Scottsdale Aquatic Club Men Pick Up Two Relay Golds at Night One of Junior Nationals-West

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Photo Courtesy: Melissa Lundie

The 2016 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals – West kicked off this evening in College Station, TX with the men and women present competing in the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay, with all events being swum as short course yards.

Women’s 200 Medley Relay:

Fort Collins Area Swim Team got the meet off to a quick start with a first place finish in the women’s 200 medley relay. The team of Bayley Stewart (25.49), Zoe Bartel (27.47), Coleen Gillilan (24.05), and Kylee Alons (21.84) combined to post a final time of 1:38.85.

Second place was picked up by the Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics’ relay team comprised of Zoe Lusk (25.35), Grace Zhao (27.55), Gabrielle Anderson (25.32), and Isabelle Henig (22.17). The group of four turned in a final time of 1:40.39.

The bronze medal went to Santa Clara Swim Club and their time of 1:41.06.

Men’s 200 Medley Relay:

Scottsdale Aquatic Club dashed ahead of the competition in timed finals of the men’s 200 medley relay. Ryan Hoffer (21.04), Sean Gage (24.96), Ray Van Deusen (21.59), and Jack Blake delivered a final time of 1:27.11, close to three seconds ahead of the competition.

Pal Alto Stanford Aquatics grabbed a second silver medal with a final time of 1:30.01. Their ‘A’ relay consisted of Alex Liang (23.25), Maximillian Pokutta (24.42), Albert Gwo (21.66), and Michael Lincoln (20.68).

Nitro Swimming’s ‘A’ relay finished third overall with a close time of 1:30.59.

Women’s 800 Free Relay:

The women of the Aquazot Swim Club outlasted the competition in timed finals of the women’s 800 freestyle relay, swimming to a final time of 7:12.12. Eva Merrell (1:45.89), Samantha Pearson (1:49.44), Katie Glavinovich (1:48.85), and Kate Krolikowski (1:47.94) combined to claim the first Junior Nationals medal for the Aquazots.

Austin Swim Club’s ‘A’ relay team of Dakota Luther (1:48.63), Diana Dunn (1:47.83), Kendall Shields (1:48.34), and Ella Collins (1:49.63) delivered a second place finish of 7:14.43.

Third went to the women of Waves Bloomington/Normal and their time of 7:15.13.

Men’s 800 Free Relay:

The men of Scottsdale Aquatic Club continued to deliver swift times with a top showing in the men’s 800 freestyle relay. Offer (1:35.27), Blake (1:38.89), Terry Yang (1:40.12), and Aaron Apel (1:37.65) turned in a final time of 6:31.93 for the gold.

Nitro Swimming finished second overall with a final time of 6:32.79 from teammates Corban Rawls (1:38.50), Matthew Connealy (1:38.11), Sean Grieshop (1:37.19), and Chris Yeager (1:38.99).

Irvine Novaquatics posted a third place finish of 6:33.49 to conclude the night.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2016 Winter Junior Championships West. 

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Sharon Ottman
7 years ago

Way to go SAC!

Jennifer Reese
7 years ago

Way to go SAC!!!! Keep it up!!

7 years ago

Both of SAC’s wins on the Men’s side were meet records.

The old medley record by Bolles had been most impressive as its members (Murphy :21.77 – 2 individual and one relay gold in Rio; Schooling, 21.06 100 Fly gold in Rio; Dressel, ;19.92, two relay golds – 4×100 Free, 4×100 Medley) won a collective 6 golds in Rio.

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