2019 Speedo Sectionals Phoenix: Kevin Cordes Breaks Record

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By Xonzy Gaddis, Swimming World College Intern.

The 2019 4 Corners Speedo Sectionals in Phoenix, Arizona took went into its final night of swims today. Friday’s events included the women’s and men’s 400 free relay, men’s and women’s 200 free, men’s and women’s 400 IM, and the men’s and women’s 100 back. Saturday’s events included the men’s and women’s 800 free relay, men’s and women’s 200 back, men’s and women’s 50 free, men’s and women’s 100 breast, and men’s and women’s 100 fly. Sunday’s events included the men’s and women’s 400 medley relay, men’s and women’s 1650 free, men’s and women’s 200 IM, and men’s and women’s 50 free.

The top eight teams in the meet are listed below:

  1. Scottsdale Aquatic Club – 2320
  2. Phoenix Swim Club – 2279
  3. Kamehameha Swim Club – 1537.5
  4. Elevation Athletics – 1147
  5. Pitchfork Aquatics – 916
  6. Mesa Aquatics Club – 887.5
  7. Colorado Springs Swim Team – 730
  8. YMCA Westside Silver Fins – 659

Women’s 400 Free Relay

The women’s 400 free relay was dominated by the Scottsdale Aquatic Club holding more than a two second lead with a 3:22.92. The team was led by Ellice Richman with a 51.80, followed by Sophie Velitchkov with a 51.46, Greer Pattison with a 50.28, and anchored in by Ashley Strouse with a strong 49.38. In second place came Kamehameha Swim Club with a 3:25.62 and Colorado Springs Swim Team swum in for third place with a 3:27.25.

Men’s 400 Free Relay

Phoenix Swim Club picked up first place in the men’s 400 medley relay, missing the record by a couple tenths with a 2:59.44. Douglas Erasmus led the team with a 44.63, followed by Mazen Elkamash with a 44.66, Giles Smith with a 44.33, and to anchor it in came Zachary Tan with a solid 45.82. Kamehameha Swim Club took second place with a 3:02.02, and in third place came Elevation Athletics with a 3:02.43.

Women’s 200 Free

Kalli Fama of Rio Salado Swim Club swam in for first place in the women’s 200 free with a quick 1:48.50, dropping more than three seconds. Fama was followed by Quinn Murphy of Phoenix Swim Club with a 1:49.45 and Grace Monahan of Kamehameha Swim Club finished in third place with a 1:49.85.

Men’s 200 Free

The men’s 200 free was dominated by Lukas Miller of Elevation Athletics, taking first place with a 1:35.87. Kamehameha Swim Club’s Michael Petrides swam in for second place, dropping more than three seconds with a solid 1:35.89. Jarod Arroyo took of Pitchfork Aquatics took third place with a 1:38.24.

Women’s 400 IM

Katie McBratney of Pitchfork Aquatics confidently took a hold of first place in the women’s 400 IM with a quick 4:14.32. Bratney was followed by Mia Rankin of Phoenix Swim Club with a 4:15.63 and teammate Sydney Carlson took third place with 4:20.33.

Men’s 400 IM

Phoenix Swim Club’s Zachary Tan stole first place in the men’s 400 IM with a 3:48.84, dropping more than seven seconds in the race. Jarod Arroyo of Pitchfork Aquatics took second place, dropping more than four seconds for a solid 3:49.77. Finally, in third place came Tonahuac Zinn of Socal Aquatics with a 3:54.10, dropping more than six seconds.

Women’s 100 Back

Kennedy Noble of YMCA Westside Silver Fins took first place in the women’s 100 back with a 53.59. Meredith Rees of Pikes Peak Athletics came in almost a second behind Noble with a 54.57 and Greer Pattison of Scottsdale Aquatic Club took third place with a 54.96.

Men’s 100 Back

Olympus Aquatics’ Catalin Ungur confidently took the win in the men’s 100 back with a 47.35. Gavin Olson of Foothills Swim Team took second place with a 47.72 and Harrison Lierz of Elevation Athletics took third place with a 48.24.

Women’s 800 Free Relay

Pitchfork Aquatics swooped in for first place in the women’s 800 free relay with a 7:28.45. Samantha Krew led the team to their victory starting with a 1:50.84, followed by Destiny Kling with a 1:51.44, Ruth Lucht in the third spot with a 1:50.96, and closing it up was Katie McBratney with a 1:55.21. Phoenix Swim Club came in second place with a 7:28.91 and Foothills Swim Team finished off taking third place with a 7:30.81.

Men’s 800 Free Relay

Kamehameha Swim Club bagged first place in the men’s 800 free relay with a 6:39.02, leading with more than two seconds. Michael Petrides led the team with a 1:36.52 for the first leg, followed by teammates Noah Peters with a 1:41.23, Tyler Kawakami with a 1:39.93, and anchoring it in came Alfred Horner with a 1:41.34. In second place came Elevation Athletics with a 6:42.04 and in third place came Phoenix Swim Club, dropping almost five seconds with a 6:47.16.

Women’s 200 Back

Kennedy Noble of YMCA Westside Silver Fins took another win during the weekend, leading the women’s 200 back with a strong 1:55.87. Greer Pattison of Scottsdale Aquatic Club took second place with a 1:57.09, dropping nearly three seconds, and Kalli Fama of Rio Salado Swim Club took third place with a 1:57.65.

