All-Met Girls’ Swimmer of the Year Kaitlin Pawlowicz, a rising senior at Oakton High, continued her fast-paced week on Tuesday night, finishing ninth in the 400 IM at the USA Swimming Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif.
Pawlowicz’s time of 4:49.52 was a personal best by six seconds – her second personal best in as many nights – as she finished first in the consolation final.
On Monday night, Pawlowicz finished second in the 200 butterfly in 2:11.45, four seconds faster than she had ever done before.
“I was really excited about that,” Pawlowicz said. “I’m really happy with how I’m swimming. Hopefully that continues the rest of the meet.”
Indeed, Pawlowicz has little time to rest. On Wednesday, she will swim in the 400 freestyle. The 200 free is Thursday. And the 200 IM is Friday.
“It definitely wears on your body,” she said. “You have to stay mentally strong.”
Pawlowicz also is looking forward to Friday’s announcement of the U.S. roster for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships that will be held Aug. 26-30 in Hawaii.
“I’m crossing my fingers,” she said.
On the boys’ side on Tuesday night, Charlie Putnam of Machine Aquatics took ninth in the 200 backstroke (2:05.51).
Among other local girls at the Junior Nationals on Monday night, Alison Haulsee placed sixth in the 200 butterfly (2:13.61) and 16th in the 800 freestyle (8:54.75). Rebecca Rainer was eighth in the 200 breaststroke (2:35.22). Haulsee and Rainer both swim for Nova of Virginia.
The best local boys’ result was James Crabb of Curl Burke, who was 21st in the 200 butterfly (2:04.25).
At last week’s U.S. Nationals, former O’Connell standout Kate Ziegler was second in the 800 freestyle (8:28.14) and fifth in the 400 freestyle (4:08.84). Rachel Naurath of Nova of Virginia was seventh in the women’s 200 butterfly (2:11.80). In men’s events, Matthew McLean of Snow Swimming was seventh in the 200 freestyle (1:48.20) and eighth in the 400 freestyle (3:53.23) and 2008 All-Met Boys’ Swimmer of the Year Eric Friedland from Walter Johnson, now a rising junior at the University of Texas, was ninth in the 100 breaststoke (2:11.80).