Photo by David Farr
Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!
IRVINE, California, August 10.
Swim Pasadena’s Katy Campbell had a powerful final 500 as she overtook early leader Danielle Valley of Sarasota Y to capture the 2015 Worlds spot in the non-Olympic 1500-meter freestyle. Campbell won the event in 16:17.59 to move to 13th in the world behind Laura Crockart’s 16:17.36 from Australia. That’s a 30-second drop for Campbell as she won the finale from out in lane 8.
Valley posted a second-place time of 16:19.83 to move to 16th in the world rankings. That’s a big drop from her previous best of 16:24, but wasn’t enough to secure an international roster spot tonight. Badger’s Lindsay Vrooman rounded out the top three in 16:22.83.
NBAC’s Gillian Ryan, one of the fastest Americans this year with a ninth-place 16:12.64 from the Charlotte stop of the Arena Grand Prix, took fourth in 16:25.74.
Cavalier’s Leah Smith (16:27.37), NCAP’s Kaitlin Pawlowicz (16:28.31), NCAP’s Isabella Rongione (16:32.24) and Badger’s Anina Lund (16:36.89) also made the podium.
World record holder Katie Ledecky elected to scratch this event after setting a world record in the 400-meter free last night. She will already swim it at Pan Pacs with her time there likely putting her on the 2015 Worlds roster alongside Campbell.
Janet Evans, who Ledecky joined as a 400-800-1500 free world record holder, presented the awards tonight.