Junior National Championships: Allie Szekely Picks Up Second Win in 400m IM

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, August 14. ALLIE Szekely of the Central Bucks Swim Team continued her breakout with another strong showing in the women's 400m IM tonight. Szekely has now won two events in two days, the only swimmer of the meet to do so.

Szekely continued her hot streak with another win in the opening event, the women's 400m IM. Szekely, who won the 200m breast last night in a new meet record, cruised to a time of 4:46.73 to easily outdistance second place finisher Allison Brown of the Pleasanton Seahawks, who hit the wall in 4:49.06. Margaret D'Innocenzo of Crimson Aquatics rounded out the top three in 4:50.16.

With just over two seconds separating the top seed from the eighth place qualifier this morning, the men's 400m IM figured to be an intriguing race, and it did not disappoint. Curl Burke's Andrew Seliskar took control on the backstroke leg and never let up, cutting almost five seconds off his prelim swim to win in 4:23.27. Orinda Aquatics' Steven Stumph, last night's winner of the 200m breast, sailed by everyone from lane eight to take second in 4:24.36. Samuel Smiddy of the AK Sharks earned third place honors with a 4:25.39.

A pair of 16-year-olds from North Baltimore led the way in the women's 100m free final. Cierra Runge, the only swimmer to break 56 this morning, repeated that feat tonight with a winning time of 55.64. Gillian Ryan, winner of the 800m free last night, showed she has plenty of speed to go along with her endurance, taking second in 56.15. Scottsdale Aquatics' Victoria Toris moved up from fourth to third with a 56.28 showing.

Bolles School duplicated what North Baltimore accomplished in the previous event, with their swimmers taking first and second in the final of the men's 100m free. In the closest race of the evening, Santo Condorelli out-touched teammate Caeleb Dressel, 50.92 to 50.96, for the win. Sven Campbell of Orinda Aquatics was right in the thick of it as well, touching .01 behind Dressel in 50.97.

Quinn Carrozza of Nitro Swimming took the women's 200m back out aggressively, and it paid off when she posted the fastest time in the event at 2:11.92, two seconds under her prelim time of 2:13.98. Evergreen's Alexandra Malazdrewicz closed on Carrozza at the end, touching second in 2:13.17. Schenectady's Kathryn Rowe swam a 2:14.00 to round out the top three finishers.

In the men's 200m back, North Texas Nadadores' Aaron Greene held off a hard-charging Sven Campbell from Orinda Aquatics to earn victory in 2:02.23. Campbell trailed by a second at the final wall before closing the gap to half a second at the finish. He swam a 2:02.74 to take second. Brock Turner of the Dayton Raiders posted a 2:03.30 in placing third.

The 400m freestyle relays closed out tonight's session. North Baltimore, led by the top two finishers in the women's 100m free earlier, claimed the women's relay in 3:47.24, thanks to solid legs by Mary Pelton, Cierra Runge, Kendall Surhoff and Gillian Ryan. The Pleasanton Seahawks took second (3:50.96) and York YMCA was third (3:51.82).

Meanwhile, SwimMAC Carolina's foursome of Matthew Josa, Peter Brumm, Michael Chadwick and John Manchester combined efforts to post the fastest time in the men's relay, a 3:27.91. Club Wolverine (3:29.13) and Davie Nadadores (3:29.32) rounded out the top three.

After two days of competition, Mission Viejo holds a slim 5-point lead over North Baltimore in the team standings, 105 points to 100. The Pleasanton Seahawks are in third with 87 points.

Check out more of Peter Bick's photos from the Junior Nationals Photo Gallery, like the one below:

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