CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, June 7. KICKING off the Charlotte UltraSwim at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, Whitney Sprague and Sebastien Rouault collected distance-freestyle event victories Thursday night. The four-day competition will run through Sunday, with the next three days featuring full schedules.
Representing the North Carolina Aquatic Club, Sprague prevailed in the women's 800 freestyle in 8:45.62, a time that bettered the 8:49.55 of Alicia Aemisegger (Germantown Academy). Claire Maust of the Athens Bulldogs was third in 8:50.22. Having just concluded her freshman year at Princeton University, Aemisegger is gearing up for the World University Games.
A Frenchman swimming for the Athens Bulldogs, Rouault cruised in the 1500 freestyle, winning in 15:55.98. Rouault was unchallenged and placed comfortably ahead of Jeff Smith from Auburn (16:13.07) and Samuel Wollner (16:14.96.)