Katherine Trace Wins 400 IM with Olympic Trials Cut at Futures Championships in Greensboro

Photo Courtesy: USA Swimming

Day two of the first annual Futures Championships located at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina exhibited a multitude of fast swimmers at tonight’s finals session. The LSCs that attend the Futures at Greensboro are in the northeastern region of the United States, shown on this map.

One highlight of the night was the women’s 400 meter individual medley. The winner was sixteen-year-old Katherine Trace from Upper Arlington Swim Club, crushing the field with a time of 4:52.52, a drop of nearly thirteen seconds from her seed time, and an Olympic Trials cut. The Olympic Trials time standard for the women’s 400 IM is 4:54.99. Jordan Silbert took second with a time of 4:57.74, and Sarah Giamber grabbed third in a time of 4:58.13.

The evening opened with the women’s 200 meter freestyle, where Brooke Rubendall from the Marlins of Raleigh edged out the competition with a winning time of 2:03.31, nearly three seconds better than her entry time. Claire O’Mara squeezed into second place with a time of 2:03.52, while Hannah Baker rounded out the top three with a finishing time of 2:03.52.

In the men’s 200 meter freestyle, the results were close, but Hassler Carroll from Kingfish Aquatic Club was the swimmer that claimed first place with a time of 1:52.77, dropping a second and a half from his entry time. Richard Mannix was right behind to grab second with a time of 1:52.94, and Antonio Lanzi finished third with a time of 1:53.80.

The women’s 100 meter breaststroke was won by thirteen-year-old Abigail Arens from the Marlins of Raleigh in 1:11.89, only four tenths away from the Olympic Trials time standard. Carly Fried raced into second with a finishing time of 1:12.72, while Emily Sykes moved into third place with a time of 1:12.95, only two tenths ahead of fourth place.

In the men’s 100 meter breaststroke, Lionville Community YMCA’s Greg Grewal won with a time of 1:03.17, under the Olympic Trials cut of 1:03.69. Brian Ramsey swam into second with a time of 1:03.90, while Kile Aukerman touched third with a time of 1:04.20.

The women’s 100 meter butterfly was a tight race as well, with unaffiliated Andrea Hillen from the state of North Carolina winning with a time of 1:02.12. Close behind was Krystal Lara with a time of 1:02.23, while fourteen-year-old Jing-e Tan stole third with a time of 1:02.68.

On the men’s side, Lucas Reisch from Fairport Area Swim Team also went under the Olympic Trials time standard of 54.79, winning finals with a time of 54.48. Brent Benedict took second in a time of 55.24, while Thomas Kealy finished third with a time of 55.28.

The men’s 400 meter individual medley was a close race, but it was won by Dylan Cudahy, representing Machine Aquatics, with a time of 4:28.21. Right behind him was Charles Barry in a time of 4:28.38, while Michael Craddock moved up into third place with a finishing time of 4:28.89.

The women’s 400 meter freestyle relay was won by Hannah Baker (57.31), Suzanne Dolan (57.99), Chloe Hicks (59.03), and Fiona Muir (57.97), representing Machine Aquatics. The team raced to a combined time of 3:52.30. Second went to Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics with a time of 3:53.94, while the Marlins of Raleigh finished third in a time of 3:56.19.

The men’s 400 meter freestyle relay concluded the second finals session of the meet, with the Scarlet Aquatics team of Christopher Wang (53.57), Eric Wong (53.19), Karl Sarier (52.61), and Trevor Leland (54.71) holding off the competition with a time of 3:34.08. Approximately four tenths behind was Machine Aquatics, swimming to a time of 3:34.49, while North Baltimore Aquatic Club stole third place by two tenths from the team in fourth, finishing with a time of 3:35.17.