Amy Bilquist Breaks Meet Record in 100 Back on Night Three of 2017 Speedo Grand Challenge

The 2017 Speedo Grand Challenge wrapped up with a number of fast swims by collegiate swimmers.

The final night of competition began with the women’s 800 freestyle. Ashley Neidigh of Auburn won by a commanding nine seconds in a time of 8:41.57. She was followed by Sandpipers’s 16 year old Erica Sullivan who dropped eight seconds from the morning to go 8:50.26. La Mirada Armada’s Kathleen Sulkevich finished third in 8:59.45.

                            === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Neidigh, Ashley  22 AUB-SE            9:03.91    8:41.57 NATL   
                 30.51      1:02.36 (31.85)
        1:34.99 (32.63)     2:07.40 (32.41)
        2:40.35 (32.95)     3:12.70 (32.35)
        3:45.64 (32.94)     4:18.14 (32.50)
        4:51.30 (33.16)     5:24.06 (32.76)
        5:57.28 (33.22)     6:30.10 (32.82)
        7:03.35 (33.25)     7:36.32 (32.97)
        8:09.51 (33.19)     8:41.57 (32.06)
  2 Sullivan, Erica  16 SAND-CA           8:58.49    8:50.26 JNR    
                 30.04      1:02.06 (32.02)
        1:34.74 (32.68)     2:07.92 (33.18)
        2:41.07 (33.15)     3:14.62 (33.55)
        3:48.28 (33.66)     4:21.92 (33.64)
        4:55.29 (33.37)     5:29.06 (33.77)
        6:03.02 (33.96)     6:36.96 (33.94)
        7:10.49 (33.53)     7:43.91 (33.42)
        8:17.21 (33.30)     8:50.26 (33.05)
  3 Sulkevich, Kath  17 RMDA-CA           9:00.50    8:59.45 JNR    
                 31.16      1:04.07 (32.91)
        1:37.39 (33.32)     2:11.04 (33.65)
        2:44.96 (33.92)     3:18.70 (33.74)
        3:52.96 (34.26)     4:27.01 (34.05)
        5:01.17 (34.16)     5:35.21 (34.04)
        6:09.28 (34.07)     6:43.50 (34.22)
        7:17.87 (34.37)     7:52.25 (34.38)
        8:26.21 (33.96)     8:59.45 (33.24)

The next event was the women’s 200 breaststroke. All of the athletes in the A final, led by Cal-Berkeley’s Marina Garcia Urzainqui, swam under the Nationals qualifying time of 2:34.99. Garcia Urzainqui won by nearly five seconds, touching first in 2:25.08. Riley Scott of USC came in second in 2:29.83, just ahead of Roadrunners’s Jorie Caneta, who was third in 2:30.03.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Garcia Urzainqu  22 CAL-PC            2:27.37    2:25.08 NATL   
                 33.39      1:10.56 (37.17)
        1:47.59 (37.03)     2:25.08 (37.49)
  2 Scott, Riley O   19 UN-PC/USC-CA      2:32.91    2:29.83 NATL   
                 33.98      1:11.41 (37.43)
        1:49.54 (38.13)     2:29.83 (40.29)
  3 Caneta, Jorie A  20 UN-01-GU          2:30.95    2:30.03 NATL   
                 35.46      1:13.49 (38.03)
        1:51.69 (38.20)     2:30.03 (38.34)
  4 Harrison, Ali N  17 BUEN-CA           2:35.22    2:33.52 NATL   
                 35.70      1:14.47 (38.77)
        1:54.04 (39.57)     2:33.52 (39.48)

The first men’s event of the evening was the 200 breaststroke. Canyons’s Tanner Olson led the field in 2:17.47. Second place went to Henry Wu of Irvine Novaquatics in 2:19.57. Mario Koenigsperger, swimming unattached, placed third in 2:22.54.

                             === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Olson, Tanner R  18 CANY-CA           2:23.12    2:17.47 OT     
                 31.09      1:06.24 (35.15)
        1:41.88 (35.64)     2:17.47 (35.59)
  2 Wu, Henry Y      16 NOVA-CA           2:23.03    2:19.57 JNR    
                 32.22      1:07.10 (34.88)
        1:43.31 (36.21)     2:19.57 (36.26)
  3 Koenigsperger,   20 UN-04-CA/USC-CA   2:22.86    2:22.54 JNR    
                 31.95      1:08.09 (36.14)
        1:45.43 (37.34)     2:22.54 (37.11)
  4 Monjay, Billy H  20 UN-04-CA/USC-CA   2:23.75    2:22.55 JNR    
                 32.05      1:07.58 (35.53)
        1:44.29 (36.71)     2:22.55 (38.26)

Cal-Berkeley’s Amy Bilquist led the women’s 100 backstroke, setting a new meet record in a time of 1:01.13. Emma Schanz, swimming unattached, came in second in 1:02.00. Bilquist’s teammate, Keaton Blovad, followed in third in a time of 1:02.53.

                             === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Bilquist, Amy M  19 CAL-PC            1:02.59    1:01.13MNATL   
                 30.11      1:01.13 (31.02)
  2 Schanz, Emma I   19 UN-11-CA          1:02.73    1:02.00 NATL   
                 30.65      1:02.00 (31.35)
  3 Blovad, Keaton   28 CAL-PC            1:02.43    1:02.53 NATL   
                 30.66      1:02.53 (31.87)
  4 Mack, Linnea K   21 UN-11-CA          1:03.96    1:02.62 NATL   

Brock Bonetti, swimming unattached, finished first in the men’s 100 backstroke in 55.83. Douglas Nogueira, another unattached swimmer, touched second in 56.63. Third place went to Luke Pechmann of the Golden Rebels in 57.03.

                              === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Bonetti, Brock   21 UN-01-GU            56.84      55.83 NATL   
                 27.31        55.83 (28.52)
  2 Nogueira, Dougl  20 UN-12-CA            57.69      56.63 NATL   
                 27.58        56.63 (29.05)
  3 Pechmann, Luke   27 REBS-CA             57.81      57.03 NATL   
                 27.74        57.03 (29.29)
  4 Tribuntsov, Ral  22 UN-04-CA/USC-CA     57.46      57.58 JNR    
                 27.50        57.58 (30.08)

In the men’s 1500, Nick Norman of Cal-Berkeley and Brennan Gravley of Sandpipers dominated the rest of the field. Norman got the win, touching first in a time of 15:30.46. Gravley was close behind in 15:32.05. Both were well under the national cut of 15:49.99. Gravley’s teammate Carter Grimes came in third place in 15:58.18.

                            === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Norman, Nick C   20 CAL-PC           15:40.75   15:30.46 NATL   
                 27.87        58.01 (30.14)
        1:28.61 (30.60)     1:59.38 (30.77)
        2:30.50 (31.12)     3:01.54 (31.04)
        3:32.75 (31.21)     4:03.83 (31.08)
        4:35.08 (31.25)     5:06.19 (31.11)
        5:37.56 (31.37)     6:08.78 (31.22)
        6:40.12 (31.34)     7:11.08 (30.96)
        7:42.37 (31.29)     8:13.49 (31.12)
        8:44.83 (31.34)     9:16.05 (31.22)
        9:47.44 (31.39)    10:18.83 (31.39)
       10:50.22 (31.39)    11:21.54 (31.32)
       11:52.96 (31.42)    12:24.35 (31.39)
       12:55.96 (31.61)    13:27.14 (31.18)
       13:58.56 (31.42)    14:29.80 (31.24)
       15:00.88 (31.08)    15:30.46 (29.58)
  2 Gravley, Brenna  16 SAND-CA          15:45.86   15:32.05 NATL   
                 28.42        59.24 (30.82)
        1:30.29 (31.05)     2:01.51 (31.22)
        2:32.91 (31.40)     3:04.28 (31.37)
        3:35.64 (31.36)     4:07.00 (31.36)
        4:38.48 (31.48)     5:09.73 (31.25)
        5:41.13 (31.40)     6:12.17 (31.04)
        6:43.35 (31.18)     7:14.45 (31.10)
        7:45.61 (31.16)     8:16.84 (31.23)
        8:48.26 (31.42)     9:19.52 (31.26)
        9:50.78 (31.26)    10:21.96 (31.18)
       10:53.24 (31.28)    11:24.38 (31.14)
       11:55.57 (31.19)    12:26.73 (31.16)
       12:58.21 (31.48)    13:29.46 (31.25)
       14:00.77 (31.31)    14:31.91 (31.14)
       15:02.89 (30.98)    15:32.05 (29.16)
  3 Grimes, Carter   18 SAND-CA          16:11.68   15:58.18 JNR    
                 28.61      1:00.17 (31.56)
        1:31.81 (31.64)     2:03.70 (31.89)
        2:35.41 (31.71)     3:07.69 (32.28)
        3:39.74 (32.05)     4:11.88 (32.14)
        4:44.02 (32.14)     5:16.39 (32.37)
        5:48.16 (31.77)     6:20.12 (31.96)
        6:52.09 (31.97)     7:24.30 (32.21)
        7:56.41 (32.11)     8:28.68 (32.27)
        9:00.80 (32.12)     9:32.72 (31.92)
       10:04.69 (31.97)    10:37.20 (32.51)
       11:08.94 (31.74)    11:41.00 (32.06)
       12:12.95 (31.95)    12:45.23 (32.28)
       13:17.30 (32.07)    13:49.53 (32.23)
       14:21.74 (32.21)    14:54.16 (32.42)
       15:26.33 (32.17)    15:58.18 (31.85)

USC’s Maddie Wright won the women’s 200 butterfly, finishing in 2:10.50. Katie McLaughlin of Cal-Berkeley was second in 2:11.77. Her teammate, Maddie Murphy, placed third in 2:15.62.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Wright, Maddie   20 TROJ-CA           2:12.56    2:10.50 OT     
                 29.35      1:02.13 (32.78)
        1:36.42 (34.29)     2:10.50 (34.08)
  2 McLaughlin, Kat  19 CAL-PC            2:12.80    2:11.77 OT     
                 29.28      1:02.10 (32.82)
        1:36.78 (34.68)     2:11.77 (34.99)
  3 Murphy, Maddie   19 CAL-PC            2:17.84    2:15.62 JNR    
                 29.76      1:03.48 (33.72)
        1:38.88 (35.40)     2:15.62 (36.74)
  4 Arroyo Cuara, L  19 ITESM             2:16.05    2:15.66 JNR    
                 30.27      1:04.24 (33.97)
        1:39.48 (35.24)     2:15.66 (36.18)

The top two finishers in the men’s 200 butterfly both dipped under the two minute barrier. Juarez Ramirez of Itesm Campus Monterrey touched first in 1:59.76. Ramirez just edged out Auburn’s Luis Martinez who placed second in 1:59.92. Third place went to unattached swimmer Kevin Mendoza in 2:01.75.

