Zoe Bartel Wins Two Events On Third Day of Austin Sectionals

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By Delaney Lanker, Swimming World College Intern 

On day three of the Austin Speedo Sectional Championships the men’s and women’s 100 back, 400 free, 100 breast and 100 fly were swam.

Zoe Bartel of Fort Collins won the women’s 100 backstroke in the time of 1:03.54. Aces’s Elsa Litteken came in a close second place with a 1:03.84 and Bayley Stewart of Fort Collins came in third place with a 1:04.13.

In the men’s 100 back, Daniel Carr, unattached, won the event. He touched in at a 54.95, well ahead of the Olympic trials cut and the rest of the competition. Fort Collins’ William Kovac came in second place with a 58.08 and Ramunas Paknys of Pikes Peak took the bronze with a 58.59.

Denver Hilltoppers’ Haley Rowley took gold in the women’s 400 free with a 4:20.82. Mckenzee Gordon, unattached, went a 4:23.42 for silver and Kelly Huffer of Scottsdale Aquatics came in third place with a 4:24.11.

With a 3:56.60 and an Olympic trials qualifying standard, Ben Olszewski of Arizona Gold won the men’s 400 free. His teammate Mark Jurek finished second with a 3:58.75 and taking bronze was Yoelvis Pedraza was RallySport Aquatic’s with a 3:59.72.

The top two finishers in the women’s 100 breast qualified for Olympic trials. Fort Collins’ Bartel took her second gold medal touching the wall in the time of 1:08.29. Claire Grover of Scottsdale Aquatics came in second place with a 1:11.04 and in a close third was South Davis’ Mariah Gassaway with a 1:11.65.

Ty Dang from Arizona Gold swam to gold in the men’s 100 breast with a 1:03.97. In a close second was Altitude Performance’s Austin Smith with a 1:04.12 and Antonio Ramirez of Arizona Gold took bronze (1:04.62).

In the women’s 100 butterfly, Coleen Gillilan of Fort Collins won the event. She went a 1:00.84, to take gold and secure an Olympic trials time standard. Flatirons Athletics’ Eleanor Matheson took silver with a 1:02.11 and Josie Valette of RallySport Aquatics came in third place with a 1:03.01.

Costal Bend’s Jacob Huerta won the men’s 100 fly with a 54.64, which is an Olympic trials cut. Scottsdale Aquatics took second and third place in the event. Bryan O’Connor took silver (55.27) and Sebastian Gutierrez snatched bronze (55.43).

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Author: Delaney Lanker

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Delaney Lanker is a junior at Northeastern University studying journalism. She is a butterflier and captain of their NCAA Division I team. Before college, she swam for the Colorado Stars.

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