Meet Records Continue to Fall at Speedo Junior Nationals


Meet records established by Nation's Capital Swim Club’s Carsten Vissering in the 100m breaststroke and the York YMCA women’s 4x200m freestyle relay team highlighted the fourth night of the 2013 Speedo Junior National Championships on Thursday at William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine, Calif.


Vissering set a meet record in the men’s 100m breast with a time of 1:01.94, besting a previous mark that had stood since 2009. After winning the 200m free earlier in the night, Gunnar Bentz of Dynamo was second in 1:02.39, followed by Andrew Schuehler of the Jersey Wahoos, who was third in 1:02.73.


In the final event of the evening, the York YMCA quartet of Courtney Harnish, Nicole Price, Emily Ilgenfritz and Meghan Small set the women’s 4x200m free relay meet record with a time of 8:10.13 – nearly five seconds clear of runner-up Dynamo Swim Club (8:15.06). The Mission Viejo Nadadores were third in 8:15.69.


Quinn Carrozza of Longhorn Aquatics opened the session with a victory in the women’s 200m free with a time of 1:58.31. She led from the start and held off runner-up Kathryn McLaughlin of the Mission Viejo Nadadores (1:59.20) and third-place finisher Katherine Drabot of Ozaukee Aquatics (1:59.32) for the victory.


After setting two meet records earlier in the week, Bentz came on strong over the final 100 to claim victory in the men’s 200m free in 1:49.57. Blake Pieroni of Duneland Swim Club was second in 1:49.98, followed by Alexander Katz of Sarasota YMCA, who took third in 1:50.17.


In the women’s 100m breast, Bethany Galat of South Bend Swim Club was victorious in 1:09.14. Aquajets’ Olivia Anderson was second in 1:09.37, and Majia Roses of SwimMAC Carolina was third in 1:09.56.


The women’s 100m back went to Clara Smiddy of the AquaKids Sharks in 1:00.51. Dynamo’s Kylie Stewart placed second in 1:01.44 with third place claimed by Hannah Weiss of King Aquatic Club in 1:01.74.


Ryan Harty of Greenwood Memorial followed with a win in the men’s 100m back in 56.05. Connor Green of the Bluefish Swim Club placed second in 56.16, while Henrik Pohlmann of the Dayton Raiders finished third in 56.71.


The five-day meet concludes Friday. A live webcast is available at www.usaswimming.org and also on Deck Pass Plus, the official mobile application of USA Swimming. Complete meet results can be found here.