Amy Bilquist Breaks Meet Record in 100 Back on Night Three of 2017 Speedo Grand Challenge

The 2017 Speedo Grand Challenge wrapped up with a number of fast swims by collegiate swimmers.

The final night of competition began with the women’s 800 freestyle. Ashley Neidigh of Auburn won by a commanding nine seconds in a time of 8:41.57. She was followed by Sandpipers’s 16 year old Erica Sullivan who dropped eight seconds from the morning to go 8:50.26. La Mirada Armada’s Kathleen Sulkevich finished third in 8:59.45.

                            === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Neidigh, Ashley  22 AUB-SE            9:03.91    8:41.57 NATL   
                 30.51      1:02.36 (31.85)
        1:34.99 (32.63)     2:07.40 (32.41)
        2:40.35 (32.95)     3:12.70 (32.35)
        3:45.64 (32.94)     4:18.14 (32.50)
        4:51.30 (33.16)     5:24.06 (32.76)
        5:57.28 (33.22)     6:30.10 (32.82)
        7:03.35 (33.25)     7:36.32 (32.97)
        8:09.51 (33.19)     8:41.57 (32.06)
  2 Sullivan, Erica  16 SAND-CA           8:58.49    8:50.26 JNR    
                 30.04      1:02.06 (32.02)
        1:34.74 (32.68)     2:07.92 (33.18)
        2:41.07 (33.15)     3:14.62 (33.55)
        3:48.28 (33.66)     4:21.92 (33.64)
        4:55.29 (33.37)     5:29.06 (33.77)
        6:03.02 (33.96)     6:36.96 (33.94)
        7:10.49 (33.53)     7:43.91 (33.42)
        8:17.21 (33.30)     8:50.26 (33.05)
  3 Sulkevich, Kath  17 RMDA-CA           9:00.50    8:59.45 JNR    
                 31.16      1:04.07 (32.91)
        1:37.39 (33.32)     2:11.04 (33.65)
        2:44.96 (33.92)     3:18.70 (33.74)
        3:52.96 (34.26)     4:27.01 (34.05)
        5:01.17 (34.16)     5:35.21 (34.04)
        6:09.28 (34.07)     6:43.50 (34.22)
        7:17.87 (34.37)     7:52.25 (34.38)
        8:26.21 (33.96)     8:59.45 (33.24)

The next event was the women’s 200 breaststroke. All of the athletes in the A final, led by Cal-Berkeley’s Marina Garcia Urzainqui, swam under the Nationals qualifying time of 2:34.99. Garcia Urzainqui won by nearly five seconds, touching first in 2:25.08. Riley Scott of USC came in second in 2:29.83, just ahead of Roadrunners’s Jorie Caneta, who was third in 2:30.03.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Garcia Urzainqu  22 CAL-PC            2:27.37    2:25.08 NATL   
                 33.39      1:10.56 (37.17)
        1:47.59 (37.03)     2:25.08 (37.49)
  2 Scott, Riley O   19 UN-PC/USC-CA      2:32.91    2:29.83 NATL   
                 33.98      1:11.41 (37.43)
        1:49.54 (38.13)     2:29.83 (40.29)
  3 Caneta, Jorie A  20 UN-01-GU          2:30.95    2:30.03 NATL   
                 35.46      1:13.49 (38.03)
        1:51.69 (38.20)     2:30.03 (38.34)
  4 Harrison, Ali N  17 BUEN-CA           2:35.22    2:33.52 NATL   
                 35.70      1:14.47 (38.77)
        1:54.04 (39.57)     2:33.52 (39.48)

The first men’s event of the evening was the 200 breaststroke. Canyons’s Tanner Olson led the field in 2:17.47. Second place went to Henry Wu of Irvine Novaquatics in 2:19.57. Mario Koenigsperger, swimming unattached, placed third in 2:22.54.

                             === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Olson, Tanner R  18 CANY-CA           2:23.12    2:17.47 OT     
                 31.09      1:06.24 (35.15)
        1:41.88 (35.64)     2:17.47 (35.59)
  2 Wu, Henry Y      16 NOVA-CA           2:23.03    2:19.57 JNR    
                 32.22      1:07.10 (34.88)
        1:43.31 (36.21)     2:19.57 (36.26)
  3 Koenigsperger,   20 UN-04-CA/USC-CA   2:22.86    2:22.54 JNR    
                 31.95      1:08.09 (36.14)
        1:45.43 (37.34)     2:22.54 (37.11)
  4 Monjay, Billy H  20 UN-04-CA/USC-CA   2:23.75    2:22.55 JNR    
                 32.05      1:07.58 (35.53)
        1:44.29 (36.71)     2:22.55 (38.26)

Cal-Berkeley’s Amy Bilquist led the women’s 100 backstroke, setting a new meet record in a time of 1:01.13. Emma Schanz, swimming unattached, came in second in 1:02.00. Bilquist’s teammate, Keaton Blovad, followed in third in a time of 1:02.53.

