By USA Swimming | Saturday, August 4, 2018
After five nights of fast swimming and new meet records, the 2018 Junior National Championships came to an end at the William Wollett Jr. Aquatic Complex in Irvine, Calif.
14-year-old Claire Tuggle out of Clovis Swim Club completed an IM sweep and won her third individual title after touching the wall first in the women’s 200m IM. Her time of time of 2:15.02 is now the second-fastest time in 13-14 age group history. Nova of Virginia Aquatics’ Grace Sheble picked up silver with a 2:15.80 and Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics’ Isabel Gormley posted a 2:17.19 to round out the top-three performers.
The Foster brothers from Mason Manta Rays repeated last year’s performances in the men’s 200m IM. Carson Foster made it back-to-back golds in the event with a strong 2:01.14. Jake Foster relied on the back half of his race to claim silver in 2:02.55 over SwimAtlanta’s Andrew Winton (2:03.50).
The women’s 1500m free title went to Bolles School Sharks’ Kensey McMahon after the 18-year-old posted a time of 16:32.94. Paige McKenna from Nation’s Capital Swim Club followed for silver with a time of 16:39.96, while SwimAtlanta’s Abigail McCulloh broke 17:00 for the first time and took third with a 16:43.40 from the earlier heats.
Christiana Regenauer from Condors Swim Club edged out the rest of the women’s 50m free field with a time of 25.73, sweeping the sprint free events this week in Irvine. Beach Cities Swimming’s Alexandra Crisera was a close second in 25.77 and Western Hills Athletic Club’s Emma Wheal touched in with a 25.84 for third.
Katy Aquatics’ Coco Bratanov powered through the men’s 50m free with a 22.60 to claim the title. Terrapins’ Andrei Minakov topped off an impressive week with a second-place finish in 22.77. Mason Manta Rays’ Adam Chaney rounded out the top three with a 22.87.
SwimAtlanta’s Jake Magahey picked up another individual title with a win in the men’s 800m free with a time of 8:03.71. Ivan Puskovitch of Episcopal Academy Aquatic Club was next in with an 8:07.78. Carmel Swim Club’s Jake Mitchell collected bronze with a time of 8:08.87.
The women’s 4x100m medley relay title went to Brea Aquatics’ Zephy Koh, Jacqueline Basham, Justina Kozan and Samantha Pearson after posting a top time of 4:09.49. Irvine Novaquatics and SwimMAC Carolina followed with times of 4:11.89 and 4:11.98, respectively.
Mason Manta Rays’ Carson Foster, Jake Foster, Jacob McDonald and Adam Chaney took down the men’s 4x100m medley relay meet record after posting a time of 3:43.63. The time was also a 15-18 national age group record. The meet record was previously set by Upper Dublin Aquatic Club (3:44.83) in 2015. The Terrapins (3:45.66) and Sierra Marlins (3:48.44) followed.
The hometown club of Irvine Novaquatics tallied 333.5 points to win the team race. SwimMAC Carolina (324 points) and Mason Manta Rays (314 points) followed as the top performing clubs. Mason Manta Rays collected 261 points on the men’s side to lead all teams. Brea Aquatics finished on top of the women’s standings with 192 points.
Clovis Swim Club’s Claire Tuggle was named the female high point winner of the meet with 76 points. Terrapins’ Alexei Sancov and Carmel Swim Club’s Jake Mitchell shared men’s honor with both earning 67 points.