                             === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ramirez Juarez,  26 ITESM             2:03.69    1:59.76 OT     
                 26.77        56.97 (30.20)
        1:28.36 (31.39)     1:59.76 (31.40)
  2 Martinez, Luis   21 AUB-SE            2:02.52    1:59.92 OT     
                 26.92        57.57 (30.65)
        1:28.87 (31.30)     1:59.92 (31.05)
  3 Mendoza, Kevin   21 UN-12-CA          2:03.55    2:01.75 OT     
                 27.19        58.44 (31.25)
        1:29.75 (31.31)     2:01.75 (32.00)
  4 Koustik, Andrew  17 NOVA-CA           2:02.86    2:02.40 JNR    
                 26.88        57.83 (30.95)
        1:29.64 (31.81)     2:02.40 (32.76)

2016 Olympian Abbey Weitzeil, representing Cal-Berkeley, won the women’s 100 freestyle in 55.21. Canyons’s Amanda Kendall finished in second place behind Weitzeil in 55.56. Just behind Kendall was Weitzeil’s teammate McLaughlin who touched third in 55.62.

                             === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Weitzeil, Abbey  20 CAL-PC              55.18      55.21 OT     
                 26.64        55.21 (28.57)
  2 Kendall, Amanda  26 CANY-CA             55.61      55.56 OT     
                 26.75        55.56 (28.81)
  3 McLaughlin, Kat  19 CAL-PC              56.42      55.62 OT     
                 27.28        55.62 (28.34)
  4 Stewart, Kendyl  22 TROJ-CA             56.18      56.94 JNR    
                 27.30        56.94 (29.64)

The men’s 100 freestyle went to Trojans’s Vladimir Morozov who finished in a time of 49.47. Second place went to USC’s Dylan Carter in 49.62. Morozov’s teammate Cristian Quintero was third in 49.86.

                             === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Morozov, Vladim  24 TROJ-CA             49.89      49.47 OT     
                 23.52        49.47 (25.95)
  2 Carter, Dylan J  21 UN-04-CA/USC-CA     50.17      49.62 OT     
                 23.98        49.62 (25.64)
  3 Quintero, Crist  24 TROJ-CA             50.04      49.86 OT     
                 24.10        49.86 (25.76)
  4 Apple, Zach      20 AUB-SE              50.30      50.19 OT     
                 24.45        50.19 (25.74)

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Abbey Weitzeil, Vlad Morozov Lead Last Day of Speedo Grand Challenge

Photo Courtesy: Kristin Karkoska

The final day of prelims from the 2017 Speedo Grand Challenge from Irvine, California sets up what should be an exciting last finals session.

Cal’s Marina Garcia got things started with a 2:27.37 in the women’s 200 breast. Garcia leads Texas A&M’s Jorie Caneta (2:30.95) and USC’s Riley Scott (2:32.91) into the final. Ali Harrison is the last person into tonight’s final.

 Event 31  Women 200 LC Meter Breaststroke
==================================================================
        World: W 2:19.11  8/1/2013  Rikke Moeller-Pedersen, DEN
         Amer: A 2:19.59  8/2/2012  Rebecca Soni, USA
       USOpen: O 2:20.38  7/11/2009 Rebecca Soni, Trojan
  Meet Record: M 2:23.99  5/30/2010 Rebecca I Soni, TROJ
         POOL: P 2:20.69  8/2010    Rebecca Soni, USA
                 2:34.99  NATL
                 2:34.99  OT Trials
                 2:38.69  JNR
                 2:44.29  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Marina Garcia U  22 CAL-PC            2:28.83    2:27.37 qNATL  
                 34.22      1:11.94 (37.72)
        1:49.29 (37.35)     2:27.37 (38.08)
  2 Jorie Caneta     20 UN-01-GU          2:34.46    2:30.95 qNATL  
                 35.67      1:14.40 (38.73)
        1:52.11 (37.71)     2:30.95 (38.84)
  3 Riley Scott      19 UN-PC/USC-CA      2:30.51    2:32.91 qNATL  
                 35.04      1:13.92 (38.88)
        1:52.94 (39.02)     2:32.91 (39.97)
  4 Ali Harrison     17 BUEN-CA           2:42.73    2:35.22 qJNR   
                 35.76      1:15.03 (39.27)
        1:55.22 (40.19)     2:35.22 (40.00)

45-year-old Masters swimmer Steve West broke the 200 breast world record for the 45-49 age group at the Speedo Grand Challenge on Sunday morning. The Irvine Novaquatics swimmer swam a 2:22.46 in Irvine on Sunday to break the world record that was a 2:24 held by Russian Vladislav Bragin. West swam the fourth fastest time of the morning behind three Cal Berkeley swimmers. Connor Hoppe (2:20.73), Matt Whittle (2:21.14) and Carson Sand (2:21.42) will join West in the A-final tonight.

 Event 32  Men 200 LC Meter Breaststroke
==================================================================
        World: W 2:07.01  9/15/2012 Akhiro Yamaguchi, JPN
         Amer: A 2:07.42  7/29/2009 Eric Shanteau, USA
       USOpen: O 2:07.86  8/7/2014  Kevin Cordes, Tucson Ford
  Meet Record: M 2:10.97  5/30/2010 Kosuke Kitajima, UN-CA
         POOL: P 2:07.86  8/2014    Kevin Cordes, FORD
                 2:18.39  OT Trials
                 2:18.99  NATL
                 2:23.69  JNR
                 2:29.79  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Connor Hoppe     21 CAL-PC            2:18.77    2:20.73 qJNR   
                 31.94      1:07.42 (35.48)
        1:44.15 (36.73)     2:20.73 (36.58)
  2 Matt Whittle     21 CAL-PC            2:18.71    2:21.14 qJNR   
                 31.94      1:06.99 (35.05)
        1:43.36 (36.37)     2:21.14 (37.78)
  3 Carson Sand      19 CAL-PC            2:18.57    2:21.42 qJNR   
                 32.20      1:07.92 (35.72)
        1:44.73 (36.81)     2:21.42 (36.69)
  4 Steve West       45 NOVA-CA           2:18.57    2:22.46 qJNR   
                 32.51      1:08.26 (35.75)
        1:44.77 (36.51)     2:22.46 (37.69)

In the prelims of the women’s 100 back, Cal’s Keaton Blovad leads the qualifiers into tonight’s finals with a 1:02.43 ahead of teammate Amy Bilquist (1:02.59). It will be an all-Pac-12 final as the Berkeley swimmers will be joined by UCLA swimmers Emma Schanz (1:02.73) and Linnea Mack (1:03.96). The swimmers will also be challenging the meet record held by Presley Bard set in 2010 at 1:01.69.

 Event 35  Women 100 LC Meter Backstroke
==================================================================
        World: W   58.12  7/28/2009 Gemma Spofforth, GBR
         Amer: A   58.33  7/30/2012 Missy Franklin, USA
       USOpen: O   58.57  6/28/2013 Missy Franklin, Colorado Stars
  Meet Record: M 1:01.69  5/30/2010 Presley A Bard, UN-CA
         POOL: P   59.34  8/2010    Emily Seebohm, AUS
                 1:03.39  NATL
                 1:03.39  OT Trials
                 1:04.59  JNR
                 1:07.29  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Keaton Blovad    18 CAL-PC            1:02.19    1:02.43 qNATL  
                 30.67      1:02.43 (31.76)
  2 Amy Bilquist     19 CAL-PC              59.37    1:02.59 qNATL  
                 30.51      1:02.59 (32.08)
  3 Emma Schanz      19 UN-11-CA          1:02.90    1:02.73 qNATL  
                 30.92      1:02.73 (31.81)
  4 Linnea Mack      21 UN-11-CA          1:01.52    1:03.96 qJNR   
                 30.92      1:03.96 (33.04)

In the prelims of the men’s version, Brock Bonetti posted the top time at 56.84. Bonetti won the 200 IM on Friday and the 200 back last night and will be going for a hat trick tonight in the 100 back. The Texas A&M swimmer leads Ralf Tribuntsov (57.46), Thomas Smith (57.88) and Douglas Nogueira (57.69) into the final.

 Event 36  Men 100 LC Meter Backstroke
==================================================================
        World: W 51.94  7/8/2009  Aaron Peirsol, USA
         Amer: A 51.94  7/8/2009  Aaron Peirsol, Longhorn
       USOpen: O 51.94  7/8/2009  Aaron Peirsol, Longhorn
  Meet Record: M 54.40  5/2013    Vlad Morozov, UN
         POOL: P 52.75  8/2014    Matt Grevers, FORD
                 57.19  NATL
                 57.19  OT Trials
                 58.99  JNR
               1:02.29  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Brock Bonetti    21 UN-01-GU            55.84      56.84 qNATL  
                 28.00        56.84 (28.84)
  2 Ralf Tribuntsov  22 UN-04-CA/USC-CA     55.03      57.46 qJNR   
                 27.55        57.46 (29.91)
  3 Thomas Smith     20 UN-09-CA            56.60      57.68 qJNR   
                 28.07        57.68 (29.61)
  4 Douglas Nogueir  20 UN-12-CA            57.59      57.69 qJNR   
                 28.14        57.69 (29.55)

In the women’s 200 fly prelims, Trojan Swim Club’s Madison Wright had the fastest prelim time with a 2:12.56 to be slightly ahead of Cal’s Katie McLaughlin (2:12.80). Those two are head and shoulders ahead of the rest of the field as third place was a 2:16. Maddie Murphy is the last swimmer in the A-final with a 2:17.84.

 Event 39  Women 200 LC Meter Butterfly
==================================================================
        World: W 2:01.81  10/21/2009Liu Zige, CHN
         Amer: A 2:04.14  7/30/2009 Mary DeScenza, USA
       USOpen: O 2:05.96  8/13/1981 Mary T. Meagher, Lakeside
  Meet Record: M 2:08.73  5/30/2010 Elaine Breeden, STAN
         POOL: P 2:06.90  8/2010    Jessicah Schipper, AUS
                 2:14.99  OT Trials
                 2:15.29  NATL
                 2:17.39  JNR
                 2:23.29  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Maddie Wright    20 TROJ-CA           2:11.18    2:12.56 qOT    
                 29.79      1:03.05 (33.26)
        1:37.73 (34.68)     2:12.56 (34.83)
  2 Katie McLaughli  19 CAL-PC            2:10.35    2:12.80 qOT    
                 29.22      1:02.26 (33.04)
        1:37.27 (35.01)     2:12.80 (35.53)
  3 Laura Sofia Arr  19 ITESM             2:16.07    2:16.05 qJNR   
                 30.87      1:04.28 (33.41)
        1:40.00 (35.72)     2:16.05 (36.05)
  4 Maddie Murphy    19 CAL-PC            2:19.65    2:17.84 qMIN   
                 29.27      1:03.25 (33.98)
        1:39.93 (36.68)     2:17.84 (37.91)

Fresh off a meet record in the 100 fly last night, Luis Martinez of Auburn leads the 200 fly qualifiers with a 2:02.52 this morning. Martinez also got close to his Guatemalan record with the 52.85 he did last night. Martinez leads hometown swimmer Andrew Koustik of Irvine Nova with a 2:02.86 as well. Kevin Mendoza is the third seed with a 2:03.55.

