FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, March 20. DURING the third night of long course meter action, Bluefish's Elizabeth Beisel lowered her sectional record in the women's 200 IM at the USA Swimming Sectionals held in Fort Lauderdale.
Mexico's Fernanda Gonzalez Ramirez touched out Beisel, 1:02.11 to 1:02.21 to win the women's 100 back. Gator's Stephanie Proud placed third in 1:03.13. Daytona Beach's Ryan Lochte turned in a 55.08 to win the men's 100 back. Fernando Santos (56.49) and Mexico's Miguel Robles Castro (58.68) completed the top three.
Beisel bounced back in the women's 200 IM with a sectional record time of 2:15.09. That performance broke her record of 2:15.72 set last year. Lindsey McKnight, 15, took second in 2:17.71, while Lysis Halkides earned third in 2:18.07. Rockway's Juan Sequera topped the men's 200 IM in 2:07.50. Mexico's Ezequiel Trujillo Aviles finished second in 2:08.84, while Metro's Carlos Omana placed third in 2:09.80.
Arlene Semeco (26.04), McKnight (26.53) and Area Tallahassee's Abbie King (26.85) topped the women's 50 free. Erick Marques won the men's 50 free in 23.75, while Kelley Wyman placed second in 24.01. Heritage's Paul Murray garnered third in 24.02.
Team Florida's Lauren Driscoll captured the women's 400 free in 4:14.87, while Mexico's Patricia Castaneda Miyamoto finished second in 4:16.79. El Salvador's Pamela Benitez took third in 4:18.17. Omana earned his second podium with a winning 4:00.67 in the men's 400 free. Mexico's Gerardo Banuelos Sandoval took second in 4:00.90, while Mexico's Arturo Perez Vertti Ferrer grabbed third in 4:03.65.
Bluefish's Beisel, Gabrielle Shishkoff, Anna Senko and Alex Frasier won the women's 400 medley relay in 4:24.27, while Beisel posted a leadoff of 1:02.64. Puerto Rico's Roberto Perez, Francisco Perez, Isaac Badillo and Raul Martinez topped the men's 400 medley relay in 4:00.09.