Matheny Breaks Meet Record, Curzan Wins Two More, SwimAtlanta Wins Combined Title On Final Day Of Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East Meet

By Sharon Robb

ATLANTA, Ga., December 15, 2019–Josh Matheny broke a meet record in the 200-yard breaststroke and Claire Curzan won two more events on the final day of the Speedo Winter Junior Championships-East Saturday at McAuley Aquatic Center at Georgia Tech.

Matheny, 17, of Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics shaved nearly three seconds off his lifetime best to win the 200-yard breaststroke in a meet record 1:52.12 and breaking him into the Top 5 in the 17-18 age group.

Curzan finished out an outstanding meet with the first of two wins in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.85. It was her second time under the 48-second barrier. Curzan also won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:54.36.

SwimAtlanta won the combined team title with 684 points ahead of SwimMAC with 644.4. SwimAtlanta also won the men’s team title with 388 and Dynamo won the women’s team title with 429.

On the fourth and final day , SOFLO swimmers finished their week of time trials and racing and headed back to race in Sunday’s 29th Speedo Winter Championships in Plantation.

Olivia Dinehart, 14, was 33rd in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:20.31 in her third and final event.

Rafael Rodriguez, 18, was 53rd in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:52.37.

Mallory Schleicher, 16, finished the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:11.62 in her third event.

Miguel Sierra, 16, was 60th in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:52.90 in his second event.

Lance Lesage, 17, was 58th in the 200-yard backstoke in 1:49.81 and 96th in the 100-yard feresyle in 49.01.

In addition to SOFLO, swimmers from Pine Crest Swimming, East Coast Aquatic Club and Flood Aquatics were the only other Florida Gold Coast swimmers competing.

The East field featured swimmers from SwimMAC Carolina, Marlins of Raleigh, Carmel, Mason Manta Rays, Swim Atlanta, Dynamo, Sarasota and Bolles among other teams from around the east.

The short course yards meet was one of two winter junior championship meets that divide the country along the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

The west junior championships were held at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

1. SwimAtlanta 684, 2. SwimMAC 644.4, 3. Dynamo 562, 4. Carmel 494, 5. Mason Manta Rays 459.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. SwimAtlanta 388, 2. SwimMAC 369, 3. Mason Manta Rays 357, 4. Carmel 331, 5. Upper Dublin 200.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Dynamo 429, 2. SwimAtlanta 296, 3. SwimMAC 286.5, 4. Club Wolverine 251, 5. Atom 194.5.


1,650-yard freestyle:
1. Abigail McCulloh, SA 16:09.55, 2. Olivia McMurray, SWIM 16:12.75, 3. Caroline Pennington, BAD 16:29.74.

200-yard backstroke:
1. Rye Ulett, DYNA 1:53.68, 2. Sophia Tuinman, CW 1:55.19, 3. Annabel Crush, LAK 1:55.89.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Claire Curzan, TAC 47.85, 2. Lindsay Flynn, ATOM 48.56, 3. Micayla Cronk, BD 48.75.

200-yard breaststroke:
1. Abby Arens, MOR 2:09.49, 2. Grace Rainey, MAC 2:10.78, 3. Letitia Sim, TNT 2:11.03.

200-yard butterfly:
1. Claire Curzan, TAC 1:54.36, 2. Megan Deuel, PACK 1:55.70, 3. Gabi Albiero, CARD 1:55.82.

4×100-yard freestyle relay:
1. Atom 3:18.70, 2. Dynamo 3:19.59, 3. Carmel 3:20.75.


1,650-yard freestyle:
1. Jake Maghey, SA 14:51.76, 2. Jake Mitchell, CSC 14:57.92, 3. Charlie Clark, VSC 15:07.84.

200-yard backstroke:
1. Wyatt Davis, CSC 1:40.85, 2. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:41.54, 3. Jack Aikens, SA 1:42.63.

100-yard freestyle:
1. Claire Curzan, TAC 47.85, 2. Lindsay Flynn, ATOM 48.56, 3. Micayla Cronk, BD 48.75.

200-yard breaststroke:
1. Josh Matheny, PEAQ 1:52.12, 2. Matt Fallon, SVY 1:54.18, 3. Tyler Christianson, NAAC 1:56.01.

200-yard butterfly:
1. Matthw Fenlon, BAD 1:42.53, 2. JAce Crawford, EAJ 1:45.92, 3. Evan McInerny, SA 1:46.23.

4×100-yard freestyle relay:
1. SwimAtlanta 2:56.76, 2. Carmel 2:58.34, 3. SwimMAC 2:59.00.

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