 Event 40  Men 200 LC Meter Butterfly
==================================================================
        World: W 1:51.51  7/29/2009 Michael Phelps, USA
         Amer: A 1:51.51  7/29/2009 Michael Phelps, USA
       USOpen: O 1:52.20  7/2/2008  Michael Phelps, Club Wolverine
  Meet Record: M 1:57.16  5/2012    Nick D'Arcy, AUS
         POOL: P 1:54.11  8/2010    Michael Phelps, USA
                 2:01.99  OT Trials
                 2:02.29  NATL
                 2:05.49  JNR
                 2:11.19  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Luis Martinez    21 AUB-SE            2:02.11    2:02.52 qJNR   
                 27.39        58.41 (31.02)
        1:30.21 (31.80)     2:02.52 (32.31)
  2 Andrew Koustik   17 NOVA-CA           2:01.33    2:02.86 qJNR   
                 27.12        58.18 (31.06)
        1:30.79 (32.61)     2:02.86 (32.07)
  3 Kevin Mendoza    21 UN-12-CA          2:03.21    2:03.55 qJNR   
                 27.82        59.34 (31.52)
        1:31.75 (32.41)     2:03.55 (31.80)
  4 Ramiro Ramirez   26 ITESM             2:00.41    2:03.69 qJNR   
                 27.20        58.31 (31.11)
        1:31.10 (32.79)     2:03.69 (32.59)

Abbey Weitzeil will be looking to double in the 100 free tonight after she won the 50 on Friday night. Weitzeil is the top seed in the 100 tonight ahead of Amanda Kendall (55.61), Kendyl Stewart (56.18) and Cal teammate Katie McLaughlin (56.42). The meet record set by Jessica Hardy (54.44) set in 2008 could be under threat tonight.

 Event 43  Women 100 LC Meter Freestyle
==================================================================
        World: W 52.07  7/31/2009 Britta Steffen, GER
         Amer: A 53.02  7/30/2009 Amanda Weir, USA
       USOpen: O 53.12  1/15/2016 Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
  Meet Record: M 54.44  2008      Jessica Hardy, TROJ
         POOL: P 53.43  8/2014    Missy Franklin, CAL
                 56.49  OT Trials
                 56.59  NATL
                 57.79  JNR
                 58.99  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Abbey Weitzeil   20 CAL-PC              53.28      55.18 qOT    
                 26.39        55.18 (28.79)
  2 Amanda Kendall   26 CANY-CA             55.34      55.61 qOT    
                 26.54        55.61 (29.07)
  3 Kendyl Stewart   22 TROJ-CA             56.49      56.18 qOT    
                 27.18        56.18 (29.00)
  4 Katie McLaughli  19 CAL-PC              58.99      56.42 qOT    
                 27.56        56.42 (28.86)

The final race of the night will be the men’s 100 free where it will be a tightly contested race amongst the top four. Vladimir Morozov had a 21.91 in the 50 last night and leads the 100 field going into finals with a 49.89. The Russian was the only swimmer under 50 seconds this morning as his Trojan Swim Club teammates Cristian Quintero (50.04) and Dylan Carter (50.17) followed him. Justin Lynch took the last spot into the final with a 50.28. The swimmers may also be going after Jason Lezak’s 48.64 meet record from 2009.

 Event 44  Men 100 LC Meter Freestyle
==================================================================
        World: W 46.91  7/30/2009 Cesar Cielo, BRA
         Amer: A 47.33  7/30/2009 David Walters, USA
       USOpen: O 47.58  7/2/2008  Jason Lezak, Rose Bowl
  Meet Record: M 48.64  4/26/2009 Jason Lezak, ROSE
         POOL: P 47.80  5/2009    Jason Lezak, ROSE
                 50.69  OT Trials
                 50.79  NATL
                 52.19  JNR
                 54.09  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Vladimir Morozo  24 TROJ-CA             48.26      49.89 qOT    
                 24.27        49.89 (25.62)
  2 Cristian Quinte  24 TROJ-CA             49.89      50.04 qOT    
                 24.30        50.04 (25.74)
  3 Dylan Carter     21 UN-04-CA/USC-CA     48.80      50.17 qOT    
                 24.29        50.17 (25.88)
  4 Justin Lynch     20 CAL-PC              49.84      50.28 qOT    
                 23.84        50.28 (26.44)

Two distance events will swim finals on Sunday night after swimming prelims earlier in the weekend. The women’s 800 free will start off the finals session where Erica Sullivan (8:58.49) and Sandra Soe (8:58.66) swam the fastest prelims times on Saturday morning. The final will feature eight swimmers as opposed to the usual four from this weekend.

 Event 30  Women 800 LC Meter Freestyle
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        World: W 8:06.68  1/16/2016 Katie Ledecky, USA
         Amer: A 8:06.68  1/17/2016 Katie Ledecky, USA
       USOpen: O 8:06.68  1/17/2016 Katie Ledecky, Nationals Capita
  Meet Record: M 8:33.65  5/2012    Haley Anderson, TROJ
         POOL: P 8:18.47  8/2014    Katie Ledecky, NCAP
                 8:49.99  NATL
                 8:49.99  OT Trials
                 9:00.29  JNR
                 9:09.99  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Sullivan, Erica  16 SAND-CA           8:37.92    8:58.49 qJNR   
                 30.14      1:02.68 (32.54)
        1:35.82 (33.14)     2:09.86 (34.04)
        2:44.01 (34.15)     3:17.80 (33.79)
        3:51.71 (33.91)     4:25.90 (34.19)
        5:00.01 (34.11)     5:33.83 (33.82)
        6:08.19 (34.36)     6:42.00 (33.81)
        7:16.05 (34.05)     7:50.71 (34.66)
        8:24.41 (33.70)     8:58.49 (34.08)
  2 Soe, Sandra E    19 UN-PC/UCLA-CA     9:10.22    8:58.66 qJNR   
                 30.03      1:02.70 (32.67)
        1:36.23 (33.53)     2:09.82 (33.59)
        2:43.82 (34.00)     3:17.82 (34.00)
        3:52.16 (34.34)     4:26.15 (33.99)
        5:00.26 (34.11)     5:34.21 (33.95)
        6:08.50 (34.29)     6:42.70 (34.20)
        7:17.10 (34.40)     7:51.49 (34.39)
        8:25.46 (33.97)     8:58.66 (33.20)
  3 Sulkevich, Kath  17 RMDA-CA           8:56.79    9:00.50 qMIN   
                 31.60      1:04.76 (33.16)
        1:38.55 (33.79)     2:12.24 (33.69)
        2:46.12 (33.88)     3:20.30 (34.18)
        3:54.33 (34.03)     4:28.29 (33.96)
        5:02.33 (34.04)     5:36.29 (33.96)
        6:10.24 (33.95)     6:44.56 (34.32)
        7:19.02 (34.46)     7:52.90 (33.88)
        8:26.85 (33.95)     9:00.50 (33.65)
  4 Williams, Liber  15 YST-CA            8:50.50    9:02.83 qMIN   
                 30.86      1:04.54 (33.68)
        1:39.22 (34.68)     2:13.50 (34.28)
        2:47.90 (34.40)     3:22.31 (34.41)
        3:56.40 (34.09)     4:30.66 (34.26)
        5:05.29 (34.63)     5:39.72 (34.43)
        6:14.11 (34.39)     6:48.23 (34.12)
        7:22.00 (33.77)     7:55.97 (33.97)
        8:30.03 (34.06)     9:02.83 (32.80)
  5 Nowaski, Daniel  16 CAST-SI           9:06.47    9:03.73 qMIN   
                 31.10      1:04.67 (33.57)
        1:31.45 (26.78)     2:12.76 (41.31)
        2:47.02 (34.26)     3:20.98 (33.96)
        3:52.29 (31.31)     4:29.31 (37.02)
        5:03.56 (34.25)     5:37.97 (34.41)
        6:10.22 (32.25)     6:47.06 (36.84)
        7:21.71 (34.65)     7:56.15 (34.44)
        8:30.38 (34.23)     9:03.73 (33.35)
  6 Neidigh, Ashley  22 AUB-SE            8:47.38    9:03.91 qMIN   
                 31.29      1:05.14 (33.85)
        1:39.40 (34.26)     2:13.46 (34.06)
        2:46.93 (33.47)     3:21.46 (34.53)
        3:56.86 (35.40)     4:31.93 (35.07)
        5:05.95 (34.02)     5:39.68 (33.73)
        6:13.85 (34.17)     6:48.34 (34.49)
        7:21.80 (33.46)     7:56.15 (34.35)
        8:29.89 (33.74)     9:03.91 (34.02)
  7 Lamph, Reese E   18 SAND-CA           8:51.37    9:06.09 qMIN   
                 31.00      1:04.42 (33.42)
        1:38.45 (34.03)     2:12.64 (34.19)
        2:47.02 (34.38)     3:21.40 (34.38)
        3:56.18 (34.78)     4:30.54 (34.36)
        5:05.13 (34.59)     5:39.65 (34.52)
        6:14.21 (34.56)     6:48.59 (34.38)
        7:23.05 (34.46)     7:57.53 (34.48)
        8:32.27 (34.74)     9:06.09 (33.82)
  8 Santa Ana, Rosa  20 RMDA-CA           9:06.98    9:09.47 qMIN   
                 31.87      1:06.17 (34.30)
        1:40.93 (34.76)     2:15.68 (34.75)
        2:50.06 (34.38)     3:24.49 (34.43)
        3:58.85 (34.36)     4:33.22 (34.37)
        5:07.86 (34.64)     5:42.11 (34.25)
        6:17.05 (34.94)     6:52.06 (35.01)
        7:26.76 (34.70)     8:01.57 (34.81)
        8:36.10 (34.53)     9:09.47 (33.37)

The Men’s 1500 free final will be after the Men’s 100 back final as Nick Norman (15:40.75) and Brennan Gravley (15:45.86) led the prelims swum on Friday morning. That final will also feature eight swimmers compared to the four that have been normally going on this week.

