Indiana Swimming
Level 1

FRST National Team competes at Summer Juniors in Irvine, CA

Zach DeWitt
Aug 8, 2018

Carla Gildersleeve (17), Jacob Destrampe (17), and Cade Oliver (15) traveled out to beautiful sunny California to compete with the nation's best 18&U swimmers.  USA Swimming's Summer Junior National Championships are held for the Nation's top athletes who have qualified via the USA Swimming Standards.  Not only did this feature the largest team that FRST has had at a Summer Junior meet, it was definitely the most successful!  FRST athletes went 6 of 11 for lifetime bests, a feat that often is hard when majority of the swimmers at the meet add time!

The 2018 USA Swimming Summer Juniors were held at Irvine, California, at the Woollett Aquatics Center.  The venue was "dressed to kill" and included TWO 50-Meter pools!  When our athletes weren't chasing best times, they certainly made their way around the local tourist spots in Malibu, LA, and Laguna Beach.

The field often includes roughly 100-120 swimmers, and the difference between 16th place and 50th place often is miniscule.

Jacob Destrampe, with five total swims (100 Fly, 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 200IM), narrowly missed an opportunity to get a "second swim" (Finals), but locked down best times in every event he swam in.  His highest finish, the 100 Freestyle, finished at a 51.69, missing out at a C-Final (51.65).

Carla Gildersleeve, with three swims (100 Fly, 200 IM, 200 Fly), scored a B-Final swim, where she swam a lifetime best (1:01.62) and finished 16th in the nation!  Her swim is fast enough to qualify her for USA Phillips 66 Nationals, perhaps fast enough for a USA Swimming Olympic Trials bid (times not yet published).

Cade Oliver, in his first Summer Juniors appearance, qualified 4 events (100 Back, 200 Back, 200 IM, 400 IM)!  While he wasn't able to drop additional time from his Summer State swims, which were just a couple weeks before, Cade's performances were some of top swims for anyone 16 & under.  There were just a few 15 year olds in the field, which should make for promising future years!

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