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Courtesy of: Gwynne Freeman
Courtesy of: Gwynne Freeman
By Gwynne Freeman
GRESHAM, Oregon, July 19. THE fourth night of action at the Gresham stop of the Speedo Champions Series featured yet another National Age Group record by the Scottsdale Aquatic Club. Meanwhile, Naoya Tomita dropped a meet-record performance in the 100 breast.
Scottsdale Aquatics was at it again as the fearsome foursome of Samantha Fazio, Hannah Holman, Victoria Toris and Amy Bilquist took down the 15-16 U.S. National Age Group record in the women's 400-meter free relay. The quartet clocked in at a 3:51.39 in the finale, clipping the previous mark of 3:51.58 set by the Dallas Mustangs' Codie Hansen, Jennifer Blackman, Kenley Woods and Candace Blackman back in 2002. Meanwhile, ACES' Jake Markham, Jason Hartbarger, Connor Croan and Jared Markham topped the men's 400-meter free relay in 3:30.02.
Arizona Swimming represented well tonight individually as well with Noriko Inada, Phoenix Swim Club and Amy Bilquist, Scottsdale Aquatic Club battling it out for the number one spot in the 100 back. Inada, just out touched Bilquist at the wall posting a time of 1:02.16 to Bilquist's 1:02.34. Emma Schanz, Spokane Waves Aquatic Team finished strong posting a time of 1:03.53.
Jared Markham, ACES Swim Club came out on top on the men's side posting a time of 56.70. Carter Griffin, DU Hilltoppers mounted a challenge but it was just not enough leaving him with a second place finish and a time of 57.12. Bryce Kananowicz, Coeur d'Alene Swim Team rounded out the top three with a time of 58.03
The distance event of the night saw an outside smoker securing the lead in the men's field and an Open Water National Junior Team member on the women's side taking the crown. Joshua Ginsborg, Fort Collins Area Swim Team broke the 4-minute barrier posting a time of 3:59.21. Peter Kotson, Helena Lions Swim Team after a horrible start redeemed himself by fighting back on each length finally settling at the two spot with a time of 4:01.95. Jared Markham, ACES Swim Club finished at 4:02.54. Lauren Abruzzo, DU Hilltoppers (4:17.35) and Katarina Simonovic, Arizona Gold (4:17.49) battled it out until the end. Amanda Richey, Boulder Swim Team finished with a strong 4:20.70.
Christine Wixted, Colorado Stars and Heather Harper, Boise YMCA went stroke for stroke in the 100 breast with Wixted (1:11.44) out touching Harper (1:11.94) in the end. Harper's Boise YMCA teammate, Chelsea Miller finished with a solid swim at 1:12.54. Naoya Tomita, New Mexico dominated the men's side and picked up another meet record with a time of 1:01.81. Connor Dwyer, Longmont Swim Club (1:03.85) and Andrew Heymann, UN-Oregon (1:04.51) secured the second and third place finishes
Michelle Cefal, Tualatin Hills Swim Club took control of the 100 fly from the beginning hitting the wall at 1:00.03. Jasmine Alkhaldi, Un-Hawaii (1:02.11) and Jessica Bottelberghe, Boise YMCA (1:02.44) rounded out the top three. Ben Lovell, Spokane Area Swim, led the men out and stayed out posting a time of 54.51. Karl Mering, Boise YMCA (55.03) and David Fraser, Swim Utah (55.38) fought until the last stroke.
Results: Speedo Champions Series, Gresham: Day Four