Swimmer Sebastian Posts Personal Bests at Junior Nationals
Friday, August 23, 2013 • 10:13am
SUMMIT, NJ - Summit High School Senior Ryan Sebastian, competing against the country's top 18-under swimmers, posted personal-best times in seven of the eight races he swam at USA Swimming’s Long Course Junior National Championships in Irvine, California.
Sebastian achieved three Short Course Senior National times -- in the 200 & 400 Individual Medleys (IM), and 100 Backstroke -- which makes him eligible to compete this December at the 2013 AT&T Winter National Championships held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Sebastian’s performance was even more remarkable, given that he seriously injured his knee skateboarding July 4th and was unable to train at high intensity for two weeks following the injury.
His top finishes were in the sport’s decathlon events, the 200 & 400 IM's. In both races, he placed 28th against more than 150 swimmers. In the 200 IM, Sebastian sliced 1.5 seconds off his personal-best time to post a 2:07.15. In the 400 IM, he dropped 1.7 seconds while producing a 4:31.13 finish. It was in 200 butterfly, however, where he dropped the most time, clipping 3.3 seconds off his previous best to post a 2:05.61 time. In the process, he earned a new Junior National qualifying event for next summer. Sebastian posted another new Junior National qualifying time (his 6th) when he dropped 1.24 to perform at 2:23.61 in the 200 breaststroke.A
A distance-oriented swimmer, Sebastian continues to improve in the sprint events, as evidenced by his performances in the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke. In the 100 fly, he dropped .8 to post a 56.20 time, in the 100 back he clipped .7 off to post a 58.37 time, and in the 100 breaststroke, he dropped .7 to touch at 1:07.46. He trains year-round at Scarlet Aquatics.