2019 Speedos Sectionals Christiansburg: Chuck Katis Throws Down 52.16 100 Breast On Day Two

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

After the second night of the 2019 Eastern Zone Southern Region Sectional Meet kicked off tonight in Christiansburg, and NCAP has taken a commanding lead of the combined team scores, almost doubling the points of the Delaware Swim Team who currently sits in second.

Combined Team Scores:

NCAP – 505
Delaware Swim Team (DST) – 263
Monocacy Aquatic Club (MAC) – 246
Enfinity Aquatic Club (EAC) – 226
Machine Aquatics (MACH) – 200

Women 200 Free

14-year old  Camille Spink from NCAP won the opening event of the evening with a strong 1:48.86. That shaves a tenth off of her previous lifetime best from just a couple weeks ago. The top three girls in this race were all under 1:50, with Enfinity Aquatic Club’s Danielle Ghine (1:49.10) and Machine Aquatics’ Jordan Buechler (1:49.51) joining Spink on the podium.

Men 200 Free

24-year old Lucas Bureau opened the men’s event with a win in the 200 free (1:36.62). Bureau was the only swimmer in the field under 1:39, running away with the race by almost 3 seconds. In second was Enfinity Aquatic Club’s Thomas Hamelt (1:39.56), followed by 19-year old Graham Hertweck (1:39.94) who was swimming unattached.

Women 100 Breast

757 Swimming’s Colby Hurt won her second event of the meet in the 100 breast (1:03.12) after winning the 1650 on the opening night of the meet. The 17-year old won a close race where the top 7 swimmers were all under 1:04. Hurt was joined on the podium by teammate Jenna Thompson (1:03.31) and 17-year old Leah Baker (1:03.37).

They were followed closely by Naomee Miller (1:03.60), Rabea Pfaff (1:03.72), Shelby Gerving (1:03.81) and Catherine Hughes (1:03.84)

Men 100 Breast

26-year old Chuck Katis blew away the rest of the field in the 100 breast, touching first by more than four seconds in 52.16. Katis is based out of Sergio Lopez’s pro group at Virginia Tech. The only two other swimmers in the field under 57 seconds were Jackson Schultz (56.26) and Ryan Pirrung (56.71).

Women 100 Fly

757 Swimming had a second straight women’s event win, as 17-year old Sofia Long (55.55) won the 100 fly in a tight race over Machine Aquatics’ Sarah Boyle (55.61). She was joined on the podium by Ella Ogden (55.79), and followed by four more girls who were just under 56 seconds: Katherine Bailer (55.95), Catherine Weaverling (55.97), Danielle Ghine (55.98), and Meghan Cole (55.99).

Men 100 Fly

Enfinity Aquatic Club’s Preston Forst came away with the win in the 100 fly, touching first in 47.40, That was the 17-year old’s second win of the meet after leading off the victorious 800 free relay last night. Joining him under 48 seconds was teammate Maxwell Edwards (47.83). Those two were well ahead of the rest of the field, with the next closest finisher being Owen Blazer (50.24).

Women 100 Back

16-year old Janika Perezous was dominant in the women’s 100 back, winning in 53.94 to take the event by more than a second. Perezous was the only swimmer under 55 seconds in the event, with second place going to Sarah Boyle (55.06) from Machine Aquatics. That was a quick turn around for Boyle, who narrowly lost to Sofia Long in the 100 fly earlier in the meet. In third was Danielle Ghine (55.52), who was also just getting out the 100 back.

Men 100 Back

18-year old Thomas Hamlet from Enfinity Aquatics Club rebounded from his second place finish in the 200 free to grab the #1 spot in the 100 back, touching the wall in 48.13. He was just ahead of teammate Maxwell Edwards (48.63) and 17-year old Owen Blazer (50.13), who had his second straight podium appearance tonight.

Women 500 Free

14-year old Kira Agne (4:58.51) was the winner in the 500 free. Joining her under 5:00 was 18-year old Emma Menzer (4:58.84) from the Delaware Swim Team. In third was 757’s Kylie Johnson (5:02.45).

Men 500 Free

Preston Forst had another impressive win tonight, touching first in the boys 500 free in 4:25.61 to take his second win of the night and third overall at this meet. He was well ahead of the rest of the field, with the next finisher being 15-year old Benjamin Stankovich (4:37.50) from NCAP, followed by Zachariah Reid (4:38.67).