2018 Speedo Junior Nationals: Day 1 Finals Live Recap


2018 SPEEDO JUNIOR NATIONALS

The first finals session of the 2018 Speedo Junior Nationals is set to get underway from beautiful Irvine, California, with the 200 fly, 100 breast, women’s 800 free and men’s 1500 free on the schedule.

Among the highlights from this morning’s prelims was 15-year-old Joshua Matheny dropping nearly two seconds for the top seed in the men’s 100 breast at 1:01.98, putting him 6th all-time in the 15-16 age group.

Olivia Calegan of NC State swam a lifetime best of 1:09.54 in the women’s 100 breast for the top spot, as did Jean-Pierre Khouzam of the Dayton Raiders in the men’s 200 fly (2:00.52). In the women’s event, Allie Piccirillo of the Northern KY Clippers leads the pack in 2:12.62.

WOMEN’S 200 FLY FINAL

  • Jr World: 2:06.29, Suzuka Hasegawa (JPN), 2017
  • Meet: 2:09.02, Olivia Carter (USA), 2017
  1. Justina Kozan, BREA, 2:10.83
  2. Amanda Ray, WAVE, 2:10.87
  3. Grace Sheble, NOVA, 2:12.72

14-year-old Justina Kozan of Brea Aquatics slowly edged out in front of a very tightly bunched field in the women’s 200 fly, ultimately holding off Amanda Ray of New Wave by just .04 for the Junior National title in a time of 2:10.83. That drops her PB of 2:12.35 down by over a second and a half, and puts her 5th all-time in the girls’ 13-14 category.

Ray, a 15-year-old, had set a new best time of 2:13.12 in the heats, and destroyed that tonight in 2:10.87 for 2nd, out-splitting everyone coming home in 33.29. Grace Sheble of Nova of Virginia cracked 2:13 for the first time for 3rd in 2:12.72, and NCAP’s Abby Harter (2:13.00) out-touched top seed from prelims Allie Piccirillo (2:13.01) for 4th. Piccirillo was in the race through the 150, but faded coming home in 35.40.

MEN’S 200 FLY FINAL

  • Jr World: 1:53.79, Kristof Milak (HUN), 2017
  • Meet: 1:56.54, Andrew Seliskar (USA), 2013
  1. Harry Homans, ABF, 2:00.29
  2. Zachary Smith, CTA, 2:00.36
  3. Ben Miller, TTSC, 2:00.70

Just like the women’s race, the men’s 200 fly final was very close early, and on the third 50 the top seed from prelims Jean-Pierre Khouzam of the Dayton Raiders took over the lead with the top split in the field at 30.55. However, similar to his prelim splitting, he faded coming home, splitting 32.2, opening the door for the rest of the field to claw back. In a crazy close finish, 18-year-old Harry Homans of Bluefish edged the compeition at the wall in 2:00.29, with Zachary Smith of Crimson Tide 2nd and Ben Miller of Tigard Tulatin 3rd.

Homans knocked his lifetime best from prelims of 2:01.24 down by nearly a second, and Smith and Miller both took seven tenths off. Smith was the fastest in the field coming home in 30.93.

Khouzam added just under four tenths to end up 4th in 2:00.89, and Noah Henderson of Star Aquatics was 5th in 2:01.01. After every swimmer in the A-final set a lifetime best in prelims, six of them did so again tonight.

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST FINAL

  • Jr World: 1:05.39, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 2014
  • Meet: 1:08.11, Zoe Bartel (USA), 2016

MEN’S 100 BREAST FINAL

  • Jr World: 59.01, Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA), 2017
  • Meet: 1:00.08, Michael Andrew (USA), 2016

WOMEN’S 800 FREE TIMED FINAL

  • Jr World: 8:11.00, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2014
  • Meet: 8:30.84, Gillian Ryan (USA), 2012

MEN’S 1500 FREE TIMED FINAL

  • Jr World: 14:51.55, Mack Horton (AUS), 2014
  • Meet: 15:16.62, Johannes Calloni (USA), 2016

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