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Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!
IRVINE, California, August 11.
Saint Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis put on a show in the big final with a blazing time of 2:10.20. That swim put her third in the world behind only Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (2:08.21) and Alicia Coutts (2:08.89) this year, and should have more in the tank as she heads to Australia for Pan Pacs.
Stanford’s Maya DiRado ripped off another special swim, this time with a second-place time of 2:10.57. That performance moved her to seventh in the world rankings. Meanwhile, California’s Caitlin Leverenz likely earned a spot on the Pan Pacs roster with a third-place time of 2:11.05 to take 13th in the world.
York Y’s Meghan Small, already heading to the Youth Olympics, took fourth in 2:11.83, while BlueFish’s Elizabeth Beisel placed fifth in 2:12.46.
PASA’s Karlee Bispo (2:12.66), Pleasanton’s Celina Li (2:12.86) and Longhorn’s Madisyn Cox (2:15.02) also competed in the finale.
Aggie’s Sarah Henry had a superb finish to her B final swim to win in 2:13.91. SwimMAC’s Kathleen Baker finished second in 2:14.05 with Cavalier’s Kaitlyn Jones placing third in 2:14.71.
Bethany Galat, a future member of the Texas A&M Aggies, topped the C final in 2:14.91. PASA’s Ally Howe wound up second in 2:15.72 with Lakeside’s Leah Stevens taking third in 2:16.24.