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Locals shine at Irish Nationals

By Devon Nolan

Several local swimmers competed this past weekend at the Irish Long Course National Championships in Dublin. Swimming as part of the NCSA All-Star team, which was selected based on athletes’ performances at the NCSA Junior National Championships in March, the six PVS attendees, Janet Hu (CUBU), Jack Conger (RMSC), Sarah Haase (RMSC), Elizabeth Pepper (RMSC), Chuck Katis (CUBU), and Nick Tremols (CUBU) all placed in the top ten in at least one event.

Every PVS swimmer qualified for at least one final, but due to meet restrictions on the number of foreign swimmers in the finals, they may not have been able to swim.

Janet Hu, 14, finished sixth in the women’s 50 meter butterfly in a time of 29.04 and seventh in the 50 backstroke with a time of 30.53. In the prelims of the 50 butterfly, she swam a personal-best of 28.40. She placed 25th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 28.55. She also qualified for finals but was ineligible to swim in the 100 backstroke (13th in prelims, 1:06.33) and the 100 butterfly (ninth in prelims, 1:03.94).

High school freshman Jack Conger had two spectacular wins in the men’s 100 backstroke (57.89) and the 200m backstroke (2:03.38). He also placed 21st in the 100 freestyle. In the following events, he qualified for finals but was ineligible to swim: 50 freestyle (15th in prelims, 24.76), 50 butterfly (eighth in prelims, 26.14), 100 butterfly (eighth in prelims, 58.53), and the 200 butterfly (ninth in prelims, 2:10.16).

Sarah Haase, 15, finished third in two events – the women’s 50 breaststroke (33.09) and the 100 breaststroke (1:12.19), and placed seventh in the 200 breaststroke (2:39.05). In the prelims of the 50 breaststroke, she clocked a time of 32.83. She also placed 25th in the 100 butterfly (1:07.86) and 33rd in the 50 freestyle (29.03). In the following events, she qualified for finals but was ineligible to swim: 50 butterfly (16th in prelims, 30.29) and 200 IM (10th in prelims, 2:25.09).

Sixteen-year old Elizabeth Pepper placed fifth in the women’s 200 butterfly in a time of 2:15.41 and ninth in the 400 freestyle with a time of 4:28.77. She swam a season-best 4:23.19 in prelims. In the following events, she qualified for finals but was ineligible to swim: 100m freestyle (17th in prelims, 1:00.06), 100 butterfly (12th in prelims, 1:07.86) and 400 IM (ninth in prelims, 5:08.22).

Chuck Katis, a junior at Langely, finished second in the men’s 50 breaststroke (29.49), sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.53), and sixth in the 200m IM (2:11.58). He swam a personal best of 1:05.82 in the prelims of the 100 breaststroke. In the following events, he qualified for finals but was ineligible to swim: 50 backstroke (ninth in prelims, 28.86), 100 backstroke (ninth in prelims, 1:01.06), and 50 butterfly (10th in prelims, 26.47).

Battlefield high school senior Nick Tremols racked up three top ten finishes, one in the men’s 50 butterfly (fifth, 25.97), another in the 100 butterfly (sixth, 57.70), and in the 200 butterfly (seven, 2:09.97). He also placed 36th in the 100 freestyle in a time of 55.25. In the 200 IM (2:16.12), he qualified for finals but was ineligible to swim.

For on-demand videos of all the final races and full results, visit www.swimmingworld.tv.

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