ATLANTA, Georgia, August 1. TWO more YMCA marks fell tonight at the YMCA Long Course National Champions being held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
Middle Tyger’s Savanna Faulconer continued what has been a strong meet thus far for the 15 year old with a 4:51.03 to win the women’s 400-meter IM. That swim beat the previous YMCA record by more than two seconds as Ashley Jones of Joliet Y clocked a 4:53.41 in 2004.
One of the more intriguing young sprint talents who continues to move onto the swimming community’s radar with nearly every swim, Middle Tyger 16-year-old Katrina Konopka took down the YMCA record in the women’ 100-meter free. She clocked a 56.77 to win the event, clipping the previous mark of 56.79 set by Anne Arundel’s Emily Lloyd in 2009. That’s her first time under 57 coming into today with a 57.11 lifetime best from 2012 Juniors.
Greater Holyoke’s Erin Voss, 15, missed the YMCA record in the women’s 200-meter backstroke by about half-a-second with a winning 2:15.98. That swim came up just short of Tricia Weaner’s 2:15.38 swum for West Shore YMCA in 2004. Voss had a huge time drop today, coming in with a 2:17.74 personal best from just a month ago.
Hickory’s Sava Turcanu checked in with a close victory ahead of Wilton’s Matthew Moen in the men’s 400-meter IM, 4:31.37 to 4:31.97. Turcanu is headed to Harvard this fall, while Moen will be competing for Ohio State in a few weeks. Meanwhile, Triangle Area’s Colin Ellington touched I 50.81 to capture the men’s 100-meter freestyle title.
Suncoast’s Tristan Sanders raced to victory in the men’s 200-meter backstroke event with a 2:03.04, while Upper Main Line’s Maddie Zimmerman touched out Greater Flint’s Courtney Weaver, 27.40 to 27.48, in the women’s 50-meter fly. West Monmouth’s Michael Skibniewski followed with a 25.42 to capture the men’s 50-meter fly title.
Triangle Area’s Christine Kerr (2:07.05), Olivia Ontjes (2:05.90), Haley Bishop (2:08.72) and Jenny Nusbaum (2:05.22) crushed the women’s 800-meter freestyle relay field with an 8:26.89, while Middle Tyger’s Robert Borowicz (1:58.42), Brad Oberg (1:56.85), Jack Frazier (1:57.16) and Justin Mehl (1:53.49) had an equally as dominant swim in the men’s 800-meter freestyle relay with a 7:45.93 for the win.