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BABINEC EXCELS AT JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Posted on: August 19, 2018

Milford swimmer Tyler Babinec made a splash at this summer’s 2018 Speedo Junior National Championships, held over five days at the William Wollett Jr. Aquatic Complex in Irvine, California.  

Babinec’s time of 1:02.95 in the 100 LC meter breaststroke was .74 seconds under the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trial qualifying time. He finished 6th overall in the event and 1st in the C final. Babinec also swam the 200 LC meter breaststroke, finishing 44th/105. 

A member of the Mason Manta Rays, he joined his teammates in the 4x100 LC meter medley relay (16th), and the 4x100 LC meter free relay (22nd). Babinec and team helped the Manta Rays win the junior national champions men’s title. 

A rising senior at MHS, he was in select company as the meet included just the top 0.76% of all 12-18 year olds around the nation. 

Babinec enjoyed an outstanding campaign as a junior, capping it off with a fifth place finish in the state in the 100 breaststroke; one year after finishing third in the event.  In Eastern Cincinnati Conference action, Babinec was a three-time all-league selection, including a two-time first team honoree. He was the conference champion in the 100 butterfly, while joining Chase Fisher, Sam Leatherwood and Branham Leavens in winning the 200 freestyle relay crown. The foursome also qualified for the state championship meet in the event.  The relay team was honored by the Cincinnati Enquirer with inclusion on the 2017-18 Winter All-Star teams. Babinec, a multi-time placer at the OHSAA State Championships was a first team selection, while his trio of teammates picked up second team honors.