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SANTA CLARITA, California, July 21. THE Santa Clarita stop of the Speedo Champions Series came to a close with plenty of swimmers earning more gold as the likes of Lindsey Clary, Jerad Kaskawal and Niki Denisyako all ascended the top of the podium yet again.
Irvine NOVA's Courtney Mykkanen clocked a U.S. Open cut en route to winning the women's 100-meter backstroke to start the evening. Mykkanen, 15, hit the wall in 1:03.72 while fellow 15-year-old Cali Raukar of the Marin Pirates touched second in 1:04.41. Crow Canyon's Sidney Cooke picked up third in 1:04.72.
After breaking 58 seconds for the first time during prelims with a 57.70, Roadrunner's Brock Bonetti finished atop the men's 100-meter backstroke finale with a 57.98. Team Rebel's Chris Riley earned second in 58.16, while Daniel McArthur raced to third in 58.24.
FAST's Lindsey Clary bookended her meet with another distance freestyle victory. After winning on night one, Clary returned this evening with a 16:57.31 for the win in the women's 1500-meter free. That's her first time under 17:00, albeit with only three metric miles to her credit in the USA Swimming SWIMS database. GWSC's Kelsey Cummings took second in 17:01.79, while Irvine NOVA's Brittany Kampfer snagged third in 17:05.56.
Canyons' Franko Jonker and Marin Pirates' Riley Scott posted matching 1:11.54s to share the title in the women's 100-meter breaststroke. Scott's teammate Halle Morris wound up third in the event with a 1:13.31. Nicholas Korth raced to victory in the men's 100-meter breast with a 1:03.82, while Hunter Cobleigh picked up second in 1:04.66. BREA's Derek Kao completed the top three in 1:04.79.
Brittany Aoyama topped out the women's 100-meter fly with a 1:01.68, while OC Waves' Lindsey Engel took second in 1:02.38. Engel, the 10th ranked recruit in the Class of 2014 according to CollegeSwimming.com, made her commitment early with a verbal to Stanford's Greg Meehan. Napa Valley's Mia Facey touched third in 1:02.51.
Canyons went 1-2 in the men's 100-meter fly as Niki Denisyako claimed yet another title with a 54.31 and his training partner Konstantin Shmyga finished second in 55.14. Team Rebel's Bryan Harvey rounded out the podium with a third-place 55.72.
FAST's Jerad Kaskawal joined Clary with a distance freestyle bookend of his own as he clocked an 8:21.23 to win the men's 800-meter free. That cut his personal best by three seconds, downing the 8:24.96 he posted at the TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions last month. Scott Simmer finished a distant second in 8:28.89, while Carson May wound up third in 8:29.81.
In relay action, Marin Pirates' Cali Raukar (1:05.53), Riley Scott (1:11.08), Aislinn Dresel (1:04.39) and Madeleine Salesky (58.60) snared the women's 400-meter medley relay title. Class' David Puczkowski (59.72), Hunter Cobleigh (1:03.93), Ryan Lee (57.85) and Michael Wen (53.28) posted a 3:54.78 to win the men's 400-meter medley relay.
Results: Speedo Champions Series, Santa Clarita: Day Five