Michael Xu, Gordon Mason Among Winners on Day 3 of Santa Clarita Sectionals

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The third night of the 2018 Santa Clarita Sectionals saw many athletes building upon their medal collections. Among those who won additional medals were Michael Xu, Gordon Mason, and Kenisha Liu.

Women’s 200 Back

Zephanie Koh of Brea Aquatics won the first event of the evening, clocking a 2:17.48 to win the women’s 200 back.

She was followed to the wall by Bay Club’s Juliana Fox, who touched with a time of 2:18.80.

Gillian Flath of Diablo Aquatics rounded out the top three with a time of 2:19.52.

Men’s 200 Back

It was a tight race for first between Roadrunner’s Robert Moseley and Brea Aquatics’ Preston Planells as the two finished a slim .13 seconds apart. Moseley got his hand to the wall first and took home the victory with a time of 2:06.61, while Planells finished second overal with a 2:06.74.

Crow Canyon’s Allen Dempster was third with a time of 2:07.01.

Women’s 400 Free

Catharyn Salladin of FAST Swim Team dominated the women’s 400 free event, touching more than five seconds ahead of the competition. She stopped the clock at a time of 4:20.23 for the gold.

La Mirada Armada teammates Kathleen Sulkevich and Rosalee Mira Santa Ana scooped up second and third place in the 400 free, posting times of 4:25.51 and 4:26.08 respectively.

Men’s 400 Free

Gordon Mason of Team Santa Monica continued to collect victories in the men’s distance events, snagging a victory in the men’s 400 free. Mason turned in a final time of 3:59.30 to be the only swimmer to dip below the four minute mark.

Brea Aquatics’ Michael Tenney finished second overall with a time of 4:03.96, followed by La Mirada Armada’s David Wang and his time of 4:06.43.

Women’s 100 Breast

Brooke Rodriguez of De Anza Cupertino and Izabela Adame of Canyons Aquatics delivered close finishes of 1:11.64 and 1:11.76 to top the final heat of the women’s 100 breast.

Brea Aquatics’ Jacqueline Basham turned in a time of 1:12.04 to finish third.

Men’s 100 Breast

Michael Xu of Bay Club collected his second breaststroke victory of the weekend, turning in the fastest time for the men’s 100 breast. Xu stopped the clock at a time of 1:04.36 for first, followed closely by UCSD’s Edgar Chin and his time of 1:04.63.

Sean Ward of Brea Aquatics finished third overall with a 1:05.23.

Women’s 100 Fly

Kenisha Liu of Brea Aquatics continued to stun the competition, adding a victory in the women’s 100 fly to her name. Liu touched first with a time of 1:00.86, improving upon her prelims time of 1:01.56.

Makenna Turner of Diablo Aquatics posted a 1:01.56 for second place, while Brenna Bushey of SJSU Swimming grabbed third with a 1:01.85.

Men’s 100 Fly

Terrapins teammates Andrei Minakov and Alexei Sancov flew to the top of the podium in the men’s 100 fly final. Minakov delivered a sizzling 52.03 to win the event by more than a second, while teammate Sancov posted a 53.68 for a solid second place.

Brock Bonetti of Roadrunner Aquatics turned in a third place finish of 54.60.

Women’s 800 Free Relay

The women of La Mirada Amada and Brea Aquatics held a tough battle for first in the finals of the women’s 800 free relay. The ladies of La Mirada Amada pulled ahead and posted a final time of 8:31.15 over Brea Aquatics’ 8:31.26.

Roadrunner Aquatics finished third overall with a time of 8:36.41.

Men’s 800 Free Relay

The La Mirada Amada men replicated the women’s efforts and won a tight victory in the 800 free relay with a time of 7:42.39.

Roadrunner Aquatics finished second overall with a time of 7:42.61, while Da Anza Cupertino men took third with a 7:49.99.

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