Well, well , well, what can I say? I don’t know if I have ever seen such a crazy fast Junior Olympics (now FLAGS) as this past weekend. The times were pretty much unbelievable. Athletes in every age group were getting Top 10 times in the nation, records, Junior National & Senior National Time Standards as well as Olympic Trial Standards. Wait a minute, what? Olympic Trial Standards? Not by a tenth of a second either! Numerous were by over 3-5 seconds! Truly incredible for the one of the best, if not the best swimming states in the nation!
Summer Finke (SPA) and Eric Woodruff (GCST) in the 1500s were very speedy as well as Sherridon Dressel (BSS), Matt Hirschberger (CAT), Kasey Schmidt (BSS), and Caleb Dressel (BSS) in the 50s. In fact, Mr Dressel dumped a 9-year-old record!
Speaking of old records, 12-year-old Jackson Defore (T2) broke a 17-year-old record in the 200 IM with a 2:21 and change.
I hear you, what about the 10 & under athletes? They were equally as fast with Talia Bates (GSC), daughter of former UF football player James Bates, winning the 50 freestyle (30.24), while Lucas Kravelenko (CBS) sneaked by Blake “Hollywood” Wilton with a time of 30.03. Other great swims by the 10-year-olds were Kaitlyn Cronin (GSC), 1:17.01, Marshall Webster (SYS), 1:12.79, both in the 100 Backstroke. In the 100 Fly event, Bates wins another one with 1:18.64, while Hollywood Wilton takes the gold with a time of 1:14.51. In their final event, the 200 freestyle, Katelyn Kilpatrick (CFM) wins the 200 freestyle, 2:30.34 and Kravelenko closes the meet for these youngsters with a blazing 2:17.54.
After seeing the amount of Olympic Trial Standards, Senior National Standards, Junior National Standards and State Records at the Age-Group Championships, I can’t until we see Senior Championships this week! Be sure to tune in to the coverage of the Senior Championships this weekend on http://FloridaSwimNetwork.com and http://swimmerjoe.com.