GERMANTOWN, Maryland, March 28. LAST night, Kate Ziegler of The Fish made her return to the pool after taking time away after the Beijing Olympics. She started the second evening of short course yard competition with a meet record at the USA Swimming Sectionals held in Germantown, Md. Additionally, teammate Michael Flach improved his meet tally to four gold medals.
Ziegler clocked a 1:46.21 in the women's 200-yard free to beat her 2005 standard of 1:46.54. North Baltimore's Felicia Lee finished second in 1:47.73, while Pine Richland's Lindsay Vrooman took third in 1:48.43.
Flach added the men's 200-yard free title to his 1000-yard free victory. Flach posted a 1:39.69 for the win, while Fox Chapel's Garrett Hehn and Loyola Blakefield's Hugh Davison tied for second with matching 1:40.41s.
Green Terror's Bethany Adams (1:02.08) and Lancaster's Emily Cameron (1:02.24) cleared the meet record in the women's 100-yard breast. Adams wound up with the standard after Lauren Brick's 1:02.74 from 2003 fell. Unique's Meaghan Holloway wound up third in 1:03.03.
Jewish Community's Dave Montgomery claimed the men's 100-yard breast title in 55.45, while Nova of Virginia's Jordan Arencibia placed second in 56.53. Ridgefield's Brian Bollerman touched third in 57.57.
North Baltimore's Christie Raleigh smashed the meet record in the women's 100-yard fly with a time of 53.80. That effort erased the 54.42 set by Gigi DeToll back in 2002. Holloway returned for a silver-medal finish when she touched in 54.43, while Curl Burke's Gabrielle Mizerak took third in 55.67.
Retriever's Brooks Gabel cleared 50 seconds to win the men's 100-yard fly in 49.94. Agua Gems' Ayman Andrews placed second in 50.05, while Lifetime's Jared Lovett claimed third in 50.36.
Loyola Blakefield's Tanja Kylliainen wrapped up the women's 400-yard IM title in 4:18.00, while North Baltimore's Rachael Schaffer finished second in 4:19.97. Star's Courtney Otto clinched third in 4:21.54.
Flach pocketed his third title of the meet with a 3:56.76 in the men's 400-yard IM. North Baltimore's Mike Thomas placed second in 3:56.89, while Hehn captured third in 4:00.99.
The 800 free relays concluded the night. Fox Chapel's Stephanie O'Toole, Carly Harter, Carol Lin and Rachel Zilinskas won the women's title in 7:32.83, while The Fish's John Baldwin, Adam Pennington, Matthew Benecki and Flach earned the men's crown in 6:50.92.