Antonio Ramirez, Madeline Myers Score 1000 Free Victories on Night One in Federal Way

Photo Courtesy: Gwynne Freeman

By Rebecca Noblett

FEDERAL WAY, Washington, March 12. The Speedo Sectionals in Federal Way got off to a fast start this evening in Washington with the 1000 freestyle and 800 free relays.

In the women’s 1000, the top five all put down times under the 10-minute mark. Jeffco Hurricanes’ Madeline Myers secured the win with a 9:46.67. That’s a personal best and the first time under 10 minutes for the future University of Denver swimmer.

Boulder’s Amanda Richey, a future member of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, took second with a 9:54.01. Fifteen-year old Natalie Ward of Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics (9:58.67) just touched out Arizona Gold’s Adriana Palomino (9:58.87) for third. Boulder’s Brittney Beetcher posted a 9:59.72 for fifth.

Antonio Ramirez of Arizona Gold won the men’s 1000 with a 9:06.30, knocking more than 13 seconds off his personal best. Corvallis Aquatic’s Brandon Shreeve, committed to the University of Utah, clocked in at 9:07.23. Arizona Gold’s Ben Olszewski chopped more than 21 seconds off his personal best for a third-place time of 9:12.61.

Arizona Gold (Jocelyn Wang, Isabel Whited, Adriana Palomino, Shae Nicolaisen) and Jeffco Hurricanes (Morgan McCormick, Erin Metzger-Seymour, Zarena Brown, Madeline Myers) tied for first in the women’s 800 free relay, with both teams clocking in at 7:22.72. Scottsdale Aquatic Club (Victoria Toris, Taylor Ruck, Kathleen Shannahan, Hannah Holman) hit the wall in 7:23.13 for third.

Bellevue (Todd McCarthy, Edward Kim, Brandon Nguyen, Stephen Boden) posted a 6:39.17 for first on the men’s side. Tualatin Hills (Liam Metzsch, Jonathan Zoucha, Jackson Wahl, Patrick Mulcare) took second with a 6:39.90, while hosts King Aquatic Club (Mathias Oh, Thomas Anderson, Tommy Thach, Koppany Kolyvek) snagged third with a 6:42.21.

Arizona Gold leads the combined team standings after day one with 144 points. Jeffco Hurricanes sit second with 82 points, with hosting King Aquatic Club is third with 77 points.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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