Lauren Votava Clinches Second Win on Night Two of Columbia Sectionals

Photo Courtesy: Peter H.Bick

By Caitlin Daday, Swimming World College Intern

To kick off the second night of Columbia Speedo Sectionals, last night’s women’s 100 freestyle champion Lauren Votava of Rockford claimed her second title of the meet in the 200 free in 2:02.60. Once again Votava’s teammate Jordan Stout finished behind her, this time in a much tighter race. Stout was 2:02.77, while Greater Nebraska’s Dannie Dilsaver came in third at 2:03.80.

On the men’s side, Trident Aquatics’ Kevin Callan improved his prelims swim by two seconds to win in 1:52.59. The race for second was tight, with Rockford’s 15 year old Jack Dolan out touching Kansas City Blazer’s Louis Behnen, 1:53.15 to 1:53.23.

Luciana Thomas, the 16 year old representing Razorback Aquatics, dominated the women’s 400 IM in 4:57.46, dropping three seconds from her entry time. The Splash Club’s Haley Downey, last night’s runner-up in the 200 breaststroke, took another second place finish in 4:59.43. Thomas’s Razorback teammate Mary Soderberg rounded out the top three, finishing just behind Downey in 4:59.63.

In the men’s 400 IM, Nicholas Alexander out of Flyers Aquatic Swim Team also crushed the field, winning by three seconds in 4:28.58. Rockford’s Phillip Willett came second in 4:31.69, while last night’s 200 breaststroke champion, Christopher Heye, from Missouri State touched third in 4:32.63.

The final women’s event of the night, the 100 butterfly, proved to be a close one, with the top three finishers all within .1 of each other. Cailey Grunhard of the Kansas City Blazers was victorious, taking the event in 1:01.85. Club Huskers’ Dana Posthuma was behind her in 1:01.93, edging out Mizzou’s Erin Metzger-Seymour at 1:01.95.

To wrap up the second night, the Mizzou men showed their dominance in the 100 fly. The win went to Andrew Sansoucie in 54.56, with Mackenzie Darragh just behind in 54.60. Martin Wallace took the third spot in 55.36.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile.

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