Sep 222011



For a swimmer who had not qualified for the Speedo Grand Challenge in late May because his 200 fly time was only a 2:21.95 at the Bakersfield meet during the first weekend of May, Wesley Coles had certainly trained and performed with intent that appeared to serve as a seemingly inexhaustible fuel source.

Wesley began his significant descent (swimming times that would put him close to a Junior National cut) during the LA Invite where he improved his Speedo Grand Challenge time from a 2:12.86 (performed in late May) to a 2:09.53 in mid-July. The LA Invite at USC took place only one week into the taper for Sectionals scheduled one week after LA Invite. Despite the fluke preliminary swim at Sectionals the next weekend, Wesley dropped to a 2:07.91 to make his Junior National cut. He wasn’t done.

Wesley goes on to Junior Nationals and swam 2:07.05, nearly dropping a full second, and also improved his 100 fly from a 59.68 at Sectionals (or even when considering his 58.82 at Junior Olympics that took place between Sectionals and Junior Nationals) to a 58.54 thereby making the bonus cut for Junior Nationals. Wesley’s 2:07.05 is a new team record, improving his own team record he had set at Sectionals.  

Good luck, Wesley, in qualifying for Nationals (or Olympic Trials) next year. You are now well within range. 

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