MCSL Coaches Invitational Long Course Meet

By Reach for the Wall Staff.

Tuesday night, the Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) held their 39th annual Coaches Invitational Long Course Meet at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center.  All night, the rain clouds threatened, but the real threat turned out to be the swimmers assault on the record books!

The evening started with the presentation of the Sarah Auer Scholarship, which was established in 2003 to recognize graduating High School seniors each year who are MCSL swimmers and who have exhibited noteworthy qualities in other areas of endeavor. The first MCSL scholarships were awarded in 2004, and through the 2017 season, a total of 58 MCSL swimmers have been recognized. Charles Auer made the presentations and also announced the naming ceremony of the Western County Outdoor pool in Sarah’s memory at noon on Sunday, July 16. The swimmers were seemingly inspired by the ceremonies as they went after the records from the first event.

Unlike PVS meets, where swimmers compete in events at their age on the day of the meet, the MCSL age-up date is June 1, meaning kids who turn, say 13 on June 2 compete as a 12 year old for the full MCSL summer season (not as a 13 year old).  In our account below, we will recognize the USA Swimming rank for their current age, not the MCSL age.

The Coaches Long Course meet this year was was a pretty amazing event, with a total of 14 records being broken (and two near misses), with two events not broken since 2001!

Individual Medley:

Jason Hernandez-Fuentes led off the night and narrowly missed breaking the 12 & Under record by 0.34 seconds (6th Fastest 12 & Under- USA Swimming). Carly Sebring made her mark by breaking the Girls 12 & Under record by over 2 seconds, finishing in 2:28.09 (31st fastest 13 yr old-USA Swimming). The old mark was 2:30.94 and was set last year by Sophie Duncan.

The next two events also saw the records fall, Brett Feyerick blasted a 2:12.80 (6th Fastest 14 yr old-USA Swimming) and Catherine Belyakov went 2:22.16 (23rd fastest 15 yr old-USA Swimming) to eclipse the mark set by Phoebe Bacon last year. Not to be left out of the record breaking party, Princeton bound Sam Tarter followed through with the 4th record in a row by swimming a 2:07.65 for the 15-18 200 IM (22nd fastest 18 yr old- USA Swimming).

Record Progressions:

Girls 12 & U 200 IM:

  • 2017 Carly Sebring 2:28.09
  • 2016 Sophie Duncan 2:30.94
  • 2015 Catherine Belyakov 2:31.24
  • 2009 Lauren James 2:32.58
  • 2008 Caroline Clark 2:33.05
  • 2004 Blair Webb 2:33.48
Boys 13-14 200 IM:

  • 2017 Brett Feyerick 2:12.80
  • 2015 John Clado 2:13.77
  • 2008 Jonathan Ekstrom 2:13.97
  • 2005 Eric Friedland 2:16.33
  • 2003 Phillip Hinrichsen 2:17.41
Girls 13-14 200 IM:

  • 2017 Catherine Belyakov 2:22.16
  • 2016 Phoebe Bacon 2:22.42
  • 2009 Charlotte Meyer 2:24.40
  • 2008 Callie Fosburgh 2:26.13
  • 1998 Rachael Burke 2:26.25
Boys 15-18 200 IM:

  • 2017 Sam Tarter 2:07.65
  • 2016 Bouke Edskes 2:08.17
  • 1986 Mike Barrowman 2:09.17

Freestyle:

Erin Gemmell swam an amazing 100 free, posting a new record of 58.71 (2nd fastest 12 yr old – USA Swimming). She eclipsed the record set by Caroline McTaggart set in 2009 by almost a full two seconds! Matthew Hirschberger (headed to Stanford), fresh off his performances at US Nationals (200, 400, 800, and 1500 freestyle), took aim at the 15-18 200 Freestyle record, but came up .13 seconds shy, posting a very swift 1:53.77.

Record Progressions:

Girls 11-12 100 Freestyle:

  • 2017 Erin Gemmell 58.71
  • 2009 Caroline McTaggart 1:00.62
  • 2008 Lila Vera 1:02.34
  • 2005 Marissa Gentry 1:02.54
  • 2003 Heather Denman 1:02.73
  • 1975 Patty Marks 1:02.90

Backstroke:

Adriano Arioti got things going in the backstroke events by setting the 9-10 mark at 33.31 (17th fastest 11 yr old-USA Swimming), almost two seconds ahead of the standard Sean Stewart set in 2001. Phoebe Bacon, also returning from US Nationals (50, 100, 200 Backstroke, 200 IM and 100 Butterfly), broke her own record from 2016, achieving a 1:02.84. Phoebe was a bit faster at Nationals (1:01.93) where she swam the 2nd fastest 100 backstroke by a 14 yrd old.

