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The first full day of competition at the 2018 NCSA Junior National Championships began today during prelims in Orlando, Fla. Marlins of Raleigh have three swimmers as the top qualifier for tonight’s final.
Gator Swim Club’s Caitlin Brooks will be tonight’s top qualifier in the women’s 200 back after posting a time of 1:54.17 this morning. Aquajets’ Isabelle Stadden is seeded second in 1:54.60 and Marlins of Raleigh’s Madison Homovich is third in 1:55.81.
Nation’s Capital’s Phoebe Bacon (1:55.98), Elmbrook’s Kaylyn Schoof (1:57.37), Gator Swim Club’s Talia Bates (1:57.52), Grosse Pointe’s Sophie Housey (1:57.64) and Eagle’s Meghan Lee (1:58.25) will also compete in the top heat.
Academy Bullets’ Spencer Walker, who was seeded third heading into the meet, will swim in the middle lane tonight after qualifying first with a time of 1:44.08. Aquajets’ Jack Dahlgren (1:44.66) will be on one side of him and Edina’s Peter Larson (1:45.09) will compete on the other.
Nation’s Capital’s Sean Conway (1:45.39), Rockwood’s Jack Dolan (1:45.96), Marlins of Raleigh’s John Healy (1:46.04), Aggie’s Peter Simmons (1:46.12) and Condors’ Michael Daly (1:46.40) also qualified for the A-final.
Marlins of Raleigh’s Grace Countie will get a chance to improve upon her prleims time as the top qualifier in the women’s 100 free with a time of 49.55. Bates is seeded a close second in 49.63 and Condors’ Christiana Regenauer is third in 49.87.
Scottsdale’s Ashley Strouse (49.89), Huntsville’s Rebekah Hamilton (49.92), Lexington’s Rachel Klinker (49.93), Nation’s Capital’s Katelyn Mack (50.04) and Southwest Stars’ Kaitlyn Schoor (50.08) will also swim again this evening.
Last night’s 1000 free champion Hayden Curley of Highlander will get another chance for victory, this time in the men’s 500 free after swimming a time of 4:23.75 during the heats. Gator Swim Club’s Julian Hill is seeded second in 4:23.81 and Bernal’s Gators’ Andrew Matejka is third in 4:25.06.
Rockville Montgomery’s Ryan Vipavetz (4:25.89), Academy Bullets’ Spencer Walker (4:26.06), Saint Edwards’ Coleman Kramer (4:26.17), Badgers’s Bennett McDade (4:26.93) and Swim Streamline’s Matthew Tannenberger (4:27.34) rounded out the fastest eight.
Abigail Arens of Marlins of Raleigh will aim to break the one-minute mark tonight as the top qualifier in the women’s 100 breast with a time of 1:00.00. Scottsdale’s Claire Grover Scottsdale’s is second in 1:00.86 and SHAC’s Kylie Powers is third in 1:00.95.
Machine’s Anna Keating (1:01.74), Marlins of Raleigh’s Ashley McCauley (1:01.74), Nasa Wildcat’s Annika Wagner (1:01.84), Santa Clara’s Jordan Morgan (1:01.98) and Cleveland’s Hannah Bach (1:02.10) are also qualified for the top heat.
Men’s 100 breast top qualifier Eli Fouts of Rockville Montgomery will get a second swim this evening during finals after touching the wall in 53.55, as will New Trier’s Charles Scheinfeld (53.91) and Machine’s Casey Storch (54.14)
St. Charles’ William Myhre (54.94), Long Island’s Jason Louser (55.30), Saint Andrews’ Izaak Bastian (55.57), Long Island Express’ Michael Chang (55.59) and Academy Bullets’ Caleb Carlson (55.82) will also get a second swim tonight.
Nova’s Grace Sheble will get a second swim in the women’s 200 fly as the top seed in 1:56.82. Nation’s Capital teammates Abigail Harter (1:57.53) and Isabella Gati (1:57.69) are second and third, respectively.
Also competing in the A-final are Klinker (1:58.21), Nation’s Capital’s Sydney Harrington (1:58.22), Schoof (1:58.44), Highlander’s Caroline Cooper (1:58.46), and Homovich (1:58.66).
Marlins of Raleigh’s Zachary Brown is the top qualifier in the men’s 200 fly by over one second with a time of 1:45.53. Machine’s Jack Edgemond (1:46.74) and SwimStrongsville’s David Madej (1:47.16) are the second and third qualifiers.
Long Island’s Timothy Marski (1:47.21), Nation’s Capital’s Darren Durocher (1:47.34), Nation’s Capital’s Hugh Robey (1:47.54), Dahlgren (1:47.55) and Rappahannock’s Dylan Eichberg (1:47.60) complete the top heat.
The men’s and women’s 4×50 medley relay will also be swum tonight. Finals will begin at 5:30 p.m. EST.