AUBURN, Alabama, June 27. THE Auburn Tigers were friendly hosts during night one of the Richard Quick Invitational, although the host squad did take its fair share of podium spots throughout the evening.
Baylor’s Sam McHugh blasted the field in the men’s 400-meter IM with a winning time of 4:28.04. That McHugh’s second-fastest time ever, behind his lifetime best of 4:25.26 from the 2013 U.S. Open. He’s much faster than his previous time here last year of 4:31.09. SwimAtlanta’s Cody Bekemeyer took second overall in 4:33.46 with teammate Aidan Sweeney placing third in 4:35.47.
DADS’ Alexandra Buscher touched out SwimAtlanta’s Amanda Weir, 2:03.62 to 2:03.87, in the women’s 200-meter free. That’s nearly a lifetime best for Buscher, just off her 2:03.12 from the Swim Fort Lauderdale International a year ago. Rays’ Zoe Thatcher checked in with a third-place time of 2:04.29.
Auburn’s Joe Patching took down teammate James Disney-May in the men’s 200-meter free, 1:51.60 to 1:52.15. Alex Gray rounded out the top three in 1:52.48 with McHugh taking fourth in the finale with a 1:53.29.
Kaylin Burchell tracked down a personal best in the women’s 100-meter breast with a 1:09.13. That time edged her 1:09.49 from the 2013 U.S. Open. Laura Day took second in 1:12.32 with ET Roberts placing third in the finale with a 1:12.61. Anton McKee smashed his personal best in the men’s 100-meter breast with a 1:01.95. That swim far surpassed his 1:03.17 from a year ago in Europe. Pavel Romanov took second in 1:03.77 with Michael Duderstadt of Auburn in third in 1:04.66.
Auburn’s Sarah Reynolds cruised to victory in the women’s 100-meter back with a 1:02.15, while Genny Pittman placed second in 1:05.39. Buscher picked up her second podium of the night with a third-place 1:05.70. Crews Wellford claimed the men’s 100-meter back in 56.88 with Will Glass touching second in 57.96. Slater Whiston snagged third in 58.82 in a tie with Jacob Kelsoe.
Emily Facchine posted a 5:04.05 to win the women’s 400-meter IM. Haley McInerny (5:05.44) and Kelsey Prince (5:06.75) also competed in the distance medley with second and third-place honors.
Full results available on Meet Mobile.