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Long Course Sectional Highlights Through July 25 – Clovis, Calif.  -- July 29, 2004

By M. Duncan Scott

PHOENIX, Ariz – July 28 – 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 at the Western Zone site in Clovis, California. This site invites members of the primarily California based LSCs to participate: Southern California, Pacific, San Diego-Imperial, Sierra Nevada and Central California.
• 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
• – 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!

While there were certainly some fine swims at the venerable Clovis-West High School pool, the meet seemed most memorable simply for how huge the turnout was, with several events having over 150 athletes. It appeared that most of the numerous elite college and post-grad athletes in the state are on their way to Greece, stopped their summer after the Trials or are heading to the ConocoPhillips National Championships. The result was a meet offering placement success to many club swimmers on the way up, some of whom will likely be threats for Beijing in 2008.

Multiple winners included:
Amanda Sims, SRN (100/200 butterflies)
Danielle Townsend, UN (100 free, 200 IM)
Ivan Morse, SRVL (100, 200 Free)
Samantha Vanderberge, PASA, (400/1500)
Nic Teo (100/200 women’s breaststrokes)
Ryan McNeill, FAST, (400/1500).

Possibly the best swim was the 1:01.51 by Amanda Sims in the 100m butterfly or the :56.57 prelim swim by Danielle Townsend in the 100 freestyle.

Top swims:

Women:
100 butterfly Amanda Sims SRN 1:01.51
200 butterfly Amanda Sims SRN 2:14.10
100 freestyle Danielle Townsend UN :56.57p :57.19f
200 IM Danielle Townsend UN 2:18.57
800 freestyle Sara Sun PASA 8:49.70
200 freestyle Kristen Hastrup Clovis 2:03.84
400 IM Abby Miller IHAC 4:55.83
400 freestyle Samantha Vandenberge PASA 4:19.47
1500 freestyle Samantha Vandenberge PASA 16:52.84
Sara Sun PASA 16:56.89
100 breaststroke Nic Teo MVN 1:11.72

Men:
200 IM Justin Mortimer MVN 2:06.55
100 Breast Nicolas Tobler PASA 1:05.45
Curtis Robinson SMST 1:05.46
(100 Breaststroke selected just for being such a great race!!)