YMCA Nationals Race Video: Alyssa Arwood, Zack Warner Sweep 50 And 100 Breaststroke Titles

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, August 2. W. North Carolina’s Alyssa Arwood and Somerset Valley’s Zack Warner each won two out of the three breaststroke events at this week’s YMCA National Long Course Championships.

Women’s 50 Breast

In prelims, Olivia Ontjes of Triangle Area lowered her own national record in the women’s 50 breast with a 32.62, bettering her mark of 32.76 from last year. In the final, however, W. North Carolina’s Alyssa Arwood powered by Ontjes to win in 32.72. Ontjes settled for second in 32.99, with Triangle Area teammate Claire Williams in third at 33.66.

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Women’s 100 Breast

One night after squeezing by the field to win the 50 breast, W. North Carolina’s Alyssa Arwood did the same in the 100 breast, dropping two and a half seconds from her prelim time and sneaking by top qualifier Olivia Ontjes of Triangle Area, 1:11.68 to 1:11.81. Both swimmers just missed the national record of 1:11.26, held by KC Moss and Savanna Faulconer. Alyssa Storino of Wilton came in third in the final with a 1:13.42.

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Men’s 50 Breast

After just missing Conner McHugh’s national record in the men’s 50 breast in prelims, Somerset Valley’s Zack Warner tied the record in finals with a 28.53, matching McHugh’s time from last year’s meet. McHugh, who competes for Door County, finished second in the race in 28.62, while Wheeling’s Michael Eaton finished third in 29.48.

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Men’s 100 Breast

Somerset Valley’s Zack Warner came within .14 of Eric Ronda’s national record with a 1:02.94 in the men’s 100 breast final. Conner McHugh, the top qualifier from prelims, took second in 1:03.42, followed by Powel Crosley’s Jonathan Rutter in 1:03.59.

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Author: Emily Sampl

Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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