PLANTATION, Florida, March 16. THE final night of action at the Plantation, Fla. stop of the Speedo Champions Series is in the books. It proved to be another exciting night of swimming as 14-year-old Michael Andrew added another National Age Group record to his collection and Club Wolverine’s Emily Brunemann and Michael Klueh earned their third and fourth wins of the weekend, respectively.
After turning fifth at the halfway point of the women’s 200 fly, Gator Swim Club’s Kahra Williams built the last one hundred meters and chased down Swim Fort Lauderdale’s Josefin Lorda Taylor for the title, 2:19.22 to 2:19.71. Loyola Blakefield’s Mary Clancy rounded out the top three in 2:21.38. On the men’s side, Toronto Swim Club’s Zach Chetrat led from start to finish, taking the win in 2:02.50. Gator Swim Club’s Luke Torres had the fastest final 50 in the field but couldn’t track down Chetrat, taking second in 2:03.37. Azura Florida’s Luis Martinez placed third in 2:07.40.
SwimMAC Carolina’s Patricia Castro Ortega did what no other swimmers have been able to accomplish this meet, and that’s beat Gator Swim Club’s Theresa Michalak. Castro Ortega got to the wall ahead of Michalak in the women’s 100 free, 56.44 to 56.83. Michalak won the 200 and 400 IM and 100 fly earlier in the meet. Clara Smiddy of the AquaKids Sharks claimed third place honors in 57.34. Club Wolverine’s Miguel Ortiz topped the men’s 100 free in 50.72 after posting a 50.00 this morning. Despite adding seven-tenths, he still finished three-tenths ahead of Azura Florida’s Thiago Sickert (51.12) and Mario Todorovic (51.26) of Bolles.
Notably, Indie Swimming’s Michael Andrew finished fourth in a new 13-14 National Age Group record of 51.30. That lowered Noel Strauss’ 1987 record of 51.59. Andrew went out in 24.62 and came home in 26.68.
Toronto Swim Club’s Martha McCabe dominated the women’s 200 breast, winning by more than five seconds in 2:30.69. Emily Kopas, representing Swim Fort Lauderdale, touched second in 2:35.70, while Rockway Swimming’s Kelly Fertel placed third in 2:38.29. Anton Lobanov of Bolles picked up the men’s 200 breast title in convincing fashion, posting a 2:17.66 to out-distance City of Hialeah’s Julio Horrego, who touched in 2:24.76. Horrego just held off Azura Florida’s Marco Guarente (2:24.83) for second.
Clara Smiddy of the AquaKids returned from her third place finish in the 100 free to win the 200 back shortly after. Smiddy finished in a time of 2:14.71, ahead of Gator Swim Club’s Fernanda Gonzalez Ramirez (2:17.89) and her teammate, Georgia-Mae Hohmann (2:22.28). Arkady Vyatchanin, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the 100 and 200 back, won the men’s 200 back easily. He posted a 2:01.73 to top Toronto Swim Club’s Matt Myers (2:04.91) and Newmarket’s Matthew Swanston (2:05.25).
Pine Crest’s foursome of Caroline Nava (1:01.87), Marta Ciesla (59.63), Hannah Veale (1:00.57) and Jessica Nava (1:00.16) topped the women’s 400 free relay in 4:02.23. Blue Dolfins (4:03.54) and Azura Florida (4:07.80) finished second and third. In the men’s relay, Azura Florida’s A team of Carlos Herrera (52.07), Luis Martinez (53.53), Mateo Gonzalez (53.63) and Joshua Romany (55.50) brought home the win in 3:34.73. Azura’s B squad took second in 3:40.50, followed by Swim Fort Lauderdale in 3:42.49.
Club Wolverine’s Emily Brunemann earned her third title of the meet after posting an 8:57.23 in the women’s 800 free. Brunemann also won the 400 free and 1500 free. SwimFast’s Geena Squartino sliced eight seconds off her seed time to take second in 9:17.30, with Azura Florida’s Daniella Vandeburg in third (9:20.69). Michael Klueh, also of Club Wolverine, collected his fourth win of the meet in the men’s 1500 free with a 15:32.62. Earlier in the meet, Klueh won the 200, 400 and 800 freestyles. Marcelo Acosta of Azura Florida touched three seconds back in 15:35.73, while his teammate Yoelvis Pedraza finished third in 15:56.53.