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SANTA CLARITA, California, July 18. AQUAZOTS' Corey Okubo provided the top fireworks during night two of the Speedo Champions Series in Santa Clarita as the dynamic swimmer, who is entering his senior year of school, took down a pair of titles.
Okubo opened up his double with a triumph in the men's 200-meter fly as he popped a 2:00.32. Keltan Lawler finished a distant second in 2:02.24, while Okubo's training partner Chris Taber earned third in 2:04.66. Okubo closed out his phenomenal evening with a 2:03.37 to win the men's 200-meter back. Daniel McArthur (2:06.30) and Lawler (2:06.78) rounded out the podium in the event.
Okubo is going to make some college coach very happy during his senior season of recruiting. He's currently ranked 10th in the nation by CollegeSwimming.com in the Class of 2014 in a loaded state of California in which he is the fifth-best recruit.
Aquazots's Daniela Georges nearly popped a U.S. Open qualifying tie with a 2:16.88 to win the women's 200-meter fly this evening. That's a two-second lifetime best, smashing her previous top time of 2:18.81 from the 2012 NCSA Junior Nationals a year-and-a-half ago as the 16 year old picked up the win. San Luis Obispo's Belen Enguidanos clipped her personal best with a second-place 2:17.32, while Covina's Gisel Olvera earned third in 2:17.59 as a 14 year old.
Ashley Tse of BREA, who is headed to UCLA this fall, topped the women's 200-meter breaststroke event in 2:35.41. Marin Pirates' Riley Scott, 15, placed second in 2:36.58, while Cabrillo's Morgan Noonan earned third-place honors just behind with a 2:36.59.
BREA definitely has something going on in terms of breaststroke training as Tse's teammate Derek Kao snatched the men's 200-meter breaststroke title in 2:20.33. San Luis Obispo's Paolo Stanchi touched second in 2:20.44, while Napa Valley's John Corley wound up third in 2:20.77 in a close 1-2-3 finish.
PASA's Marie-Pierre Delisle notched a win in the women's 200-meter backstroke with a 2:19.86, while Buenaventura's Solana Laughlin placed second in 2:19.92 in a battle of 15-year-olds for second, third and fourth. Marin's Cali Raukar (2:20.21) and SCAL's Emily Eastin (2:20.23) finished third and fourth.
Canyons' Abbey Weitzel broke 56 seconds for the first time in the women's 100-meter freestyle as she won in 55.37. That performance cleared her lifetime best of 56.26 from U.S. Nationals earlier this summer. Kait Albertoli checked in with a 57.59 for second, while Brittany Aoyama finished third in 57.67. Canyons' swept the freestyles as Niki Denisyako clocked a 50.55 for the men's 100-meter free win. Irvine Nova's Spenser Goodman took second in 51.23, while Roman Willets finished third in 51.70.
Results: Speedo Champions Series, Santa Clarita: Day Two