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Speedo Sectionals competition resumed at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina this evening.
SwimMAC dominated in the women’s 100-yard backstroke, making up the entire A-final and grabbing the top two spots in the B-final. Caroline Hauder topped the event in a blistering 53.84, while 15-year-old Madelyn Flickinger finished second in a 54.36. 200-yard freestyle champion Sinclair Larson took third place with a 54.41. Teammates Sophie Lindner, Stephanie Nelson, and Jane Donahue were also included in the top 10 finishers.
NC State’s Noah Hensley was the winner in the men’s event over Cardinal Swim Club’s Nicolas Albiero, with a time of 46.93. Albiero was second in 47.74, and teammate DeMercurio swam a 49.40 for third place.
SwimMAC Carolina’s Julia Menkhaus continued her outstanding meet, garnering first-place honors in the women’s 200-yard butterfly to start off the meet, against some stiff competition. She finished in a time of 1:58.98 to second-place Elysse Pardus of South Carolina Swim Club’s 1:59.84. Third place Lindsay Cohee of SwimMAC came in just shy of under two minutes in 2:00.02.
Louisville-bound senior Albiero swam a time of 1:43.53, good for first place by four seconds and the twelfth all-time performance in the 17-18 age group for the event. SwimMAC’s Talmadge Davis finished in second place with a time of 1:47.85, and Seth Kyriakidis of Ensworth Aquatic Club dropped three seconds from his prelims time for a third-place performance of 1:48.69.
Next came the sprint event of the evening, the 50 freestyle, in which Georgia club teams dominated on the women’s side. Danielle Dellatorre of Athens Bulldog Swim Club sprinted to a 23.03 for first place. Julie Woody of Savannah Swim Team was behind in 23.10, out-touching third place Emma Cole of Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club by 0.01.
SwimMAC’s William Chan overtook Albiero in the men’s 50 freestyle, stopping the clock in a quick 20.14 to Albiero’s 20.23. Jacob DeMercurio finished third in the event with a time of 20.56.
The women’s 200-yard breaststroke saw some fast swims, SwimMAC’s Donahue coming out on top in 2:12.84. Unattached Bethany Leap’s time of 2:13.32 was good for second place, and Donahue’s 16-year-old teammate Lillian Higgs finished third in 2:14.08.
SwimMAC went 1-2-3 in the men’s breaststroke, with Chan stepping right back up to the blocks and blasting a 1:59.08 for first place, just ahead of teammate Lucas Johnson‘s 1:59.46. Colson Zucker was third with a 2:02.26.
The women’s 500 freestyle was a tight race, with Larson just out-touching 15-year-old Eleanor Marquardt of Aquatic Team of Mecklenburg in 4:53.30 to Marquardt’s 4:53.36. Third was Chattahoochee Gold’s Bayler Frierson in 4:55.22.
To finish off the evening, Curtis Wiltsey of SwimMAC dropped a 4:27.14 for first place in the men’s 500. Konstantinos Siokos was second, stopping the clock in 4:27.99, and John Frith of New South Swimming was third in 4:30.13.
Competition will pick back up tomorrow morning for prelims, and tomorrow night at 6pm for the last night of finals.