Briana Jurries
Courtesy of: Gwynne Freeman
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By Gwynne Freeman

GRESHAM, Oregon, July 17. DAY two of finals competition at the Gresham stop of the Speedo Champions Series opened with Victoria Toris, Scottsdale Aquatic Club, pulling out a win in the women's 100 free and logging a time of 56.30.

Natilee Ruiz, Tri-City Channel Cats, had a strong front half but just came up shy at 57.01 and Katarina Simonovic, Arizona Gold, touched the wall at 57.47. On the men's side, Nicholas Magana (51.15), Scottsdale Aquatic Club, out raced Joshua Ginsborg (51.74), Fort Collins Area Swim Team, to the finish with Justin Beach of Denver Swim Academy rounding out the top three at 52.01

The 200 breast was the event of the night. On the men's side Naoya Tomita, New Mexico, set a new meet record and blew away the competition with a blazing time of 2:13.72. Andrew Heymann, unattached-OR had a solid swim with a time of 2:19.31 and Antonio Ramirez, Arizona Gold touched at 2:20.23. Briana Jurries, Arizona Gold (2:33.42) went out and never looked back. Bridgette McNally, Denver Hilltoppers and Chelsea Miller, Boise YMCA each trying to out touch the other tied for second with a 2:36.51.

Lisa Bratton (2.14.00), Tri-City Channel Cats held off Cassidy Brennan (2:14.85), Tualatin Hills Swim Club for a first place finish. Haley Rowley (2:15.33), Denver Hilltoppers, had a strong showing and third place finish. Carter Griffin (2:00.42), Denver Hilltoppers, bested the men's field. Jared Markham, (2:02.61) Aces Swim Club and Bryce Kananowicz (2:04.58), Coeur d'Alene Area Swim Team rounded out the top three.

Michelle Cefal, Tualatin Hills Swim Club, scorched the competition throwing down a 2:12.95. Rachel Heaney (2:17.32), Boise YMCA and Kacey Milligan (2:18.24) battled it out for the two and three spots. On the men's side Jason Harbarger, Aces Swim Club, took the lead and never stopped surging posting a time of 2:02.95. Alexander Schultz (2:04.53), Arizona Gold, and Scott Bergstrom (2:04.58), Hood River Valley Swim Team fought until the finish.

In the 200 Medley Relay, the women of Boise YMCA (Samantha Wicks, Heather Harper, Natalia Anchustegui, Jessica Bottelberghe) bested the competition with a 1:57.61. Scottsdale Aquatic Club (Amy Bilquist, Hannah Holman, Victoria Toris, Samantha Fazio) touched the wall at 1:58.47. While Tualatin Hills Swim Club (Grace Carlson, Blaise Wittenauer-Lee, Michelle Cefal, Prudence Rooker) clocked in at 1:58.62.

In the men's medley relay Scottsdale Aquatic Club (Ryan Hoffer, Marcello Quarante, Nicholas Magana, Jake Blake) finished with a 1:46.90. Boise YMCA (Alexander Trompke, James Nguyen, Karl Mering, Tanner Schelling), 1:47.19 and Aces Swim Club (Jared Markham, Joshua Bedford, Jason Hartbarger, Jake Markham) finished third with a 1:47.73.