ORLANDO, Florida, February 15. IX3’s Chloe Sutton put on a perfect race against the Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu as she led Hosszu throughout most of the race, and made sure she held off Hosszu’s final last charge. Sutton finished the race in 4:10.11 to win the finale, holding off Hosszu, and moving within striking distance of the World Top 10 currently anchored by Lotte Friis (4:09.35).
Hosszu, who already posted a sixth-ranked 4:08.61 in Luxembourg a week ago, wound up taking second in 4:10.50 to end an extremely difficult double with some serious jet lag involved. York Y’s Courtney Harnish, just 14, picked up third-place honors in 4:12.41 to crush her previous best of 4:14.79.
Gator’s Andreina Pinto, who has been dominating consolation heats this weekend, picked up fourth in 4:14.72. Clearwater’s Alexandra Aitchison touched fifth in 4:18.09, while Hungary’s Agnes Mutina wound up sixth overall in 4:18.87.
Swim Florida’s Kendall Brent (4:19.71) and Joanna Evans (4:20.69) clocked in at seventh and eighth in the championship finale.
Barrington’s Kirsten Jacobsen, 16, turned in a swift time of 4:18.26 to win the consolation heat of the middle distance event. That’s two seconds better than her previous lifetime best of 4:20.82 from last July.