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Area roundup

By Paul Tenorio
Former All-Met and Olympian Kate Ziegler is seeded first in several events at this weekend's PVS Senior Short Course Championships. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Former All-Met and Olympian Kate Ziegler is seeded first in several events at this weekend's PVS Senior Short Course Championships. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

As was chronicled earlier with the women qualifiers with local ties, here are the men that have qualified for the NCAA championships.

There are five locals who will compete, and the highest seed goes to 2008 All-Met Swimmer of the Year Eric Friedland, who is seeded third in the 200 breaststroke.

Matt McLean, Virginia
– 500 freestyle (12th, 4:17.21), 200 freestyle (12th, 1:34.76), 1650 freestyle (10th, 14:56.91)

Michael Flach, South Carolina – 500 freestyle (21st, 4:19.37), 200 freestyle (36th, 1:36.62), 200 butterfly (32nd, 1:47.11)

Stephen Sakaris, Ohio State – 500 freestyle (46th, 2:24.27), 200 freestyle (32nd, 1:36.42)

Adam Meyer, Navy – 200 IM (30th, 1:45.82), 200 breaststroke (32nd, 1:57.49), 200 butterfly (18th, 1:44.36)

Eric Friedland, Texas – 200 IM (37th, 1:46.72), 100 breaststroke (16th, 53.44), 200 breaststroke (3rd, 1:54.32)

In addition to the local swimmers, the local universities are also sending several athletes to compete:

Virginia Tech (1), Virginia (7) and Navy (1).

Expect several local divers to qualify as well following the completions of zones, which started Thursday and run through the end of the week.

SENIOR CHAMPS

The PVS Senior short course championships will be held this weekend at George Mason University and several locals will be taking part, including Olympian Kate Ziegler.

Ziegler is seeded first in the 1650 freestyle (16:19.12), 200 freestyle (1:46.94), 500 freestyle (4:41.52), 100 freestyle (51.72) and 1000 freestyle (9:34.12). Ziegler is also seeded third in the 200 butterfly (56.63) and 5th in the 50 freestyle (24.31).

There should be some interesting match-ups between some of the area’s top young swimmers and Ziegler in some races, including the 200 fly in which she is seeded 1.61 seconds behind former All-Met Gabrielle Mizerak and .13 seconds behind West Potomac freshman Hellen Moffitt.

In the 50 freestyle, 14-year-old Janet Hu is seeded first, while West Potomac sophomore Reanna Dona is third, ahead of Ziegler. Former Heritage standout Valerie McMullan and 15-year-old Kendall Hough also are seeded above Ziegler in that event.

Holy Cross’s Katie Rogers sits just .16 behind Ziegler in the 100 freestyle.

Other former local swimmers returning with top seeds include Zach Hayden (Stonewall Jackson), Mizerak, Kaitlin Mills (Good Counsel) and Doug Mackenzie (Gonzaga).

See the full psych sheet here.

JUNIOR CHAMPS

While many of those younger swimmers are seeded at the top of events at Senior Champs this weekend, there is no guarantee they will participate at Senior Champs this weekend.

Instead, many swimmers will rest in preparation for the week ahead at the National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals in Orlando.

The psych sheet has not yet been posted, but check reachforthewall.com for updates from the meet next week.

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12 Responses to “Area roundup”

  1. Speed is all I wear says:

    Has anyone seen what Kate Ledecky (12 years old) did in the 1650 on Thursday night at Senior Champs? This girl came in second behind Kate Ziegler with a time of 17:06 – good enough for Orlando – WOW!

  2. Tracer C says:

    Katie Ledecky – CRAZY. I would not be surprised if her time is first in the Nation. Good job to all of the swimmers.

  3. hscoach says:

    It is the fastest so far this year and I think that time puts her in the top 10 all time for 12 year olds..A terrific swim..I think its either the fastest or second fastest age group time in the mile for 18 and unders ..In PVS that is

  4. hscoach says:

    Virginias Matt Mcleans times are considerably slower than last years…just an observation.

  5. phelpsfan says:

    matt hasn’t competed at NCAA’s yet though……..

  6. hscoach says:

    Yea, last year he was seeded first in the 500 with a 4:10, first in the 1650 with about a 14:35 and first in the 200 free with a 132.something……going into this meet. So he is slower..all I asked is whats up with that..just wondering

  7. swimfan says:

    Matt has struggled with some health issues this year, which have impacted his training significantly. Tough year competition wise but don’t count him out just yet.

  8. BCCBarons says:

    ledecky has been unbelievable the first two night of Senior Champs. She is young but definitely the most talented 12 and under in PVS and one of the top in the nation. Very excited to see where the next couple of years take her. On top of the mile last night she made NCSA’s in the 200 free and 400 IM tonite.

    McLean is considerably slower this year than last. I think part of that has to deal with the suits and part of it has to be where he is at in his training. UVA didn’t need him to be in top form at ACC’s to run away with the meet. I’d be interested to see how prepared he is in 2 weeks in Columbus. One of the swimmers to watch from UVA is definitely Scot Robison. He’ll be a major player in the 100 and 200 free. Bernadino doesn’t have great swimmers come through his program year after year on accident, the Cavs will be prepared.

  9. curious says:

    GREAT swims by Ledecky at this meet..her mile and 500 put her number 1 in the country and falthough not as well rounded she will be one to watch in the future (especially in the longer stuff ) along with Janet Hu.

    BCCBarons..Don’t think Mccleans slower times this year have as much to do with the suits as his health.From what I have heard he has missed alot of training since the summer due to illness.
    I would agree robison will be a factor in the 200 free but nobody is going to beat Nathan Adrian in the 100 although the kid from Auburn and Feigen will give him a race.
    Best of luck to all the areaswimmers and I hope everyone is healthy and fast

  10. another swim parent says:

    A friend in Charlottesville said that McClean’s health problems were so serious at one point during the summer that friends and family were concerned about whether or not he would live. Even if that is a somewhat exaggerated report (and it could well be), it says a lot about him that he’s doing as well as he is. And, as others have suggested, he’s likely focused on NCAAs.

  11. observer says:

    anyone know why janet hu got DQed in the 200 breast? just wondering, i wasn there to see the race but a little birdie told me…

  12. SwimMom says:

    @ Observer – According to the Real Time results for the meet she was DQ’d for “arms not in the same horizontal plane”

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