2019 Speedo Sectionals Mt. Hood Day 4: The Denver Hilltoppers win

Photo Courtesy: Nicholas McMillan

The fourth night of the 2019 Speedo Sectionals Mt. Hood saw numerous close finishes and many swimmers claim a new event title. Meguru Hotta and Kaitlyn Dobler both claimed another gold Medal. Bringing Hotta’s total to three and Dobler’s to four.

After a dominant first few days of competition, the Denver Hilltoppers were able to maintain their lead and win the meet with a combined total of 2015 points. Behind them for second was Tualatin Hills accumulating 1691 combined points. Finishing third was Phoenix Swim Club racking up 1576 combined points.

Women’s 200 IM

After a three-second time drop, Kaitlyn McCoy of Phoenix Swim Club moved up from her seventh seed to capture the first event with a time of 2:19.66. Swimming into second place was Morgan Brophy, who was close behind McCoy posting a time of 2:19.91. For third Emma Matous of Tualatin Hills followed with a 2:21.01. Mary Codevilla finished fourth with 2:21.08, followed by Lauren Burckel at 2:22.190. Then came Katharine Adams at 2:23.05, Charity Pittard at 2:23.71, and Brandi Vu at 2:25.07.

Men’s 200 IM

Phoenix Swim Club’s Meguru Hotta claimed his third title as well in this event after a massive six-second drop with a time of 2:03.34. Behind him was Jack Hoagland who won the 200 free earlier in the meet of Charger Aquatics in second at 2:04.07. Jackson Cunningham of Swim Utah touched at 2:05.91 for third. Fourth place went to Lukas Miller at 2:06.70, followed by Andrew Britton at 2:07.57, Harrison Lierz at 2:08.27. Coming in seventh was Kyle Benjamin at 2:10.63 and following behind for 8th was Diego Nosack at 2:10.95.

Women’s 1500 Free

Sixteen-year-old Kathryn Shanely saw a 16-second drop, the Foothills Swim Team member claimed her first event title of the meet hitting a 17:02.61. Trailing behind her for second Sara McClendon of Swim Utah at 17:13.55. Lucia Davis 800 free and 400 free champion of Bronco Swim Club touched at 17:13.64 for third. Mia Rankin touched next at 17:14.71, ahead of Allison Bernier at 17:14.99. Touching the wall at sixth Haley Hil touching the wall at 17:19.81, followed by Millia Ruthven at 17:20.70, and Kylie Ney at 17:35.22.

Men’s 1500 Free

Swim Neptune’s Ellis Bohon captured the crown at 16:06.48. He was chased to the finish by Daniel Matheson of Scottsdale Aquatic Club touching at 16:06.56. Coming in third was Rhys Winter of Swim Utah at 16:15.27. Brandon Shreeve touched at 16:18.42 for fourth. Right behind Shreeve was 800 free and 400 free champion Kevin Jackson who finished at 16:20.88. Jesse Haraden touched next at 16:21.94, ahead of Cooper Kiel at 16:22.33. Rounding out the top 8 was Jackson McDonald who came in at 16:23.53.

Women’s 50 Free

Claiming her fourth title of the meet 100 free winner Kaitlyn Dobler once again placed first by almost a second at 25.68. Behind Dobler was Anna Shaw of Denver Hilltoppers 26.39. Following for third was Chloe Larson from Cougar Aquatics at 26.45. Coming in at fourth was Eleanor Beers at 26.50. Right behind Beers was Avery Turney at a 26.64, followed by Jenna Smith at 26.66. Then came Katharine Berkoff winner of the 200 free and 200 back at 26.73 and rounding out the top 8 Aysia Leckie at 26.88. 

Men’s 50 Free

The splash and dash was anyone’s race with the whole heat being under 24 however Ethan Luc claimed the title in this event after a half-second drop with a time of 23.18. For the second Casper Corbeau of Tualatin Hills who slammed into the wall with a time of 23.33 and for the third it was Fischer Basham of Denver Hilltoppers at 23.39. In fourth was Jackson Gainer with a 23.47, fifth was Lukas Miller at 23.57. Coming in sixth place was 100 free winner Hugo Sykes who touched at 23.69. Seventh place went to Darragh Mahns (23.94) and eighth place went to Cale Berkoff (23.99).

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

The last night of relays saw another successful finish for the “A” team from the University of Denver Hilltoppers secured first place with a time of 4:15.33. Coming in three seconds later was the Tualatin Hills “A” team took second with a time of 4:18.02. Rounding out the podium was Phoenix Swim Club taking bronze at 4:19.70.

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

On the men’s side, the Swim Utah “B” team sprinted into the wall claiming the event title posting a time of 3:47.49. Behind them was previous relay winners, the Denver Hilltoppers “A” team at 3:52.80. The Hilltoppers barely out-touched the third-place finishers of Elevation Athletics who came into the wall at 3:52.82.