 Event 14  Men 1500 LC Meter Freestyle
==================================================================
        World: W 14:31.02  8/4/2012  Yang Sun, CHN
         Amer: A 14:41.20  8/9/2015  Connor Jaeger, USA
       USOpen: O 14:45.54  7/6/2008  Peter Vanderkaay, Club Wolverine
  Meet Record: M 14:59.97  5/2009    Ous Mellouli, TROJ
         POOL: P 14:49.47  8/2010    Ryan Cochrane, CAN
                 15:49.99  NATL
                 15:49.99  OT Trials
                 16:08.09  JNR
                 17:12.83  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Nick Norman      20 CAL-PC           15:36.30   15:40.75 qNATL  
                 28.78        59.64 (30.86)
        1:30.95 (31.31)     2:01.83 (30.88)
        2:33.10 (31.27)     3:04.48 (31.38)
        3:36.07 (31.59)     4:07.48 (31.41)
        4:39.06 (31.58)     5:10.91 (31.85)
        5:42.55 (31.64)     6:14.03 (31.48)
        6:45.61 (31.58)     7:17.17 (31.56)
        7:48.58 (31.41)     8:19.89 (31.31)
        8:51.43 (31.54)     9:23.06 (31.63)
        9:54.75 (31.69)    10:26.57 (31.82)
       10:58.51 (31.94)    11:30.15 (31.64)
       12:02.03 (31.88)    12:33.84 (31.81)
       13:05.66 (31.82)    13:37.31 (31.65)
       14:08.93 (31.62)    14:40.66 (31.73)
       15:04.02 (23.36)    15:40.75 (36.73)
  2 Brennan Gravley  16 SAND-CA          15:52.14   15:45.86 qNATL  
                 28.71        59.78 (31.07)
        1:31.15 (31.37)     2:02.62 (31.47)
        2:34.21 (31.59)     3:05.90 (31.69)
        3:37.92 (32.02)     4:09.69 (31.77)
        4:41.54 (31.85)     5:13.48 (31.94)
        5:45.28 (31.80)     6:17.14 (31.86)
        6:48.99 (31.85)     7:20.79 (31.80)
        7:52.51 (31.72)     8:24.32 (31.81)
        8:56.13 (31.81)     9:28.07 (31.94)
        9:59.83 (31.76)    10:31.60 (31.77)
       11:03.17 (31.57)    11:34.63 (31.46)
       12:06.22 (31.59)    12:37.85 (31.63)
       13:09.52 (31.67)    13:41.22 (31.70)
       14:12.70 (31.48)    14:44.30 (31.60)
       15:15.79 (31.49)    15:45.86 (30.07)
  3 Ous Mellouli     33 TROJ-CA          15:07.78   16:03.02 qJNR   
                 29.28      1:00.89 (31.61)
        1:33.15 (32.26)     2:05.53 (32.38)
        2:38.00 (32.47)     3:10.30 (32.30)
        3:42.79 (32.49)     4:15.40 (32.61)
        4:47.76 (32.36)     5:19.97 (32.21)
        5:51.71 (31.74)     6:23.53 (31.82)
        6:55.63 (32.10)     7:27.45 (31.82)
        7:59.32 (31.87)     8:31.38 (32.06)
        9:03.20 (31.82)     9:35.33 (32.13)
       10:07.21 (31.88)    10:39.62 (32.41)
       11:11.73 (32.11)    11:44.32 (32.59)
       12:16.94 (32.62)    12:49.29 (32.35)
       13:21.51 (32.22)    13:53.94 (32.43)
       14:26.40 (32.46)    14:58.67 (32.27)
       15:30.96 (32.29)    16:03.02 (32.06)
  4 Joseph Gutierre  16 SAND-CA          15:56.70   16:03.73 qJNR   
                 28.19        59.48 (31.29)
        1:31.29 (31.81)     2:02.99 (31.70)
        2:34.77 (31.78)     3:06.66 (31.89)
        3:39.30 (32.64)     4:11.24 (31.94)
        4:43.35 (32.11)     5:15.45 (32.10)
        5:47.42 (31.97)     6:19.40 (31.98)
        6:51.34 (31.94)     7:23.55 (32.21)
        7:56.07 (32.52)     8:28.42 (32.35)
        9:00.97 (32.55)     9:33.41 (32.44)
       10:05.85 (32.44)    10:38.02 (32.17)
       11:10.28 (32.26)    11:42.73 (32.45)
       12:15.14 (32.41)    12:47.62 (32.48)
       13:20.53 (32.91)    13:53.22 (32.69)
       14:26.19 (32.97)    14:59.00 (32.81)
       15:31.85 (32.85)    16:03.73 (31.88)
  5 Russell Noletto  20 AUB-SE           15:36.28Y  16:10.50 qMIN   
                 30.01      1:02.25 (32.24)
        1:34.74 (32.49)     2:07.12 (32.38)
        2:39.49 (32.37)     3:11.63 (32.14)
        3:43.75 (32.12)     4:16.36 (32.61)
        4:48.44 (32.08)     5:20.76 (32.32)
        5:53.36 (32.60)     6:25.88 (32.52)
        6:58.60 (32.72)     7:30.86 (32.26)
        8:03.46 (32.60)     8:35.74 (32.28)
        9:08.33 (32.59)     9:40.97 (32.64)
       10:13.33 (32.36)    10:45.88 (32.55)
       11:18.72 (32.84)    11:51.35 (32.63)
       12:24.11 (32.76)    12:56.72 (32.61)
       13:29.37 (32.65)    14:02.14 (32.77)
       14:34.85 (32.71)    15:07.22 (32.37)
       15:39.79 (32.57)    16:10.50 (30.71)
  6 Carter Grimes    18 SAND-CA          16:07.58   16:11.68 qMIN   
                 29.09      1:00.46 (31.37)
        1:32.26 (31.80)     2:03.88 (31.62)
        2:35.82 (31.94)     3:07.96 (32.14)
        3:40.36 (32.40)     4:12.77 (32.41)
        4:44.98 (32.21)     5:17.74 (32.76)
        5:49.82 (32.08)     6:22.06 (32.24)
        6:54.23 (32.17)     7:26.51 (32.28)
        7:58.98 (32.47)     8:31.67 (32.69)
        9:04.19 (32.52)     9:37.02 (32.83)
       10:09.75 (32.73)    10:42.71 (32.96)
       11:15.23 (32.52)    11:47.98 (32.75)
       12:20.86 (32.88)    12:53.76 (32.90)
       13:26.58 (32.82)    13:59.57 (32.99)
       14:32.63 (33.06)    15:05.56 (32.93)
       15:54.58 (49.02)    16:11.68 (17.10)
  7 Michael Lee      17 RMDA-CA          15:59.53   16:12.69 qMIN   
                 29.90      1:02.41 (32.51)
      2:04.00 (1:01.59)      2:08.03 (4.03)
        2:40.15 (32.12)     3:13.96 (33.81)
        3:47.21 (33.25)     4:19.85 (32.64)
        4:40.82 (20.97)     5:25.90 (45.08)
        5:58.61 (32.71)     6:30.44 (31.83)
        7:02.40 (31.96)     7:34.77 (32.37)
        7:53.84 (19.07)     8:39.31 (45.47)
        9:00.55 (21.24)     9:44.54 (43.99)
       10:16.77 (32.23)    10:49.58 (32.81)
       11:22.01 (32.43)    11:54.69 (32.68)
       12:26.66 (31.97)    12:58.97 (32.31)
       13:31.72 (32.75)    14:04.20 (32.48)
       14:36.74 (32.54)    15:09.29 (32.55)
       15:41.31 (32.02)    16:12.69 (31.38)
  8 Ken Takahashi    20 CAL-PC           16:14.72   16:20.02 qMIN   
                 29.87      1:01.65 (31.78)
        1:33.79 (32.14)     2:05.99 (32.20)
        2:38.38 (32.39)     3:10.88 (32.50)
        3:43.48 (32.60)     4:16.02 (32.54)
        4:48.63 (32.61)     5:21.01 (32.38)
        5:53.63 (32.62)     6:26.23 (32.60)
        6:58.83 (32.60)     7:31.18 (32.35)
        8:03.70 (32.52)     8:36.29 (32.59)
        9:08.96 (32.67)     9:41.39 (32.43)
       10:13.94 (32.55)    10:46.78 (32.84)
       11:19.94 (33.16)    11:53.01 (33.07)
       12:26.80 (33.79)    13:00.03 (33.23)
       13:33.58 (33.55)    14:06.75 (33.17)
       14:40.67 (33.92)    15:14.07 (33.40)
       15:48.24 (34.17)    16:20.02 (31.78)

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Melanie Henique’s French Record Highlights Last Night of French Swimming Championships

The final night of the 2017 French Swimming Championships concluded on Sunday night in Strasbourg. The meet is also serving as qualification for the 2017 World Championships in Budapest later this summer.

Melanie Henique squeaked under her 50 fly French Record with a 25.85 on Sunday night. That swim beat her 25.86 from the 2011 World Championships. Henique had a good race with Beryl Gastaldello, who placed second at 26.02. Marie Wattel was third at 26.32. Henique is now tied for fifth in the world this year with China’s Lu Ying. Henique sits behind Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom (24.96), Japan’s Rikako Ikee (25.51), Belgium’s Kimberly Buys (25.78) and Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo (25.84).

The sixth night of competition started with a tight race between Marc-Antoine Olivier and Joris Bouchaut in the 1500 free. Olivier held off a furious late charge from Bouchaut over the last 100 to touch first at 15:05.08 ahead of Bouchaut’s 15:05.67. Bouchaut split a 55.61 on his last 100 to Olivier’s 57.45, but it was not enough to catch him. Damien Joly trailed off the pace over the last 100 meters and finished third at 15:09.92. Joly placed eighth at the Olympics last summer in the 1500 where he was well under 15 minutes at 14:48.90.

Beryl Gastaldello won her third French Swimming title of the week as she won the 100 back on Sunday with a 1:00.17 ahead of Mathilde Cini (1:00.57) and Pauline Mahieu (1:01.70). Gastaldello already took home titles in the 50 back and 100 fly earlier in the week. Gastaldello was less than a second away from Laure Manaudou’s French record at 59.50 set ten years ago at the World Championships in Melbourne.

In the men’s 200 breast final, Switzerland visitor Jeremy Desplanches was agonizingly close to the Swiss national record in the 200 breast with a 2:11.83 to win by a large margin over French swimmers Quentin Coton (2:14.19) and Theo Charrade (2:15.73). Desplanches just missed the record held by former Virginia swimmer Yannick Kaeser set at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan. Kaeser’s record lasts another day that was a 2:11.65. Desplanches already broke the 200 and 400 IM Swiss records at the French Championships this week.

Another non-French swimmer won the 50 free final as Algeria’s Oussama Sahnoune won the final with a 22.25 ahead of French swimmers Clement Mignon (22.34) and Maxime Grousset (22.62). Sahnoune was just shy of the Algerian Record set by Salim Iles in 2004 at 22.06. France sprint swimming has taken a hit now that 2012 Olympic gold medallist Florent Manaudou decided to take a break from the sport. Mignon swam at the Rio Olympics last summer where he finished 14th in the 100 free.

In the women’s 400 free final, Alizee Morel won the race with a 4:13.04 ahead of Anna Egorova (4:14.00) and Marion Abert (4:15.49).

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Steve West Breaks Masters World Record in 200 Breast at Speedo Grand Challenge

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

45-year-old Masters swimmer Steve West broke the 200 breast world record for the 45-49 age group at the Speedo Grand Challenge on Sunday morning. The Irvine Novaquatics swimmer swam a 2:22.46 in Irvine on Sunday to break the world record that was a 2:24 held by Russian Vladislav Bragin. West swam the fourth fastest time of the morning behind three Cal Berkeley swimmers. Connor Hoppe (2:20.73), Matt Whittle (2:21.14) and Carson Sand (2:21.42) will join West in the A-final tonight.

West now holds the 40-44 and the 45-49 masters world records in the 200 breast. The 40-44 record stands at 2:18.57 that he set at the 2015 LA Invitational. West also competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials when he was 41, where he placed 62nd. West also finished 7th in the 100 this meet with a 1:05.86. He scratched finals in that race and did not competed in the B-final.

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Claire Curzan Re-Breaks Her 11-12 NAG Record in 100 Fly; First to Break 54 Seconds

Photo Courtesy: Raleigh Swim Association

12-year-old Claire Curzan became the youngest swimmer to break 54 seconds in the 100 fly on Sunday at the National Black Heritage Meet in Greensboro, North Carolina. The swimmer from Raleigh Swim Association re-broke her National Age Group Record that stood at 54.00. Curzan swam a 53.95 on Sunday to lower her record she set in March of this year.

Curzan has been on a roll this past year as she has lowered the NAG record in the 100 fly for 11-12 girls multiple times throughout the last year. Curzan also holds the NAG record in the 50 fly that she set taking out her 100 in March. Her 50 record stands at 24.39. Curzan has been on such a roll the last year that she was Swimming World’s up and comer of the month for the month of May. Curzan sits ahead of Regan Smith (54.73) and Miriam Sheehan (54.90) in the all-time rankings for 11-12 year old girls in the 100 SCY fly.

