The 2015 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals start this Wednesday, December 9, in Atlanta, Georgia. The Sunshine State looks to be well represented by swimmers from both Florida Swimming and Florida Gold Coast.
Among the top seeds going into each event are several Florida-based swimmers.
Swim Florida’s Kendall Brent is seeded 7th in the 500 Free and 4th in the 1650 Free. Teammate Santiago Corridor is also seeded well in the distance events, 2nd in the 500 Free and 5th in the 200 Free. Highlander’s Hayden Curley is also in a strong position, being ranked 8th in the 500 Free. Swim Florida’s Stas VanGenderen is ranked highest for the men’s 1650 (4th) while ATAC’s Brandon Chasen in seeded 7th.
For the 50 Free, Pine Crest’s Marta Ciesla is seeded 2nd and Katie Schorr of Southwest Stars in 10th, followed by Bolles Sherridon Dressel at 11th. Meanwhile Florida Gold Coast Swimmers have 4 of the top 10 spots for the Men’s 50 Free: Azura’s Rais Tjon-A-Joe is seeded first, Wellington’s Cody Cline is second, Saint Andrew’s Brody Heck is third, and Azura’s Marco Guarente is seeded 8th. Add in Seminole’s Maverick Layne (9th) and then Bolles School’s Tyler Rice and Wiley Watson (11th, 12th) and Beaches Aquatics’ Gavin Jones, and there’s a possibility for an all-Florida final.
In the 100 Free, Marta Ciesla has a hold on the top spot with Katie Schorr following closely with a 4th place seeding. For the men, Tyler Rice is seeded second with Brody Heck right behind at 3rd. Cody Cline is ranked 5th, Raiz Tjon-A-Joe is 7th, with Maverick Layne rounding out the top 10.
For the Women’s 200 IM, South Florida’s Kathleen Golding is Florida’s top swimmer, seeded 7th, with Gulliver’s Kelly Fertel 11th and Highlander’s Carley Lowe 13th. For the men, Marco Guarente is seeded 11th, with Pine Crest’s Patrick Groters 15th.
Going to a longer distance of the 400 IM, Gator Swim Club’s Isabel Ivey is Florida’s highest ranked swimmer, coming in 5th, right before Kelly Fertel (6th) and Carley Lowe (7th). For the men, Santi Corredor is seeded highest at 16th.
In the Women’s 100 Fly, Pine Crest’s Jessica Nava is the highest Florida seed at 5th, followed by Highlander’s Paige Hamilton (6th) and Sherridon Dressel (7th), and T2 Aquatic’s Kayla Tennant (9th). For the men, Bolles’ Ariel Spektor is seeded 4th while TBAY’s Noah Lense is 6th.
In the 200 Fly, Carley Lowe is seeded 8th, Jessica Nava 12th and Alena Kraus 14th. For the men, Gulliver’s Miguel Cancel is the top Florida seed at 12th and then Gator Swim Club’s Mason Wilby is 15th and Ariel Spektor is 16th.
For the Women’s 100 Backstroke, Sherridon Dressel is Florida’s best hope to final, being seeded 11st, with teammate Abi Wilder seeded 19th. For the men, Bolles’ Andy Song An is seeded second while teammate Dakota Mahaffey is 8th.
In the 200 Backstroke, Greater Tampa’s Morgan Tankersley is the top Florida seed, sitting 7th, while Andy Song An is seeded 12th for the men.
Kelly Fertel is Florida’s top seed at 12th in the 100 Breaststroke, with Raiz Tjon-A-Joe seeded 3rd for the men. Bolles James Daugherty is seeded 6th, and Marco Guarente 11th.
For the 200, Kelly Fertel is agin the highest seed from the Sunshine State, 11th, with James Daugherty seeded 7th for the men. Marco Guarente is 12th.
Relays should be exciting with Bolles School Sharks seeded in the top 3 for many of the events.
Good luck to all swimmers!