By Sharon Robb
August 12, 2017—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club posted back-to-back best times in the 200-meter individual medley on the fifth and final day of the Speedo Junior National Championships at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.
Golding, 16, lowered her previous best time of 2:17.69 in morning prelims in 2:17.62 and set herself up nicely for finals swimming the fastest prelim time and earning the top seed.
Golding lowered her new best time to 2:17.19 in the final and finished sixth against an impressive field. Swimming in Lane 5, Golding was never a threat in the race. Her prelim and final time drop was 0.50. She was seeded seventh in the event going into the meet.
Kate Douglas, 15, of Chelsea Piers Aquatic, the second fastest swimmer in prelims, won the race in 2:15.09.
Olivia Carter, 17, of Enfinity Aquatics, the third seed, was second in 2:15.12. Kristen Romano, 17, of Long Island Aquatics, seventh seed, was third in 2:15.15.
It was Douglas, Carter and Romano and fourth place finisher Lindsay Looney, who battled it out for most of the race.
In the opening butterfly leg Carter went out in 28.42 with Looney and Douglas close behind. Carter continued to attack the race in the backstroke and led the first half in 1:01.79. Carter pulled away in the breaststroke with Romano closing in and pulling even at 1:43.45 before Douglas overcame Carter in the freestyle by out-splitting the field by more than a second on the freestyle leg.
Golding was also 30th in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.61.
Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, had qualified in six events.
SwimMAC won the combined team title with 441 points ahead of the Mason Manta Rays with 376. Jacksonville Bolles was the only Florida team in the Top 10 placing ninth with 152 points. SwimMAC also won the girls team title with 244 points, less than 10 points ahead of Magnolia. Bolles was sixth among girls’ teams with 120 points.
Mason Manta Rays won the boys team title with 327 points. Irvine Novaquatics was second with 197.
Saturday night event winners were:
Carson Foster of the Manta Rays won the 200-meter individual medley in a lifetime-best 2:01.97 after taking the lead on the backstroke leg. He shaved nearly two seconds off his previous best. His older brother Jake, was second in 2:02.88.
Erica Sullivan of Sandpiper of Nevada led from wire-to-wire to win the 1500-meter freestyle in 16:21.74, dropping four seconds from her best time and winning by almost ten seconds.
Top qualifier Anya Goeders won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.26.
Sid Farber of PAC knocked off top seed Will Davis of Bolles in 22.89. Davis was second in 22.99.
Johannes Calloni of Scarlet Aquatics broke the meet record in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:01.63.
The top Florida Gold Coast finishers were:
Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, 18, Gulliver Swim Club, 1500-meter freestyle, eighth, 16:47.38, best time by 16.83 seconds.
Alessandro Xella, 18, Unattached, 200-meter individual medley, 38th, 2:09.07.
Jennifer Secrest, 16, North Palm Beach, 200-meter individual medley, 50th, 2:22.90; 50-meter freestyle, DQ.
Mary Smutny, 16, AquaKids Sharks, 50-meter freestyle, 50th, 26.97
Adan Diaz, 17, Azura Florida Aquatics, 200-meter individual medley, 63rd, 2:10.96.
Mary Smutny, 16, AquaKids Sharks, 200-meter individual medley, 78th, 2:24.77.
Tyler Zuyus, 17, Pompano Beach Piranhas, 50-meter freestyle, 81st, 24.93.
Nicole Gomez, 15, North Palm Beach, 50-meter freestyle, 94th, 27.76
COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 441, 2. Mason Manta Rays 376, 3. Lakeside 317, 4. Magnolia 252.5, 5. Irvin Novaquatics 243, 6. Austin 195, 7. Carmel 162, 8. Sandpipers 156, 9. Bolles 152, 10. Terrapins 126.5.
MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays 327, 2. tie, Irvin Novaquatics, SwimMAC 197, 4. Nitro 183.5, 5. Lakeside 137, 6. Bolles 120, 7. Terrapins 112.5, 8. Scarlet 111, 9. King Aquatics 109, 10. Pleasanton 93.
WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimMAC 244, 2. Magnolia 234.5, 3. Austin 193, 4. Lakeside 180, 5. Chelsea Piers 121.5, 6. Waves Bloomington 121, 7. Carmel 112, 8. North Baltimore Aquatic Club 110, 9. Sandpipers 106, 10. Fort Collins 93.
200-meter individual medley: 1. Kate Douglass, CPAC 2:15.09, 2. Olivia Carter, EAC 2:15.12, 3. Kristen Romano, Lakeside 2:15.15.
50-meter freestyle: 1. Anya Goeders, MAKO 25.26, 2. Grace Ariola, BNY 25.38, 3. Kate Douglas, CPAC 25.54.
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Erica Sullivan, SAND 16:21.74, 2. Taylor Ault, RMDA 16:31.55, 3. Kate Sandrson, CSST 16:33.48.
4×100-meter medley relay: 1. Waves Bloomington 4:09.53, 2. SwimMac 4:10.96, 3. Fort Collins 4:12.18.
200-meter individual medley: 1. Carson Foster, Manta Rays 2:01.97, 2. Jake Foster, Manta Rays 2:02.88, 3. Shaine Casas, Nitro 2:03.06.
50-meter freestyle: 1. Sid Farber, PAC 22.89, 2. Will Davis, Bolles 22.99, 3. Shaine Casas, Nitro 23.05.
800-meter freestyle: 1. Johannes Calloni, Scarlet Aquatics 8:01.63, 2. Alexander Zettle, Lakeside 8:03.30, 3. Lleyton Plattel, PLS 8:11.39.
4×100-meter medley relay: 1. Mason Manta Rays 3:46.26, 2. Bolles 3:47.78, 3. King Aquatic Club 3:48.71.
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