TEMPE/SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, May 26. THE Swimming World Magazine Cactus Classic concluded the first night of competition at the dual-site meet held at both Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., and the Cactus Aquatic Center in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 400 and 800 freestyle events were featured throughout the night.
Women's 800 freestyle
15-year-old Ashley Evans of Brophy East provided the only sub nine-minute time of the day in the women's distance event when she won the title in 8:56.84. Meanwhile, Jenni Stratton of the David Douglas Swim Club grabbed silver in 9:10.72 and Whitney Lopus, 16, of Sun Devil Aquatics snared bronze in 9:12.39.
Men's 800 freestyle
Zachary Anderson hit the wall first in 8:36.11 for the title, while Gunnar Schmidt of Scottsdale Aquatic Club took second in 8:37.55. Michael Zoldos, also of Scottsdale Aquatic Club, rounded out the podium in 8:38.07.
Sun Devil Aquatics' team of Whitney Lopus (2:06.30), Nicole McAndrew (2:10.20), Haley Krakoski (2:09.68) and Christine Olson (2:11.11) won the women's 800 freestyle relay in 8:37.29, while their teammates Sean Boyle (1:56.66), Nick Brunelli (1:58.43), Steve Neuwert (2:03.48) and Marin Naranca (2:02.17) took home the men's title in 8:00.74.
Age Group Winners
Girls 13-14 800 freestyle: Traycie Swartz, Sun Devil Aquatics, 9:28.91
Boys 13-14 800 freestyle: Hayden Thomas, Sun Devil Aquatics, 9:07.84
Girls 13-14 800 freestyle relay: Scottsdale Aquatic Club; Leticia Lelli (2:12.28), Ally Loper (2:14.57), Megan Cox (2:15.48), Kacey Milligan (2:14.18), 8:56.51
Boys 13-14 800 freestyle relay: Scottsdale Aquatic Club; Michael Zoldos (2:00.15), Gunnar Schmidt (2:00.94), Nate Telep (2:02.98), Tyler Pennington (2:05.21), 8:09.28
Girls 10&U 400 freestyle: Shanny Lin, West Texas Typhoon, 5:01.25
Boys 10&U 400 freestyle: Ulysses Jimenez, College Area Swim Team, 5:11.94
Girls 12&U 800 freestyle: Nicole Tex, College Area Swim Team, 9:59.46
Boys 12&U 800 freestyle: Ryan O'Connell, Silver Fins, 9:42.26