Local swimmers turned in top performances on Days Two and Three at the NCSA Junior Nationals in Orlando on Wednesday and Thursday.
One of the highlights of Day Two was a local one-two finish in the mens’ 100 breaststroke, where Curl-Burke’s Chuck Katis (Langley) and K.J. Park (Oakton) took the top spots with times of 55.40 and 55.76, respectively.
Arlington Aquatic’s Jake Huston (Washington-Lee) finished seventh in 57.49, while Winchester Swim’s Ben Grove (Handley) finished ninth (56.48).
RMSC’s Jack Conger (Good Counsel) also turned in a hugely exciting performance, winning a title by turning in a time of 1:44.03 in the 200 backstroke — setting a 15-16 National Age Group record in the process.
Teammate Jonathan Ekstrom (Georgetown Prep) finished seventh in 1:47.67 and Eric Conrad (Sherwood) took ninth (1:49.10).
Curl-Burke’s Brad Dillon (South Lakes) finished 12th in 1:50.07.
See the full 200 backstroke results here.
See the full mens’ 100 breaststroke results here.
In the womens’ 100 breaststroke, RMSC’s Sarah Haase (Good Counsel) took ninth with a time of 1:01.30, while Sea Devil Swimming’s Shinhye Won (West Springfield) finished in 10th (1:02.71).
See the full womens’ 100 breaststroke results here.
In the womens’ 200 backstroke, RMSC’s Ashleigh Ferguson (Holy Cross) finished seventh with a time of 2:00.60, while Curl-Burke’s Janet Hu finished 12th (2:00.06) and RMSC’s Kaitlin Mills (Good Counsel) finished 15th (2:00.83).
See the womens’ 200 backstroke results here.
RMSC’s Elizabeth Pepper (Walter Johnson) finished sixth in the 200 fly (1:59.26), while Danielle Schulkin took ninth in 1:59.17. Curl-Burke’s Kaitlin Pawlowicz took 13th (2:01.30).
See the womens’ 200 fly results here.
Curl-Burke’s Nick Tremols (Battlefield) finished second in the 200 fly with a time of 1:47.07, while teammate James Crabb took fifth in 1:48.25. Curl-Burke’s Mark Sarman (Broad Run) finished eighth in 1:50.49.
See the full mens’ 200 fly results here.
RMSC’s womens’ 800 freestyle relay of Katie Rogers (Holy Cross), Ryczek, Alicia Watkins (Churchill) and Pepper finished third with a time of 7:23.22. Curl-Burke’s team of Lauren Poore (Whitman), Hu, Pawlowicz and Taylor Vincent (Gar-Field) took sixth (7:27.27).
Curl-Burke’s mens 800 free relay of Bradley Phillips (Oakton), Tremols, Serge Gould (Whitman) and Park took third in 6:43.05, while RMSC’s team of Conger, Andrew Tollefson (Walter Johnson), Conrad and Ekstrom finished fifth in 6:46.89.
Curl-Burke’s ‘B’ relay of Cyrus Hashemi (Marshall), Stephen Seliskar (W.T. Woodson), Ryan Dunne (Brentsville) and Dillon finished seventh in 6:48.17.
Fourteen-year-old Hu finished fourth in the 50 fly with a time of 24.62, while Conger took ninth in the mens’ event in 22.25 and Tremols, Crabb and RMSC’s Chris Verboncoeur (Churchill) finished 10th, 11th and 12th with times of 22.65, 22.79 and 22.89, respectively.
See the full 50 results here: mens’.
Haase took the 50 breaststroke title in a time of 28.10, while Won finished 11th (29.50) and Curl-Burke’s Natalie Leake (Centreville) finished 16th in 29.91.
Katis took second in the mens’ 50 breast with a time of 25.75, while Grove finished fourth (26.06) and Park was fifth (26.08). Huston finished 10th (26.48).
In the womens’ 200 freestyle, Pepper finished third with a time of 1:48.62, while Rogers finished 11th in 1:49.84. On the mens’ side, Bradley Phillips finished 13th with a time of 1:40.43.
In the womens’ 400 IM, Pawlowicz finished ninth in 4:18.09, while Phillips finished third in 3:56.22 on the mens’ side. Katis (10th, 2:58.48), Gould (13th, 3:59.77) and RMSC’s Clemens Kaiser (Richard Montgomery, 14th, 4:00.04) also finished in the Top 16.
RMSC’s 400 free relay of Ryczek, Rogers, Haase and Pepper finished seventh in 3:26.19, while Curl-Burke’s team of Hu, Pawlowicz, Jayme Katis (Langley) and Kendall Hough finished ninth in 3:27.25.
RMSC’s mens’ 400 free relay of Matthew Gibson (Wootton), Michael Center (Bethesda-CC), James Powell (Georgetown Prep) and Andrew Tollefson (Walter Johnson) finished fourth in 3:10.05.
NCAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS, DAY ONE
Several local women opened their championship competition on Thursday night at Purdue University.
Mei Christensen was part of UVA’s 200 freestyle relay that finished eighth in 1:29.51, while Amanda Kendall was part of LSU’s team that took 12th.
Towson’s Meredith Budner finished eighth in the 500 freestyle in 4:40.10.
Maren Taylor (Texas) finished 11th in one-meter diving in her first NCAAs championships.
Christensen swam in UVA’s 400 medley relay that finished fifth in 3:33.28.