U.S. Winter Junior Championships invade Federal Way
By Doug Drowley
Special to The Seattle Times
FEDERAL WAY – USA Swimming brings its winter short course junior national championships to the King County Aquatic Center beginning tonight with the men’s and women’s 200-yard medley and 800 freestyle relays.
Timed finals for the relay events begin at 6 p.m., and we will update you on the results of those races as they happen, and hopefully bring you some color from local participants.
While many teams from across the United States are here to compete, the King Aquatic Club women’s team enters Wednesday night’s 200 medley relay as the top seed. The men are third-seeded in the event. King Aquatic’s “A” teams will swim in Heats 2 and 4, which are set up with the teams that have qualified as the fastest eight coming into the meet.
In the freestyle relay, the women are seeded 17th and the men eighth.
Individual events begin on Thursday morning and continue through Saturday with preliminaries sessions each day at 9 a.m. and finals sessions at 5 p.m.
Many current and former high school state meet stars are competing this week.
UPDATED as of 7:12 p.m. on Wednesday:
200 Medley (Women): Six women’s heats provided timed Finals. King Aquatic Club fell behind early and never could make up the distance as it finished sixth in its heat and 12th overall at 1:43.81. The event was won by Canyons Aquatic Club out of Santa Clarita, Calif., in 1:40.25.
200 Medley (Men): Five men’s heats provided timed Finals. King Aquatic got out fast in Heat 2, led by the state record holder in the 100 back, Thomas Anderson, whose leadoff backstroke 50 gave King the lead. Anderson set the state 100 mark at 48.10 seconds for Federal Way High. He was followed by Mitch Hovis, Mathias Oh and Kevin Dang as KAC finished third in the heat and third overall in a time of 1:30.03. Palo Alto Stanford won the event in 1:29.38.
800 Free (Women): The Patriot Aquatic Swim Club, from Lincolnshire, Ill., set the winter Junior Nationals record in December, 2013, at 7:16.71. On Wednesday, Patriot challenged the mark but fell just shy as it won the event for the second straight year in 7:16.85. King Aquatic did not finish among the Top 10.
800 Free (Men): Dynamo Swim Club’s meet record stood for less than a year. Dynamo, from Atlanta, set the record on Dec. 13, 2013, at 6:34.98. In Heat 1 on Wednesday, Santa Clara Swim Club lowered the mark to 6:33.02. Second-place Nitro Swim Club out of Austin, Texas, also went under the previous record at 6:33.64. The King Aquatic did not finish in the Top 10.