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SHENANDOAH, Texas, July 31. THE first complete day of preliminary and championship swimming took place at the Speedo Champions Series stop being held in Shenandoah, Texas this week.
The Woodlands’ Kelsey Vetalice kicked off the first full night of swims in a big way with a 57.01 to win the women’s 100-meter free. That swim cut nearly a second off the 16-year-old’s personal best of 57.89 from a month ago. FCST’s Madeline Locus finished second in 57.54, while FAST’s Alexandra Lakota placed third in 58.49.
Magnolia’s Cannon Clifton followed with a 50.97 to win the men’s 100-meter freestyle finale, and break 51 seconds for the first time. His previous top effort had been a 51.09 from a year ago. BTA’s Alexander Hancock finished second in 51.15, while Nicolai Hansen picked up third in 51.56.
Frisco 14-year-old Rachel Ramey turned in a 2:38.85 to win the women’s 200-meter breaststroke, while Christina Jonsson (2:39.66) and Bridget Pacilio (2:41.60) comprised the rest of the podium in the event.
TWST’s Alton Sorensen crushed his personal best in the men’s 200-meter breast with a 2:21.10 for the win. His top time coming into today was a 2:23.12 from way back in 2008, so that’s a big time barrier broken. Teammate Jonathan Tybur placed second in 2:22.16, while Rostyslav Fedyna earned third in 2:23.45.
Dallas Mustang 16-year-old Rileigh Thornton topped the women’s 200-meter backstroke in 2:21.11, downing her lifetime best of 2:22.50 by a large margin. Melanie McDonough (2:22.14) and Taylor Davidson (2:22.46) rounded out the podium in the finale.
TCU’s Cooper Robinson dominated the men’s 200-meter backstroke event in 2:02.74. That cut a full second off his lifetime best from February 2012. Thomas Norman placed more than three seconds back in second with a 2:06.10, while William Crowe snared third in 2:06.85.
TWST’s Dorothy Halmy, 15, cut more than two seconds off her lifetime best in the women’s 200-meter fly with a 2:17.55. That swim demolished her previous top time of 2:19.86 from August 2012. Tiffany Futscher took second in 2:18.63, while Chelsie Miller placed third in 2:18.86.
El Paso’s David Ramirez took home the men’s 200-meter fly title in 2:05.04, while Donald Walker (2:06.40) and Antoine Marc (2:06.63) wrapped up the top three in the finale to close out night two.
During the first night of distance freestyle timed finals competition, Chelsie Miller took home the women’s 800-meter free title in 9:02.83, while Colleen Konetzke placed second in 9:06.56. Jessie Woolley-Macmath snagged third in 9:06.89.
Meanwhile, Colin Murphy won in front of a hometown crowd as The Woodlands’ swimmer posted an 8:26.05 in the men’s 800-meter free. Teammate Rhorer Legendre (8:29.31) and Connor Hennessy (8:34.07) rounded out the podium in that finale.