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Kate Douglass Sprints to a First-Place Finish at 2017 Mel Zajac Jr International

Photo Courtesy: Taylor Brien

Competition at the 54th Annual Mel Zajac Jr. International meet continued this evening with night two of finals. It was a battle between the US national team and the Canada national team for the most top three finishers of the session.

15-year-old Kate Douglass, USA national teamer and multiple NAG record holder, sprinted to a first place finish in the women’s 50-meter freestyle with her time of 25.56, topping a packed field by half a second. University of Denver’s Johanna Roas touched second in 26.04, and USA’s Daria Pyshnenko was close behind in 26.07 to round out the top three finishers in the event.

                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Douglass, Katherine    15 USA-JR              25.69      25.56  
  2 Roas, Johanna          23 UN-CO-CO            26.16      26.04  
  3 Pyshnenko, Daria       18 USA-JR              26.15      26.07  
  4 Padington, Mackenzie   18 ISC                 26.48      26.12  
  5 Wog, Kelsey            18 TOBA/UMAN           26.82      26.42  
  6 Watson, Sarah          16 TOBA/UMAN           26.95      26.70  
  7 Leibel, Kyla           15 CAN-JR              26.94      26.77  
  8 Tankersley, Morgan     17 USA-JR              27.00      26.95  
  9 Hannah, Jade           15 CAN-JR              26.99      26.98  
 10 Esposito, Anna Maria   17 KSC                 27.17      27.18  

Canada’s Margaret MacNeil kicked off a session of fast swimming with her win in the women’s 100-meter butterfly. Her time of 59.54 was the only time under 1:00.00, and bested the field by a half second. Dakota Luther of the USA Junior National Team was second with her time of 1:00.00, and University of Denver’s Heidi Bradley took the bronze in 1:00.87.

                       === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 MacNeil, Margaret      17 CAN-JR            1:00.27      59.54  
  2 Luther, Dakota         17 USA-JR            1:01.29    1:00.00  
  3 Bradley, Heidi         20 UN-CO-CO          1:01.52    1:00.87  
  4 Hanus, Danielle        19 ISC               1:02.10    1:01.47  
  5 Hannah, Jade           15 CAN-JR            1:02.20    1:01.76  
  6 Carlton, Emma          17 BBST-PN           1:02.07    1:01.93  
  7 Darcel, Sarah          18 ISC               1:02.10    1:02.03  
  8 Garriock, Natalia      21 DST               1:03.16    1:02.80  
  9 Dickinson, Callie      17 USA-JR            1:02.24    1:03.02  
 10 Gibson, Jessie         19 SPART             1:03.18    1:03.44  

The Canada national team notched two more top three finishes in the men’s 100-meter fly, with teammates Josiah Binnema and Alexandre Perreault touching in 53.95 and 54.50, respectively. Third place by a hair went to Van Mathias of Multinoma Aquatic Club in 54.51.

                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Binnema, Josiah        19 CAN-SR              55.50      53.95  
  2 Perreault, Alexandre   18 CAN-SR              54.98      54.50  
  3 Mathias, Van           16 MAC-OR              54.55      54.51  
  4 Carlson, Evan          17 THSC-OR             54.96      54.58  
  5 Torres, Andrew         22 UN-CO-CO            55.36      54.62  
  6 Robrock, Kyle          23 UN-CO-CO            55.24      54.78  
  7 Thormeyer, Markus      19 CAN-SR              56.76      55.44  
  8 Dekker, Nicolaas       21 RAPID               56.15      55.55  
  9 Oh, Micah              18 KING-PN             56.54      56.69  
 10 Pratt, Cole            14 TEAM AB/CASC        57.01      56.76

The distance event of the night, the 400-meter freestyle, saw some tight competition in the women’s A-final. Island Swimming Club’s Mackenzie Padington took the win with her time of 4:11.10, while Danica Ludlow of the University of Calgary Swim Club was not far behind in 4:11.52. Third place went to USA National teamer and University of Florida-bound Taylor Ault, who was within a second of the first-place finisher with her time of 4:12.09.

                       === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Padington, Mackenzie   18 ISC               4:14.74    4:11.10  
  2 Ludlow, Danica         20 UCSC              4:15.52    4:11.52  
  3 Ault, Taylor           18 USA-JR            4:18.22    4:12.09  
  4 Donohoe, Madelyn       15 USA-JR            4:15.50    4:19.08  
  5 Wilson, Caitlyn        18 THSC-OR           4:23.37    4:20.09  
  6 Tankersley, Morgan     17 USA-JR            4:19.66    4:20.34  
  7 Groysman, Yulia        16 KING-PN           4:23.44    4:20.52  
  8 Luther, Dakota         17 USA-JR            4:23.04    4:20.53  
  9 Brundage, Maia         21 UBCD              4:24.56    4:24.18  
 10 Gowans, Molly          17 ISC               4:19.47    4:27.10  

Tristan Cote of Etobicoke Swimming topped the men’s 400-meter freestyle with his time of 3:55.34, shaving almost six seconds off of his prelims time. USA’s Kieran Smith touched second in 3:57.67, and Canada’s Samuel Belanger grabbed the third place finish with a 3:59.41.

                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Cote, Tristan          21 ESWIM             4:01.24    3:55.34  
  2 Smith, Kieran          17 USA-JR            4:01.31    3:57.67  
  3 Belanger, Samuel       20 CAN-JR            4:03.00    3:59.41  
  4 Gilbert, Colin         18 CAN-SR            4:02.29    3:59.75  
  5 Zakala, Josh           19 ISC               4:01.82    3:59.83  
  6 McKay, Jon             21 UVIC-PCS          4:03.76    4:02.09  
  7 Fan, Hau-Li            19 UBCD              4:04.83    4:02.69  
  8 Milosevic, Stefan      21 UBCD/HPCVAN       4:07.07    4:06.76  
  9 Thornbrue, Luke        16 HEAT-OR           4:06.19    4:06.79  
 10 Konik, Justin          16 CAN-JR            4:07.07    4:07.80  

Roas, who has competed for the German national team, sprinted to victory in the women’s 50-meter backstroke with her time of 28.58, and Ingrid Wilm of the UBC Dolphin Swim Association finished second in 28.75. The bronze medal went to Canada’s 16-year-old Madison Broad in 29.06.

                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Roas, Johanna          23 UN-CO-CO            28.60      28.58  
  2 Wilm, Ingrid           18 UBCD/HPCVAN         29.29      28.75  
  3 Broad, Madison         16 CAN-JR              29.57      29.06  
  4 Hanus, Danielle        19 ISC                 29.27      29.38  
  5 Hannah, Jade           15 CAN-JR              29.51      29.64  
  6 Caldwell, Hilary       26 ISC                 30.03      29.73  
  7 Bradley, Heidi         20 UN-CO-CO            30.46      29.91  
  8 Gowans, Molly          17 ISC                 30.11      30.03  
  9 Henderson, Hanna       15 CAN-JR              30.28      30.16  
 10 Modrcin, Dora          17 TOBA/MM             30.65      30.43

Canada got a leg up in the men’s sprint backstroke, with Tim Zeng touching first in 25.74. Second was Denver’s Kyle Robrock in 26.16, and third place went to University of Calgary Swim Club’s Christopher Courtis in 26.94.

                       === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Zeng, Tim              19 CAN-SR              26.66      25.74  
  2 Robrock, Kyle          23 UN-CO-CO            26.54      26.16  
  3 Courtis, Christopher   23 UCSC                27.20      26.94  
  4 Farber, Sid            18 UN-CO-CO            27.42      26.98  
  5 Binnema, Josiah        19 CAN-SR              27.59      27.32  
  6 Loncar, Anton          21 CRO                 27.44      27.36  
  7 Lisoway, Justin        16 TEAM AB/CASC        27.99      27.50  
  8 Smith, Jared           20 UN-CO-CO            27.75      27.66  
  9 Carlson, Evan          17 THSC-OR             28.01      27.86  
 10 Hayes, Nathan          15 KING-PN             27.93      28.39  

The next event underway was the finals of the women’s 200-meter IM , where Sarah Darcel of Island Swimming Club managed to hold on to first place, touching in 2:15.27 to Kelsey Wog of Team Manitoba’s second-place time of 2:15.63. Darcel’s teammate 26-year-old Hilary Caldwell notched a third-place finish for the team with her time of 2:16.62.

                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Darcel, Sarah          18 ISC               2:17.09    2:15.27  
  2 Wog, Kelsey            18 TOBA/UMAN         2:18.86    2:15.63  
  3 Caldwell, Hilary       26 ISC               2:19.23    2:16.62  
  4 Andison, Bailey        19 UN-CO-CO          2:18.46    2:16.82  
  5 Padington, Mackenzie   18 ISC               2:17.90    2:18.61  
  6 Hanus, Danielle        19 ISC               2:20.41    2:18.68  
  7 Andrusak, Jordan       17 UVIC-PCS          2:22.51    2:19.82  
  8 Knelson, Faith         15 CAN-JR            2:22.26    2:20.69  
  9 Dickinson, Callie      17 USA-JR            2:21.89    2:21.42  
 10 Mitchell, Emma         16 KSC               2:23.10    2:23.62  

On the men’s side, Smith moved up in the ranks, swimming to victory with a 2:02.75 in the 200-meter IM. USA’s Samuel Iida touched close behind in 2:03.16, while Island Swimming Club’s Josh Zakala won bronze with his time of 2:07.05.

                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Smith, Kieran          17 USA-JR            2:07.13    2:02.75  
  2 Iida, Samuel           18 USA-JR            2:05.65    2:03.16  
  3 Zakala, Josh           19 ISC               2:08.67    2:07.05  
  4 Ng, Christian          20 MARKHAM-ON        2:09.02    2:07.47  
  5 Knox, Finlay           16 TEAM AB/FSSC      2:09.41    2:09.76  
  6 Eriks, Colin           21 UBCD              2:08.69    2:10.18  
  7 Mathias, Van           16 MAC-OR            2:08.73    2:10.33  
  8 Freund, Kaelan         18 CAN-SR            2:10.40    2:10.45  
  9 Hernandez, Rolando     19 HYACK             2:10.96    2:10.90  
 10 Oh, Micah              18 KING-PN           2:11.18    2:12.51  

For the men’s 50-meter freestyle, Canada retaliated with a first-place finish from Yuri Kisil, who touched in a blistering 22.69. Second place went to Dillon Virva, swimming with King Aquatic Club, with his time of 22.85. Robrock took home a third-place finish with his swim of 23.10.

                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Kisil, Yuri            21 CAN-SR              23.09      22.69  
  2 Virva, Dillon          23 KING-PN             22.78      22.85  
  3 Robrock, Kyle          23 UN-CO-CO            23.31      23.10  
  4 Farber, Sid            18 UN-CO-CO            23.59      23.29  
  5 Troskot, Kyle          25 KSC                 23.33      23.46  
  6 Bernard-Lalonde, Anto  21 CAN-SR              23.88      23.48  
  7 Ayoubi, Mehdi          18 CAN-JR              23.62      23.66  
  8 Carlson, Evan          17 THSC-OR             23.80      23.70  
  9 Corbeau, Caspar        16 THSC-OR             23.83      23.91  
 10 Milosevic, Stefan      21 UBCD/HPCVAN         24.12      24.45  

Switching gears, the women tackled the 200-meter breaststroke as the last individual event of the session. Kelowna Westside’s Kierra Smith swam to a decisive victory with a 2:25.25, over six seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of Greater Ottowa Kingfish took second place with her swim of 2:31.59, and third place went to Rachel Nicol of LA Swim Club in 2:32.40.

