USA Swimming Sectionals: Sydney Pickrem Deviates for 100 Free Victory


USA Swimming Speedo Sectionals

Mixed into a busy day in the sport, with the main headline being Sun Yang’s eight-year ban levied by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the USA Swimming Sectionals continued on Friday in College Station and Carlsbad. The Texas stop produced the more notable results, led by Canadian Sydney Pickrem winning the 100 freestyle.

Best known for her skill in the 400 individual medley and 200 breaststroke, Pickrem won the 100 freestyle in 55.60, a demonstration of solid speed. Pickrem is a three-time bronze medalist at the World Championships, including podium finishes last summer in the 200 individual medley and 200 breaststroke.

Stanford recruit Lillie Nordmann prevailed in the 200-meter butterfly, the 17-year-old covering the event in 2:10.93, good for a narrow victory over 16-year-old Katelyn Crom (2:11.02). Nordmann enjoyed a strong showing earlier in the month at the Texas 6A Championships, where she won a pair of solo crowns. Crom returned later in the session to win the 400 freestyle in 4:13.56.

Lisa Bratton took top honors in the 200 backstroke, clocking in at 2:12.79, while Sam Stewart was the winner of the event on the men’s side as the only competitor to dip under the two-minute mark. Stewart touched the wall in 1:58.97.

The men’s 100 free was won by Brett Pinfold (50.46) while Coby Carrozza was first in the 200 butterfly in 2:01.26. Michael Brinegar won the 400 freestyle in 3:55.45.

In Carlsbad, which went with a short-course format for finals as opposed to long course in College Station, Michael Andrew was the prominent name. The Team USA member went 45.47 to win the 100 butterfly.

Liberty Williams followed her opening-night win in the 1000 freestyle by winning at half that distance in 4:47.35 while brother Jude Williams added to his win in the 1650 free by taking the 500 free in 4:23.24. Other winners were Mia Kragh (52.01) in the 100 butterfly, Emma Karam (52.75) in the 100 backstroke and Samantha Pearson (1:57.51) in the 200 medley.


  1. Juliee Beyt

    Paul Carrozza Coby in the news ?

  2. avatar

    You missed out other events winners.