Missouri Speedo Sectionals Wrap Up

By Erin Greene

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 7. THE 2007 Missouri Speedo Sectionals concluded Sunday with two meet records posted during the four-day competition. The Kansas City Blazers captured the team title with 977 points. The CSP Tideriders followed in second with 810.5 points, while Parkway Swim Club finished third in a score of 713.

Liz Smith and Titus Knight each started a four-event winning steak when they stopped the clock first in the 400-yard individual medley. Smith took the women's event in 4:17.35, while Knight touched in at 4:02.28. Smith then went on to capture the 200-yard individual medley title in meet record time of 1:59.44. Knight also took first in the event, posting a time of 1:51.98.

Two events later, Smith hit the wall first in the 200-yard breaststroke. Her time of 2:11.41 was her second meet record. Smith's final win came in the 100-yard freestyle when she edged Shara Stafford by .08 seconds to take the gold.

On the last day of competition, Knight proved he had the endurance to finish the meet on top when he recorded a victory in the 1,650-yard freestyle. He swam the event in 15:50.78 to win by 13 seconds. Knight also clocked the fastest time of 4:31.54 in the 500-yard freestyle.

Herman Louw also had multiple wins throughout the meet. He opened the meet with a victory in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.48). Switching strokes, he demonstrated his speed in the sprint events, winning both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. Louw swam the events in 20.85 and 45.77, respectively.

Samantha Woodward also garnered three wins during the four-day competition. Woodward picked up two titles on the first day of sectionals, with the fastest times in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.32) and 100-yard butterfly (54.58). Swimming the 50-yard freestyle immediately after a second-place performance in the 200-yard individual medley, Woodward won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.08.

Bobby Bollier and Scott Jostes each took home two gold medals. Bollier, a butterfly specialist, was the fastest swimmer in both the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events. He completed the 100-yard distance in 49.48 and the distance fly event in 1:50.44. Jostes swept the backstroke events. He recorded a meet record in the 100-yard backstroke to win in 49.49. Jostes ended the meet with a time of 1:48.80 in the 200-yard backstroke.