The first full session of finals at the Nation’s Capital Invitational at Eppley Natatorium in College Park, Md., featured a myriad of tight races and fast swims, but the headliner was Nation’s Capital’s Sam Pomajevich, who posted blistering swims on his way to wins in the open boys’ 200 free and 100 fly.
Pomajevich dominated the 200 free, posting a time of 1:33.58, and minutes later he won the 100 fly in 47.49. Teammate Anna Belousova also picked up two wins, capturing first in the girls’ 100 breast (1:00.76) and 400 IM (4:13.74).
Central Bucks’ Morgan Scott cruised to the top spot in the girls’ 200 free, clocking 1:47.74, and Nation’s Capital’s Isabella Gati won the 100 fly in 53.88. On the boys’ side, NCAP’s Spencer Rowe edged teammate Timothy Wu to win the 100 breast, 54.90 to 55.24, and Machine’s Casey Storch pulled away to win the 400 IM in 3:49.11.
Poseidon’s Noah Nichols and Machine’s Ben Charles each won two victories in the 13-14 boys competition. Nichols took first in the 100 breast (57.67) and 400 IM (4:08.68), while Charles won the 200 free in touch-out fashion, finishing in 1:43.84, as well as the 100 fly in 52.14.
Also in the 13-14 age group, NCAP’s Phoebe Bacon blasted a 53.42 to win the girls’ 100 fly, the fastest time by any female swimmer at the meet. That’s less than a half-second off Tristen Ulett’s NAG record of 52.97 set earlier this year. Bacon moves past National Team members Felicia Lee and Kendyl Stewart into sixth all-time in the 13-14 age group in the event.
Westchester Aquatic Club teammates Esther Lin and Yilinna Collmar won two events apiece in the 11-12 girls age group Friday night. Lin swept the 50 breast (30.75) and 50 fly (28.82), and Collmar won both the 100 free (53.21) and 100 back (58.76).
NCAP’s Cole Greenberg won the same two events as Collmar in the 11-12 boys’ division, posting strong times of 50.41 in the 100 free and 56.34 in the 100 back.
Prior to the session, the winners from Thursday night’s “Fran Crippen Memorial Mile” were recognized for their efforts in the 1650. They included, in the 13-14 age group, Suburban Seahawks’ Madison Kolessar (16:38.65) and NCAP’s Leo Goldblatt (16:09.31), and in the open division, NCAP’s Victoria McCullough (16:59.82) and her teammate Lane Stone (14:59.93).
NCAP won all three 200 free relays Friday night, including the 13-14 girls (1:35.33), 13-14 boys (1:29.33), open girls (1:32.45) and open boys (1:21.56). They did get a bit of a run in the open boys’ relay, though, as Machine’s Tommy Hallock led off in a swift 20.01. But Nation’s Capital’s Brandon Hamblin took the lead with a 19.83 split on the second leg, and that foursome ended up winning by three tenths of a second.
Results from all sessions can be found by clicking here.