Tuesday, June 28 2022

Several University of Missouri and Mission Viejo Nadadores pros competed in LCM tune-up races last weekend ahead of Team USA’s International Trials next week.

2022 Mission Viejo Nadadores April LCM Intrasquad

  • April 15- April 16, 2022
  • Marguerite Aquatic Complex, Mission Viejo, California
  • Long distance counters
  • Full results

The Mission Viejo meet was comprised mostly of age group swimmers. One of the notables was 24 years old justin ress, who swam the 100 free in 49.12. He was four tenths off his best time of 48.74.

Other impressive swims for Mission Viejo in the age group ranks include 10-year-old Ben Yang, who lost more than two and a half seconds in the 50 butterfly to pass a 33.29. His previous best time of 35.96 was set last July. This race is the third fastest 10&U time in the country this year.

On the women’s side, 11-year-old Julia Billotte swam the 800 freestyle for the first time, posting a time of 10:05.03. This is the ninth fastest time of 11-12 for the 2022 season. She also bettered her previous time of 5:39.96 in the 400 IM by posting a time of 5:34.00, the sixth fastest time of 11 -12 in the country this year.

justin ress was the only athlete to compete on the Mission Viejo intrasquad team which is also scheduled to swim at the United States International Team Trials next week. Ress recently joined the new pro group Mission Viejo after 7 years with the elite NC State/Wolfpack.

At trials, Ress is ranked 14th in the 100 freestyle with a 49.06, which dates from April 2021. Ress will also compete in the 50 and 100 backstroke. He is ranked 4th in each of those events with his best time of 52.86, set at the Olympic Trials last summer. He placed sixth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.91, also an Olympic Trials best time.

2022 University of Missouri International Trials Qualifier

  • April 15- April 16, 2022
  • Mizzou Aquatic Center, Columbia, Missouri
  • Long distance counters
  • Results on Meet Mobile, “UMIZ International”

Four University of Missouri swimmers who swam on the intrasquad squad last weekend will also compete in the trials: Will Whittington, Jack Dahlgren, Grant Bochenski and Sarah Thompson.

Jack Dahlgren posted a 1:49.81 in the 200 free. That time is less than two seconds off his personal best 1:47.98 from the Olympic trials. He is the 14th seed at trials next week. He also swam the 100m freestyle last weekend clocking 50.36, just 0.15 off his personal best.

At the NCAA, Dahlgren finished 13th in the 200 freestyle (SCY), posting a best time of 1:32.01 in the preliminaries. In the 200 backstroke (SCY), he qualified fourth with a best time of 1:38.85, but finished sixth in 1:40.17

In addition to the 200m freestyle, Dahlgren must swim a total of eight events at the Trials. These include the 200 butterfly where he placed ninth and the 100 butterfly in which he placed 19th.

Last weekend, Sarah Thompson swam the 50 freestyle (26.78), 100 butterfly (1:02.0) and 100 backstroke (1:04.21). She is currently slated to swim all of that at trials, as well as 50s in both flight and backstroke. In the 50 free, she is ranked 32nd with a time of 25.70, just over a second faster than her time from last weekend.

Thompson has competed in three individual events at the NCAA. She finished 22nd in the 50 freestyle (SCY) and 100 butterfly (SCY), swimming just short of her personal bests in each.

Whittington and Bochenski are the top seeds for next week’s Trials in SCY time only. Whittington’s 50 free (LCM) time of 23.76 from last weekend is 0.47 seconds off qualifying practice time. Bochenski swam the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter return last weekend, posting times that were 0.80 and 0.62 seconds respectively off the qualifying times.


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