Bella Sims Reaches 9:31 PB In 1000 Free To Open Huntington Beach Sectionals
2021 CA / NV Speedo Sectionals – Huntington Beach
- December 16-19, 2021
- Golden West College, Huntington Beach, California
- Organized by the Golden West Swim Club (GWSC)
- SCY (25 meters)
- Event page
- Meeting Information
- Results on Meet Mobile: “2021 CA Dec CA NV Speedo Sect at GWSC w / DITCH”
Less than a week away from an exceptional performance at the Speedo – West Junior Winter Championships in Austin, Bella sims and his teammates Sandpipers of Nevada are back in action at the Huntington Beach Speedo Sectionals at Golden West College.
Sims, who won a total of nine gold medals last week in Austin, opened the competition in Huntington Beach with another victory in the women’s 1,000 freestyle, resetting her best time ever to 9: 31.16.
The 16-year-old’s time improves from her previous personal best of 9: 32.59, set in December 2019, and places her eighth all-time in the 15-16 age group year. Her old record currently ranks her second all-time in the 13-14 age group just behind Katie Ledecky.
The Sandpipers now have three of their swimmers ranked in the top eight in 15-16 age group history, with The Sims joining No.4 Erica Sullivan and # 6 Katie grimes.
All-Time Ranking 15-16, Women’s 1000 Freestyle (SCY)
- Katie Ledecky (NCAP), 9: 14.22 – 2013
- Kate Ziegler (FISH), 9: 25.51 – 2005
- Katie Hoff (NBAC), 9: 27.56 – 2006
- Erica Sullivan (SAND), 9: 29.91 – 2016
- Jane Skillman (UN), 9: 30.35 – 1990
- Katie grimes (SAND), 9: 30.58 – 2021
- Tiffany Cohen (UN), 9: 30.65 – 1983
- Bella sims (SAND), 9: 31.16 – 2021
- Kim Brown (UN), 9: 31.71 – 1985
- Becca Mann (CAT), 9: 31.79 – 2013
Sandpipers swept away 1000 freestyle podium at Huntington Beach with 17-year-old Paige Kuwata second in 9: 48.68 and 14 years old Claire Weinstein third in 9: 58.82.
Kuwata’s swim marked a new life record, improving his 9: 51.11 from the Las Vegas Super Final last December, while Weinstein has a PB of 9: 43.75 (also from December 2020) which ranks it 16th in the history of 13-14.
Grimes does not participate in the competition in particular because she is in Abu Dhabi at the World Short Course Championships.
Thursday’s other event was the men’s 1650 freestyle, which also ended in a podium sweep for the Sandpipers.
Leading the Way was 16 years old Ilya Kharoun, who just broke the national age group record in the 100 butterfly boys 15-16 to winter juniors (45.59).
Kharun lost almost 21 seconds to win the event in 15: 03.72, placing him 17th all-time in the 15-16 age group. Kharun’s previous record was 15: 24.69, set in October at the Sandpipers’ Pumpkin Invite.
His teammates Maksim Maskalenka (15: 35.82) and Dillon wright (15: 39.46) finished second and third respectively, also setting the fastest times.