Richmond Futures, Final Night: Egan Dominates 1500 Free

Photo Courtesy: Sue Borst

By Payton Titus, Swimming  World College Intern.

Tonight, the 2018 Richmond Futures Championships meet drew to a close. A lot of familiar faces were seen on the podium in Sunday’s events as well as the top-three overall team scores.

Women’s 100 LCM Free

After tying for second with in 50 freestyle last nightNicole Venema was crowned the 100 LCM free champion with a time of 57.59.

Olivia Tighe, the 100 and 500 yard freestyle 2018 state champion from Maine touched second at 57.97.

Third-place was claimed by Allison Martin from The Fish after finishing in 58.25.

Men’s 100 LCM Free

Cason Wilburn, runner-up in 100 butterfly at Richmon Futures, claimed victory in the 100 LCM freestyle  after dropping half of a second from his morning swim (51.81).

Matthew Brownstead, the only other swimmer at finals to dip under 52, came in second with a time of 51.94

Alexander (Lexo) Walker will take home another second bronze medal for the 100 free (52.02) after placing third in 200 free and second in 200 fly.

Men’s 800 LCM Free

Matthew Bonnell shaved 7.88 seconds off of his prelims time andplaced first the 800 LCM freestyle, clocking in at 8:19.42.

James Plage, the 1500 free champion and bronze medalist in 400 free touched a fingernail behind Bonnell and nearly eight seconds ahead of any other swimmer in the field (8:19.48).

Third to the wall was the 400 free championZachary Washart (8:27.38).

Women’s 200 LCM Back

Emily Clements brought home the 200 LCM backstroke title to Phoenix Swimming in 2:16.20.

A little over two seconds later (2:18.38), 14-year-old Sydney Debaecke touched second to claim silver. She was the youngest in A-final by 2 years.

MIT class of 2022 recruitLaura Rosada came in third with a time of 2:19.09.

Men’s 200 LCM Back

After finishing second in the 100 backstrokeElijah Tarabocchia prevailed in the 200. Tarabocchia was the only swimmer that swam under 2:06 tonight (2:04.47).

The 100 back champion, Zachary Bishop came in second here, will a time of 2:06.01.

Two days after his 400 IM victory, Liam Bogart was the third athlete to the wall in the A-final (2:06.88).

Women’s 1500 LCM Free

Orla Egan from Laguardia Aquatic Club won the 1500 LCM freestyle, touching almost 12 seconds ahead of the next swimmer in the pool for the event (17:12.51).

Second-place was Sophia Karras, another “youngster” from the psych sheet preview, with a time of 17:23.21.

The 800 freestyle championAllison Tomsuden finished third after dropping 7.40 seconds (17:24.15) off of her seed time.

Women’s 200 LCM IM

Emma Brinton from Duquesne University won the 200 LCM individual medley with a time of 2:20.40.

400 IM championCorinne Carbone earned silver in the 200 after touching the wall at 2:21.19.

Rounding out third was Eliza Manning of Monocacy Aquatic Club. Manning clocked in at 2:22.00.

Men’s 200 LCM IM

Maxwell Rutledge out of Greater Toledo Aquatic Club dropped 1.27 seconds (2:06.32) from his prelims time to win this event.

Andrew Benson placed second once again in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:07.54.

Brennan Hammond, added another bronze medal to his collection after finishing his race in 2:08.04.

Women’s 400 LCM Medley Relay

The A-relay team from Executive Swim Club won the final women’s event of the meet, with a time of 4:21.62. About half a second later, Empire Swimming’s A-relay touched second (4:22.09), followed by that of Tide Swimming (4:23.16).

Men’s 400 LCM Medley Relay

The men from Peddie Aquatic Association took the 400 LCM medley relay title as the only team under 3:57 (3:56.22). Next to finish was the A-relay team from Tide Swimming (3:57.22), who narrowly edged out the boys from Bluefish Swim Club (3:57.36)

Final Overall Team Scores:

1. Empire Swimming, 397.5

2. Dayton Raiders, 295

3. Tide Swimming, 272


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

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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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