Riley Scott Wins Two Events on Night One of 2017 Speedo Grand Challenge

Photo Courtesy: Andy Ringgold/Aringo Photography

Night one of finals of the 2017 Speedo Grand Challenge kicked off this evening at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, California. It was a night of tight four-person finals and exciting Olympic speed.

Competition began with the women’s 200-meter IM, as USC’s Riley Scott took the win with a time of 2:15.33. Host team Novaquatics’ Ayla Spitz blasted a 2:17.60 for second place, while third place went to 28-year-old Keaton Blovad, swimming for Cal-Berkeley, with a 2:18.18.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Riley Scott      19 UN-PC/USC-CA      2:17.64    2:15.33 NATL   
                 29.85      1:05.76 (35.91)
        1:42.67 (36.91)     2:15.33 (32.66)
  2 Ayla Spitz       16 NOVA-CA           2:20.03    2:17.60 NATL   
                 30.11      1:05.46 (35.35)
        1:46.45 (40.99)     2:17.60 (31.15)
  3 Keaton Blovad    28 CAL-PC            2:18.69    2:18.18 NATL   
                 29.52      1:03.31 (33.79)
        1:45.44 (42.13)     2:18.18 (32.74)
  4 Zoe Thatcher     20 AUB-SE            2:20.11    2:18.46 NATL   
                 30.48      1:05.41 (34.93)
        1:47.14 (41.73)     2:18.46 (31.32)

The men swam the 200-meter freestyle this evening, with Cristian Quinte of Trojan Swim Club finishing first in 1:48.77, just ahead of USC’s Dylan Carter, who touched in 1:49.12. Zach Apple of Auburn University finished in third place with a 1:50.88. All three times were national qualifying times.

                           === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Cristian Quinte  24 TROJ-CA           1:50.83    1:48.77 NATL   
                 25.38        52.72 (27.34)
        1:20.79 (28.07)     1:48.77 (27.98)
  2 Dylan Carter     21 UN-04-CA/USC-CA   1:49.07    1:49.12 NATL   
                 25.51        52.86 (27.35)
        1:21.21 (28.35)     1:49.12 (27.91)
  3 Zach Apple       20 AUB-SE            1:52.61    1:50.88 NATL   
                 26.01        53.79 (27.78)
        1:22.40 (28.61)     1:50.88 (28.48)
  4 Justin Nguyen    17 NOVA-CA           1:51.66    1:52.22 JNR    
                 25.65        53.64 (27.99)
        1:22.23 (28.59)     1:52.22 (29.99)

Scott bested the field again for the women, this time in the 100-meter breaststroke. Her time of 1:08.80 was good for first place in the event. It was a battle for second place between Roadrunner’s Jorie Caneta, who touched in 1:09.03 for second place, and Cal’s Marina Garcia, who was not far behind in 1:09.08.

                           === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Riley Scott      19 UN-PC/USC-CA      1:10.59    1:08.80 OT     
                 32.74      1:08.80 (36.06)
  2 Jorie Caneta     20 UN-01-GU          1:09.44    1:09.03 OT     
                 32.94      1:09.03 (36.09)
  3 Marina Garcia U  22 CAL-PC            1:09.64    1:09.08 OT     
                 32.91      1:09.08 (36.17)
  4 Ali Harrison     17 BUEN-CA           1:10.65    1:10.33 OT     
                 33.43      1:10.33 (36.90)

Cal’s Connor Hoppe swam a 1:02.87 in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, good for first place. 32-year-old Mike Alexandrov of New York Aquatic Club was close behind with a 1:02.99, and third place went to Cal’s Matt Whittle in 1:04.01.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Connor Hoppe     21 CAL-PC            1:03.31    1:02.87 OT     
                 29.29      1:02.87 (33.58)
  2 Mike Alexandrov  32 NYAC-MR           1:03.51    1:02.99 OT     
                 29.53      1:02.99 (33.46)
  3 Matt Whittle     21 CAL-PC            1:04.77    1:04.01 JNR    
                 30.74      1:04.01 (33.27)
  4 Carson Sand      19 CAL-PC            1:04.15    1:04.04 JNR    
                 30.16      1:04.04 (33.88)

Familiar faces appeared in the next event, the women’s 50-meter freestyle, as Olympian Abby Weitzeil of Cal took first place with a 25.35. Teammate Farida Osman was right there with her, touching in 25.49. Cementing the Cal sweep, Amy Bilquist rounded out the top three finishers with her time of 25.50.

