OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, December 22. WITH the backdrop of air quality issues similar to the USA Swimming Winter Junior Nationals, the Chesapeake Elite Pro-Am came to a close this evening. With coaches falling ill, and some swimmers calling it a day early due to air quality problems, there was still plenty of fast swimming
BCH’s Abigail Richter, 14, smashed her lifetime best in the women’s 200-yard back with a 1:56.70 for the win. That swim cut two seconds off her best of 1:58.79 from February of this year. Lane Four’s Alexa Harris placed second in 1:58.66, while CSC’s Rylee Linhardt picked up third in 2:00.50.
Schroeder’s Ellis Miller followed in the men’s 200-yard back with a lifetime best of 1:42.92 for the win. That swim clipped his 1:42.95 from last year’s edition of the Elite Pro-Am. Teammate Adam Mania touched a distant second in 1:45.55, while Nick Carter rounded out the top three in 1:46.93.
In the always exciting sprint frees, SwimMAC’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace continued her strong meet with a 48.08 for the women’s 100-yard freestyle victory. This, after winning the 50 free knockouts last night. The performance downed the meet record in the event. Stanford’s Andi Murez hit the wall a close second in 48.14, while Mission Viejo’s Kathryn McLaughlin, 16, finished third in 49.52. That’s a personal best for McLaughlin, beating the 49.74 she clocked here last year.
McLaughlin also kept on a roll here in Oklahoma City, winning the women’s 200-yard fly in 1:54.48. That cut two seconds off her personal best of 1:56.57 from last year’s meet.
Vanderpool-Wallace doubled up with a swift 24.01 in the women’s 50 fly, while CSC’s Samantha Woodward touched second in 24.37. NYAC’s Josh Schneider had a strong 50 fly as well, winning the men’s finale in 21.07. Mania took second in 21.37, whlie Zach McGinnis tied Coville for third with matching 21.70s.
NYAC’s Darian Townsend continued on his recent career tear with a 42.50 to win the men’s 100-yard free. That’s the fourth-best time he’s ever gone in the event. SwimMAC’s Dax Hill took second in 43.28, while Stanford’s Alex Coville placed third in 43.43.
After setting the 13-14 U.S. National Age Group record during a time trial yesterday afternoon with a 44.73, Michael Andrew had a tougher time of it during the individual final when he took eighth in 45.35.
Stanford’s Bobby Bollier took home the men’s 200-yard fly title in 1:43.35, while Justin Wu picked up second-place honors in 1:48.36. Mark Jurek rounded out the top three in 1:48.54.
Ashley Steenvoorden completed the distance free sweep with a 16:16.94 in the women’s 1650-yard freestyle finale. Mission Viejo’s Brooke Lorentzen snared second in 16:33.33, while Nadadore teammate Amanda Barnes claimed third in 17:00.46.
Mission Viejo’s Nicholas Norman, the latest in a long string of top-flight male distance swimmers out of Mission Viejo, took the title in the men’s 1650-yard free with a 14:58.76. That’s a massive personal best for the 16-year-old swimmer, crushing through the 15:00 barrier from his previous record of 15:17.75 from last year. Antonio Ramirez finished second in 15:41.42, while Adam Peterson snagged third in 16:01.90.