                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Smith, Kierra          23 KWIC              2:29.12    2:25.25  
  2 Seltenreich-Hodgson,   22 GO/HPCVAN         2:35.21    2:31.59  
  3 Nicol, Rachel          24 LASC              2:35.63    2:32.40  
  4 Knelson, Faith         15 CAN-JR            2:36.80    2:33.77  
  4 Wiseman, Avery         15 TEAM AB/TRIT      2:35.81    2:33.77  
  6 Tarrant, Sophie        16 UVIC-PCS          2:39.21    2:37.68  
  7 Darcel, Sarah          18 ISC               2:39.97    2:38.27  
  8 Roth, Isabelle         14 TEAM AB/CASC      2:41.93    2:39.27  
  9 Herbert, Bailey        14 TEAM BC/LOSC      2:39.87    2:39.40  
 10 Ledoux, Renae          17 PSW               2:42.38    2:41.03

Canada’s Richard Funk topped the men’s 200-meter breaststroke with his swim of 2:15.41, a five-second drop from prelims, ahead of USA’s AJ Bornstein and his time of 2:18.65. Canada notched another top three finish in 17-year-old Jaren Lefranc‘s time of 2:18.90.

                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Funk, Richard          24 CAN-SR            2:21.02    2:15.41  
  2 Bornstein, AJ          17 USA-JR            2:21.62    2:18.65  
  3 Lefranc, Jaren         17 CAN-JR            2:21.09    2:18.90  
  4 Corbeau, Caspar        16 THSC-OR           2:21.22    2:20.22  
  5 Blackmon, Ben          20 CHENA             2:24.53    2:20.92  
  6 Cote, Tristan          21 ESWIM             2:25.07    2:21.81  
  7 Iida, Samuel           18 USA-JR            2:21.65    2:22.80  
  8 Hill, Robert           21 CAN-SR            2:23.79    2:23.51  
  9 Hughes, Robert         19 KING-PN           2:26.17    2:27.01  
 10 Huang, Owen            16 CAN-JR            2:26.38    2:28.23  

To finish out the session, the women and men competed in the 800-meter freestyle relay. On the women’s side, the USA Junior National team bested the Canada Junior National team by about four seconds. For the US team, Madelyn Donohoe, Morgan Tankersley, Douglass, and Ault put together a time of 8:18.92, while Canada’s Kyla Leibel, Aleksa Gold, Isabel Sarty, and Jessica Luo stopped the clock in 8:23.06. Third place went to Canada’s junior C relay team made up of Victoria Kwan, MacNeil, Jade Hannah, and Faith Knelson, who finished in 8:26.87.

For the men, Canada’s senior A team took home the win with their time of 7:32.58 (made up of Carson Olafson, Markus Thormeyer, Kisil, and Colin Gilbert). The junior team was not far behind, as Alexander Pratt, Justin Konik, Belanger, and Emil Goin put together a time of 7:40.54 for second place. Third place in the final event of the evening went to Hau-Li Fan, Stefan Milosevic, Araya Therrien, and Luke Reilly of the UBC Dolphin Swim Association in 7:48.92.

Competition for the 2017 Mel Zajac Jr. Invitational will resume tomorrow morning at 9:00am prelims with the 50 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and the 1650 and 1000.

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Katie McLaughling Tops 200 Free at Day Two of 2017 Speedo Grand Challenge

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2017 Speedo Grand Challenge continued with fast times by collegiate swimmers and Olympians alike.

Vlad Morozov sprinted his way to victory in the men’s splash and dash, delivering a time of 21.91 for the gold. Morozov’s season best sits at a 21.44 from the Russian Championships. Cristian Quintero picked up second with a final time of 22.71, followed by Zach Apples’s 22.85.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Morozov, Vladim  24 TROJ-CA             22.35      21.91 NATL   
  2 Quintero, Crist  24 TROJ-CA             23.10      22.71 NATL   
  3 Apple, Zach      20 AUB-SE              23.30      22.85 NATL   
  4 Tittle, Mason D  20 UN-12-CA            23.42      23.31 JNR

Cal delivered a 1-2 punch in finals of the women’s 200 free. Katie McLaughlin led the charge with the only sub-two minute swim, stopping the clock at a 1:59.63 for the gold. Teammate Amy Bilquist was second overall with a 2:00.52, while Mission Viejo’s Ella Ristic took third with a 2:00.99.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 McLaughlin, Kat  19 CAL-PC            2:01.29    1:59.63 NATL   
                 28.37        58.86 (30.49)
        1:29.44 (30.58)     1:59.63 (30.19)
  2 Bilquist, Amy M  19 CAL-PC            2:02.38    2:00.52 NATL   
                 27.65        58.17 (30.52)
        1:29.56 (31.39)     2:00.52 (30.96)
  3 Ristic, Ella     15 MVN-CA            2:03.48    2:00.99 NATL   
                 28.53        59.35 (30.82)
        1:30.44 (31.09)     2:00.99 (30.55)
  4 Weitzeil, Abbey  20 CAL-PC            2:03.16    2:01.81 NATL   
                 27.78        58.62 (30.84)
        1:29.98 (31.36)     2:01.81 (31.83)

Carter Grimes topped the competition in the men’s 400 IM with a top showing of 4:25.88. He improved upon his prelims time of 4:35.77 by close to ten seconds. Ken Takahashi picked up second overall with a 4:27.25, followed by John Larson’s 4:29.30.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Grimes, Carter   18 SAND-CA           4:35.77    4:25.88 OT     
                 27.63        58.48 (30.85)
        1:32.15 (33.67)     2:04.34 (32.19)
        2:44.59 (40.25)     3:25.14 (40.55)
        3:56.26 (31.12)     4:25.88 (29.62)
  2 Takahashi, Ken   20 CAL-PC            4:32.04    4:27.25 OT     
                 27.75        59.37 (31.62)
        1:34.08 (34.71)     2:08.56 (34.48)
        2:46.29 (37.73)     3:26.28 (39.99)
        3:56.73 (30.45)     4:27.25 (30.52)
  3 Larson, JohnTho  18 EDI-MN            4:33.90    4:29.30 JNR    
                 28.35      1:02.09 (33.74)
        1:37.14 (35.05)     2:12.47 (35.33)
        2:51.36 (38.89)     3:30.78 (39.42)
        4:01.04 (30.26)     4:29.30 (28.26)
  4 Vargas, Kevin L  15 RMDA-CA           4:28.93    4:30.28 JNR    
                 28.47      1:00.87 (32.40)
        1:36.53 (35.66)     2:11.62 (35.09)
        2:49.14 (37.52)     3:27.50 (38.36)
        3:59.19 (31.69)     4:30.28 (31.09)

The women’s 400 IM was topped by Ashley Neidigh and her time of 4:48.17. Riley Scott picked up a close second with a 4:49.24, touching just ahead of Solie Laughling’s 4:49.48.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Neidigh, Ashley  22 AUB-SE            4:49.14    4:48.17 NATL   
                 31.23      1:05.82 (34.59)
        1:43.62 (37.80)     2:20.62 (37.00)
        3:01.45 (40.83)     3:43.00 (41.55)
        4:16.74 (33.74)     4:48.17 (31.43)
  2 Scott, Riley O   19 UN-PC/USC-CA      4:59.12    4:49.24 NATL   
                 30.04      1:05.60 (35.56)
        1:43.34 (37.74)     2:22.39 (39.05)
        3:00.44 (38.05)     3:41.43 (40.99)
        4:15.88 (34.45)     4:49.24 (33.36)
  3 Laughlin, Solie  19 UN-15-SN/BUEN-CA  4:56.24    4:49.48 NATL   
                 30.66      1:05.59 (34.93)
        1:43.12 (37.53)     2:19.30 (36.18)
        3:01.85 (42.55)     3:43.85 (42.00)
        4:17.41 (33.56)     4:49.48 (32.07)
  4 Thatcher, Zoe M  20 AUB-SE            4:59.64    4:55.90 JNR    
                 31.00      1:06.12 (35.12)
        1:44.37 (38.25)     2:21.19 (36.82)
        3:05.28 (44.09)     3:49.06 (43.78)
        4:22.95 (33.89)     4:55.90 (32.95)

Luiz Martinez set a meet record in the men’s 100 fly, posting a time of 53.51 for first. His time takes down his own meet record of 52.85, set earlier in the day. Dylan Carter was second overall with a time of 53.59, while Juarez Ramirez grabbed third with a 54.54.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Martinez, Luis   21 AUB-SE              53.51      52.85MNATL   
                 25.34        52.85 (27.51)
  2 Carter, Dylan J  21 UN-04-CA/USC-CA     53.87      53.59 NATL   
                 24.76        53.59 (28.83)
  3 Ramirez Juarez,  26 ITESM               54.54      54.28 NATL   
                 25.58        54.28 (28.70)
 -- Lynch, Justin J  20 CAL-PC              54.29         DQ        
                 24.34           DQ (28.07)

Amanda Kendall of Canyon Aquatics turned in the top time in the women’s 100 fly, stopping the clock at a sizzling 58.98. Cal’s Farida Osman finished second overall with a time of 59.12, followed by Kendyl Stewart and her time of 59.25.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Kendall, Amanda  26 CANY-CA             59.73      58.98 NATL   
                 27.57        58.98 (31.41)
  2 Osman, Farida H  22 CAL-PC            1:00.40      59.12 NATL   
                 27.54        59.12 (31.58)
  3 Stewart, Kendyl  22 TROJ-CA             59.19      59.25 NATL   
                 27.55        59.25 (31.70)
  4 McLaughlin, Kat  19 CAL-PC            1:00.57    1:00.25 NATL   
                 28.62      1:00.25 (31.63)

The men’s 200 back was led by Brock Bonetti, swimming unattached, who posted a final time of 2:01.26. Peter Larson took second with a time of 2:04.58, just ahead of NOVA’s Justin Nguyen‘s 2:05.76.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Bonetti, Brock   21 UN-01-GU          2:04.87    2:01.26 OT     
                 28.73        59.10 (30.37)
        1:30.56 (31.46)     2:01.26 (30.70)
  2 Larson, Peter L  16 EDI-MN            2:05.59    2:04.58 JNR    
                 29.33      1:00.49 (31.16)
        1:32.46 (31.97)     2:04.58 (32.12)
  3 Nguyen, Justin   17 NOVA-CA           2:06.33    2:05.76 JNR    
                 28.72        59.92 (31.20)
        1:32.41 (32.49)     2:05.76 (33.35)
  4 Moseley, Robby   17 BSC-CC            2:07.35    2:07.38 JNR    
                 29.87      1:01.61 (31.74)
        1:34.42 (32.81)     2:07.38 (32.96)

Bilquist returned to the pool, topping the competition in the women’s 200 back with a final time of 2:12.56. Emma Schanz, swimming unattached, grabbed the silver with a 2:13.82, while Samantha Shelton was third with a 2:15.05.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Bilquist, Amy M  19 CAL-PC            2:14.81    2:12.56 NATL   
                 31.27      1:04.53 (33.26)
        1:38.76 (34.23)     2:12.56 (33.80)
  2 Schanz, Emma I   19 UN-11-CA          2:14.59    2:13.82 NATL   
                 32.52      1:06.44 (33.92)
        1:40.18 (33.74)     2:13.82 (33.64)
  3 Shelton, Samant  17 MVN-CA            2:17.10    2:15.05 NATL   
                 32.17      1:05.82 (33.65)
        1:40.37 (34.55)     2:15.05 (34.68)
  4 Crisera, Alexan  16 CITI-CA           2:17.50    2:19.65 MIN    
                 32.81      1:07.85 (35.04)
        1:43.77 (35.92)     2:19.65 (35.88)

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Vladimir Morozov Posts Swift Time at Speedo Grand Challenge

Photo Courtesy: David Farr

The second day of the Speedo Grand Challenge went off from Irvine, California and the crowd saw some good in-season times at the unique meet.

