TUCSON, Arizona, June 6. THE first night of the Southwest Classic featured a truckload of timed finals distance freestyle swimming with Santa Clara’s Aidan Burns putting up one of the most impressive swims of the night.
Burns smashed the field in the men’s 1500-meter free with a 16:07.49, while Gold’s Antonio Ramirez (16:26.89) and Ben Olszewski (16:36.72) finished second and third in the timed final event.
Scottsdale’s Taylor Ruck, 14, picked up the women’s 800-meter free open title with a 9:10.06, while Gold’s Adriana Palomino, 17, placed second in the event with a 9:11.85. 13-year-old Shae Nicolaisen of Gold snared third in 9:14.46 as Gold wound up with six of the top seven spots.
The opening evening of distance night also featured some age group 800/1500s. Arizona Aquatics’ Marisa Emoto, 12, took the girls 11-12 800-meter free title in 10:24.64 with teammate Irena Putikova, 13, earning the 13&over 800-meter free crown in 9:51.41.
Arizona Aquatics also did well in the boys 1500 frees. Tanner Falls, 12, took home the boys 11-12 1500-meter free in 18:59.59 for the third title of the day for AZAC. Neptune’s Garret Chance, 14, took home the boys 13&over 1500-meter free in 17:50.04.
Full results available on Meet Mobile.