MESA, Arizona, May 28. IN a rare Memorial Day swim meet, there were plenty of races worth remembering as the four-day Arizona Invitational wrapped up in Mesa.
Already a winner in three events this weekend, Arizona's Alyssa Anderson collected yet another victory in the opening event, the women's 200 IM super final, nipping Tucson Ford's Whitney Burnett, 2:16.30 to 2:16.81. Sandpipers' Catie Miller placed third in 2:20.76. Multi-event winner Darian Townsend of Tucson Ford held off Arizona's Austen Thompson to win the men's individual medley in 2:03.91. Thompson finished a second behind in 2:04.93, while Tucson Ford's Bart Steninger was third in 2:10.00.
In the 200 back, Tucson Ford's Maggie Meyer (2:17.97) and Arizona's Ellis Miller (2:05.74) stroked their way to victory in the women's and men's respective races. Tucson Ford's Erin Campbell (2:19.17) and Gold Medal's Kallie Golden (2:21.26) finished second and third on the women's side, while Arizona's Michael Sheppard (2:08.47) and Matt Hurko (2:09.79) completed the podium on the men's side.
The women's 100 free went down to the wire, and in the end Arizona's Kait Flederbach won by the slimmest of margins, 55.68 to 55.69 over teammate Margo Geer. Christine Magnuson of Tucson Ford finished third in 56.51, only .01 ahead of Gold Medal's Shannon Landgrebe. Sprint king Roland Schoeman of Phoenix Swim Club piled on to his two wins in the 50 free and 100 fly with a win in the 100 free in 49.16. Darian Townsend of Tucson Ford also broke the 50-second mark with a 49.60. SwimMAC's Nick Brunelli took third in 50.84.
Four-time Olympian Amanda Beard swept the breaststroke events this weekend, winning the 200 tonight in 2:27.33. Arizona's Eve Sarris finished in 2:35.92 for second, with Sandpipers' Lindsey Englestead in third at 2:38.04. Arizona's Carl Mickelson posted a 2:16.17 to win the men's race in front of teammates Kevin Cordes (2:17.40) and Kevin Munsch (2:21.79).
The men's and women's 4×100 medley relays kicked off the night. Wild West's Josi Gabaldon, Sam Harding, Jorgi Hobson and Eryn Murphy took home the women's title in 4:41.64. Phoenix Swim Club's Tucker Wells, Michael Nelson, Connor Shores and Gunnar Wolfe had the best men's relay with a 4:08.61.