Wu, Bayer win 20 events between them for Curl-Burke; RMSC wins team title at PVS Junior Olympics
Timothy Wu (Curl-Burke) stepped into the spotlight over the weekend, walking away with the boys’ high point award and five records at this year’s PVS 14 & Under Junior Olympics, which took place Mar. 15-17 at Fairland Aquatic Center.
Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club won the team competition with a total of 5469.5 points. Curl-Burke was second with 5098.5, followed by FISH (1862.5) and Machine Aquatics (1412).
Wu set PVS resident records in all three breaststroke distances, including the open record in the 200 breaststroke event, on his way to six individual and four relay wins for Curl-Burke.
During prelims of the boys’ 11-12 50 breaststroke, Wu broke Carsten Vissering’s resident record of 29.436 by over half a second to win in 28.72. Wu then broke Devin Truong’s (RMSC) resident record in the boys’ 11-12 100 breaststroke for a new time of 1:02.43.
Wu also led off Curl-Burke’s record-setting boys’ 11-12 400 freestyle relay, which eclipsed the previous records by over 1.5 seconds to win in 3:34.65. Wu was joined by Will Cumberland, Andrew Rothstein, and Andrew Alarcon. The same foursome would also set a PVS resident record in the boys’ 11-12 200 freestyle relay, finishing in a time of 1:37.64, and won the 200 and 400 medley relays in 1:48.74 and 4:02.18, respectively.
Wu finished his record-setting campaign by setting the boys’ 12 & under 200 breaststroke resident and open records with a time of 2:15.51, over 14 seconds ahead of second place. Wu also won the 50 (24.02), 100 (51.45) and 200 (1:52.19) freestyle events.
Wu was not the only one breaking records, continuing to show just how deep and talented the PVS is right now in the 11 to 14 year-old age groups.
Cassidy Bayer (12) went under Curl-Burke teammate Janet Hu’s — who will compete this week at Junior Nationals — resident and open records in the girls’ 200 butterfly during prelims. She would later blow away the competition in finals to set a final record of 2:03.82, shattering Hu’s old mark by 1.5 seconds.
Bayer also took first place in the 50 freestyle (24.52), 50 backstroke (28.13), 50 butterfly (25.72), 100 freestyle, (52.77), and 100 butterfly (57.07). Bayer earned the meet’s girls’ high point honors.
Bayer also teamed up with Emily Meilus, Sydney Mathis, and Mimi Baker to break the girls’ 11-12 200 freestyle relay, for a new mark of 1:41.57. Bayer was also a member of the winning 200 medley, 400 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
Isabella Rongione (12) won the girls’ 11-12 500 freestyle in record-breaking time. The FISH swimmer lowered Katie Ledecky’s (Curl-Burke) previous PVS records — both the resident and open record — by over a second to finish in 4:56.58. She was also a winner in the 200 and 1,000 freestyle events in 1:54.36 and 10:06.76, respectively, as well as the 200 IM in 2:08.71.
Thomas Brown de Colstoun (RMSC) stole Kurtis Ratcliff’s six-year resident record in the boys’ 12 & under 200 butterfly, setting a new mark of 2:06.29. He was also a winner in the 100 butterfly (58.45), 200 individual medley (2:09.10) and 500 freestyle (5:04.23).
Owen van Krimpen (Curl-Burke) set a new record in the boys’ 13-14 100 freestyle, with a blazing fast 46.87. He broke Craig Ammon’s 1983 resident record of 47.02, one of the oldest 14 & under records in the books. Van Krimpen also won the 400 IM in 4:11.99.
James Murphy (Machine Aquatic) set the PVS open record in the boys’ 13-14 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.64, missing Ammon’s resident record of 1:42.01. Murphy also won the 200 butterfly (1:54.60) and 500 freestyle (4:37.87).
Faerber wins 1 & 3-meter events at USA Diving Spring Region 2 Championships
Weeks after winning his first Maryland state title, graduating senior Timothy Faerber (Dominion Dive Club) swept the 1-meter and 3-meter boards in the boys’ 16-18 division, winning by a wide margin in each. His final scores were 539.25 and 535.45. Faerber will dive for Michigan next year.
12-year-old Hailey Fisher (Alexandria Dive Club) won the girls’ 12-13 1-meter competition with a score of 265.80. She was second on the 3-meter board with a score of 278.15.
Faerber and Fisher advanced to East Nationals, hosted by Montgomery Dive Club at the Montgomery Aquatic Center, April 12-15.
DDC and ADC each qualified five divers for East Nationals, who will be joined by any pre-qualifiers based on scores. Montgomery Dive Club had only one diver, Kali Becker, compete, and she advanced as well.
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