Justine Mueller
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ORLANDO, Florida, July 20. THE T2 Aquatics women came to play tonight at the Speedo Champions Series stop in Orlando with gold medals heading home to Naples with regularity.

T2's Justine Mueller popped a lifetime best to start the night in the women's 100-meter backstroke. She clocked a 1:02.67, having entered today with a previous best time of 1:03.19 from way back at the 2010 National Championships. With American-record holder Elizabeth Pelton as a former prot?g?, it's only natural that a T2 athlete is going to drop time under head coach Paul Yetter. Club Seminole's Ashley Hicks (1:03.21) and Saint Andrew's Tasija Karosas (1:03.26) rounded out a close top three.


Just minutes later, Mueller hopped right back in the water to double up with a 2:14.73 to crush the competition in the women's 200-meter IM. Fort Lauderdale's Lindsey McKnight tracked down second in 2:20.94, while Saint Andrew's Rachael Bradford-Feldman claimed third in 2:22.18. Club Seminole's Juan Sequera blasted the field in the men's 200-meter IM with a 2:04.83, while NTC's Justin Kaisrlik wound up second in 2:07.78. Scarlet's Igal Oren wrapped up third-place honors in 2:07.90.

The always game Erika Erndl of T2, a 35-year-old sprint star, nearly clocked a lifetime best in the women's 50-meter free. She raced her way to a 25.42 for the win, just off her 25.37 from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. Club Seminole's Kaitlyn Dressel took second in 25.90, while Harper Bruens checked in with a third-place time of 26.56.

Another near lifetime best went up on the board in the men's 50-meter free with Brad deBorde posting a 22.94 for the win. His best time also is from the 2012 Trials with a 22.76 to his credit. Paul Murray earned second-place honors in 23.02, while Seminole's Mark Weber posted a third-place 23.13.

Arkady Vyatchanin, who already threw down an eighth-ranked 53.47 at Russian Nationals earlier this year before deciding to defect in terms of sport's citizenship and not swim at the World Championships, cruised to a sizzling 54.14 in the men's 100-meter backstroke tonight. That's some serious speed for a sectional swim. Club Seminole's Josh Friedel (57.09) and Davie Nadadores' Dylan Carter (57.11) took second and third.

Fort Lauderdale's Lauren Driscoll raced her way to victory in the women's 400-meter free with a 4:15.78, while Swim Florida's 14-year-old Kendall Brent claimed second in 4:17.85. Tallahassee's Cecilia Williams completed the podium with a third-place 4:19.38. Fort Lauderdale's Ryan Rosenbaum pulled off a bit of an upset as he touched out Germantown's Arthur Frayler, 4:01.81 to 4:01.96. Clearwater's Nazareno Boscaino clinched third in 4:02.17.

T2 closed out the night on the women's side with a winning effort in the women's 400-meter medley relay. Elise Haan (1:02.57), Ksenia Golovkina (1:12.43), Justine Mueller (1:00.15) and Erika Erndl (55.47) clocked a 4:10.62 to win the event by nearly 12 seconds. Westminster's Daniel Ramirez (57.66), Gregory Penny (1:03.58), Maximiliano Abreu (55.14) and Anthony Barbar (53.35) turned in a 3:49.73 to win the men's 400-meter medley relay to pull the curtains on the penultimate night of racing.


Results: Speedo Champions Series, Orlando: Day Three

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