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SANTA CLARITA, California, July 20. AQUAZOT, Canyons and Irvine NOVA all made their presence felt on top of the podium at the Santa Clarita stop of the Speedo Champions Series.
Aquazot's Daniela Georges broke 2:20 for the first time in the women's 200-meter IM with a 2:19.53 as the 16-year-old claimed the title tonight. The swim just missed the U.S. Open cut, but did beat her previous best of 2:20.33 from the Speedo Grand Challenge in May. BREA's Ashley Tse claimed second in 2:20.18 in her last summer before heading to UCLA. OCW's Devin Newton, 16, picked up third-place honors in 2:21.47.
Georges' teammate Corey Okubo, the 10th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2014 according to CollegeSwimming.com, won the men's 200-meter IM by more than a second with a 2:05.64. That's only a second off his lifetime best of 2:04.47 from U.S. Nationals earlier this summer. Keltan Lawler earned second-place honors with a 2:06.84, while Peak's Ben Ho, 15, checked in third in 2:08.15.
Canyons' Abbey Weitzeil raced to victory in the women's 50-meter free as the 16-year-old clocked a 25.58 after leading prelims with a 25.56. De Anza Cupertino's Erika Harvey placed second in 26.30, while SCAT's Kait Albertoli wound up third in 26.34. Canyons swept the splash-and-dash as Niki Denisyako posted a 23.30 in the men's 50-meter free. His teammate Cole Cogswell checked in second in 23.60, while NSA's Dillon Virva earned third in 23.70.
Irvine NOVA's Michaela Merlihan led her squad's 1-2 in the women's 400-meter free with a 4:18.68, while 15-year-old training partner Brittany Kampfer placed second in 4:20.54. FAST's Lindsey Clary earned another medal in what has been a strong meet for her with a third-place 4:24.50. Irvine NOVA then captured the men's 400-meter free as Spenser Goodman rolled to a 4:01.29 for the win. Roadrunner's Mitch Huxhold finished second in 4:03.85 with San Luis Obispo's Nolan Newland taking third in 4:05.01.
Team Bruin's Monica Dornick, Noelle Tarazona, Jessica Khojasteh and Taylor Carlson rolled to the women's 400-meter free relay crown in 3:51.94, while Canyons closed out the night with a win as Kevin Dai, Ian Brower, Tyler Hutten and Jessie Kim posted a 3:29.01 for the men's 400-meter free relay triumph.
Results: Speedo Champions Series, Santa Clarita: Day Four