time drops in the boys 400 free to book their places at Olympic Trials in the event at the Irvine section of the TYR 18U Spring Cup.

Jett lopped 3.99 seconds off his entry time to win in 3:55.36 and get well under the Trials standard. Maurer needed to cut 5.5 seconds off his time, but he got there with a 3:57.05.

Teagan O’Dell picked up a Trials cut in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.40, outdueling Justina Kozan in the final by .06 seconds. It’s a new trials cut for Kozan, who earlier in the night won the 200 fly in 2:13.34. She’d previously attained the trials cut there, as did Jett in boys race, winning in 2:00.36.

The girls 400 free featured a battle of two swimmers with Wave 2 Trials cuts. Katelyn Crom clocked in at 4:11.86 to pull away from Claire Tuggle, in second in 4:12.41. Earlier, Tuggle won the 200 breaststroke in 2:33.45.

The girls 50 free was won by Ecuadorian Anicka Delgado, who went 25.78, just shy of adding an Olympic B cut to the mark she gained in the 100 free in March. Second was Kailyn Winter in 25.81, while Ella Mazurek earned an OT cut in 25.97 in finishing third.

John Donovan (50 free), Evan Yoo (200 breast) and Kyle Brill (100 back) added wins on the boys side.

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