[PSYCH SHEET] Five Swimmers to Watch at the Santa Clarita Speedo Sectionals

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The 2018 Santa Clarita Speedo Sectionals splash into action tomorrow, July 19th, and run through Sunday, July 22nd. The meet will be hosted by Canyons Aquatic Club at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center. Prelims begin at 9 a.m. Thursday – Saturday and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, while finals will start at 5 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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In anticipation of the weekend’s action, Swimming World has combed through the psych sheet and found five (of many) swimmers to watch this weekend.

1. Kenisha Liu – Brea Aquatics

Kenisha Liu has entered a variety of events throughout the weekend including the 100 and 200 free, 100 fly, 200 breast, and 400 IM. She is seeded first in all but the 200 free, where La Mirada’s Taylor Ault holds the top seed.

Liu has concluded two years at UCLA as a member of the swimming and diving team, where she frequently specializes in the 200 breast, 200 IM, and 100 free.

2. Alexei Sancov – Terrapins

18-year-old Alexei Sancov is set to have a busy weekend with a total of six individual events. Sancov sits as the top seed in the 100, 200, and 400 freestyles, and will also swim the 50 freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly events.

Sancov has the potential to earn the gold medal from the 50 to the 400 freestyles, but will have to hold off teammate Andrei Minakov in both the 50 and 100 events.

3. Gordon Mason – Team Santa Monica

Gordon Mason of Team Santa Monica enters the meet this weekend seeded first in both the 800 and 1500 freestyles and holds the fourth place seed in the 400 freestyle. His seed times of 8:15.72 and 15:55.32 put him well ahead of the competition and in a good position to claim victory in both of the distance events, while the 400 is close enough that he should easily be within medal contention.

4. Kailyn Winter – Quicksilver Swim

15-year-old Kailyn Winter will be focusing on four individual events throughout the Santa Clarita Speedo Sectionals meet. Winter is slotted to swim the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles, as well as the 100 fly. Her highest seed is in the 50 free, where she enters as the first place seed with a time of 26.57.

She is seeded 8th (100 fly – 1:02.84), 14th (100 free – 58.85), and 103rd (200 free – 2:13.89 LB) for her remaining events.

5. Michael Xu – Bay Club Aquatics

Michael Xu, 17, may only be seeded for two individual events at this weekend’s meet, but he possesses a strong likelihood to collect gold medals in both. Xu will swim both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, which he is seeded first and second in respectively. For the 200, Brea Aquatics’ Sean Ward sits just ahead of him with a first-place seed time of 2:19.46 over Xu’s 2:20.96.

Xu holds the first place seed for the 100 breast at a 1:04.17.

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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