By David Rieder
GAINESVILLE, Florida, July 8. THE first night at the USA Swimming Sectionals meet hosted by Gator Swim Club featured long course racing in the women's 1500 free, men's 800 free, and two relay events for both women and men. Notably, the host club swept the men's relays on night one.
Sarasota YMCA went 1-3 in the women's 1500, with Danielle Valley claiming the win in 16:43.09, while her teammate Marissa Harrington finished third in 17:05.99. Sharla Milne, unattached, split the difference with a second-place 16:49.69. Metro Miami's Carlos Omana picked up the men's 800 win in 8:12.15, while Sarasota teammates Nicholas Caldwell (8:13.23) and Patrick Ceddia (8:26.10) rounded out the top three.
Bolles' team of Brittany Aubley, Kendall Sieron, Megan Fonteno, and Stacey Stanfield took the women's 200 medley relay in 1:59.73, while Club Seminole took the women's 200 free relay in 1:47.07. Gator Swim Club swept the men's relays, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:44.41 and the 200 free relay in 1:35.13. Names of the swimmers on the women's 200 free relay and both men's relays were not available at press time.
Swimming World high school intern David "The Swim Geek" Rieder is a high school swimmer in Charleston, S.C. He swims for the Southern Marlins Racing Team and often negative splits his races. He can be found on the web at swimdr549.blogspot.com and twitter.com/david2swim.