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PISCATAWAY, New Jersey, January 12. WHILE Olympians Lia Neal and Katie Ledecky have been getting top-billing so far at the CeraVe Invitational, AGUA's Michael Domagala has continued to make his mark on the meet broadcast live by SwimmingWorld.TV.
AGUA's Michael Domagala added to his two individual titles from night one with a touchout triumph of 23.78 to 23.91 ahead of NDAC's Julian Mackrel in the men's 50 free. NBAC's Cole Buese placed third in 24.41. NBAC Paralympic gold medalist Ian Silverman, who set an American record in the S10 division last night in the 800 free, place eighth tonight in 25.39 after clocking a 25.18 in prelims. He was targeting his American record of 24.65 set at the London Paralympics.
Domagala won his fourth title of the meet with a swift 4:01.40 in the men's 400 free, demonstrating some remarkable range. Peddie's Michael Nunan took second in 4:03.67, while Delaware's Matt Stasiunas placed third in 4:06.92. Silverman finished sixth in 4:11.86 after a 4:10.71 in prelims. He's been much faster with an American record time of 4:04.91 from the London Paralympics. Domagala is a young senior, just 17, and is on his way to Southern California after this senior year. He provides Dave Salo a versatile swimmer who can make an immediate impact on the Trojan squad.
Olympian Lia Neal of AGUA, who is headed to Stanford University after this year, nearly beat her meet record in the women's 50 free with a winning time of 25.99. That swim just missed the 25.96 she clocked a year ago. NBAC's Cierra Runge (26.28) and Mary Pelton (26.72) turned in second and third-place efforts.
Delaware's Kaitlyn Jones, a U.S. National Junior Teamer, smoked the women's 400 IM to start the night. The future Virginia Cavalier clocked a 4:50.81 for the win, while BlueFish's Brooke Zeiger snatched second in 4:52.51. North Baltimore's Willa Wang clinched third in 5:00.29. Jones then doubled up with a 1:03.72 in the women's 100 back, while Pelton (1:04.70) and Zeiger (1:06.34) continued to turn in podium-placing performances.
BlueFish's Connor Green held off a hard-charging Germantown's Alex Lebed in the men's 400 IM, 4:27.25 to 4:28.16, after building a two-second lead heading into the freestyle leg. Badger's Charles Barry earned third in 4:38.16. Green also pulled off the 400 IM/100 back double with a 58.03 to win the men's 100 back. Delaware's Bryan Panaccione touched second in 59.75, while NBAC's Buese wound up third in 59.86.
NBAC's Gillian Ryan smashed the field in the women's 400 free with a 4:10.43 with Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky of NCAP calling it a day after leading prelims with a 4:16.80. Runge (4:13.28) and Zeiger (4:20.76) clinched another set of podium finishes with their second and third-place efforts.
In relay action, NBAC's Cierra Runge, Lauren James, Jordan Surhoff and Gillian Ryan won the women's 400 medley relay in 4:19.22, while AGUA's Michael Domagala, David Diaz, John Nunez and Austin Pu earned the men's 400 medley relay crown in 3:58.84. That's the second relay win for Domagala, pushing his title tally to six overall.