FEDERAL WAY, Washington, March 9. WHILE one youngster who is already a superstar continued to prepare for her first U.S. Olympic Trials this summer, another teenager put together one of the most remarkable distance medleys in the history of her age division at the USA Swimming Sectionals held in Federal Way.
Colorado Stars' Missy Franklin snagged her third title of the meet with a sterling 1:59.83 in the women's 200 free. She's been much faster this year with a 1:57.86 at the Austin Grand Prix in January. Last night, she won the 100 free and 200 back. Gold's Kata Simonovic took second tonight in 2:02.23, while Evergreen's Lexie Malazdrewicz placed third in 2:04.34.
Bellevue's Kim Williams, 14, bettered a long-standing meet record with a 4:48.01 in the women's 400 IM. That swim clipped the 4:48.47 set by Corrie Murphy back in 1996, and moved Williams up to eighth all time among 14-year-olds, fourth within the U.S. Ye Shiwen owns the best time with a 4:33.79 from 2010, while Katie Hoff's 4:39.82 from 2004 is the top by an American. Mission Aurora's Bonnie Brandon clinched second in 4:50.61, while Boulder's Haley Rowley, 15, finished third in 4:55.04.
YMCA Westside's Christopher Webb claimed the men's 200 free crown in 1:52.21. Corvallis' Logan Storie took second in 1:53.09, while Ethan Hallowell picked up third in 1:53.24. Webb doubled up with a 4:25.77 to win the men's 400 IM. North Jeffco's Nolan Tesone (4:27.02) and BYU's Rafael Alfaro (4:29.02) placed second and third.
Notably, during prelims, Phoenix Swim Club's Roland Schoeman posted a 22.28 50 free leadoff time in the 200 free relay.