USA Swimming Sectionals, Columbia: Kansas City Blazers Burn Fourth Night

COLUMBIA, Missouri, March 2. A pair of Kansas City Blazers continued their strong runs at the USA Swimming Sectionals held in Columbia this weekend. Bobby Bollier, a Swimming World five-star recruit headed to Stanford, and Shannon Vreeland each put together a strong final day of long course competition.

Vreeland, 16, of the Kansas City Blazers started the final night off right as she claimed her fifth title of the meet with a quick time of 17:28.13 in the women's 1500 free. She put that win with golds earned from the 200 free, 400 free, 800 free and 400 IM.

Bollier then continued being a one-man wrecking crew with his fifth title when he touched out Ellis Miller, 2:07.11 to 2:07.55, in the men's 200 back. Bollier already won the 400 free, 100 fly and both IMs.

Later in the evening, Bollier pushed his tally to six when he clocked a swift time of 1:59.75 to win the men's 200 fly.

His teammate, Eric Bonicelli, emerged from a dogfight with Zach Bolin in the men's 1500 free as Bonicelli captured the title, 16:22.77 to 16:24.26.

Coming off a victory in the women's 100 back last night, Taylor Wohrley, 16, of CSP Swimming picked up the 200 back crown in 2:19.35.

Shara Stafford, a Swimming World five-star recruit representing the Topeka Swim Association and heading to Florida in the fall, snagged the women's 100 free title in 58.11, with Rockwood's Amber Green (58.62) and Wohrley (58.67) finishing right behind.

Zac Samland held off the men's 100 free field, which included second-place finisher Michael Irvin, 41, when Samland won in 52.36. Irvin hit the wall in 53.51 just ahead of third-place Zach Bolin's 53.57.

Next, Lisa Lunkenheimer, 17, of Wichita beat her teammate, Stephanie Payne, 2:19.15 to 2:21.28, to lay claim to the women's 200 fly title.

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