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NCSA Junior Nationals: Locals on Day One

By Paul Tenorio
RMSC's Jack Conger (Good Counsel) finished sixth in the men's 1000 freestyle on the first day of NCSA Junior Nationals in Orlando. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

RMSC's Jack Conger (Good Counsel) finished sixth in the men's 1000 freestyle on the first day of NCSA Junior Nationals in Orlando. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The first day of NCSA Junior Nationals is in the books. He’s how the locals did:

Good Counsel freshman Jack Conger, swimming with RMSC, finished sixth in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:13.46 and was the youngest of the top six finishers. Oakton All-Met senior Bradley Phillips, swimming with Curl-Burke, took 17th in the event with a time of 9:23.68, while Curl-Burke’s Serge Gould (Whitman) took 20th with a time of 9:24.45 — knocking 12 seconds off his seed time.

Several other local swimmers also took part in the event. See the full results of the Men’s 1000 freestyle here.

In the men’s 200 medley relay, Curl-Burke’s team of Brad Dillon (South Lakes), Chuck Katis (Langley), James Crabb and Kevin Vest (W.T. Woodson) took second with a time of 1:32.23, just behind Poseidon Swimming’s first-place time of 1:32.18.

RMSC’s team of Jonathan Ekstrom (Georgetown Prep), Andrew Tollefson (Walter Johnson), Chris Verboncoeur (Churchill) and Conger finished fifth with a time of 1:33.36.

Curl-Burke’s ‘B’ Relay of Kyle Tyrrell (Annandale), K.J. Park (Oakton), Nick Tremols (Battlefield) and Ryan Dunne (Brentsville) finished eighth in 1:33.99.

RMSC’s ‘B’ relay of Eric Conrad (Sherwood), Eric Ruggieri (Blair), Cameron Lancon (Blake) and Josh Heller (Magruder) finished in 18th with a time of 1:35.83.

See the full men’s 200 medley relay results here.

In the women’s 1000 freestyle, RMSC’s Katie Rogers (Holy Cross) was the top local finisher in an event dominated by NOVA of Virginia, taking ninth place with a time of 9:58.39 — 13 seconds better than her seed time.

See the full results of the women’s 1000 freestyle here.

In the women’s 200 medley relay, Curl-Burke’s relay of Janet Hu, Courtney Mizerak (Osbourn Park), Kaitlin Pawlowicz (Oakton) and Taylor Vincent (Gar-Field) were sixth with a time of 1:43.93. RMSC’s team of Cara Chuang (Poolesville), Sarah Haase (Good Counsel), Alicia Watkins (Churchill) and Emily Ryczek (Sherwood) finished just behind in seventh with a time of 1:44.22.

See the full women’s 200 medley relay results here.

Today’s events are the 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly and 800 freestyle relay. Some notable top seeds after prelims for the 100 free and 100 breast include Katis, who is seeded first in the 100 breast, Park (4th, 100 breast), Arlington Aquatic’s Jake Huston (Washington-Lee), 8th in the 100 breast.

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12 Responses to “NCSA Junior Nationals: Locals on Day One”

  1. Vikes 2 says:

    Also Jackson Janezich finished 22nd in the 100 freestyle

  2. Cal says:

    I believe someone is confused…100 free finals aren’t till another hour or so.

  3. dvi says:

    Rachel Nauruth’s 1000 time is 3rd in the nation this 09-10 season. The only ones ahead of her are Chloe Sutton and Kate Ziegler.

  4. rmsc says:

    also, ashleigh ferguson got 7th place in 200 backstroke.

  5. swimr says:

    jack conger won the 200 backstroke convincingly with 1:44.03, and set a NAG in the 15-16 age group as well. WOW!

  6. stagedad says:

    Great swims by RMSC tonight.. Conger was outstanding in his 2back and great swims by his teammate Eckstrom who also anchored the relay with a 138 free
    Haese came back strong this evening and Elizabeth Pepper again showed why she is one of PVS top swimmer with her 1.58.4 200 fly and outstanding 1:47 2free leg in the relay.
    Oh and Ashley Ferguson (15) with a nice 3 second drop in the 2 back to put her in the A final…Great swimming by these age groupers and congratulations RMSC!

  7. Parents of two swimmers says:

    Great job for Curl-Burke! We are so proud of you all.

  8. swimfan says:

    Solid swim by Nick Tremols. Is he coached by Morgan or Jeremy Linn?

  9. swimfan says:

    Oh, and it hasnt been mentioned but Congers 200 back was a NAG record by a good bit and just an incredible swim for a 15 year old.

  10. phelpsfan says:

    Guys……..conger swam the 138 as anchor of the 800 free relay …the real-time results need to be updated/corrected.

  11. swimparent! says:

    RMSC also had backstroker Kaitlin Mills who made the B final who scored points for the team! dropping 2 seconds, and Andrew Tollefson who made it back in both breastroke events Ellen anderson also swam great making it back in 200 back and the 500 free!… if finals was swam long course Mills would have won her heat and probably would have beaten a lot of people in the A heat.. does anyone remember Coaches Longcourse and Senior Champs this past summer? she broke the LCM record in 200 back with a 2:19.14 and won Senior champs with a 1:04.71!

  12. wow, she broke the LCM record in 200 back with a 2:19.14 and won Senior champs with a 1:04.71! Sounds almost unbelievable :)

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