By Cathleen Pruden, Swimming World College Intern
A weekend of great racing at the Speedo Sectionals Ithaca wrapped up tonight. Nation’s Capital won the women’s meet as 757Swim finished runner up. Eastern Express was victorious on the men’s side well ahead of second place Nation’s Capital.
The women from 757Swim were first to the wall in the 200 freestyle relay. Joelle Vereb, Sofia Long, Colby Hurt, and Abigail Larson touched in 1:35.66. Mount Lebanon’s Hannah Bumgarner, Alison Shapiro, Trinity Ward, and Angela Gyurina were right behind in 1:35.79. Third place went to the Golden Rams’ Rachel Hazard, Ann Carozza, Maura McManus, and Olivia Miller in 1:36.18
The Laguardia Aquatic Club team of Timothy Ho, Connor Mullin, Evan Zhang, and Delano Townsend claimed the men’s 200 freestyle relay in 1:25.62. Eastern Express’ Collin Hanlon, Jacob Lubinski, Jack McIntyre, and Connor Doyle were second in 1:26.20. Third place went to the Jersey Flyers squad of Jason Arthur, Tristan Highet, Jin Roh, and Ronald Cullen in 1:26.23.
Mary Folz, swimming unattached, won the women’s 1650 in 16:48.74. Emily Ecker followed up her winning 1000 Thursday night with a second place mile. The 13 year old from the Portland Porpoises touched in 16:52.47. Phoenix Aquatic Club’s Amanda Lauer was third with a 17:01.91.
In the men’s 1000, McIntyre won by nearly eight seconds, finishing in 9:22.73. Swim Ithaca’s Kevin Miller was second in 9:30.40 while Ryan Schonbachler of Pine Richland Aquatics was third in 9:33.88.
The Atlantic Club’s Grace Kayal won a close 200 backstroke, touching in 2:01.02, ahead of Schenectady’s Yunfan Dong in 2:01.26 and Nutmeg’s Caitlin McNary in 2:01.91.
Arthur claimed the men’s 200 backstroke with a 1:45.64. Blue Wave’s Stephen Clendenin was second in 1:47.14 and Executive Swim Club’s Grant Levasseur finished third in 1:49.07. Arthur and Clendenin finished 1-2 in the 200 IM in 1:48.47 and 1:50.25. Doyle touched third in 1:51.55.
Fourteen year old Katherine Douglass was back again, tonight winning the 100 freestyle with a 50.37 for Westchester Aquatic Club. Kira Page of Regional Y of Connecticut was just behind in 50.92. 757’s Vereb placed third with a time of 51.30. Douglass also won the 200 IM posting a 2:02.81. Fellow 14 year old Hurt followed up her impressive 400 IM win with a second place 2:04.49. Laguardia’s 13 year old Vanessa Chong completed the young podium in 2:05.42.
757Swim’s Colin Wright won his second sprint title of the weekend, touching first in the 100 freestyle in 45.61 seconds. Matthew Dinunzio of Jewish Community was second in 45.98. Third place went to Auston Ramsay of the South Shore YMCA in 46.01.
The women’s 400 medley relay went to 757Swim’s Vereb, Hurt, Long, and Larson in a 3:50.60. Charlotte Fieeiki, Julia Moser, Sophie Reilly, and Erin Quinn combined for a 3:52.23 for Nation’s Capital. Weston Swimming earned third place points in 3:52.32 with the team of Claire Kerns, Sophie Angus, Allison Pocsik, and Charlotte Proceller.
On the men’s side Eastern Express topped the podium in 3:24.38 with splits from Doyle, Jack Donnelly, Lubinski, and McIntyre. Matchpoint finished second as Oleksandr Bezuglyy, Ariel Okhtenberg, Elan Oumarov, and Veniamin Konovalov raced to a 3:26.54. Third place was Laguardia Aquatic Club’s Timothy Ho, Evan Zhang, Connor Mullin, and Delano Townsend in 3:28.50.
Full results available on Meet Mobile.