Speedo Summer Championships East: Mackenzie Looze Wins 200 IM in Final Session

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2021 Speedo Summer Championships East meet concluded on Saturday evening in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Mackenzie Looze continued her strong showing in Greensboro with a win in the 200 IM on the final night. The Indiana swimmer touched the wall in 2:14.41 to hold off Planet Swim Aquatics’ Sara Stotler (2:15.12).

Long Island Aquatics’ Cavan Gormsen, 16, won the women’s 1500 free in 16:38.39, more than 10 seconds ahead of the field.

YMCA Hub Fins’ Sam Stewart claimed another Speedo Summer Championships victory when he touched first in the men’s 200 IM. He won the race in 1:58.60, the only swimmer in the field to break two minutes.

Ohio State’s Charlie Clark won the men’s 800 free in 7:58.87, the only swimmer to break eight minutes in the race. He finished nearly 10 seconds ahead of the field.

Eagle Aquatics’ 15-year-old Erika Pelaez won the 50 free in 25.42, less than a second off the national age group record for 15-16. She held off Ohio State’s Amy Fulmer (25.76).

Indiana’s Jack Franzman won the men’s 50 free in 22.29 to hold off Kevin Gillooly (22.60), who was swimming unattached.

Ohio State’s Emily Crane, Josie Panitz, Kitkat Zenick and Amy Fullmer won the 400 medley relay in 4:07.41. They held off an extremely fast teenage relay from Carmel Swim Club. Madelyn Christmas, Devon Kitchel, Alex Shackell and Gretchen Lueking took second in 4:09.02.

Ohio State’s RJ Kondalski, Hudson McDaniel, Justin Fleagle and Shaw Satterfield won the Speedo Summer Championships East men’s 400 medley relay in 3:42.55, ahead of Club Wolverine’s Jared Daigle, Tommy Cope, Charlie Swanson and Bora Unalmis (3:43.47).

SwimMAC’s Cam Abaqueta, Baylor Nelson, Tim Connery and Logan Zucker took third in 3:44.09, just nine hundredths of a second off of the 17-18 NAG record.


The Speedo Summer Championships are taking place as two meets taking place on opposite sides of the country. Half the swimmers are in Greensboro, N.C., while the other half are in Irvine, Calif. The meet replaces the standard end-of-summer championships for senior-level and junior-level athletes, with the two usual events combined due to typical low turnout when the meets are around the same time as the Olympic Games. Older swimmers and 18-and-under swimmers had different time standards required for qualification. Most of the top American swimmers either just finished competing at the Olympics or are taking the summer off after narrowly missing the Olympic team.