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US Open and JR Nationals Wrap Up

US Open and JR Nationals Wrap Up

The senior swimmers of BCST completed their long course season in beautiful Irvine, California at both the US Open and JR Nationals.

The US Open came first, and is a National Championship meet for open ages.  There were a lot of college, professional and international swimmers along with some of the top 18 & under swimmers in the country in attendance.  Representing BCST were Ed Kim, Katie Kinnear, Steve Sholdra, and Kim Williams.  Also in attendance were BCST alums Jimmy Deiparine (Cal Poly), Ethan Hallowell (Stanford), and Paolo Stanchi (Cal Poly).

Kim and Katie highlighted the meet with Kim finishing 14th in the 400 IM and Katie breaking the BCST record in the 100 Back.  Stevie was a little off in his 15000m but put up a best time in his 800 Free, and Ed competed in the 50 Free as a tune up for JR nationals.

Following the Open, 11 BCST swimmers competed in JR nationals.  This is the 18 & Under National championships and it was ridiculously fast and deep this year.  Times that would have finished top 8 in 2012, would not even place in the top 24 at this year’s meet.

Representing BST were Alec Barnard, Morgan Ciliv, Anna Keane, Ed Kim, Katie Kinnear, Kalena Laurent, Todd McCarthy, Liam Sosinsky, Zach Wagner, Kim Williams, and Grace Wold.  Their combined efforts ended up placing BCST 22nd overall, with the women placing 18th by themselves.

Finalist were Katie Kinnear, 17th 200 Fly, 11th 200 Back and 7th 100 Fly – Todd McCarthy, 14th 100 Back – Kim Williams 6th 200 IM & 13th 400 IM. 

The seniors also broke a number of records as well.  Katie Kinnear lead the way with setting new records in the Open 200 Back, 200 Fly, 100 Fly, and 100 Free.  Kim Williams set a new 15-16 record in the 200 Breast, as well as a 15-16 & Open record in the 200 IM.

The women’s relay teams of Katie Kinnear, Kim Williams, and Kalena Laurent smashed the BCST Open records in the 400 Free and 400 Medley.  Not to be outdone, the team of Todd McCarthy, Liam Sosinsky, Alec Barnard, and Ed Kim broke a 9 year old BCST record in the 400 Medley.

Both meets were far from perfect, but I really thought the swimmers raced tough and I was excited for the swimmers going off to college as they appeared to be fully prepared. For the ones sticking around there’s no rest, starting September 3rd we get ready for Winter Junior Nationals in December.