Night One of Richmond Futures: Empire Swimming Sweeps 800 Free Relays

Photo Courtesy: Nicholas McMillan

By Payton Titus, Swimming World College Intern.

To kick off the first night of competition at Futures in Richmond, VA, Empire Swimming clenched titles in both the men’s and women’s 800 LCM freestyle relays. These performances along with significant time drops in the men’s 1500 LCM freestyle event are the first of what is sure to be many highlights from the northeast this weekend.

Women’s 800 LCM Free

Finishing first in this event was 16-year-old Allison Tomsuden from North Baltimore Aquatic Club in Maryland with a time of 9:03.39. Originally seeded sixth with a time of 9:09.13, Tomsuden walks away from night one with a personal best in her first event by 5.74 seconds.
Second-place finisher, Tylor Mathieu from Blue Devil Aquatics swam a 9:04.27. The University of Florida legacy and new commit jumped up two spots from her seed in the psych sheet and shaved 2.65 seconds off of her previous record.
Rounding out third was Carol-lena Breiter. After a tight finish between her and Mathieu, the 16-year-old Pheonix Swimming athlete clocked in with a time 9:04.75.
The “youngster” from the Richmond Futures Psych Sheet Preview, Sophia Karras, came in eighth in the event, having climbed her way up from ninth, dropping 4.08 seconds and touching in 9:07.18.

Men’s 1500 LCM Free

James Plage from Aquabears in Conneticut claimed first in the men’s 1500 free. The 15-year-old out-swam his competition by over seven seconds, with a time of 15:54.20.
After shaving 20.54 seconds off of his seed time, Matthew Bonnell finished his race in 16:01.27 and three places ahead of where he was projected to.
Zachary Washart, rising sophomore at Duke University came in third, with a time of 16:10.59. This new time was a result of an 18.75 second drop.

Women’s 800 LCM Free Relay

The first relay title of the 2018 Richmond Futures meet went to Empire Swimming’s A-relay. Their 1.54 second drop and time of 8:29.82 were enough to secure the win.
Second place went to the A-relay from Bluefish Swim Club (8:32.80) after a heartbreaking addition of 6.26 seconds onto their seed time (8:26.54).
Crimson Aquatics’s A-relay finished third with a time of 8:37.12.
A notable swim from the psych sheet preview came from the A-relay for the Dayton Raiders. The team dropped one slot and added 6.61 seconds to their seed time, clocking in at 8:37.53.

Men’s 800 LCM Free Relay

As previously mentioned, the men’s A-relay from Empire Swimming completed the club team’s 800 freestyle relay sweep, with a time of 7:45.96. A 6.88 second drop helped Empire surpass Badger Swim Club and claim their first title of the meet by a noteworthy margin.
Touching second was the Solo Aquatics A-relay (7:52.88). They shaved a solid 0.88 seconds off of their time on the psych sheet.
Bluefish Swim Club earned their second top-three relay finish of the night and concluded the first day of competition with a time of 7:55.49.

Prelims for the second day of competition will begin at 9:00 am, EST on Friday, August 3rd.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile- 2018 USA Swimming Futures Championships (Richmond, VA US).

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Author: Payton Titus

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Payton Titus is a 17-year-old swimmer and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor from Jacksonville, Florida. She’s a short-axis kind of girl with with the not-so-short-term goal of making a name for herself in the sports journalism community.

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