INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, July 31. ERIN Voss demolished the national record in the women’s 200 back twice today, while Alyssa Arwood, Zack Warner, Tristan Sanders and Maddy Zimmerman each picked up their second individual win on the second-to-last night of finals at the YMCA National Long Course Championships at the IU Natatorium.
Countryside started off night four with a win in the women’s 200 medley relay, as the foursome of Marianne Kahmann, Ali Marsteller, Emily Slabe and Megan Sichterman just missed Middle Tyger’s national record of 1:57.53 with a 1:57.76. They still finished comfortably ahead of York’s relay made up of Kacey Oberlander, Megan Hunt, Emily Ilgenfritz and Becca Luft, who touched in 1:59.35. Upper Main Line took third in the race, with Emily Cornell, Amber Zimmerman, Maddy Zimmerman and Abby Mack stopping the clock in 1:59.69.
The men’s 200 medley relay ended in similar fashion, as Somerset Valley’s Brad Zdroik, Zack Warner, Joseph Delbuono and Samuel Hendrix just missed their team’s own national record of 1:44.00 from last year with a 1:44.25. Cheshire made up serious ground on the final 50 to take second as Curtis Maher, Matthew Dagenais, Joseph Shepley and Kyle Neri touched in 1:45.15. Ocean County’s Ryan O’Neill, Jacob Limaldi, Ben Smith and Zachary Molloy claimed third in 1:45.89.
One night after squeezing by the field to win the 50 breast, W. North Carolina’s Alyssa Arwood did the same in the 100 breast, dropping two and a half seconds from her prelim time and sneaking by top qualifier Olivia Ontjes of Triangle Area, 1:11.68 to 1:11.81. Both swimmers just missed the national record of 1:11.26, held by KC Moss and Savanna Faulconer. Alyssa Storino of Wilton came in third in the final with a 1:13.42. Another national record nearly went down in the men’s event as Somerset Valley’s Zack Warner came within .14 of Eric Ronda’s record with a 1:02.94. Conner McHugh, the top qualifier from prelims, took second in 1:03.42, followed by Powel Crosley’s Jonathan Rutter in 1:03.59.
In this morning’s prelims of the women’s 200 back, Greater Holyoke’s Erin Voss took almost three seconds off Tricia Weaner’s 2004 national record of 2:15.38 with a 2:12.43. Tonight, Voss took the record even lower, cutting another two seconds off her time to dominate the race in 2:10.58. Countryside’s Emily Slabe and Somerset Valley’s Lindsay Temple were close to the old record as Slabe out-touched Temple for second, 2:15.83 to 2:15.85. Suncoast’s Tristan Sanders picked up a four-second victory in the men’s final, touching first in 2:01.68 to sweep the 100 and 200 backstrokes. He finished just outside the 2012 national record of 2:01.01 set by Orlando’s Gregoriy Tarasevich. Sean Workman of Edwardsville touched second in 2:05.56, while York’s Coleman Stewart rounded out the top three in 2:06.53.
Upper Main Line’s Maddy Zimmerman got to the wall first in the women’s 50 fly, stopping the clock in 28.00 for her second win of the meet. Cheshire’s Amy Zhao touched two tenths later in 28.20, followed by Fanwood Scotch’s Sarah Davis, who picked up her team’s first top three finish with a 28.25. Meanwhile, in the men’s 50 fly, Somerset Valley’s Brad Zdroik just out-touched Cheshire’s Joseph Shepley at the wall, 25.33 to 25.35. Seth Maslowski of Triangle Area touched third in 25.97.
Triangle Area’s quartet of Jenny Nusbaum, Christine Kerr, Olivia Ontjes and Sam Medlin ran away with the women’s 800 free relay title, hitting the wall first in 8:21.82. York’s Emily Ilgenfritz, Kacey Oberlander, Cami Cook and Leah Braswell touched second in 8:26.22, followed by Countryside’s Megan Sichterman, Emily Slabe, Sally Clough and Ali Marsteller (8:26.97).
In the men’s relay, Countryside’s Grant House, Kevin George, Ross Westrick and Matt Slabe cruised to a new national record of 7:39.91, lowering Triangle Area’s 7:44.53 from 2012. Triangle Area also got under the old record with Noah Franz, Colin Ellington, Chris Kohut and Tom Gordon touching in 7:43.52. Wilton’s Maxwell Dolan, Hugo Sykes, Lexo Walker and Tommy Kealy finished third in 7:44.39.
Heading into the final day of racing, Triangle Area leads the women’s meet with 276 points, followed by Wilton (251) and Countryside (249.5). Ocean County leads the men’s meet by a single point over Wilton, 274 to 273. Somerset Valley is third with 249. Wilton leads the combined team standings with 524 points, followed by Countryside (491) and Triangle Area (485).