Elise Bauer Claims Dominance in Distance Freestyle Events on Day 3 of Nashville Futures

Photo Courtesy: SwimMAC

By Kristy Kinzer, Swimming World College Intern

Tonight’s Futures finals session of day three featured five individual events without the fanfare of relays, showing deep talent in the following events: 200 meter butterfly, 50 freestyle, 200 breast, 100 back, and 400 freestyle. SwimMAC Carolina surged past Tennessee Aquatics tonight, widening the previously narrow margin to a 46 point lead overall for a total of 361 points. Tennessee Aquatics maintains a strong second place standing with 315 points. The Marlins of Raleigh knocked Dynamo Swim Club out of the top three with a total team score of 274.

Flying into the finish of the women’s 200 meter butterfly was Alina Faunce of T2 Florida swimming with the time of 2:16.76, just out-touching Carissa Armijo‘s 2:16.99 finish. Fourteen-year-old Sara Stotler touched the wall about two seconds behind the leaders with a 2:18.92. All three ladies dropped about two seconds from their prelims swim earlier in the morning.

Lighting up the men’s 200 butterfly race was Seth Kyriakidis, completing the race nearly two full seconds ahead of second place. Alec Dawson and Joshua Legge followed with a finishing time of 2:06.36 and 2:06.78 respectively.

As always, the 50 meter freestyle was a tight race for a top-three finish. Margaret Gholston gave Kentucky’s Race Aquatics a win with the time of 26.55, finishing a touch faster than Mary Arsenault‘s 26.57. Alexis Mulvihill snuck into third place with a 26.63.

Leading the men’s 50 meter freestyle was Nolan Briggs of Byron Center Aquatics in Michigan, with a 23.44, trailed by Matthew Lattin‘s 23.71 and Ethan Churilla‘s 23.87.

Highlighting the women’s 200 breast was Delaney Carey, dropping a whopping 3.69 seconds from her prelim time to finish on top with a 2:36.32. The rest of the field was relatively spread out, with Saige Kemeny in second with a 2:37.21, and Desirae Mangaoang with a 2:38.00.

Wyatt Foote and Cullen Tyler battled it out in the men’s 200 breast, with Foote claiming first with a 2:22.38 and Tyler close behind with a 2:22.42. Brett Riley had a strong finish to claim third place with a 2:22.77.

The top three women in the 100 backstroke showed dominance of young talent, with 15-year-old Anna Freed winning with a 1:03.92, followed by two 14-year-olds, Ellie Waldrep and Brooke Zettel, for second and third.

The Sunshine State shone its rays of talent with the top three male 100 backstrokers, with Lucas Kravchenko lunging into the wall for first with a 57.77, Conor Lynch in second with a 58.16, and Joseph Licht with a 58.22.

Concluding the evening’s final event was the men’s and women’s 400 freestyle. The two stars, Elise Bauer and Madison Murtagh, went head to head in a well-fought battle, eventually yielding Bauer as the champion with a 4:20.71. Murtagh was out-touched with the time of 4:20.89. Anna Auld moved up to third place with a 4:22.28. The three ladies have been top three in many distance freestyle events this meet, yet Bauer has managed an edge on both.

The top 8 finishers for the men’s 400 meter freestyle boasted 6 Floridians, with half as top three finishes. Alfonso Mestre, John Yambor-Maul, and Julian Hill finished with the times of 4:01.23, 4:01.49, and 4:02.05 respectively.

Full results available on Meet Mobile: “2017 Futures championships”

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Author: Kristy Kinzer

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Kristy Kinzer is a 2014 graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and served two years as an assistant coach and aquatics director for the Calvin Knights. She made the All-American academic honors list in 2013 and was a captain of the women's team her senior year. She will pursue a master's degree at Western Michigan with an exercise physiology concentration beginning fall of 2017. She aspires to start a varsity women's triathlon team upon finishing her degree.

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