By Erin Greene
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 21. AT the 2007 Crawfordsville Speedo Championship, a handful of swimmers governed the four-day meet. Just six swimmers were responsible for the fastest times in 22 of the events.
Alek Akerfeld of Middies Swimming led the pool with a total of six titles. Claiming a pair of events each day, Akerfeld began her dominance in the 200-yard freestyle when she stopped the clock at 1:50.40. Two events later, she swam eight seconds faster than any other swimmer to win the 400-yard individual medley in 4:20.65.
Akerfeld then posted the top time of 2:04.10 in the 200-yard individual medley to open the second day of competition. Jumping to an early lead and increasing it with every lap, she finished the day clear ahead of the heat in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:54.87. The 17-year-old finished off the meet as a double-event winner on Sunday. She finished the 200-yard backstroke in 2:02.31 before switching strokes to pick up the win in the 200-yard butterfly. Her time of 2:03.06 in the event was a pool record.
David Mosko proved to be a key swimmer for the Cincinnati Marlins, as he went home with five gold medals and three meet records. He started his successful meet with a win in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Breaking the pool record and qualifying for nationals, the 18-year-old fell just one second shy of the meet record in 9:06.41. Mosko went on to hit the wall first in two events the next day for a total of three victories in just two days. He clocked his first meet record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:38.03. Two events later, he dropped a 3:54.31 decision in the 400-yard individual medley to put his name in the record books for the second consecutive time.
Mosko continued his dominance into the third day of the meet, touching in at 4:26.59 in the 500-yard freestyle to blow away the competition by six seconds. He closed the meet by capturing his fifth and final win in the last event of sectionals with a meet-record breaking time of 1:46.10 in the 200-yard butterfly.
Austin Staab posted the fastest times in four events to record the third-highest amount of victories. He earned his first title in the 100-yard butterfly when he hit the wall in meet-record time of 48.11. Staab swam another meet record in the 200-yard individual medley when he touched the wall in 1:47.86. Turning around to take first in his second consecutive race, Staab swam the only sub-21 second 50-yard freestyle in 20.39. He set the record in the preliminary session with a time of 20.18. Staab stood atop the podium for the final time in the 100-yard freestyle when he won the sprint in 45.20.
Emily Bos, a triple-event winner, did not begin her winning streak until the third day of the meet when she swam the 50-yard freestyle in 23.78. Taking a break for two events, the 15-year-old came back to post a time of 56.60 in the 100-yard back for the gold. Bos garnered her third victory in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.66.
Nathan Butler and Doug Spraul each earned a pair of first-place finishes. Butler was the top swimmer in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. Out swimming Staab by just .01 seconds, Butler emerged as the victor in 56.81. Butler improved his prelim time of 2:06.23 in the 200-yard distance to 2:05.42. Spraul, also a stroke-specialist, was the fastest swimmer in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke with the respective times of 50.14 and 1:47.99.