WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
August 6, 2013
Seven more meet records fell during prelims and finals Tuesday at Speedo Junior Nationals at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.
South Florida Heat’s Clara Smiddy, 17, of AK Sharks, top-seeded after morning prelims (2:12.32), finished second in the 200-meter backstroke in a lifetime-best 2:10.69.
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Melissa Marinheiro will compete in her second event on Wednesday, the 400-meter freestyle.
Four meet records were broken during finals.
Ella Eastin, 16, of Socal Aquatics, broke the meet record in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:38.97, breaking the 2010 meet record of 4:44.85 set by Jasmine Tosky.
Joseph Bentz, 17, of Dynamo Swim Club broke his second record of the meet, winning the 400-meter individual medley in 4:14.51, lowering the meet record of 4:17.58 set during morning prelims.
Kylie Stewart, 17, of Dynamo Swim Club won the 200-meter backstroke in a meet record 2:09.04, breaking Missy Franklin’s 2009 record of 2:09.16.
Alexander Katz, 17, of Sarasota YMCA won the 200-meter backstroke and broke his own meet record 1:58.83, lowering the previous mark of 1:59.42 he set in the morning, breaking the 2007 record of 2:00.50 by Matt Thompson.
Three more meet records fell during morning prelims.
Bluefish’s Connor Green became the first swimmer at a junior national meet to break 2 minutes in the 200-meter backstroke. Green went 1:59.90 to break Matt Thompson’s 2007 meet record of 2:00.50. Then in the final heat, Alexander Katz took Green’s record down in 1:59.42.
Katz and Green duked it out in the final, with Green finishing second in 1:59.90.
Dynamo’s Jay Litherland broke Kyle Whitaker’s meet record in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:17.58. The 2009 record was 4:17.59. Litherland finished third in finals in 4:18.87.
Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel broke his own national age group record in the 100-meter freestyle during morning prelims. He broke the 15-16 mark in 49.28, dropping from his own record of 49.50 he swam during world championship trials in June. He went out in 23.15 and came home in 26.13.
Bolles took the top two qualifying spots in the 100 freestyle with teammate Santo Condorelli in 49.38. No other swimmer broke 50 seconds.
Dressel, 16, and Condorelli, 17, finished 1-2 in the final. Dressel won in 49.61 and Condorelli was second in 49.68.
400-meter individual medley: 1. Ella Eastin, Socal Aquatics 4:38.97, meet record; FGC: 84. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, St. Andrew’s 5:05.23, 98. Lindsey Swartz, Pine Crest 5:09.13.
100-meter freestyle: 1. Mimi Schneider, Academy Bullets 55.79; FGC: 12. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s 56.75, 56.59, best time, prelims; 27. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 57.16, best time.
200-meter backstroke: 1. Kylie Stewart, Dynamo 2:09.04, meet record; FGC: 2. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 2:10.69, 136. Darby Goodwin, St. Andrew’s 2:25.41, 139. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, St. Andrew’s 2:25.86.
400-meter individual medley: 1. Joseph Bentz, Dynamo 4:14.51, meet record; FGC: None.
100-meter freestyle: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 49.61; FGC: 19. Julian Ballestas, Metro Aquatics, 51.33, best time; prelims, 51.49, best time, 26. Gage Kohner, St. Andrew’s Swimming 51.81, best time.
200-meter backstroke: 1. Alexander Katz, Sarasota YMCA 1:58.83, meet record; FGC: 55. Quinn Cassidy, St. Andrew’s Swimming 2:07.30.
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