By Joe Buchanan, Swimming World College Intern.
The first day of the USA Swimming Futures Championships in Lewisville closed with four different teams taking first across the four events. Races were decided by milliseconds as the championship featuring the next great swimmers of the Midwest kicked off.
Liberty Howell of SwimTulsa started the Championships by taking first in the Women’s 800 meter freestyle with a time of 8:59.79. In an extremely close race, Sara McClendon of Mansfield Aquatics Club took second with a time of 8:59.82. Following her was Carson Kaufmann of Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club with a time of 9:03.31.
The men’s 1500 meter free was dominated by Adam Grimm of Rec Plex Sharks Swim Team with his time of 16:08.28. Matthew Hedman of Edina Swim Club finished in second with 16:17.95, followed by Jack Little of the Jets Aquatic Club in 16:22.21
The Alamo Area Aquatic Association placed in both the women’s and men’s 800 meter free relay. Their women’s team, consisting of Evelyn Bruner, Alvena Walpole, Rachel Rodriguez, and Alicia Hale took first with a time of 8:35.11, beating out Lakeside Aquatic Club’s team of Anika Buhr, Megan Hanson, Megan Morris, and Jenna Watson with an 8:36.09. Coming in a close third was Jordyn Wentzel, Madison Potter, Jordan McGinty, and Taylor Williams of the Aquajets Swim Team with a time of 8:36.33.
The men’s 800 meter free relay was led by Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club’s ensemble of Ezra Mizgala, Reilly Shields, Eamonn Keenan, and Jacob Furlong with a finishing time of 7:45.99. Close behind was Springfield YMCA Swim Team’s Spencer Hohm, Stuart Hohm, Gage Hamill, and Matthew Knox with a time of 7:47.43. Placing for the second time of the night, the Alamo Area Aquatic Association’s team of Wyatt Cronk, Isaac Barrera, Brandon Garcia, and Nathan Coppock took home third with a time of 7:55.47.
Full results available on Meet Mobile: USA Swimming Futures Championships Lewisville.