FEDERAL WAY, Washington, March 14. THE last night of short course yard action at the USA Swimming Sectionals held in Federal Way featured plenty of sectional records and a few more doubles.
Colorado Stars' Missy Franklin cruised to a sectional record in the women's 200 IM with a time of 1:57.70. That swim beat Megan Jendrick's 2007 mark of 1:58.30. KING's Andie Taylor placed second in 1:59.08, while Cascade's Amber McDermott earned third in 2:01.09.
Tiger Sharks' Jared Markham turned in a 1:48.85 to win the men's 200 IM. That clocking cleared the longstanding sectional record of 1:49.03 set by Jody Braden back in 1992. Boulder's Steve Schmuhl placed second in 1:50.18, while Corvallis' Jacob Pebley wound up third in 1:50.83.
McDermott bounced back in the women's 1650 free with a 16:13.76 to wipe out the sectional record of 16:23.14 set by Ashley Evans in 2007. Corvallis' Jessie James took second in 16:38.82, while Denver's Paige Newell claimed third in 16:52.46.
Markham doubled up with another sectional record, this time clocking a 15:21.68 in the men's 1650 free. That performance clipped the 15:21.76 set by David Pursley in 2005. Denver's Ben Holston took second in 15:25.86, while North Jeffco's Andrew Chevalier finished third in 15:47.71.
Franklin doubled up as well with a 22.51 to win the women's 50 free. She came up short of the sectional record of 22.27 set by Inge De Bruijn in 1999. RallySport's Madeline Rovira finished second in 23.31, while Colorado Stars' Caroline Piehl touched third in 23.41.
Morgon Henderson-Kunz of the Thunderbolts won the men's 50 free in 20.47. Wild West's Tory Hale earned second in 20.57, while Paul Jovanovich completed the top three in 20.72.