December 8, 2019
08 December 2019 (Atlanta, Georgia) - The last day of racing at the US Open was another solid day for the Cascade Swim Club and their three swimmers at the meet. All three swam in the 200m backstroke event and had some of their strongest results of the weekend.
Ingrid Wilm and Ella Varga swam prelims of the event in 2:19.41 and 2:18.61 respectively. Ella ended up 48th overall which was her top finish of the weekend and was one of the top-20 junior aged swimmers in the event. The time was also nearly a full-second better than she had done at this same meet a year earlier. For Ingrid this was the second fastest time she has ever done in December - just about 8/10ths slower than the fastest she has ever been in one of the coldest months of the calendar year!
Cole Pratt got in to a fight with a man twice his age, Ryan Lochte (35), in the “B” final of the men’s 200m backstroke. In the prelims Pratt qualified 2nd in the “B” beside the Canadian record holder, Markus Thormeyer, and the 2012 US Olympic champion in the event - Lochte. Cole took it out quicker than normal on the first 50 turning with the lead before falling behind Lochte and then Thormeyer. The race came down to the final 50 where Pratt outsplit the entire field including Lochte and Thormeyer by almost a half-second. It was too little too late though with the final finish: Lochte (1:59.26), Thormeyer (1:59.90) and Pratt (2:00.12).
That concluded the meet for our swimmers in the US who trained Sunday morning before getting on the plane for the trip home. Both Varga and Pratt will compete next weekend at the Ontario Junior International in Toronto.