Cierra Runge’s Breakout California Weekend

Cierra Runge’s Breakout California Weekend

We haven’t had much on Cochranville’s Cierra Runga, the emerging world class swimmer and newly minted Octorara Alumni, lately.  So let’s change that and look at how she did over the last couple of days at what may turn out to be her coming out weekend.

From SwimVortex this update from the Santa Clara Grand Prix at the George Haines International Swim Center in , well, Santa Clara, California, this update on Cierra’s second-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle event:

“Not long before she finished third in the 200 backstroke, Missy Franklin secured her first victory of the weekend by topping her foes in the 200 free. The reigning world champion in the event, Franklin posted the 12th-fastest time in the world this year, 1:56.96, to beat Cierra Runge by more than a second. Runge turned in a personal-best mark of 1:58.35 to fend off Simone Manuel (1:59.01) for second.”

And, just so there is no doubt about Runge world class swimming status, the woman Runge finished behind, Missy Franklin, is the reigning queen of woman’s swimming.  This from Wikipedia about Ms. Franklin:

“Melissa Jeanette Franklin . . .  is a four-time Olympic gold medalist. She currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke (short course and long course) and American records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke (long course). As a member of the U.S. National Team, she also holds the world record in the 4×100-meter medley relay (short course and long course).”

Good company to keep don’t you think?

This next summary of Runge’s performance in the Woman’s 400-meter freestyle event at the same Santa Clara event comes from Swimming World magazine (Note, NBAC is the North Baltimore Aquatic Club):

“NBAC’s Cierra Runge put on a show in the morning in the middle-distance event as she ripped through her swim with a 4:09.86. That effort beat her previous lifetime best of 4:10.09 from the CeraVe Invitational earlier this year hosted by Berkeley Aquatics.”

And from the same publication this summary and video of Runge’s exciting, come from behind first-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle event at the Santa Clara Grand Prix event, the young swimmer’s first win on the Summer’s Grand Prix circuit:

NBAC’s Cierra Runge, a future California Golden Bear, capped off her breakthrough meet with a win in the women’s 800-meter freestyle at the Arena Grand Prix in Santa Clara.

Runge raced her way to a winning time of 8:26.71 to not only win, but also blast her lifetime best of 8:35.89 from the Charlotte stop of the Grand Prix. That performance also skyrocketed Runge up to 11th in the world rankings in the process.

Runge’s teammate Lotte Friis finished second in the finale with an 8:27.26, just off her eighth-ranked 8:26.16 from Charlotte, while Canada’s Brittany MacLean finished third in 8:29.51.

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