Great Swims from Gator Athletes at USA 18&under Championships hosted by New England Swimming (12/4-12/6)

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Great Swims from Gator Athletes at USA 18&under Championships hosted by New England Swimming (12/4-12/6):

 

The last time the Gator Athletes had a “focus” championship was last March (2020). Several of our swimmers had a successful meet down at the Speedo Sectionals in Plantation, FL. The same weekend we witnessed some awesome swims at the 15-18 Championships at WPI…

 

Then everything changed.

 

As a large group of our swimmers were packing their bags for the NCSA Championships in Orlando FL, the COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold and everything those athletes had worked towards went on total PAUSE!

 

With incredible perseverance and passion for the sport, the entire team worked hard on land, sea (literally going in the ocean during the pandemic) and finally we had access to the BOSSE pool in mid-June. This allowed for a bit of normalcy to take place of the “craziness”...

With some new training facilities available to the entire team, the Gator swimmers took advantage of some good training and adapted well to the new environment of “socially distant swim practice.”

 

That hard work and “tradition of excellence” was showcased last weekend at the BSI facility in Wellesley during the USA Swimming 18&under Championships. This NEW meet was a creative way that USA swimming could provide guidelines for how to host a safe and competitive meet at multiple locations across the country and then merge all of the results into a nationwide ranking. GATOR had 13 athletes qualify for the meet and they took FULL advantage of swimming fast, not only for the first time in months, but to show all how the athletes and coaches have managed this pandemic period in the best way possible!!

 

There were many personal best times from our 13 swimmers, as well as some top 16-times in the country and some qualifying times for more National level meets. Some of those highlights are listed here:

  • Kyle Won - 14th in USA for 200 Back
  • Kyle Won - 16th in USA for 100 Back
  • Kevin Jiang - 3rd fastest in NE for 100 Breast
  • Dana Li - 20th in USA for 500 Free (*2nd fastest 15-yo in the USA!!)

Here are the results from all GATOR athletes over the weekend, CONGRATULATIONS AND GO GATOR!!!

 

Théo Bodet

  • 400 IM - 4:05.57 - Personal Best / USA Swimming FUTURES / NCSA
  • 200 free - 1:45.25
  • 100 fly - 51.87 - Personal Best / NCSA bonus
  • 200 IM - 1:56.62
  • 200 fly - 1:55.51- Personal Best / NCSA bonus

Justin Clark

  • 100 back - 50.86 - Personal Best / USA swimming FUTURES / NCSA
  • 50 free - 21.60 - Personal Best / NCSA
  • 200 back - 1:51.82 - Personal Best / USA swimming FUTURES / NCSA
  • 100 free - 48.48
  • 100 breast - 59.54 - Personal Best

Sammy Hagberg

  • 100 back - 59.70
  • 100 fly - 1:00.34
  • 50 free - 25.71
  • 200 back - 2:11.09 - Personal Best
  • 100 free - 55.14

Kate Handley

  • 200 breast - 2:24.10 - Personal Best
  • 200 IM - 2:19.99
  • 100 breast - 1:05.32 - NCSA

Kevin Jiang

  • 200 breast - 2:08.12 USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 200 IM - 2:01.37 - Personal Best
  • 100 breast - 57.26 - Personal Best / USA FUTURES / NCSA

Emily Kang

  • 100 back - 1:01.41 - Personal Best
  • 200 free - 2:03.09
  • 50 free - 23.99 - Personal Best / USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 100 free - 52.94 - Personal Best

Dana Li

  • 1650 free - 17:07.03 - USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 200 free - 1:50.38 - Personal Best /  USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 200 breast - 2:25.51
  • 200 IM - 2:05.79 Personal Best / USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 100 free - 51.62 Personal Best / USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 500 free - 4:55.08 Personal Best / USA FUTURES / NCSA

Ainsley Nalen

  • 100 back - 58.83
  • 200 free - 1:54.54
  • 50 free - 24.50 - Personal Best
  • 200 back - 2:03.42 - USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 100 free - 53.22
  • 500 free - 5:07.42

Julia Papp

  • 100 fly - 1:00.33 - Personal Best
  • 200 breast - 2:29.39 - Personal Best
  • 200 IM - 2:13.79 - Personal Best
  • 100 breast - 1:09.81 - Personal Best

Sam Reynoso Williams

  • 1650 free - 16:21.20
  • 4:44.75 - 500 free

Andy Wei

  • 200 breast - 2:10.04 - Personal Best
  • 100 breast - 58.49 - Personal Best  USA FUTURES / NCSA

Kyle Won

 

  • 400 IM - 3:58.20 - Personal Best / USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 100 back - 48.59 - Personal Best / USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 50 free - 21.02 - Personal Best / USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 200 IM - 1:51.59 - Personal Best / USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 200 back - 1:46.08 - Personal Best / USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 100 free - 46.27 - Personal Best /  USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 500 free - 4:36.58 -  USA FUTURES / NCSA

 

Ethan Zheng

  • 100 back - 51.49 - Personal Best / USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 200 free - 1:45.53 
  • 50 free - 22.09 - Personal Best / NCSA
  • 200 back - 1:50.67 - Personal Best / USA FUTURES / NCSA
  • 100 free - 48.20