Familiar Faces on the Podium in Night 4 of 2017 Santa Clara Futures

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern

The last night of competition began with the remaining uncontested distance events. Alexander Nikolaev of Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics took first in 8:19, while Noah Vial of Corvallis Aquatic Team took second in 8:20.58. Winner of the men’s 1500 freestyle Scott Pekarske came third tonight in 8:21.79. Each of the three top three finishers made large improvements in the event each dropping more than 10 seconds. All three blew past the 8:30 barrier, and Nikolaev went one step further to go under 8:20 for the first time in his career.

The top two finishers of the women’s 1500 freestyle tonight served to be a mirror of last night’s women’s 400 freestyle. Noelle Fimbres, runner up in the latter event, won tonight in 17:19.18 – her first time being under 17:20. Jasmine O’Brien, the winner of the 400, took second in 17:22.24. Kalie Novosedliak took third in 17:26.23.

The women’s 100 freestyle was dominated by the underclassmen tonight. Following the distance events, Anicka Delgado – winner of the women’s 200 freestyle – took yet another victory in the women’s 100 freestyle in 57.19. Eleanor Beers, who placed third in the women’s 50 freestyle last night, came in second with 57.50. Sarah Snyder of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics earned her first podium finish tonight to round out the three with a time of 57.81 – her first time under 58 seconds.

PASA came back immediately in the men’s 100 free, as Cyrus Morrison won in a new best time of 51.67. Dominic Dalpiaz, winner of the men’s 200 freestyle, placed second in 51.83. Ethan Luc of THSC placed third in 52.41.

Jessica Pentlarge of North Coast Aquatics won the 200 back, despite teammate Anna Brooker having led by almost half a second at the 100 meter mark. Pentlarge’s stronger back half would lead to her winning in 2:18.02 to Brooker’s 2:18.17. Lindsey Soule, the first seed going into tonight’s final, took third in 2:19.25.

Robert Moseley of Bakersfield Swim Club lead from start to finish to take the men’s 200 backstroke final in 2:06.75. Shawn Western took second in 2:07.47, while William Waite came third in 2:08.20.

Tina Reuter of the Davis Aquadarts took her first victory of the meet to win the women’s 200 IM in 2:21.23. Tegan Preston, winner of the women’s 200 breaststroke and third place finisher in the women’s 100 breaststroke, continued her successful meet to take second in 2:21.91 – completing her collection of medals. Portia Del Rio Brown took third in 2:22.43.

Runner up in both the men’s 400 IM and men’s 200 butterfly, Min Zhi Chua of Mission Viejo finally got his victory tonight as he won the men’s 200 IM in dominating fashion. His time of 2:06.47 led the field by almost three seconds, taking control during the breaststroke leg and never letting go. James Bouda of Kalispell Aquatic Team took second in 2:09.33 and Andy Huang of Peak Swimming, going under the 2:10 barrier for the first time, took third in 2:09.73.

Full results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2017 USA Swimming Futures Santa Clara

3 Comments

3 comments

  1. Sandra Norstrom Garcia

    Way to go Alex!!! Couldn’t think of a more deserving reward for one of the hardest working individuals!

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    Francisco Vazquez

    Alex, Duro, Duro, Duro. !!!!!!
    Wow, you deserve the best. And now, moving to college, We know you will reach the sky. Never stop, go for your dreams, and make wish come true. Never stop smiing.
    Always You Can. All our blessings for you.

Author: Bryan Gu

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Bryan Gu is a high school junior at the Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut. Although not a highly competitive swimmer, what he lacks in speed, he makes up for in enthusiasm.

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