Manchester's Braswell wraps up strong 2017 World Junior Swimming Championships


Manchester's Leah Braswell finished up her 2017 FINA Junior World Swimming Championships on Monday, Aug. 28.

Leah Braswell

While most of her performances at the event were strong, Monday's 200-meter freestyle swim didn't go quite as well, with Braswell finishing 22nd out of all the heats. She qualified with a time of 2 minutes, 00.81 seconds, but fell off that pace during her heat, finishing in 2:03.50. It was less than 2 1/2 seconds off the eighth-place time, which would've qualified her for the finals. She was more than four seconds slower than the top time of 1:58.74, swam by Russia's Irina Krivonogova.

Still, Braswell, 17, had a strong competition overall.

She was the only American racer to reach the 400-meter free final on Saturday, Aug. 26, finishing fifth overall with a time of 4:11.65. 

Braswell, who swims locally for the York YMCA, was also part of the 4x200 free relay team earlier in the competition, helping the team take second in the prelims as the lead leg. She was dropped from the team that competed in the finals, which placed fourth overall. 

Braswell, who was home schooled, will swim for the University of Florida in college, beginning in Fall of 2018 after committing there this summer.