Distance Night Serves as Appetizer to Main Course of Star-Studded Bulldog Grand Slam

ATHENS, Georgia, July 10. THE superstars of swimming in town from SwimMAC and North Baltimore have another day until they compete in Athens. Tonight’s distance freestyle swims, however, served as an appetizer to the main course that is the Bulldog Grand Slam.

Marietta Marlins’ Stephanie Peters put up the only sub-17:00 of the women’s 1500-meter free to win the distance event for the night. She popped a time of 16:52.83, much to the pleasure of her soon-to-be coaches at Georgia as she’s headed to Athens in the fall. That’s an in-season best for Peters, second only to her lifetime best of 16:46.90 from the 2013 U.S. Open. That’s a total of two sub-17:00 swims for Peters, as her previous in-season mark had been a 17:08.96 from the 2013 Long Course Sectionals in Georgia.

SwimAtlanta’s Rachel Muller finished second tonight with a 17:07.98, just missing her best ever of 17:07.12 from the 2013 U.S. Open Championships. Dynamo’s Julia Durmer raced her way to third in 17:08.27, crushing her personal best of 17:14.56 from the Santa Clara stop of the Arena Grand Prix last month.

SwimAtlanta’s Cody Bekemeyer put up an 8:13.00 to win the men’s 800-meter free. He only has three other 800 frees on his USA Swimming record and his time tonight smashes his previous best of 8:39.20 from 2012.

Local swimmer, Garrett Powell of Athens Bulldog, took second in the 800 free tih an 8:21.42. That’s a best time for him as he only has two swims on his USA Swimming record. His previous top time listed is an 8:32.95 from 2011. Bolles’ Jake Gibbons took third in 8:28.37, smashing his lifetime best of 8:36.70 from 2012.

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