                             === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Bilquist, Amy M  19 CAL-PC            1:02.59    1:01.13MNATL   
                 30.11      1:01.13 (31.02)
  2 Schanz, Emma I   19 UN-11-CA          1:02.73    1:02.00 NATL   
                 30.65      1:02.00 (31.35)
  3 Blovad, Keaton   28 CAL-PC            1:02.43    1:02.53 NATL   
                 30.66      1:02.53 (31.87)
  4 Mack, Linnea K   21 UN-11-CA          1:03.96    1:02.62 NATL   

Brock Bonetti, swimming unattached, finished first in the men’s 100 backstroke in 55.83. Douglas Nogueira, another unattached swimmer, touched second in 56.63. Third place went to Luke Pechmann of the Golden Rebels in 57.03.

                              === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Bonetti, Brock   21 UN-01-GU            56.84      55.83 NATL   
                 27.31        55.83 (28.52)
  2 Nogueira, Dougl  20 UN-12-CA            57.69      56.63 NATL   
                 27.58        56.63 (29.05)
  3 Pechmann, Luke   27 REBS-CA             57.81      57.03 NATL   
                 27.74        57.03 (29.29)
  4 Tribuntsov, Ral  22 UN-04-CA/USC-CA     57.46      57.58 JNR    
                 27.50        57.58 (30.08)

 

In the men’s 1500, Nick Norman of Cal-Berkeley and Brennan Gravley of Sandpipers dominated the rest of the field. Norman got the win, touching first in a time of 15:30.46. Gravley was close behind in 15:32.05. Both were well under the national cut of 15:49.99. Gravley’s teammate Carter Grimes came in third place in 15:58.18.

                            === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Norman, Nick C   20 CAL-PC           15:40.75   15:30.46 NATL   
                 27.87        58.01 (30.14)
        1:28.61 (30.60)     1:59.38 (30.77)
        2:30.50 (31.12)     3:01.54 (31.04)
        3:32.75 (31.21)     4:03.83 (31.08)
        4:35.08 (31.25)     5:06.19 (31.11)
        5:37.56 (31.37)     6:08.78 (31.22)
        6:40.12 (31.34)     7:11.08 (30.96)
        7:42.37 (31.29)     8:13.49 (31.12)
        8:44.83 (31.34)     9:16.05 (31.22)
        9:47.44 (31.39)    10:18.83 (31.39)
       10:50.22 (31.39)    11:21.54 (31.32)
       11:52.96 (31.42)    12:24.35 (31.39)
       12:55.96 (31.61)    13:27.14 (31.18)
       13:58.56 (31.42)    14:29.80 (31.24)
       15:00.88 (31.08)    15:30.46 (29.58)
  2 Gravley, Brenna  16 SAND-CA          15:45.86   15:32.05 NATL   
                 28.42        59.24 (30.82)
        1:30.29 (31.05)     2:01.51 (31.22)
        2:32.91 (31.40)     3:04.28 (31.37)
        3:35.64 (31.36)     4:07.00 (31.36)
        4:38.48 (31.48)     5:09.73 (31.25)
        5:41.13 (31.40)     6:12.17 (31.04)
        6:43.35 (31.18)     7:14.45 (31.10)
        7:45.61 (31.16)     8:16.84 (31.23)
        8:48.26 (31.42)     9:19.52 (31.26)
        9:50.78 (31.26)    10:21.96 (31.18)
       10:53.24 (31.28)    11:24.38 (31.14)
       11:55.57 (31.19)    12:26.73 (31.16)
       12:58.21 (31.48)    13:29.46 (31.25)
       14:00.77 (31.31)    14:31.91 (31.14)
       15:02.89 (30.98)    15:32.05 (29.16)
  3 Grimes, Carter   18 SAND-CA          16:11.68   15:58.18 JNR    
                 28.61      1:00.17 (31.56)
        1:31.81 (31.64)     2:03.70 (31.89)
        2:35.41 (31.71)     3:07.69 (32.28)
        3:39.74 (32.05)     4:11.88 (32.14)
        4:44.02 (32.14)     5:16.39 (32.37)
        5:48.16 (31.77)     6:20.12 (31.96)
        6:52.09 (31.97)     7:24.30 (32.21)
        7:56.41 (32.11)     8:28.68 (32.27)
        9:00.80 (32.12)     9:32.72 (31.92)
       10:04.69 (31.97)    10:37.20 (32.51)
       11:08.94 (31.74)    11:41.00 (32.06)
       12:12.95 (31.95)    12:45.23 (32.28)
       13:17.30 (32.07)    13:49.53 (32.23)
       14:21.74 (32.21)    14:54.16 (32.42)
       15:26.33 (32.17)    15:58.18 (31.85)

