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2021 Professional Swim Collection – Richmond: Day 1 Finals Recap



Tonight, the Professional Swim Collection is lastly again, kicking off the 2021 slate with simultaneous meets in Richmond, Va., and San Antonio, Texas.

The 800 free is up tonight on the boys’s and ladies’s sides, with TAC Titans’ Ashley Twichell the highest seed on the ladies’s facet and Dylan Porges, a Princeton swimmer coaching with the TAC Titans because the Ivy League is redshirting this NCAA season, the highest males’s seed. Standout teenagers Cavan Gormsen (Lengthy Island Aquatic Membership) and Claire Weinstein (Westchester Aquatic Membership) are two different huge names to observe tonight. Gormsen is 15 and Weinstein is simply 13; Weinstein will go for her first Olympic Trials lower, which might make her the youngest OT qualifier within the nation.


  • Olympic Trials lower – 8:48.09
  1. Ashley Twichell (TAC Titans) – 8:35.16
  2. Caroline Pennington (TAC Titans) – 8:40.50
  3. Paige McKenna (NCAP) – 8:43.57

TAC Titans led the 1-2 sweep tonight within the girls’s 800, led by veteran Ashley Twichell at 8:35.16. UVA ’25 commit Caroline Pennington, who has been coaching with the TAC Titans for the reason that starting of the pandemic, hit a lifetime greatest 8:40.50 to take second, dropping nearly 4 seconds from her previous greatest.

Pennington has been on a lifetime greatest tear since summer time 2019. She first broke 9 minutes on this occasion in July 2019 (8:57.55), and she or he went 8:52.26 the subsequent month. Her first 800 with TAC Titans got here in October 2020, an 8:49.83, after which she nabbed an Olympic Trial lower on this race in November on the U.S. Open (8:44.45).

NCAP’s Paige McKenna (Wisconsin ’25) and Lengthy Island Aquatic Membership’s Cavan Gormsen adopted up in third and fourth at 8:43.57 and eight:43.87, respectively. For the 15-year-old Gormsen, that’s a lifetime greatest by over seven seconds, and her first Olympic Trials lower on this occasion.

13-year-old Claire Weinstein of Westchester Aquatic Membership was fifth in 8:45.34, dropping over 21 seconds. A giant drop was anticipated after she dropped 20 seconds within the 1000 yard free not too long ago, going 9:43.75. That makes Weinstein the youngest Olympic Trials qualifier, as she clears the usual by over two seconds.

NOVA of Virginia 16-year-old Claire Dafoe (Pitt ’26) and East Carolina Aquatics 16-year-old Emma Hastings (NC State ’26), earned their first OT lower, too. Dafoe was sixth at 8:46.94, dropping ten seconds, and Hastings was seventh in 8:47.30, dropping over six seconds.


  • Olympic Trials lower – 8:12.99
  1. Dylan Porges (TAC Titans) – 8:07.03
  2. Joshua Mum or dad (Bluefish Swim Membership) – 8:08.95
  3. Anders Aistars (Mission Viejo Nadadores) – 8:15.74

Dylan Porges led one other TAC Titans victory with a win within the males’s 800 free, clocking an 8:07.03 and dropping over 5 seconds off of his previous better of 8:12.42 from the 2020 U.S. Open. He completed simply forward of Bluefish Swim Membership 16-year-old Josh Parent, who lopped over 4 seconds off of his previous greatest.

Mum or dad clocked an 8:08.95, getting effectively below the OT customary for his first-ever OT lower.

16-year-old Anders Aistars of Mission Viejo Nadadores was 8:15.74 for third, the one different swimmer below 8:20, as he took out his previous better of 8:23.02 by a hefty margin.