Calhoon swims two PR’s at Jr. Nationals

Jayce Calhoon barely missed the senior national time standard in the 200-meter backstroke last week, finishing 69th in the nation at the USA Swimming Junior National Swimming Championships in Federal Way, Wash.

Calhoon, who will be a senior at Sweet Home High School this fall, was half a second off the senior standard, swimming 2:09.75 to post a personal best on a long course, swum in a 50-meter pool rather than the typical 25-meter or 25-yard pool used in high school.

Calhoon said he was getting over a cold prior to the meet and “felt kind of wobbly” prior to the race.

“After I got in the water and started swimming the 200 I was surprised at how good I felt,” he said. “I got a PR, so I can’t really ask for much more than that.”

He also swam the 100 backstroke, posting a personal best in that event as well, with a 1:02.00, despite slipping at the start and falling behind the rest of the field at the beginning of the race.

“I caught up a little bit,” he said. “I touched a couple of people out.

“I was shooting for PR’s, and I kind of wanted a little faster PR’s, but for being sick, that was a really good meet for me,” he said.

The Junior Nationals meet brings together the fastest young swimmers in the nation, 18 and under. The next USA swimming Junior National event is Dec. 9-12 in Columbus, Ohio, Senior Nationals will be Dec. 3-5 in Federal Way, Wash.

Calhoon said he is taking a few weeks off, then will resume training for the winter meets, with hopes of qualifying for the senior nationals.

He said he may also visit two schools, Wyoming and the Univeristy of the Pacific, in Stockton, Calif., that have shown interest in him.