USC’s Maddie Wright won the women’s 200 butterfly, finishing in 2:10.50. Katie McLaughlin of Cal-Berkeley was second in 2:11.77. Her teammate, Maddie Murphy, placed third in 2:15.62.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Wright, Maddie   20 TROJ-CA           2:12.56    2:10.50 OT     
                 29.35      1:02.13 (32.78)
        1:36.42 (34.29)     2:10.50 (34.08)
  2 McLaughlin, Kat  19 CAL-PC            2:12.80    2:11.77 OT     
                 29.28      1:02.10 (32.82)
        1:36.78 (34.68)     2:11.77 (34.99)
  3 Murphy, Maddie   19 CAL-PC            2:17.84    2:15.62 JNR    
                 29.76      1:03.48 (33.72)
        1:38.88 (35.40)     2:15.62 (36.74)
  4 Arroyo Cuara, L  19 ITESM             2:16.05    2:15.66 JNR    
                 30.27      1:04.24 (33.97)
        1:39.48 (35.24)     2:15.66 (36.18)

The top two finishers in the men’s 200 butterfly both dipped under the two minute barrier. Juarez Ramirez of Itesm Campus Monterrey touched first in 1:59.76. Ramirez just edged out Auburn’s Luis Martinez who placed second in 1:59.92. Third place went to unattached swimmer Kevin Mendoza in 2:01.75.

                             === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Ramirez Juarez,  26 ITESM             2:03.69    1:59.76 OT     
                 26.77        56.97 (30.20)
        1:28.36 (31.39)     1:59.76 (31.40)
  2 Martinez, Luis   21 AUB-SE            2:02.52    1:59.92 OT     
                 26.92        57.57 (30.65)
        1:28.87 (31.30)     1:59.92 (31.05)
  3 Mendoza, Kevin   21 UN-12-CA          2:03.55    2:01.75 OT     
                 27.19        58.44 (31.25)
        1:29.75 (31.31)     2:01.75 (32.00)
  4 Koustik, Andrew  17 NOVA-CA           2:02.86    2:02.40 JNR    
                 26.88        57.83 (30.95)
        1:29.64 (31.81)     2:02.40 (32.76)

2016 Olympian Abbey Weitzeil, representing Cal-Berkeley, won the women’s 100 freestyle in 55.21. Canyons’s Amanda Kendall finished in second place behind Weitzeil in 55.56. Just behind Kendall was Weitzeil’s teammate McLaughlin who touched third in 55.62.

                             === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Weitzeil, Abbey  20 CAL-PC              55.18      55.21 OT     
                 26.64        55.21 (28.57)
  2 Kendall, Amanda  26 CANY-CA             55.61      55.56 OT     
                 26.75        55.56 (28.81)
  3 McLaughlin, Kat  19 CAL-PC              56.42      55.62 OT     
                 27.28        55.62 (28.34)
  4 Stewart, Kendyl  22 TROJ-CA             56.18      56.94 JNR    
                 27.30        56.94 (29.64)

The men’s 100 freestyle went to Trojans’s Vladimir Morozov who finished in a time of 49.47. Second place went to USC’s Dylan Carter in 49.62. Morozov’s teammate Cristian Quintero was third in 49.86.

                             === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Morozov, Vladim  24 TROJ-CA             49.89      49.47 OT     
                 23.52        49.47 (25.95)
  2 Carter, Dylan J  21 UN-04-CA/USC-CA     50.17      49.62 OT     
                 23.98        49.62 (25.64)
  3 Quintero, Crist  24 TROJ-CA             50.04      49.86 OT     
                 24.10        49.86 (25.76)
  4 Apple, Zach      20 AUB-SE              50.30      50.19 OT     
                 24.45        50.19 (25.74)
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    Michael Maloney

    Nothing personal but your not DOMINATING anything..when your winning time in the MEN’s 1500m is SLOWER than a 17 year old GIRL from 2014……right…just saying

Author: Caitlin Daday

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Caitlin Daday is a rising senior at Villanova University. She represents the Wildcats in distance freestyle and IM. Caitlin hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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