USA Swimming Sectionals, Germantown: NBAC’s Christie Raleigh Wins Three Titles

GERMANTOWN, Maryland, March 29. ON the third night of action at the USA Swimming Sectionals held in Germantown, North Baltimore's Christie Raleigh won three titles.

The 200 medley relays opened the evening. Curl Burke's Meredith Cavalier, Ellyn Baumgardner, Madison Rupp and Jayme Katis led eight teams under the meet record with a 1:45.28 for the women's win. Williamsburg owned the previous record with a 1:49.58 set in 2006. Aqua Gems' Alex Stuart, Kenneth Kleso, Ayman Andrews and Jamie Grennan posted a time of 1:34.42 to lead eight teams under the meet record. Williamsburg posted a 1:36.91 back in 2006.

Loyola Blakefield's Tanja Kyllianen ripped off a 1:58.73 to lead four swimmers under the meet record in the women's 200-yard fly. The time beat the 2:00.75 set by Emily Goetsch back in 2002. Star's Courtney Otto (1:58.96), Unique's Meaghan Holloway (1:59.37) and GPAC's Hayley Edwards (2:00.23) finished second through fourth. The Fish's Michael Flach won the men's 200-yard fly with a 1:48.95, while Curl Burke's Kurtis Ratcliff took second in 1:49.54. Retriever's Brooks Gabel placed third in 1:50.15.

Raleigh clocked a meet-record time of 22.79 in the women's 50-yard free to break the 22.80 set by Green Terror's Bethany Adams in prelims. Adams finished second in 23.09, while Curl Burke's Cavalier wound up third in 23.57. Eric Knight downed his prelim meet record of 20.21 with a 20.18 at night. Nova of Virginia's Mac Anthony touched second in 20.83, while Grennan placed third in 20.89.

Lancaster's Emily Cameron posted a time of 2:15.13 in the women's 200-yard breast, while Fox Chapel's Stephanie O'Toole (2:15.90) eclipsed the meet record of 2:16.34 set by Katie Hoff back in 2003. Team Delaware's Katherine Rechsteiner rounded out the top three in 2:16.58. Jewish Community's Dave Montgomery topped the men's 200-yard breast with a time of 2:02.62, while Ridgefield's Brian Bollerman finished second in 2:04.19. Williamsburg's Jason Haigh claimed third in 2:04.52.

NBAC's Raleigh picked up her second triumph with a 55.22 in the women's 100-yard back. Meredith Monroe (56.29) and Jewish Community's Andrea Marko (56.42) completed the top three. NBAC's Greg Pelton clipped the meet record in the men's 100-yard back with a 49.41. Mark Liscinsky owned the previous record with a 49.44. Star's Philip Aronica turned in a second-place time of 50.86, while Woodland Hills' Chuck Destro took third in 51.61.

Kate Ziegler of The Fish continued her return to the water with a 4:40.18 for the win in the women's 500-yard free, while Pine Richland's Lindsay Vrooman took second in 4:48.26. GPAC's Edwards wound up third in 4:53.15. The Fish swept the top three in the men's 500-yard free with Flach (4:28.77), Matthew Benecki (4:34.98) and Adam Pennington (4:35.58) going 1-2-3.

The 400 free relay closed the evening. NBAC's Kendall Surhoff, Rachael Schaffer, Raleigh and Jordan Surhoff set the women's meet record with a 3:28.91. The swim cleared the 3:30.18 set by NBAC in 2002. Loyola Blakefield's Hugh Davison, Grant Singer, Alex Porter and Tyler Thein claimed the men's title in a meet record of 3:06.76. The readout wiped out the 3:06.86 set by Coast Guard Blue Dolphins back in 2002.

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