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Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
By David Rieder
ATHENS, Georgia, July 13. THREE days have been completed at the Speedo Sectionals meet in Athens, where a U.S. World Championships team member picked up a win in his signature event, while another young American talent showed off his versatility with his third win in three days.
Athens Bulldogs' Nic Fink won the men's 100 breast in 1:02.18. Fink finished second to Kevin Cordes at U.S. Nationals, and he has a season best time of 1:00.24 which ranks him 13th in the world and number two among Americans. Finc had to work hard to get the win here, overtaking Cardinal's Carlos Almeida for a tight victory. Almeida ended up touching second in 1:02.25, while Edgar Crespo finished well back in third at 1:03.40.
After winning the men's 200 IM on Thursday and the 100 back on Friday, Bolles' Ryan Murphy added another first place finish in the men's 100 fly. The 18 year old future-Cal Bear touched in 53.52, fast enough to hold off Cardinal's Neil O'Halloran. He touched second in 54.05. Georgia Tech's Andrew Kosic grabbed third in 54.54.
Swim Atlanta's Olivia Boggs grabbed the win in the women's 100 breast, clocking 1:11.39 to hold off the Stingrays' Shannon O'Malley. O'Malley finished in 1:11.71, while Mason Manta Rays' Danielle Jansen touched out Swim Atlanta's Julianne Kurke for third, 1:12.83 to 1:12.84.
Dynamo's Matias Koski added to his victory in the 200 free on Friday with a title in the 400 free. Koski touched in 3:51.68, while Auburn's Zane Grothe came in two seconds behind for second at 3:53.46. Swim Atlanta's Will Freeman ended up third in 3:57.17, while Dynamo's Kevin Litherland rounded out the sub-4:00 swims with a fourth-place time of 3:58.43. Litherland won the men's 400 IM on Friday.
Christina Bechtel held off Athens Bulldogs' Lauren Harrington to win the women's 100 fly, 59.48 to 59.77, while Swim Atlanta's Aja Malone grabbed third in 1:00.77. Marieta Marlins' Stephanie Peters took the women's 400 free title in 4:16.32. She out-distanced the Marlins of Raleigh's Victoria Mitchell by more than four seconds, as Mitchell took second in 4:20.60. Mitchell held off Stingrays' Rebecca Postoll for runner-up honors, as Postoll touched in 4:20.72.
Athens Bulldogs won the women's 800 free relay with a team featuring two of the women who will swim for the U.S. on the relay at this month's World Championships, Shannon Vreeland and Jordan Mattern. The two joined Jessica Garber and Abbie Fish for a final time of 8:18.55. Stingrays took second in 8:26.37, and Dynamo took third in 8:29.76. Bolles' team of Josh Booth, Caio Batista, Teo D'Alessandro, and Murphy took first in the men's relay in 7:39.34. The Stingrays took second in 7:41.67, and Dynamo grabbed third in 7:42.42.
Results: Speedo Sectionals - Athens
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