2019 Speedo Sectionals Greensboro Day 2: Knowles, Brown Tie for First in 200 Free

Eric Knowles wowed the crowd with a tie for first place. Photo Courtesy: Sara D. Davis

A tie for first place, teammate filled podiums, maragin-of-a-second wins and personal bests: night two of the 2019 Speedo Sectionals Greensboro had it all! Feeding off the energy of Thursday night’s success, swimmers competing in the finals for Friday left all they had in the pool in pursuit of team victory and personal accomplishment.

Some highlights include Lakeside Swim Team’s dominant performance in both the Men’s and Women’s medley relay, Zachary Brown and Eric Knowles tie in the Men’s 200 free and Kentucky Aquatics taking first place in both the Men’s and Women’s 400 IM. The 2019 Speedo Sectionals Greensboro are held in the Greensboro Aquatic Center from July 11-14. After the second night of competition, the top three combined team scores are as follows.

  1. Kentucky Aquatics 637
  2. Lakeside Swim Team 486.5
  3. Marlins of Raleigh 359.5

Full results can be found here.

Women’s 200 Free

Kylee Alons of Wolfpack Elite touched the wall in 2:01.05 to finish first in the Women’s ‘A’ final of the 200 freestyle. Close behind was Geena Freriks of Kentucky Aquatics (2:01.21) and Julia Poole of Marlins of Raleigh (2:01.77). Following the stiff competition between the top three finishers was Kathleen Moore of Marlins of Raleigh (2:03.24), Easop Lee of Unattached Duke (2:03.56) and Emily Ilgenfritz of Unattached Georgia Tech (2:03.67). Isabella Gati of Kentucky Aquatics (2:04.01) and Adaline Bullock of Stingrays (2:06.08) rounded out tonight’s final.

Men’s 200 Free

Eric Knowles of Wolfpack Elite and Zachary Brown of Marlins of Raleigh stunned the crowd at night two of the Greensboro Speedo Sectionals as they both touched the wall in a time of 1:49.87. Nearly three seconds after the two victors came a close battle for the following places, with Hank Siefert of Kentucky Aquatics (1:52.19), Zachary Hills of Lexington Dolphins (1:52.41), Glen Brown of Kentucky (1:52.81) Aquatics, Nicholas Smith of Kentucky Aquatics (1:52.84) and Curtis Wiltsey of Wolfpack Elite (1:53.22) finishing within margins of a second of each other.

Women’s 100 Back

In yet another exciting and close race of the night, Bridgette Alexander of Kentucky Aquatics snagged the victory in the Women’s 100 back final (1:01.81), with Marcella Maguire of Cavalier Swimming (1:02.08) right on her tail. Megan Moroney of Cavalier Swimming (1:02.40), Sophia Sorenson (1:02.46) and Parker Herren (1:02.69) of Kentucky Aquatics , MacKenzie Glover of Wolfpack Elite (1:03.01), Danika Huizinga of Wolfpack Elite (1:03.92) and Shannon Kearney of Wolfpack Elite (1:04.63) followed.

Men’s 100 Back

Teammates Jacob Johnson and Hennessey Stuart of Wolfpack Elite went one and two in tonight’s Men’s 100 backstroke final, touching in 55.66 and 55.83, respectively. Next to the wall was John Healy of Marlins of Raleigh (56.11), Paul Le of Wolfpack Elite (57.15) and Justin Grender of Cavalier Swimming (57.28). Hunter Tapp of Lakeside Swim Team (57.45), Alexander Taylor of SwimAtlanta (57.47) and Phillip Manoff swimming Unattached (58.45) rounded out tonight’s competitive 100 backstroke field.

Women’s 400 IM

In the ever-grueling 400 IM , Bailey Bonnett of Kentucky Aquatics emerged victorous (4:49.05) beating second place finisher Lauren Poole of North Baltimore Aquatic Club (4:52.38) by nearly three seconds. Gillian Davey of Central Iowa Aquatics (4:53.71) and Bonnett’s teammate Lauren Edelman (4:56.24) were soon to follow. Wolfpack Elite’s Jessica Horomanski came next with a time of 4:56.71. The final Kentucky Aquatics swimmer in the heat, Morgan Lakes (5:00.47) battled it out with Claire Donan (5:00.62) of Lakeside Swim Team and Madison Homovich of Marlins of Raleigh(5:00.82) for sixth, seventh and eighth place.

Men’s 400 IM

Kentucky Aquatics proved their dominance in the 400 IM, producing both male and female winners in the event. The victor Kyle Barker took first, dropping nearly three seconds off his prelims swim to finish in 4:26.41. Michael Moore of Marlins of Raleigh secured second place with a 4:27.12, with John Mclyntre of Wolfpack Elite rounding out the top three in 4:29.88. Teammates Timothy Ellett (4:32.22) and Connor Blandford (4:32.61) of Kentucky Aquatics finished fourth and fifth. Jack Valiquette of SwimMac Carolina (4:33.12), Everett Werner of Unattached Duke (4:33.87) and Daniel Orcutt of Kentucky Aquatics (4:36.49) rounded out tonight’s 400 IM heats.

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

The final event of the night’s program was the Men and Women’s 400 Medley relay. On the Women’s side, Lakeside Swim Team ‘A’ consisting of Annabel Crush, Claire Donan, Emily Lenihan and Caroline Pape cruised to an easy victory, finishing five seconds ahead of the Marlins of Raleigh ‘A’ team (4:20.55), with a time of 4:15.68. South Carolina Swim Team ‘A’ Relay (4:29.91) claimed third place, followed by Lakeside Swim Team ‘B’ (4:30.29) and YMCA of the Triangle Area Swim ‘A’ team (4:33.86).

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

Lakeside Swim Team completely dominated in the relay events tonight, with the Men’s Lakeside Team ‘A’, made up of William Cole, William Brehm, Conner Kang and Hunter Tapp, placing first in a time of 3:51.48. Seven seconds after Lakeside came Marlins of Raleigh ‘A’ team (3:58.67), Lakeside ‘B’ Team (4:01.62) and South Carolina Swim Club ‘A’ Team (4:12.72). The YMCA of the Triangle Area Swim ‘A’ Team was disqualified.


The action continues tomorrow with the 400 free, 100 fly, 100 breast and the 800 free relay.  Prelims start at 9:00 a.m. EST and finals begin at 6:00 p.m. EST.

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    Jacob Johnson was actually the victor in the Men’s 100 back- Christopher Reid did not swim finals.