Caeleb Dressel wins duel 50’s at Orlando Sectionals

Caeleb Dressel showcased a great pair of individual swims tonight in Orlando. Dressel won both the butterfly and freestyle 50-meter races. The sophomore who swims for University of Florida, won the 50 yard freestyle at the NCAA meet this past march. And tonight he showed his 50 speed once again.

Caeleb Dressel won the 50-meter butterfly in a time of 23.86 finishing ahead of David Knight who went 24.19 and got second, and Pavel Sankovich who took third going 24.33.

Winning another 50-meter event tonight, Caeleb Dressel won the men’s 50-meter freestyle crown. Only .2 off a best time Dressel went 22.41; he won the event beating Corey Main representing Gator swim, who went 22.77, and Jason McComick of Club Seminole who finished third in a time of 23.04.

Ashlee Linn won the 100-meter Backstroke in a time of 1:01.25, which is more than two seconds faster than the 2016 Olympic Trial Qualifying. Matea Samardzic and Megan Moroney also swam faster than the 1:03.39 trials cut tonight finishing second (1:02.19) and third (1:03.16) respectively. All three ladies swam lifetime bests at finals.

Elizabeth Beisel dropped almost six seconds at finals to overtake Ashlee Linn for the top spot in the women’s 200-meter individual medley. Beisel swam a 2:14.37 and Linn swam a 2:14.75. Both ladies kept it close the whole way pushing each other from fly to free. Justine Bowker came in third in a time of 2:15.05 scoring points for T2 Aquatics.

Beisel and Linn’s 200 IM Splits

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It was all Sebastien Rousseau on the men’s side of 200 IM in a time of 2:01.89. He beat Grant Sanders of Clearwater Aquatics Club who finished in a time of 2:04.33 and teammate Dan Wallace who swam a 2:04.81, good enough to get third. Not to mention two other Gator Swim Club swimmers managed to get into the championship final (Nicholas D’Inncenzo and Mark Szaranek)

Corey Main of Gator Swim Club ran away with the 100-meter Backstroke title. Corey swam a 54.52, taking his first 50 out in a blistering pace of 26.4 . Main made the 2016 Olympic trial mark of 57.19 look easy. Pavel Sankovich finished second in a time of 55.90, while Austin Katz finished third in a time of 57.18.

Another Gator Swim Club swimmer, Hrafnhidur Luthersdottir won the women’s 50-meter breaststroke in a time of 32.30 a little more than the top seeded prelim time of 32.63. 16-year-old Danielle Kaymont finished second in a time of 32.92 and coming in at third was Rachel Stoddard representing Scarlet Aquatics going 33.32.

Club Seminole swept the top of the podium in the men’s 50 breast. Jason Coombs and Jared Pike went stroke for stroke in the event. Coombs eventually touched out by .01. Coombs swam a time of 28.74 and teammate Pike swimming a 28.75. Rounding out the top three, Rafael Van Leeuwaarde swam a time of 29.07 scoring big for Club Seminole.

In the 50-meter butterfly Natalie Hinds dropped over a second to go from a 27.97 to a 26.85. That drop turned her 3-place prelim swim to a speedo championship gold medal finish. Claire Maiocco finished in second in a time of 27.47, and in third place was Catalina Mendieta in a time of 27.70.

Katie Kicklighter took home the 50-meter freestyle crown in a time of 26.09, and Kasey Schmidt and Natalie Hinds shared second place both swimming a time of 26.21. Kicklighter also achieved her Olympic Trial cut for trials in Omaha next summer.

Gator Swim Club’s Jessica Thielmann pace of 1:03 high’s helped her to capture a victory in the women’s 400-meter freestyle, and finish with a time of 4:13.69. 800-meter champion, Ariel Finke got second place in a time of 4:14.68 and Kendall Dawson finished third in a time of 4:20.24.

Rounding out the individual events for day three, Santiago Corredor won the 400-meter freestyle in a time of 3:58.17. Robert Finke finished second in a time of 3:59.75 and not far behind Eric Stobbe went 4:00.07 to take home bronze.

With tonight in the books tomorrow night will the last session. It should be interesting to see who else will punch their ticket to Omaha next summer!

2015 Speedo Sectionals Orlando, Day Three – Results

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