CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 16. FAST times were the order of the day — actually four days — at the Charlotte Ultra Swim classic, June 10-13 in Charlotte, N.C.
NCAA champion Kara Lynn Joyce took the women's 50m free in 25.62, just edging former Georgia teammate, Maritza Correia, 25.67.
Georgia freshman-to-be Amanda Weir won the 100 free in 55.92, nipping Georgia grad Stef Williams, 56.14.
The 200 free featured a very close three-wway battle that was won in 2:02.46 by another incoming Bulldog freshman, Elizabeth Hill. Joyce was second in 2:02.56 with Mary Descenza third in 2:02.57.
Comebacking Jessica Foschi scored an impressive victory in the 400 free in 4;16.86. In a close three-way battle, Swim-Macon's Laura Conway took the 800 in 8:45.35 ahead of Stephanie Carr (8;45.97) and Hill (8:46.60). She repeated her triumph in the 1500, again nipping Carr, 16:42.34 to 16:44.91.
2000 Olympian Courtney Shealey won the 100 back in 1:02.12, while the 200 back went to Erica Meissner in 2:14.62, one second ahead of Canadian Liz Warden.
Olympian Kristy Kowal was a double winner in the breaststrokes, taking the 100 in 1:09.30 and the double century in 2:30.02.
Demerae Christianson upset Mary Descenza in the 100 fly, 59.45 to 59.78. Descenza finished on top in the 200 fly in 2:11.34, almost a second ahead of Hill, 2:12.30.
Canada's Liz Warden swept the two medley events, edging Kowal in the 200, 2:16.92 to 2:17.66, and taking the 400 handily in 4:47.63.
Cullen Jones took the 50 free in 23.42 while Nick Kintz was the winner of the 100 in 51.53.
Canadian Andrew Hurd swept the 200, 400 and 800 frees, clocking 1:51.53 in the 200; edging Fran Crippen in the 400, 3:55.23 to 3:56.34; and again, in the 800, 8:11.48 to 8:12.86, both times coming from behind in the latter stages of the race.
The 1500 fell to former Harvard star John Cole, who emerged victorious in an exciting six-way battle. Cole finished in 15:38.61, followed by Crippen (15:39.82) and Robert Margalis (15:40.53).
David Cromwell swept the backstrokes, touching in 57.96 and 2:04.61.
Vlad Polyakov did the same in the breaststrokes, with times of 1:04.04 and 2:18.42.
Daniel Cruz was the winner of the 1100 fly in 54.62, while Michael Raab had it all his way in the 200 with his 1:58.94.
Robert Margalis took the 200 IM in 2:06.29 while Canada's Chuck Sayao won the 400 IM in 4:25.22.