Vladimir Morozov started the morning session with a quick 22.35 to take the top seed for tonight. Morozov leads his Trojan Swim Club teammate Cristian Quintero, who won the 200 free last night. Quintero (23.10), Zach Apple (23.30) and Justin Lynch (23.42) will be in the four person final.

 Event 15  Men 50 LC Meter Freestyle
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        World: W 20.91  12/18/2009Cesar Cielo, BRA
         Amer: A 21.37  8/7/2015  Nathan Adrian, USA
       USOpen: O 21.14  7/9/2009  Cesar Cielo, Auburn/BRA
  Meet Record: M 21.78  5/2013    Vlad Morozov, UN
         POOL: P 21.55  8/2014    Nathan Adrian/Anthony Ervin, USA
                 23.29  NATL
                 23.29  OT Trials
                 24.09  JNR
                 25.01  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Morozov, Vladim  24 TROJ-CA             21.81      22.35 qNATL  
  2 Quintero, Crist  24 TROJ-CA             23.24      23.10 qNATL  
  3 Apple, Zach      20 AUB-SE              22.69      23.30 qJNR   
  4 Lynch, Justin J  20 CAL-PC              23.33      23.42 qJNR

Katie McLaughlin leads the 200 free qualifiers after her 400 free win last night. McLaughlin swam a 2:01.29 to lead Cal teammates Amy Bilquist (2:02.38) and Abbey Weitzeil (2:03.16). Mission Viejo 15-year-old Ella Ristic will be the fourth person in the final with a 2:03.48 swim this morning.

 Event 16  Women 200 LC Meter Freestyle
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        World: W 1:52.98  7/29/2009 Federica Pellegrini, ITA
         Amer: A 1:53.61  7/31/2012 Allison Schmitt, USA
       USOpen: O 1:54.40  6/28/2012 Allison Schmitt, North Baltimore
  Meet Record: M 1:58.60  2005      Melanie Marshall, BRIT
         POOL: P 1:55.16  8/2014    Katie Ledecky, NCAP
                 2:02.39  NATL
                 2:02.39  OT Trials
                 2:04.69  JNR
                 2:06.24  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 McLaughlin, Kat  19 CAL-PC            1:58.43    2:01.29 qNATL  
                 28.59        59.54 (30.95)
        1:30.66 (31.12)     2:01.29 (30.63)
  2 Bilquist, Amy M  19 CAL-PC            2:01.58    2:02.38 qNATL  
                 28.27        59.43 (31.16)
        1:31.48 (32.05)     2:02.38 (30.90)
  3 Weitzeil, Abbey  20 CAL-PC            2:00.57    2:03.16 qJNR   
                 28.30        59.66 (31.36)
        1:31.60 (31.94)     2:03.16 (31.56)
  4 Ristic, Ella     15 MVN-CA            2:01.11    2:03.48 qJNR   
                 29.26      1:00.70 (31.44)
        1:32.30 (31.60)     2:03.48 (31.18)

In the men’s 400 IM, 15-year-old Kevin Vargas leads the qualifiers with a 4:28.93. Vargas had the fastest time by over three seconds over Cal’s Ken Takahashi (4:32.04). A pair of 18-year-olds will be the other two swimmers in the final as Texas commit JohnThomas Larson and Cal commit Trenton Julian will also swim in the final tonight.

 Event 19  Men 400 LC Meter IM
==================================================================
        World: W 4:03.84  8/10/2008 Michael Phelps, USA
         Amer: A 4:03.84  8/10/2008 Michael Phelps, USA
       USOpen: O 4:05.25  6/29/2008 Michael Phelps, Club Wolverine
  Meet Record: M 4:14.06  5/29/2010 Thiago M Pereira, UN-CA
         POOL: P 4:07.59  8/2010    Ryan Lochte, USA
                 4:27.49  OT Trials
                 4:27.99  NATL
                 4:33.89  JNR
                 4:50.81  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Vargas, Kevin L  15 RMDA-CA           4:28.21    4:28.93 qJNR   
                 28.95      1:01.65 (32.70)
        1:38.24 (36.59)     2:13.06 (34.82)
        2:49.92 (36.86)     3:27.52 (37.60)
        3:58.76 (31.24)     4:28.93 (30.17)
  2 Takahashi, Ken   20 CAL-PC            4:24.86    4:32.04 qJNR   
                 28.02        59.56 (31.54)
        1:34.53 (34.97)     2:09.06 (34.53)
        2:48.13 (39.07)     3:28.64 (40.51)
        3:59.99 (31.35)     4:32.04 (32.05)
  3 Larson, JohnTho  18 EDI-MN            4:27.15    4:33.90 qMIN   
                 28.47      1:01.45 (32.98)
        1:37.95 (36.50)     2:13.89 (35.94)
        2:53.02 (39.13)     3:32.30 (39.28)
        4:04.13 (31.83)     4:33.90 (29.77)
  4 Julian, Trenton  18 ROSE-CA           4:26.77    4:37.26 qMIN   
                 27.50        58.40 (30.90)
        1:35.59 (37.19)     2:11.17 (35.58)
        2:52.04 (40.87)     3:32.33 (40.29)
        4:05.75 (33.42)     4:37.26 (31.51)

In the women’s 400 IM, Auburn senior Ashley Neidigh posted a strong swim with a 4:49.14 to lead the field by over seven seconds. Solie Laughlin was second at 4:56.24. 200 IM champ last night Riley Scott was third and Auburn’s Zoe Thatcher was fourth into tonight’s A-final.

Event 20  Women 400 LC Meter IM
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        World: W 4:28.43  7/28/2012 Shiwen Ye, CHN
         Amer: A 4:31.12  6/29/2008 Katie Hoff, North Baltimore
       USOpen: O 4:31.07  6/19/2015 Katinka Hosszu, HUN
  Meet Record: M 4:38.83  5/28/2011 Julia E Smit, UN-PC
         POOL: P 4:32.98  8/2014    Elizabeth Beisel, ABF
                 4:54.99  NATL
                 4:54.99  OT Trials
                 4:58.09  JNR
                 5:09.67  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Neidigh, Ashley  22 AUB-SE            4:57.73    4:49.14 qNATL  
                 31.19      1:06.26 (35.07)
        1:43.75 (37.49)     2:20.49 (36.74)
        3:01.30 (40.81)     3:43.20 (41.90)
        4:16.68 (33.48)     4:49.14 (32.46)
  2 Laughlin, Solie  19 UN-15-SN/BUEN-CA  4:59.06    4:56.24 qJNR   
                 30.85      1:06.06 (35.21)
        1:44.09 (38.03)     2:20.85 (36.76)
        3:04.22 (43.37)     3:47.18 (42.96)
        4:21.90 (34.72)     4:56.24 (34.34)
  3 Scott, Riley O   19 UN-PC/USC-CA      5:01.85    4:59.12 qMIN   
                 31.01      1:07.72 (36.71)
        1:46.88 (39.16)     2:25.75 (38.87)
        3:05.95 (40.20)     3:47.86 (41.91)
        4:24.36 (36.50)     4:59.12 (34.76)
  4 Thatcher, Zoe M  20 AUB-SE            5:02.85    4:59.64 qMIN   
                 31.78      1:07.37 (35.59)
        1:45.65 (38.28)     2:23.14 (37.49)
        3:07.34 (44.20)     3:51.90 (44.56)
        4:25.97 (34.07)     4:59.64 (33.67)

The men’s 100 butterfly final will be tight as Auburn’s Luis Martinez posted the top time of the morning with a 53.51 ahead of USC’s Dylan Carter (53.87) and Cal’s Justin Lynch (54.29). Martinez is just off the meet record held by Milorad Cavic and Lynch from two years ago at 53.08.

 Event 23  Men 100 LC Meter Butterfly
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        World: W 49.82  8/1/2009  Michael Phelps, USA
         Amer: A 49.82  8/1/2009  Michael Phelps, USA
       USOpen: O 50.22  7/9/2009  Michael Phelps, North Baltimore
  Meet Record: M 53.08  5/2015    Michael Cavic/Justin Lynch, SERB/UN
         POOL: P 50.65  8/2010    Michael Phelps, NBAC
                 54.79  NATL
                 54.79  OT Trials
                 56.69  JNR
                 59.09  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Martinez, Luis   21 AUB-SE              52.22      53.51 qNATL  
                 25.47        53.51 (28.04)
  2 Carter, Dylan J  21 UN-04-CA/USC-CA     53.61      53.87 qNATL  
                 25.00        53.87 (28.87)
  3 Lynch, Justin J  20 CAL-PC              52.43      54.29 qNATL  
                 25.34        54.29 (28.95)
  4 Ramirez Juarez,  26 ITESM               54.45      54.54 qNATL  
                 25.79        54.54 (28.75)

In the women’s 100 butterfly, Trojan’s Kendyl Stewart led the heats with a 59.19 ahead of Canyon’s Amanda Kendall (59.73). Cal’s Farida Osman and Katie McLaughlin are the other two swimmers in the final as the four will be chasing the meet record held by Canadian Katerine Savard from 2011 at 58.48.

 Event 24  Women 100 LC Meter Butterfly
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        World: W 55.64  8/3/2015  Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
         Amer: A 55.98  7/29/2012 Dana Vollmer, USA
       USOpen: O 56.38  1/16/2016 Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
  Meet Record: M 58.48  5/28/2011 Katerine Savard, Club de natation
         POOL: P 57.32  8/2010    Christine Magnuson, FORD
               1:01.19  NATL
               1:01.19  OT Trials
               1:02.59  JNR
               1:04.52  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Stewart, Kendyl  22 TROJ-CA             58.32      59.19 qNATL  
                 27.68        59.19 (31.51)
  2 Kendall, Amanda  26 CANY-CA             58.27      59.73 qNATL  
                 27.94        59.73 (31.79)
  3 Osman, Farida H  22 CAL-PC              57.83    1:00.40 qNATL  
                 28.13      1:00.40 (32.27)
  4 McLaughlin, Kat  19 CAL-PC              58.86    1:00.57 qNATL  
                 28.49      1:00.57 (32.08)

Texas A&M’s Brock Bonetti lead the qualifiers in the 200 back with a 2:04.87 this morning. Teenagers Peter Larson, Justin Nguyen and Robby Moseley followed him into the final.