Record Progressions:

Boys 9-10 50 Backstroke:

  • 2017 Adriano Arioti, 33.31
  • 2001 Sean Stewart, 35.17
  • 1991 James Willhite 36.46

 

Girls 13-14 100 Backstroke:

  • 2017 Phoebe Bacon 1:02.84
  • 2016 Phoebe Bacon 1:05.02
  • 2012 Hannah Lindsey, 1:06.47
  • 2004 Megan Waters 1:06.89
  • 1980 Susan O’Brien 1:07.14

 

 

Breaststroke:

A trio of 9-10 boys bested the 2010 record in the 50 (held by Robert Qian), with Eric Sanidad touching the wall first in 38.16, followed by Wesley Lee (38.63) and John Frank. In the USA Swimming rankings, the order is reversed with Wesley Lee at 2nd and Eric 3rd fastest 10 yr olds. John Frank has aged to 11, and is sitting 66th with his time of 38.87.

Not to be outdone by the boys, Emma Lantry blasted a 36.88 to capture the record that was previously held by Rachel Danegger in 2011. Her time vaulted her to #1 in the USA Swimming rankings! To continue the record breaking string, both Jason Hernandez-Fuentes and Joyce Wu broke records in the 11-12 100 distance. Jason’s time of 1:13.56 broke John Clado’s mark from 2013 and Joyce’s 1:14.25 broke Susan Kim’s 2001 standard by more than 2 seconds! Joyce’s time puts her at 2nd in the USA Swimming rankings and qualifies her for Junior Nationals. Jason’s time puts him at 6th in the USA Swimming rankings. The finale of record breakers in breaststroke came with Harvard bound, Jaycee Yegher. Jaycee bested her record from 2016 by clocking a 2:34.38, a time that puts her 6th in the USA swimming rankings and qualifies for Nationals!

Record Progressions:

Boys 9-10 50 Breaststroke:

  • 2017 Eric Sanidad 38.16
  • 2010 Robert Qian 39.44
  • 1994 Justin Pratt 39.98
Girls 9-10 50 Breaststroke:

  • 2017 Emma Lantry 36.88
  • 2011 Rachel Danegger 37.97
  • 2004 Callie Fosburgh 38.69
  • 1985 Cheryl Patteson 40.25
Boys 11-12 100 Breaststroke:

  • 2017 Jason Hernandez-Fuentes 1:13.56
  • 2013 John Clado 1:14.70
  • 2008 Harrison Gu 1:14.77
  • 2002 Chris Gibeily 1:16.06
  • 1981 Nathan Hamilton 1:16.59
Girls 11-12 100 Breaststroke:

  • 2017 Joyce Wu 1:14.25
  • 2001 Susan Kim 1:16.93
  • 1987 Cheryl Patteson 1:20.7
Girls 15-18 200 Breaststroke:

  • 2017 Jaycee Yegher 2:34.38
  • 2016 Jaycee Yegher 2:35.26
  • 2006 Colleen Haase 235.48
  • 2005 Colleen Haase 2:36.70
  • 2003 Leeann Chang 2:38.42
  • 2002   Leeann Chang 2:39.34
  • 2001 Leeann Chang 2:40.73

Butterfly:

Kirk Morgan took a commanding lead and powered into the wall to break the  record set by Darius Trong in 2011. There was a bit of suspense with the clock not displaying his time correctly and the crowd erupted when it was announced he touched in 36.64. The swim puts Kirk 4th among 8 yr olds in USA Swimming rankings. The final record breaking swim belonged to Phoebe Bacon in the 13-14 100 race. Her time of 1:02.10 bested a record set in 2011 by a familiar name … Katie Ledecky. This time puts Phoebe at 3rd among 14 yr olds in USA swimming rankings.

Record Progressions:

Boys 8 & Under 50 Butterfly:

  • 2017 Kirk Morgan 36.64
  • 2011 Darius Truong 36.87
  • 2005 Grant Goddard 38.37
  • 1999 Sean Stewart 38.89
  • 1996 Chris Pool 40.59
Girls 13-14 100 Butterfly:

  • 2017 Phoebe Bacon 1:02.10
  • 2011 Katie Ledecky 1:04.17
  • 1983 Kelley Davies 1:05.31

From start to finish, the annual meet provided excitement and possibly a glimpse of who to watch for 2020…

Congratulations to all who participated! Full Results available at the MCSL website.

 

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