ORLANDO, Florida, March 16. THE third night of swimming at the USA Swimming Sectional held in Orlando featured some world-class talent as names like Dara Torres, Ryan Lochte and Leila Vaziri graced the heat sheet.
Leila Vaziri of Coral Springs started the night off right with a triumph in the 100 back when she hit the wall in 1:01.94. That performance eclipsed her meet record of 1:02.19 set in 2006, which was her breakout summer. She finished ahead of Megan Romano of Saint Petersburg, who took second in 1:03.29.
In an exciting finish, Melanie Margalis of Saint Petersburg touched out Vipa Bernhardt, 2:18.55 to 2:18.71, to win the 200 IM.
Dara Torres remained on the comeback trail after some injury issues over the past few months as she clocked a 24.86 to win the 50 free. This readout almost eclipsed her meet record of 24.81 set last year.
Corinne Showalter of Sarasota YMCA surfaced from the 400 free with a win as she clocked a 4:18.05. Golda Marcus of Brandon Sports placed second in 4:18.98.
The Bolles team of Aubrey Peacock, Dani Beaubrun, Victoria Richmond and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace won the 400 medley relay in 4:22.97.
Brett Fraser claimed the 100 back title with a time of 58.01 while Konstantin Sundin finished second in 58.81.
In another thrilling 200 IM finish, Luca Dematteis hit the wall in 2:06.43, just defeating Matt Norton (2:06.48) and Mike Joyce (2:06.88).
In the splash-and-dash, Bryan Lundquist clipped the meet record with a time of 22.58 for the 50 free title. He surpassed Nick Folker's 22.97 from 2000.
Another big name, Ryan Lochte, crushed his meet record in the 400 free when he posted a time of 3:50.96. That time erased his 3:54.33 set in 2006.
The Bolles squad of Ryan Arabejo, Joe Qupty, Pablo Marmolejo and Ken Uy captured the 400 medley relay title in 3:54.48.