 Event 27  Men 200 LC Meter Backstroke
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        World: W 1:51.92  7/31/2009 Aaron Peirsol, USA
         Amer: A 1:51.92  7/31/2009 Aaron Peirsol, USA
       USOpen: O 1:53.08  7/11/2009 Aaron Peirsol, Longhorn
  Meet Record: M 1:58.15  5/29/2010 Tyler Clary, FAST
         POOL: P 1:54.12  8/2010    Ryan Lochte, USA
                 2:03.79  OT Trials
                 2:03.99  NATL
                 2:07.39  JNR
                 2:15.69  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Bonetti, Brock   21 UN-01-GU          2:03.20    2:04.87 qJNR   
                 29.37      1:00.79 (31.42)
        1:32.47 (31.68)     2:04.87 (32.40)
  2 Larson, Peter L  16 EDI-MN            2:03.33    2:05.59 qJNR   
                 30.22      1:01.71 (31.49)
        1:33.90 (32.19)     2:05.59 (31.69)
  3 Nguyen, Justin   17 NOVA-CA           2:06.45    2:06.33 qJNR   
                 29.31      1:00.82 (31.51)
        1:33.37 (32.55)     2:06.33 (32.96)
  4 Moseley, Robby   17 BSC-CC            2:07.50    2:07.35 qJNR   
                 30.44      1:02.23 (31.79)
        1:34.74 (32.51)     2:07.35 (32.61)

In the women’s 200 back, Pac-12 rivals Emma Schanz of UCLA and Amy Bilquist of Cal swam 2:14’s this morning to lead the qualifiers into tonight’s finals session. Schanz (2:14.59) and Bilquist (2:14.81) lead teenagers Samantha Shelton and Alex Crisera into tonight’s final.

 Event 28  Women 200 LC Meter Backstroke
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        World: W 2:04.06  8/3/2012  Missy Franklin, USA
         Amer: A 2:04.06  8/3/2012  Missy Franklin, USA
       USOpen: O 2:05.68  6/26/2013 Missy Franklin, Colorado Stars
  Meet Record: M 2:11.95  5/2013    Maya Dirado, UN
         POOL: P 2:07.83  8/2010    Elizabeth Beisel, USA
                 2:16.59  NATL
                 2:16.59  OT Trials
                 2:18.69  JNR
                 2:24.29  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Schanz, Emma I   19 UN-11-CA          2:16.16    2:14.59 qNATL  
                 32.69      1:07.15 (34.46)
        1:40.88 (33.73)     2:14.59 (33.71)
  2 Bilquist, Amy M  19 CAL-PC            2:08.30    2:14.81 qNATL  
                 31.78      1:05.64 (33.86)
        1:40.20 (34.56)     2:14.81 (34.61)
  3 Shelton, Samant  17 MVN-CA            2:22.55    2:17.10 qJNR   
                 32.60      1:06.75 (34.15)
        1:41.55 (34.80)     2:17.10 (35.55)
  4 Crisera, Alexan  16 CITI-CA           2:16.70    2:17.50 qJNR   
                 32.16      1:07.19 (35.03)
        1:42.13 (34.94)     2:17.50 (35.37)

The men’s 400 free final will be the last final of the night as 200 free champ Cristian Quintero swam the fastest time of the morning with a 3:59.22. Auburn’s Russell Noletto was second at 3:59.68 to join Quintero as the only swimmers under 4 minutes. Cal’s Nick Norman (4:01.37) and Ryan Kao (4:01.67) are within striking distance of the top two as they round out the A-final for tonight.

 Event 29  Men 400 LC Meter Freestyle
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        World: W 3:40.07  7/26/2009 Paul Biedermann, GER
         Amer: A 3:42.78  8/10/2008 Larsen Jensen, USA
       USOpen: O 3:43.53  6/29/2008 Larsen Jensen, Trojan
  Meet Record: M 3:49.74  4/25/2009 Ous Mellouli, TROJ
         POOL: P 3:44.27  8/2006    Klete Keller, CW
                 3:58.69  NATL
                 3:58.69  OT Trials
                 4:03.59  JNR
                 4:11.79  MIN
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Quintero, Crist  24 TROJ-CA           3:50.44    3:59.22 qJNR   
                 27.50        57.57 (30.07)
        1:27.86 (30.29)     1:58.54 (30.68)
        2:28.80 (30.26)     2:59.71 (30.91)
        3:29.92 (30.21)     3:59.22 (29.30)
  2 Noletto, Russel  20 AUB-SE            4:04.18    3:59.68 qJNR   
                 27.91        57.81 (29.90)
        1:27.83 (30.02)     1:58.12 (30.29)
        2:28.32 (30.20)     2:58.82 (30.50)
        3:29.74 (30.92)     3:59.68 (29.94)
  3 Norman, Nick C   20 CAL-PC            3:58.48    4:01.37 qJNR   
                 27.95        57.75 (29.80)
        1:28.01 (30.26)     1:58.72 (30.71)
        2:29.52 (30.80)     3:00.44 (30.92)
        3:31.16 (30.72)     4:01.37 (30.21)
  4 Kao, Ryan J      21 CAL-PC            3:58.36    4:01.67 qJNR   
                 28.44        58.64 (30.20)
        1:29.52 (30.88)     2:00.40 (30.88)
        2:31.37 (30.97)     3:02.53 (31.16)
        3:33.45 (30.92)     4:01.67 (28.22)

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Mehdy Metella, Camille Lacourt Post Quick Times on Night Five of French Championships

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

French swimming veterans Mehdy Metella, Camille Lacourt as well as Charlotte Bonnet posted fast times on night five of the 2017 French Swimming Championships. Bonnet just missed the French Record in the 100 free while Lacourt and Mehtella posted times ranked in the top eight in the world for 2017 in their respective events.

Just a few days after Joseph Schooling announced his intent to take down Michael Phelps’ world record in the 100 fly, Frenchman Mehdy Metella put his name in the mix for the 100 fly world title. Mehtella swam a very fast 51.36 on Saturday night at the French Swimming Championships to put him third in the world rankings for 2017. Metella also just missed his French Record that was a 51.24 from the 2015 World Championships. Mehtella now sits behind South Africa’s Chad Le Clos (51.29) and China’ Li Zhuhao (51.34) in the world rankings for the event. Mehtella finished ahead of Paul Lemaire (53.28) and Nans Roch (53.52). Mehtella has had a pretty good meet so far after he had another world ranked 100 free last night.

Camille Lacourt also posted a world ranked time in the 50 back as he went stroke for stroke with fellow veteran Jeremy Stravius. Lacourt won the final with a 24.60 ahead of Stravius’ 24.73. Benjamin Stasiulis was third at 25.42. Lacourt is now ranked fourth in the world in the event behind China’s Xu Jiayu (24.42), Russia’s Evgeny Rylov (24.52) and Japan’s Junya Koga (24.53). Stravius now sits sixth in the world behind Brazil’s Guilherme Guido (24.72). Lacourt has announced this will be his final World Championships as he is planning to retire after the meet in Budapest.

Charlotte Bonnet posted another good swim in the 100 free with a 53.65 to just miss Malia Metella’s French record of 53.49 from 2009. Malia is the older sister of the aforementioned Mehdy Metella. Bonnet finished ahead of Beryl Gastaldello (54.55), Marie Wattel (55.13) and Margaux Fabre (55.24). Bonnet’s time puts her ninth in the world rankings for 2017.

The women’s 800 freestyle timed final started off the session with a victory from Aurelie Muller at 8:36.56. Muller used her back half to swim away from second place Anna Egorova (8:40.35) and Fantine Lesaffre (8:42.98).

Fanny Deberghes won the 200 breast final with a 2:28.78. Deberghes used a strong last 50 to swim away from Camille Dauba at 2:29.46. Laura Paquit was third at 2:31.53.

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Erin Earley, Rising to Potential

Photo Courtesy: Peter Mahakian

Commentary by Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern.

She’s singing off-key and at the top of her lungs to whatever vapid pop song is on the radio, smiling despite the set her coach writes on the board. This infectious, positive attitude that extends to everything she does has made Erin Earley, a senior at Hopkins School, one of the most motivated and successful swimmers I have had the pleasure of swimming with.

Her coach, Chuck Elrick, puts it best: “Erin has a happy-go-lucky attitude that is contagious and a work ethic that inspires others to do better.”

Primarily a backstroker and distance freestyler, Earley holds multiple New England and Connecticut Age Group records, was a member of the 2015 Junior Worlds National Team, and recently garnered fame as Hopkins’s first swimmer to attend Olympic Trials.

Earley started swimming at a young age, beginning with lessons when she was two years old and moving on to the local club team, the Hopkins Mariners, when she was four. Like many swimmers, Earley’s early motivation was simple: competition. Having grown up in a large family of athletes, with four sisters and two brothers, the competition was fierce.

“We all started with swimming,” she recalls, “and when we were young it was all about racing. I don’t remember much, but I remember I just really wanted to win.”

As the kids grew older, they each began to branch out into different sports, but Earley kept swimming. One day she looked around and realized that she may not be half bad – “I remember going to my first Age Groups (championships), for 10-and-unders, and I realized I was the only eight-year-old there. That’s when I realized I might be pretty good.”

Although it was competition that first brought Earley into the sport, travel has quickly grown to be her favorite aspect of it. Swimming has afforded Earley the luxury of adventure, allowing her to visit places she may never have gone to on her own. “I’m so grateful for the chance to be able to go all over the country, even the world, and meet so many different people. I love the chance for new experiences.”

One of Earley’s favorite memories is of her first national meet, where at the age of 13, she met her first Olympian, Elizabeth Beisel. She recalls her coach giving her some strong encouragement to get a photo taken with Beisel, much to her own chagrin. “It was awkward,” Earley recalls, but it was a good picture and she still looks back on the memory fondly.

Photo Courtesy: Hopkins Mariner Swim Team

Photo Courtesy: Hopkins Mariner Swim Team

Last summer, Earley took on the largest adventure of her life: Olympic Trials. Everything had been building up to the summer, this was the first step towards her dreams of making the Olympic team. A first time qualifier, Earley happily summarized her experience for me in one word – sucky.

“I was injured most of the time, so I ended up spending more time at the hospital than I did in the pool.” Following the 400 IM, Earley was plagued with recurring tendonitis, and was forced to go the hospital to get it examined. Although she didn’t miss any events, her subsequent 200 backstroke and 100 backstroke were sub-par, leaving her disappointed.

Despite the injury and the poor showing at her first Olympic Trials, Earley was eager to get back in the pool. It had been a long year, excluding trials, that had been riddled with injuries and largely devoid of best times.

“She always has that way about her,” a teammate explained. “No matter how bad the day or how bad the set, she always finds some way to do it with a smile on her face.“ I tried to ask her about this perpetually positive attitude, and although she admitted it was due in part to her determination to one day make the Olympic Team, she claimed it was largely thanks to the wonderful therapy dogs at the clinics in Omaha.

Next year, Earley will be attending the University of Virginia, where her backstroke and distance freestyle prowess will be an immediate addition to a team that appears to lack much depth in its backstroke group, especially with the departure of Kaitlyn Jones. Earley’s times will have an immediate impact towards helping the team reclaim their ACC title.

With a strong class that includes fellow Connecticut backstroker Marcie Maguire, Earley can’t wait to get started with her new team. “I just have so much fun with the girls, and I know that I’m going to work great with the coaches, so I’m really excited.”

When asked about her goals, Earley said her first priority was to qualify for the NCAA Championships. “As a freshman” she made sure to emphasize. Knowing her, she’ll make it, laughing the whole way.

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