Breeja Larson Wins 200 Breast At Shenandoah Sectionals

SHENANDOAH, Texas, July 23. BREEJA Larson swam away with the women’s 200 breast title in a swift 2:26.71 to highlight the second night of racing at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet in Shenandoah.

The second night of racing in Texas began with finals of the women’s and men’s 100 free. In the women’s event, First Colony’s Madeline Locus ran away with the win in 56.83, comfortably ahead of Aggie Swim Club’s Sarah Gibson (57.35). Rebecca Millard of South Texas came in third at 57.53. Alexander Hancock of Blue Tide Aquatics posted the top time in the men’s final at 51.51, only three tenths ahead of Alamo Area Aquatic Association’s Luke Shaw (51.82). Gray Umbach of The Woodlands touched in 52.16 to finish third.

Breeja Larson led a trio of past, present and future Texas A&M swimmers in the women’s 200 breast final, dominating the race with a 2:26.71. That’s slightly off her best swim of 2014, a 2:25.14 from the Texas Senior Circuit earlier this month. Franko Jonker touched well behind in 2:32.51, followed by Bethany Galat in 2:37.35. Streamline Aquatics’ Thiago Parravicini claimed the men’s 200 breast title in 2:18.01, about four seconds in front of Alex Tooley (2:22.82), who is competing unattached. John Remetta of the North Texas Nadadores touched third in 2:23.98.

Claire Brandt of the Dallas Mustangs picked up a huge win in the women’s 200 back, touching first by almost six seconds with a 2:14.84. Jennifer Reese of The Woodlands gave the host team another podium finish with a 2:20.42, a tenth in front of Fort Worth Area Swim Team’s Carla Gonzalez (2:20.52). William Crowe made it two-in-a-row for the Dallas Mustangs after touching in 2:04.76 in the men’s 200 back final. Cooper Robinson, competing unattached out of North Texas, claimed second in 2:05.22, followed by West Houston Aquatic Team’s Anthony Ashley in 2:08.00.

Tiffany Futscher made it three straight wins for the Dallas Mustangs with her 2:17.68 in the women’s 200 fly. Eszter Heins of Houston Swim Club posted a 2:18.43 to finish second, while Pearland Aquatics’ Jaden Bellina took third in 2:19.25. Alamo Area Aquatic Association broke the trend with a 1-2 finish in the men’s final, however. Andrew Skowronek (2:03.18) and Aaron Moran (2:06.46) led the way, followed by Katy’s Kyle Nash (2:07.66).

Results are posted on the Meet Mobile app.

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Author: Emily Sampl

Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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