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Speedo Sectionals kicked off tonight at Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina with the distance session.
The meet began with a close race between Bayley Frierson of Georgia’s Chattahoochee and Sinclair Larson of SwimMAC Carolina in the women’s 1000-yard freestyle, with Frierson coming out just on top with a 9:58.25. Larson was just behind in 9:59.79, dropping 20 seconds from her seed time to place second for SwimMAC and displace Asheville’s Abigail Kriegler. Larson and Frierson were the only women under 10:00.00, as Kriegler finished third in 10:05.91.
Another big time drop came from 16-year-old Thomas Bretzmann of North Carolina Aquatic Club in the men’s 1000, overtaking first-seed John Frith of New South Swimming for first place in a time of 9:11.85. Frith was runner-up, stopping the clock in 9:14.77. Lucas Johnson grabbed the third-place spot for SwimMAC, with a 9:16.63. SwimMAC athletes placed third, fourth, and fifth in the event, showcasing the team’s depth.
For the women’s 800 freestyle relay, SwimMAC Carolina’s A-team dominated the rest of the field by six seconds, with Julia Menkhaus, Heidi Lowe, Sophie Lindner, and Caroline Hauder combining for a time of 7:17.67. Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club put together a second-place relay finish in a time of 7:23.62, with Emma Cole blasting a 1:47.63 as anchor. This swim bodes well for her individual 200 tomorrow. Kentucky’s Cardinal Aquatic Club touched the wall third in 7:24.63. SwimMAC’s B-squad placed fourth.
Results for the men’s 800 freestyle relay were unavailable.