Men’s 200 Back

The men’s 200 back was quick with Gavin Olson of Foothills Swim Team taking first place with an amazing time of 1:43.05, winning the race by over two seconds. Harrison Lierz of Elevation Athletics took second place with a 1:45.65 and Zachary Tan of Phoenix Swim Club finished in third place with a 1:47.50.

Women’s 500 Free

Ashley Strouse of Scottsdale Aquatic Club dropped a 4:46.09 in the women’s 500 free for first place, shaving off more than five seconds. Mia Rankin of Phoenix Swim Club took second place with a 4:48.95, dropping more than seven seconds and Destiny Kling of Pitchfork Aquatics took third place with a 4:53.31.

Men’s 500 Free

After a successful relay, Michael Petrides of Kamehameha Swim Club took first place in the men’s 500 free with a 4:27.04, dropping more than six seconds in the race. Pitchfork Aquatics’ Jarod Arroyo swam in for second place with a strong 4:29.01 and Ellis Bohon came in for a close third with a 4:29.07.

Women’s 100 Breast

Aleksandra Olesiak and Edenna Chen, both from Colorado Springs Swim Team, battled it out in the women’s 100 breast, but eventually Olesiak touched in for first place with a 1:01.62. Chen followed in with a 1:01.66 and Katie McBratney of Pitchfork Aquatics swam in for third place with a 1:01.79.

Men’s 100 Breast

Kevin Cordes of Phoenix Swim Club did not come to play, immediately shattering the meet record and grabbing hold of first place with a 52.41. Yousseff Elkamash of Phoenix Swim Club swam into second place more than two seconds behind Cordes with a 54.84, and Alfred Horner of Kamehameha Swim Club took third place with a 55.93.

Women’s 100 Fly

Grace Monohan of Kamehaneha Swim Club won the women’s 100 fly fair and square with a quick 54.12. Meredith Rees of Pikes Peak Athletics came in second place with a 55.21 and Caroline Bricker of Cheyenne Mountain Aquatics swam in for third place with a 55.35.

Men’s 100 Fly

Phoenix Swim Club’s Giles Smith crushed the men’s 100 fly with a 46.74, dropping nearly half a second in the race. Smith was followed by Olympus Aquatics’ Catalin Ungur with a 47.64 and Scottsdale Aquatic Club’s Jordan Tiffany in third place with a confident 48.07.

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

Scottsdale Aquatic Club touched in for the win in the women’s 400 medley relay with a 3:43.50. Greer Pattison led backstroke with a 54.12, followed by Riley Courtney’s 1:04.71 breaststroke, Ashley Catchpole’s 56.06 fly, and Ashley Strouse’s 48.61 free. Scottsdale Aquatic Club was followed by Kamehameha Swim Club in second place with a 3:44.91 and Elevation Athletics in third place with a 3:46.01.

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

Phoenix Swim Club’s A relay dominated the men’s 400 medley relay, taking the win with a time of 3:15.61. Mateja Milovanovic led in backstroke with a 50.29, followed by Youssef Elkamash with a 54.05 breast, Giles Smith’s 46.88 fly, and Douglas Erasmus finishing it up with a 44.39 free. Phoenix Swim Club’s B relay came in second place with a 3:18.38 and Kamehameha Swim Club came in third place with a 3:18.78.

Women’s 1650 Free

Mia Rankin of Phoenix Swim Club took first place in the women’s 1650 free, leading with fifteen seconds ahead of the competition, dropping a strong 16:36.49. Rankin was followed by Kathryn Shanley of Foothills Swim Team with a 16:50.60 for second place and Morgan Simon of Jeffco Hurricanes with a 17:06.43 in third place.

Men’s 1650 Free

Michael Petrides of Kamehameha Swim Club took another win, destroying the competition in the men’s 1650 free with a 15:32.50. Darwin Anderson of Cache Valley Marlins came in second place with a 15:33.33 and Mason Romantic of Boulder City Henderson Swim Team came in behind Anderson with a 15:41.65.

Women’s 200 IM

Kate Baker of Highlands Ranch Aquatics rushed into first place in the women’s 200 IM with a 2:05.59. Baker was followed by Isabella Fratesi of Phoenix Swim Club with a 2:05.80 in second place and Edenna Chen of Colorado Springs Swim Team took third place with a 2:06.05.

Men’s 200 IM

Phoenix Swim Club’s Zachary Tan took a win in the men’s 200 IM, beating out the competition with a 1:47.95. Jarod Arroyo of Pitchfork Aquatics took second place with a strong 1:48.27 and Jadon Nabor of YMCA Westside Silver Fins finished in third place with a 1:48.83.

Women’s 50 Free

The women’s 50 free was speedy as Greer Pattison of Scottsdale Aquatic Club took first place with a fast 23.19. Behind Pattison came teammate Ashley Strouse in second place with a 23.32 and Team Vortex’s Meredith Smithbaker with a 23.55.

Men’s 50 Free

The men’s 50 free was also strong as Phoenix Swim Club’s Douglas Erasmus took the lead with a 20.10. Behind Erasmus came Catalin Ungur of Olympus Aquatics with a 20.20 for second place, and in third place, Lucas Farrar swimming for Lake Country Swim Team with a 20.52.

2 comments

  1. Carol Allen

    So proud of you Kevin Cordes. AZ WILDCAT Alum!

  2. Rob Richardson

    Go Pitchfork Aquatics! 2 individual first place swims (Katie McBratney 200 yd Breast and 400 yd IM). Women’s 800 yd free Relay, and Men’s High Point for Jarod Arroyo. And a 5th place team overall – not bad for a total team of only 110 swimmers.