GREENSBORO, North Carolina, July 20. BRAD Craig and Molly Hannis swept the breaststroke events, while Faith Johnson and Hannah Moore also picked up wins during the last night of racing at the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet in Greensboro. Moore came away with four victories, the most of any swimmer at the meet.
Tennessee Aquatics’ Faith Johnson, who already won the 50 free earlier in the meet, made it a clean sweep of the sprint free events with a win in the women’s 100 free tonight. Johnson touched in 55.73 in the opening event to knock off North Carolina Aquatic Club’s Lauren Earp (56.91) and Greensboro Swimming Association’s Natalie Labonge (57.15). Wolfpack Elite’s David Williams equaled that feat in the men’s final, adding a win in the 100 free to his win in the 50 on day one. Williams hit the wall in 50.11, ahead of teammate Soeren Dahl (50.46) and Tennessee Aquatics’ Kyler VanSwol (51.03).
Kentucky’s Kendal Casey scored a huge win in the women’s 1500 free as she finished more than 13 seconds out front. Casey completed the race in 17:05.20, well ahead of Marlins of Raleigh’s Sarah Giamber (17:18.56) and Kentucky’s Kelly Berger (17:21.49).
After posting the fastest time by an American in 2014 in the 100 breast last night, Tennessee Aquatics’ Brad Craig swept the breaststroke events with a 2:16.14 in the 200 tonight. While that’s not the fastest time in the US this year, it was still comfortably ahead of Cardinal Aquatics teammates Todd Owen (2:17.01) and Kameron Chastain (2:19.42). Craig’s teammate at Tennessee Aquatics, Molly Hannis, also swept the breaststroke events after posting a final time of 2:31.29 in the 200 tonight. Abigail Fisher of North Carolina Aquatic Club came in second at 2:33.10, while Kayla Brumbaum of Wolfpack Elite rounded out the top three in 2:34.30.
The men’s 1500 free title went to SwimMAC Carolina’s Austin Snyder in 15:52.56, as Snyder dropped a whopping 24 seconds from his seed time of 16:16.90. Kentucky’s Brandon Flynn, winner of the 800 free on night one, finished second in a personal best of 15:56.48, while Tennessee Aquatics’ Trevor Leland rounded out the top three in 16:12.53.
Triple event-winner Hannah Moore of YMCA of the Triangle Area earned her fourth win of the weekend in convincing fashion, out-racing the field of the women’s 200 back by four seconds with a 2:10.18. Victoria Mitchell from Marlins of Raleigh finished second in 2:14.18, while Kentucky’s Bridgette Alexander rounded out the top three in 2:15.69. Denver Swim Academy’s Hennessey Stuart, who’s headed to NC State for college next month, dominated the men’s 200 back final. After posting a 1:59.95 in prelims, Stuart finished slightly off that time in finals with a 2:01.14, but still finished three seconds in front of Kentucky’s Joshua York (2:04.03). Nolan Tesone of Cardinal Aquatics came in third in 2:04.95.
Lakeside took home the final women’s title up for grabs as Sydney Sell, Peyton Greenberg, Asia Seidt and Brooke Bauer completed the 400 medley relay in 4:20.15. SwimMAC Carolina’s Alexis Souther, Cape Murch Elliot, Elsa Welshofer and Lauren McRae came in second in 4:22.00, while Ashley LeClair, Brooke Forde, Julia Roy and Cameron Brown of the Lakeside B team finished third in 4:26.14. Lakeside also claimed the men’s relay win as Jake Precious, Connor Lohman, Jacob Smith and Noah Johnston swam a 3:56.28 to top Duke Aquatics’ Connor Williams, Garrett House, Koya Osada and Jeremiah O’Donnell (3:57.38). Tosh Kawaguchi, Conor Hale, Will Close and Justin Ress gave Marlins of Raleigh a third place swim with their 3:58.93.