By Sharon Robb
PALO ALTO, Calif., August 8, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers Rafael Rodriguez and Lance Lesage are winding up their first USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center.
In his third and final event on Thursday, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Rafael Rodriguez, 17, swam the 100-meter butterfly in 57.47.
SOFLO teammate Lance Lesage wraps up his swimming on Friday with the 100-meter backstroke where he is seeded 62nd in 58.60.
Other Florida Gold Coast results:
Anna Auld, 16, of East Coast Aquatic Club was 28th in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:23.11.
Individual winners were:
Jillian Cox, 14, the 800-meter freestyle runner-up from Austin Trinity Aquatic Club, came back to win the 400-meter freestyle in a best time 4:13.24 just ahead of incoming Texas freshman Miranda Heckman, 18, of Pleasanton Seahawks in 4:13.27.
Jack Walker of SwimMac edged James Plage of Aquabears, 3:53.02-3:53.07, to win the 400-meter freestyle.
The top six women in the 100-meter butterfly matched or went under the Olympic Trials cut of 1:00.69. Lucy Bell of Fort Collins Area won in 59.05, a lifetime best by nearly one second. She was the only swimmer under one minute.
Peak Swimming’s Ethan Hu won the 100-meter butterfly in 53.71, an Olympic Trials Cut. All three top finishers made the trials qualifying standard of 54.19.
SwimMac won the 4×200-meter freestyle relay in 7:27.66.
USA Swimming is live streaming all sessions of junior nationals, unlike the senior national meet, which had sessions split between USA Swimming and NBC Sports. All 10 sessions of the meet will come through live on USASwimming.org. Prelims are 9 a.m. local time and finals at 5 PM. The meet continues through Saturday.
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