                          === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Abbey Weitzeil   20 CAL-PC              25.45      25.35 NATL   
  2 Farida Osman     22 CAL-PC              25.88      25.49 NATL   
  3 Amy Bilquist     19 CAL-PC              25.90      25.50 NATL   
  4 Kendyl Stewart   22 TROJ-CA             25.88      25.71 NATL   

Next, the men tackled the 200-meter IM. Brock Bonetti took the win with a 2:05.47, Daniel Gloude of Aquazot Swim Team touched second in 2:06.52, and Auburn’s Russell Noletto took the bronze with a 2:07.57.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Brock Bonetti    21 UN-01-GU          2:07.31    2:05.47 JNR    
                 26.47        58.08 (31.61)
        1:35.19 (37.11)     2:05.47 (30.28)
  2 Daniel Gloude    20 UN-17-OH/AZOT-CA  2:07.04    2:06.52 JNR    
                 27.13        59.35 (32.22)
        1:36.63 (37.28)     2:06.52 (29.89)
  3 Russell Noletto  20 AUB-SE            2:07.65    2:07.57 JNR    
                 26.44        59.38 (32.94)
        1:37.51 (38.13)     2:07.57 (30.06)
  4 Hunter Sa-Nguan  20 AZOT-CA           2:08.87    2:08.62 JNR    
                 27.31      1:00.34 (33.03)
        1:37.39 (37.05)     2:08.62 (31.23)

In the last event of the evening, the women’s 400-meter freestyle, Cal’s Katie McLaughlin stopped the clock in 4:13.53 for a first place finish over Auburn’s Ashley Neidigh (4:15.12), and 16-year-old Erica Sullivan of Sandpipers of Nevada (4:18.52).

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 McLaughlin, Kat  19 CAL-PC            4:16.36    4:13.53 NATL   
                 29.66      1:01.32 (31.66)
        1:33.40 (32.08)     2:05.71 (32.31)
        2:38.19 (32.48)     3:10.42 (32.23)
        3:42.38 (31.96)     4:13.53 (31.15)
  2 Neidigh, Ashley  22 AUB-SE            4:18.25    4:15.12 NATL   
                 29.70      1:01.33 (31.63)
        1:33.35 (32.02)     2:05.65 (32.30)
        2:37.92 (32.27)     3:10.39 (32.47)
        3:42.94 (32.55)     4:15.12 (32.18)
  3 Sullivan, Erica  16 SAND-CA           4:17.81    4:18.52 JNR    
                 30.00      1:01.65 (31.65)
        1:34.26 (32.61)     2:06.73 (32.47)
        2:39.70 (32.97)     3:12.37 (32.67)
        3:45.54 (33.17)     4:18.52 (32.98)
  4 Thatcher, Zoe M  20 AUB-SE            4:20.61    4:23.31 MIN    
                 30.50      1:02.85 (32.35)
        1:35.81 (32.96)     2:09.01 (33.20)
        2:42.62 (33.61)     3:16.29 (33.67)
        3:50.07 (33.78)     4:23.31 (33.24)

Competition resumes tomorrow morning at 8:30am for the second day of the 2017 Speedo Grand Challenge.

 

4 Comments

4 comments

  1. avatar
    DLG

    SW, no love for the 7-12 finalists?

  2. avatar

    Keaton Blovad is 18, not 28.

  3. Yasser Shaaban

    Youssef Yasser/Shahd Yasser/Marwa Elshenawy

Author: Ailish Dougherty

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Ailish Dougherty is a sophomore at Tufts University where she is majoring in Child Study and Human Development on the pre-med track. She swims distance freestyle for their Division III program in the NESCAC.

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