MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, July 21. THE opening night of long course competition at the Minneapolis branch of the USA Swimming sectional championships featured winners in eight championship finals.
Olivia Scott of Academy Bullets opened the meet with a win in the women's 100 freestyle. Using a strong final 50 meters, Scott won with a 56.78 over Ruby Martin of Wisconsin Aquatics, who touched in 57.36, and Stephanie Koch of Ames Cyclone Aquatics, who got third place with a 57.39.
In the men's 100 free, Stephen Miller touched the wall first with a 50.77, just a little ahead of Dong Kim of Wildcat Aquatics, who finished in 50.98. Paul Gordon, swimming unattached, was third in 51.54.
Katie Olsen of Sun Devil Aquatics won the women's 200 breast with a 2:30.72. Ashley Wanland, an NCAA finalist in this event, led the race through 150 meters but could not hang on for the win. Wanland's time was 2:30.80. Abigail Duncan of the Aquajets finished third with a 2:36.28.
The men's 200 breast was won by Matthew Elliott of Peoria with a 2:16.17. A close battle for the silver medal was won by Kevin Puskaric of Wildcat Aquatic with a 2:20.25. Samuel Rowan of Wisconsin Aquatic was third with a 2:20.92.
Kaylee Jamison of Minnesota Aquatics used the home pool advantage to win the women's 200 fly in 2:15.00. Right behind her was Connie Hsu of Wheaton Swim Club in 2:15.87. Kelsey Hojan Clark was third with a 2:18.34.
Kevin Baseheart of Schroeder YMCA used a powerful final 50 meters to pull away from the pack and win the men's 200 fly in 2:02.86. Matthew Conway finished second in 2:03.69 and Brian Tremml was third in 2:05.02.
Danielle Beckwith of Wisconsin Aquatics won the women's 800 free in 8:51.32, eight seconds ahead of silver medalist Aja Van Hout of Badger Aquatics, who finished in 8:59.84. Rounding out the podium was Hannah Whitehead of Minnesota Aquatics with a 9:01.60.
In the men's 800 free, Daniel Thomson of Hinsdale Swim Club won with an 8:23.78. Second place went to Daniel Conway of Blue Devil with an 8:29.05, and John Nappi of Mount Lebanon Aquatics finished third with an 8:31.68.