USA Swimming Sectionals, Clovis: Justin Lynch Breaks Michael Phelps’ National Age Group Record, Trio of Meet Records Bettered

CLOVIS, California, July 24. THE USA Swimming Sectionals in Clovis concluded with three more long course meter meet records going into the ledger.

Chase Bloch lowered the men's 100 back meet record with a 56.83. That swim eclipsed the 57.12 set by Vlad Morozov back in 2008. Peter Bardessono touched second in 58.28, while Casey Fleming finished third in 58.89.

Kasey Carlson downed the meet record in the women's 100 breast with a 1:09.84. That effort clipped the 1:10.24 set by Lilian Alvarez in 2010. Gretchen Jaques took second in 1:12.48, while Alvarez finished third in 1:12.52.

Erich Peske grabbed the men's 100 fly title in a meet-record time of 54.63. That performance bettered the 55.01 set by John Dwelley back in 2007. Justin Lynch finished second with a 54.80, also under the former record. Lynch's time also broke the 13-14 national age group record of 55.78 held by Michael Phelps since 2000 and qualified him for the U.S. Olympic Trials at just 14 years old. Lynch first dipped under Phelps' mark in prelims with a 55.54. Justin DiFederico completed the top three with a 56.17.

Video of men's 100 fly final (Lynch in lane four)

Lindsay Engel won the women's 100 back in 1:04.53, while Nina Hayes took second in 1:04.77. Devin Madsen wound up third in 1:05.42. Scott Weltz took home the men's 100 breast in 1:03.27, while Egan Gans placed second in 1:04.33. Nathan LeRoy rounded out the top three in 1:05.03.

Jessica Heim claimed the women's 1500 free in 17:10.12, while Erin Emery finished second in 17:14.72. Kendall Brown snagged third in 17:18.61. Jordan Wilimovsky topped the men's 1500 free in 15:55.66, while Grant Schenk took second in 15:56.77. Matthew Johnson wound up third in 16:08.17.

Christina Ray captured the women's 100 fly in 1:02.89, while Hayes Hyde touched a close second in 1:02.95. KT Livingstone rounded out the top three in 1:03.03.

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