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Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
ORLANDO, Florida, July 21. THE lengthy Orlando stop of the Speedo Champions Series came to a close this evening with plenty of clubs finding their way to the top of the podium. However, T2 Aquatics put an exclamation point on what proved to be an exciting weekend for the club.
Swim Florida's Kendall Brent, 14, opened the final night of competition with an 8:50.58 for the win in the women's 800-meter freestyle event. She only missed her personal best by three seconds, set just weeks ago at U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Gator's Kahra Williams, 15, finished second in 9:02.61, while Jordan Smith rounded out the podium with a third-place 9:03.05.
Following a dynamic double gold performance last night, T2's Justine Mueller smashed her lifetime best in the women's 200-meter IM with a blistering 2:15.37 this morning, before winning the finale in 2:15.47. She entered today with a 2:20.23 lifetime best from April 2012 before turning up the heat today. Scarlet's Brittany Guinee finished second in 2:17.27, while Tallahassee's Alyssa Yambor-Maul completed the top three in 2:17.95.
Tallahassee's Scott Fortier turned in a 2:03.24 to win the men's 200-meter fly, while North Palm Beach's David Knight earned second in 2:03.30. Westminster's Maximiliano Abreu clinched third-place honors in 2:04.06.
T2's Erika Erndl, 35, knocked off Seminole's Kaitlyn Dressel, 55.43 to 55.87, in the women's 100-meter free as the T2 women continued to put together a solid weekend of action. Tallahassee's Delaney Barnard checked in third in 57.70.
Paul Murray captured the men's 100-meter freestyle title in 50.94, edging Davie Nadadores' Dylan Carter, who finished second in 50.98. Seminole's Kevin Rogers touched third in 51.01. Gator's Rafael Davila, 15, earned the men's 1500-meter freestyle crown in 16:00.62, cutting 48 seconds from his previous only time on record of competing in the event. Scarlet's Robert Hilzen finished second in 16:09.04, while Gator's Eric Guenes, 15, wound up third in 16:09.44.
Emily Kopas rolled to victory in the women's 200-meter breast with a 2:34.46 to win by nearly three seconds. Saint Andrew's Rachael Bradford-Feldman touched out Tallahassee's Lia Lombardi for second, 2:37.12 to 2:37.44. Sean Mahoney, now training at Bolles, dominated the men's 200-meter breast by about the same margin with a 2:16.09. Seminole's Juan Sequera (2:19.51) and Richard Hildebrand (2:21.10) touched second and third.
Hopkins' Erin Earley, just 14 years old, claimed the women's 200-meter back in 2:14.23. That's a two-second lifetime best for the youngster. Saint Andew's Tasija Karosas finished second in 2:16.00, while Mueller earned another podium with a bronze-winning 2:17.98.
With Arkady Vyatchanin taking the day off after some brilliant backstroke swims, Seminole's Josh Friedel crushed the field in the men's 200-meter back with a 2:00.49. Gator's Sebastien Rousseau placed second in 2:03.02, while Seminole's Kevin Rogers touched third in 2:04.77.
T2 closed out a strong week of swimming as Justine Mueller (57.34), Elise Haan (58.24), Ksenia Golovkina (58.67) and Erika Erndl (55.91) pocketed the women's 400-meter free relay crown in 3:50.16. Westminster's Daniel Ramirez (51.45), Daniel Robbins (52.33), Garland Sullivan (52.65) and Anthony Barbar (53.07) triumphed in the men's 400-meter free relay with a 3:29.50.
Results: Speedo Champions Series, Orlando: Day Four