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Long Course Sectional Highlights Through July 25 – Ft. Lauderdale  -- July 26, 2004

By M. Duncan Scott

MESA, AZ – July 26 – NINE locations will host 2004 Summer SPEEDO Champion Series events across three different weekends. The first six meets have just finished. This note highlights the top efforts in Ft. Lauderdale.

• Southern – Fort Lauderdale, FL – July 21-25 (results not yet on meet website but can be found at LSC site: http://www.fgcswim.org/
• Central – Wichita, KS – July 21-24
• Eastern – Buffalo, NY – July 22-25
• Southern – Auburn, AL – July 22-25
• Western – Clovis, CA – July 22-25
• Central – Minneapolis, MN – July 22-25
• Central – Bloomington, IN – July 28-August 1
• Southern – Austin, TX – July 28-August 1
• Western – Federal Way, WA – August 10-14

We’ll highlight some of the more sizzling swims here, but please click on the special “Speedo Championship Series Summer Sectional Meets Results Page” link at the top of the SwimInfo homepage to access the results of every swim, and more!

In Ft. Lauderdale the largest portion of the top swims came from foreign athletes, many of whom are putting the final touches on their preparation before Athens.

Poleska’s 200 was probably the most outstanding swim, only one and one-third seconds from her June effort that qualified for the German team.

Women:
100 Freestyle :57.40 Natalie Pike FAST
100 Backstroke 1:03.84 Leila Vaziri Coral Spring
100/200 Breaststroke 1:10.54/2:28.52 Anne Poleska UN (Germany)

Men:
400/1500 Freestyle 3:57.80/15:49.12 Ricardo Montasterio (Gator; VEN)
100/200 Breaststroke 1:02.77/2:15.91 Vlad Polyakov (CSSC; Kazakhstan)
100 Backstroke/Butterfly :57.72/:54.33 Gabriel Mangabeira (Gator; Brazil)
200 Butterfly 2:00.82 Josh Ilika (Mexico)
200/400 Ind. Medleys 2:05.15/4:25.80 Bang, Kim II (Gator; Korea)