WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
August 8, 2013
At one of the fastest Speedo Junior Nationals in meet history, more records tumbled on Wednesday night in Irvine, Calif.
After seven meets were broken on Monday and Tuesday, three more were shattered on the third day of the weeklong competition.
Justin Lynch rebroke his own meet record in the 100-meter butterfly. Lynch won the event in 52.91. Bolles Caeleb Dressel was second in a best time 53.31.
Townley Haas of Nova of Virginia broke the men’s 400-meter freestyle record in 3:51.99, breaking the previous mark of Nicholas Caldwell’s 2010 record of 3:52.32.
Dynamo broke another meet record in the 800-meter freestyle relay in 7:30.87.
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Melissa Marinheiro dropped time in the 400-meter freestyle, swimming a best time 4:22.78, dropping from 4:22.89.
On Thursday Marinheiro will swim the girls 200-meter freestyle and teammate Julien Pinon will swim the boys 200-meter freestyle.
The top Florida Gold Coast finisher was Megan Moroney of St. Andrew’s Swimming, 20th in the 400-meter freestyle. She went a best time 4:18.35 in prelims and came back with a 4:18.59 in finals.
400-meter freestyle: 1. Danielle Valley, Sarasota YMCA 4:10.55; FGC: 20. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s 4:18.59 (4:18.35, best time); 62. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 4:22.78, best time, 117. Olivia Katcher, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:28.96.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Katie McLaughlin, Mission Viejo 59.07; FGC: 39. Isabella Paez, Metro Aquatics 1:02.05, 59. Megan Moroney, St. Andrew’s Swimming 1:02.56, 159. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 1:05.02.
400-meter freestyle: 1. Townley Haas, Nova of Virginia 3:51.99, meet record; FGC: 32. Marco Hosfeld, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:00.60, best time, 37. Lance Rutkin, Swim Fort Lauderdale 4:01.22, 87. Kent Haeffner, Pine Crest 4:04.73, best time.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Justin Lynch, Terrapins 52.91, meet record; FGC: 24. Zuhayr Pigot, Metro Aquatics 56.58 (55.55, best time), Juan Ballestas, Metro Aquatics, DQ.
800-meter freestyle relay: 1. Dynamo Swim Club 7:30.87, meet record, 2. Swim Atlanta 7:34.27, 3. Dayton Raiders 7:34.50.
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