August 13, 2009
The Clippers are being well
represented at the USA Junior National Meet in Federal Way,
Washington. This is by far the fastest Junior Nationals in history
with it taking at least a 2009 Olympic Trial cut to make it in the
On Wednesday night Ellen Williamson swam her fastest and 2nd fastest 100 butterfly finishing a 15th overall. Her time of 1:01.55 puts her as the 3rd fastest in Ohio Swimming History for 15-16 year olds(behind Mary T. Meagher and Darcy Fishback).
On Thursday night Krissie Brandenburg and Ellen Williamson both qualified for finals in the 100 backstroke. Both girls swam to their fastest two times in their careers. The two combined to be the only two girls finish in the top 16 from the same team in the 100 back.
Ellen’s time of 1:02.50 put her Top 150(apprx. 107) in the World Rankings and the fastest in Ohio Swimming’s history.
Krissie’s time of 1:03.19 puts her just out of the top 150 in the world by less than .3 seconds. This time also ranks her 3rd fastest in Ohio Swimming history for 17-18 year olds behind Betsy Mitchell and Kate McNeilis.
Nick Kunkel ended his season this morning on a big note going a life-time best time in the 100 backstroke and finished 39th overall out of 125 swimmers in the events. His time also ranks him 4th in team history in the 100 backstroke (Cory Chitwood, Adam Isaacs, Chris Seitz)
Shane Coltharp continued his streak of life time best times in the meet by swimming a best time in the 200 free and the 100 back. Shane’s time of 1:55.58 ranks him 2nd in Clippers history behind Jason Vadney. Shane became the 5th Clipper in history to break the 1:00 mark.