2019 Speedos Sectionals Christiansburg: Thursday Night Recap

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2019 Eastern Zone Southern Region Sectional Meet kicked off tonight in Christiansburg, VA with the timed finals of the women’s 1650, men’s 1000, and the men’s and women’s 800 free relays. The men’s 1650 and women’s 1000 will be swum on Sunday as a timed final, with the fastest 8 entries swimming in finals.

Women’s 1650 Free

Colby Hurt of 757 Swim took the opening event of Christiansburg Sectionals, winning the women’s mile in 16:29.70. Hurt, who has committed to swim for Auburn University as part of their class of 2024, was far and away the leader of this race, winning by more than 45 seconds and the only swimmer under 17:00 in the field. In second was 14-year-old Kira Agne (17:15.14), while 14-year-old Lauren Hertel rounded out the podium (17:27.87).

Men’s 1000 Free

NCAP’s Michael Jiang was the winner in the men’s opening distance event, taking the 1000 free in 9:30.98. That was a best time for the 16-year-old by nearly 10 seconds, and gave him the win by almost 5 seconds over 18-year-old Nicholas Lynam (9:35.35). In third was Patrick Streyle (9:36.19).

Women’s 800 Free Relay

The Delaware Swim Team relay of Rabea Pfaff (1:52.82), Catherine Weaverling (1:52.09), Emma Menzer (1:52.23), and Isabella Paoletti (1:51.04) touched first in 7:28.18, just a second ahead of the team from NCAP who was second in 7:29.57. Those two teams were well ahead of the rest of the field, with the relay from Eagle Swim Team grabbing third in 7:38.37.

Men’s 800 Free Relay

The team of Preston Forst (1:37.13), Maxwell Edwards (1:39.46), Nathan Jao (1:45.90), and Thomas Hamlet (1:40.97) from Enfinity Aquatic Club won the men’s 800 free relay in 6:43.46. The team from NCAP was the only other team under 7:00 was NCAP (6:55.81). Lancaster Aquatic Club was third in 7:01.70.

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