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Courtesy of: Gwynne Freeman
Courtesy of: Gwynne Freeman
By Gwynne Freeman
GRESHAM, Oregon, July 18. THE Gresham stop of the Speedo Champions Series kept on rolling as members of Arizona-based clubs kept piling up victories in Oregon.
Katarina Simonovic, Arizona Gold returned the awards podium this evening with a strong performance in the 200 free posting a time of 2:02.55. Grace Carlson (2:03.49), Tualatin Hills Swim Club and Ellie Thornbrue (2:04.39), Hillsboro HEAT Swim Team rounded out the top three. On the men's side Joshua Ginsborg, Fort Collins Area Swim Team took top honors with a time of 1:52.26. John Freely, Lobo Aquatics and Kacy Johnson, Hawaii fought until the finish with Johnson (1:53.51) just edging out Freely (1:53.72) at the wall.
Bridgette McNalley, DU Hilltoppers went out and never backed down in the women's 400IM cruising into the wall with a time of 4:51.49. Shelley Drozda (4:57.05), Front Range Barracudas and Briana Jurries (4:56.37), Arizona Gold battled for the two and three spots.
The most exciting race of the night was on the men's side with a battle between Mark Jurek, Arizona Gold and Jared Markham, ACES Swim Club. Jurek out touched Markham posting a time of 4:27.71 with Markham coming in at 4:27.85. Antonio Ramirez, Arizona Gold posted a strong finish with a 4:29.67
Scottsdale Aquatics closed out the evening with two national age group records in the 200 freestyle relay. The women's team of Victoria Toris (16), Samantha Fazio (16), Hannah Holman (16) and Amy Bilquist (15) routed the competition with a 1:44.53, breaking the meet record of 1:44.66, but more importantly, the national age group record for the 15-16 age group. The Aquajets Swim Team, anchored by future Olympian Rachel Bootsma, had held the record with a 1:46.41 since 2009. Scottsdale also dipped under the 15-18 age group record of 1:44.65 formerly held by a Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics squad that included national high school record holders Maddy Schaefer and Jasmine Tosky. Finishing second in the race was Boise YMCA (Jessica Bottelberghe, Natalia Anchustegui, Sydney Johansen, Samantha Wicks) with a 1:46.89 and Phoenix Swim Club (Noriko Inada, Olivia Wang, Aimee Hatfield, Danielle Lee) was third with a 1:47.12.
The men's 200 free relay saw another Scottsdale Aquatic Club team dominate and score another national age group record. Ryan Hoffer (15), Nicholas Magana (17), Kenneth Stirling (16) and Bradley Dorsey (18) obliterated the field by posting a time of 1:33.75. The swim crushed the national age group record of 1:34.54 for the 15-18 category set in 2008 by a Redlands Swim Team crew that included future NCAA All-Americans Joey Hale and Karl Krug. ACES Swim Club (Jared Markham, Jason Hartbarger, Connor Croan, Jake Markham) hit the wall at 1:35.80. Scottsdale Aquatic Club's B team (Jake Blake, Joseph Starkweather, Joseph Bryan, Austin Drummond) came up just shy of a Scottsdale sweep and clocked in at 1:35.92 for third.
Results: Speedo Champions Series, Gresham: Day Three