Long Course Sectional Highlights Through July 25 Auburn, AL -- July 28, 2004
By M. Duncan Scott
PHOENIX, Ariz July 27 NINE locations will host 2004 Summer SPEEDO Champion Series events across three different weekends. The first six meets have just finished. This note highlights the top efforts at the Auburn site.
Southern Fort Lauderdale, FL July 21-25
(results not yet on meet website but can be found
at LSC site: http://www.fgcswim.org/)
Central Wichita, KS July 21-24
Eastern Buffalo, NY July 22-25
Southern Auburn, AL July 22-25
Western Clovis, CA July 22-25
Central Minneapolis, MN July 22-25
Central Bloomington, IN July 28-August 1
Southern Austin, TX July 28-August 1
Western Federal Way, WA August 10-14
Well highlight some of the more sizzling swims here, but please click on the special Speedo Championship Series Summer Sectional Meets Results Page link at the top of the SwimInfo homepage to access the results of every swim, and more!
Auburn boasted one of the deepest sectionals with at least 86 national standard swims in the finals. In the Mens 200 backstroke, Frank Southon lead a total of 8 qualifiers in one event with a 2:04.85.
Auburn also had some of the best balance between youth and veterans, as well as foreigners (many in final tune-ups for Athens) and Americans. Probably the most outstanding swims came, as one would expect, from the contingent headed to Greece soon.
George Bovell (Trinidad and Tobago) won the 50 in :22.77, leading six under the national cut, including short course world record holder Fred Bousquet from France in fourth.
Bousquet gave a better indication he is rounding into form with his 53.36 100 butterfly win, just in front of fellow Frenchman Romy Barnier at 53.50.
Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe had possibly the best womens swim of the meet in the 400 IM at 4:47.49; Eileen Coparropa of Panama had a 56.32-second prelim effort in the 100 freestyle.
Bovell, Coventry and Bousquet have to be considered players in the medal hunt in Athens, though not necessarily in the events they starred in at the Auburn Speedo Champions Series.
800 freestyle Galdun, Claire E 15 Pilot-Knoxville-SE 8:50.17
200 IM Burckle, Caroline S 18 LAK-KY 2:19.16
100 backstroke Coventry, Kirsty L 20 AUB-SE 1:03.34
400 IM Coventry, Kirsty L 20 AUB-SE 4:47.49
100 butterfly Guilkey, Karen E 18 That-NC 1:02.12
100 breaststroke Tinnon, Elizabeth O 19 LAK-KY 1:11.14
Roberts, Emily B 16 Summit-GA 1:11.32
Ismail, Salma R 17 SA-GA 1:11.56
100 freestyle Coparropa, Eileen M 23 AUB-SE 56.32P :56.71
Burckle, Caroline S 18 LAK-Ky :56.77
200 breaststroke Tinnon, Elizabeth O 19 LAK-KY 2:33.80
800 freestyle Patton, Matthew E 17 MAC-NC 8:16.20
200 IM Stephens, Mark C 20 Dynamo-GA 2:05.92
50 Freestyle Bovell, George R 21 AUB-SE 22.77
Barnier, Romy O 28 AUB-SE 22.95
200 butterfly Stovall, Gil G 18 MTS-SE 1:59.24
100 backstroke Albrecht, Johnny S 21 That-NC :58.06
400 IM Brown, Jack L 16 SA-GA 4:28.74
400 freestyle Berens, Ricky C 16 MAC-NC 3:57.84
100 butterfly Bousquet, Fred T 23 AUB-SE :53.36
Barnier, Romy O 28 AUB-SE :53.50
Stovall, Gil G 18 MTS-SE :54.09
Jeremy D Knowles 22 AUB-SE :54.65
100 freestyle Barnier, Romy O 28 AUB-SE :50.83
200 breaststrokeOsborne, Sean M 19 AUB-SE 2:19.64
200 backstroke Southon, Frank A 21 Cta-SE 2:04.85
1500 freestyle Peterson, Chip B 16 CCS-NC 15:37.88