CARY, North Carolina, March 6. THE first full night of swimming took place at the USA Swimming Sectionals held in Cary, N.C.
SwimAtlanta's Amanda Weir began the night with a victory in the women's 200-yard free with a time of 1:45.73, while SwimMAC's Mack Montgomery picked up the men's 200-yard free title with a time of 1:36.73.
A pair of 15-year-olds battled in the women's 100-yard breast with Auburn's Megan Molnar touching out Colonel Aquatics' Kaylin Burchell, 1:01.37 to 1:01.41. SwimMAC's Mark Gangloff eased through the men's 100-yard breast with a top time of 53.47.
Waves of Wilmington's Cari Blalock knocked off Weir in the women's 100-yard fly, 53.79 to 54.02, while SwimAtlanta's Andrejs Duda clinching the men's 100-yard fly crown in 47.66.
Raleigh Swim's Sarah Henry pocketed the women's 400-yard IM title in 4:07.79, while Greenville's Matt Houser posted a winning time of 3:46.82 in the men's 400-yard IM.
The 400-yard free relays closed the night with SwimAtlanta's Caroline Kenney, Allyson Sweeney, Jana Mangimelli and Weir winning the women's laurels in 3:22.07. SwimMAC's Thomas Santoli, Gangloff, Corey Day and Cullen Jones ripped through the men's race with a winning effort of 2:59.80.