Austin Speedo Sectional Championships, Night 3: Highlights from 100 Meter Races, 400 Free

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

It was a fast third night of swimming at the Southern Zone Speedo Sectional Series in Austin, Texas. The meet, which runs July 7 – 10, 2016 is a preliminary/final event hosted by Longhorn Aquatics.

Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke:

Last night’s double event winner Sydney Pickrem (AGS) collected another title in the first race of the night. Pickrem was dead on her entry time, touching the wall for gold in a 1:03.04. Second place went to Kendall Shields (ASC), who snuck just under a 1:04 with a 1:03.95. Third place went to Alexis Micheltree at a 1:04.15, just ahead of fourth place Brittany Thompson (1:04.37).

Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke:

Juan Jose Rocha De Murga (AGS) dominated the A-final by over a second for the win. His 57.44 winning time was far ahead of second place finisher Andrii Nikishenko, who touched in a 58.49. Third went to Alvin Jiang (LAC) in a 59.03, over a second faster than his entry time. Fourth was his teammate Stephen Cheng in a 59.26.

Women’s 100 Meter Breaststroke:

Franko Jonker may have been off her entry time, but she was quick enough to win the event. Jonker’s 1:09.21 won the A-final 7 tenths ahead of Sydney Pickrem (1:09.93). Coming off her backstroke win moments before, Pickrem was still able to cut a second and a half off her entry time. Third went to CFSC’s Victoria Roubique (1:12.27), and fourth was held by Kelsey Evans (1:13.57).

Men’s 100 Meter Breaststroke:

Although he was a half second off his entry time, Mauro Castillo Luna (AGS) was quick enough to win the event by over a second. His 1:03.39 final time put him in first, ahead of second place finisher Tristen Disibio, who touched in a 1:04.46. Third went to Thiago Parravicini in a 1:04.60, who added nearly two seconds from his 1:02.49 entry time.

Women’s 400 Meter Freestyle:

Haley Yelle (MAC) had a nicely split 400 meter freestyle (1:01, 1:04, 1:05, 1:04) that won her the top title in the event. Her 4:16.29 took a second and a half off her entry time, and placed her in first over two seconds ahead of second-place finisher Dakota Luther. Luther, the 200 fly, 400 IM champion touched in a 4:18.79, a little less than a second below her entry time. Ellery Parish came in third with a 4:20.74, an impressive 7.63 second drop from her entry time.

Men’s 400 Meter Freestyle:

Zachary Yeadon (AAAA) was the only male under the elusive 4-minute barrier in tonight’s A-final. Hi 3:59.82 won him the event title. Yeadon touched over a second ahead of second-place Alexander Zettle (LAC), who placed second with his 4:00.90. LCA’s Clark Wakeland took third in a 4:06.08 and a battle for the placing. Wakeland was just ahead of William Karau (4:06.54) and William Thomas (4:06.87).

Women’s 100 Meter Butterfly:

16-year-old Miriam Guevara (EPAP) nearly made the Olympic Trials cut (1:01.19) with her 1:01.22 winning time. Despite missing the mark, she did cut 1.30 seconds off her entry time. Second place went to LSU’s Leah Troskot, with a .84 second time drop in a 1:01.39. Kara Eisenmann touched third just under the 1:02 mark in a 1:01.98. Fourth went to Hannah Feng (1:02.06).

Men’s 100 Meter Butterfly:

Alvin Jiang, who finished third in the 100 backstroke earlier in the night, claimed his first-place title by cutting .27 seconds from his 100 butterfly time for a 55.90 winning time. David Moore (SASA) touched second in a 56.29, several tenths ahead of third-place finisher Duncan Lee (56.46).

Women’s 400 Meter Freestyle Relay:

Austin Swim Club’s dynamic A-team again took the relay title in a 3:52.20. The team was comprised of Diana Dunn, Dakota Luther, Ella Collins and Kendall Shields. Second went to the Magnolia Aquatic Club’s A-Team in a 3:57.38 and the battle for third went to Lakeside Aquatic Club’s A-team in a 3:58.26.

Men’s 400 Meter Freestyle Relay:

Streamline Aquatics’ A-team took the title after an impressive battle with the A-teams from Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club and North Texas Nadaores. The SASA team, comprised of Andrii Nikishenko, Aaron Moran, Thiago Parravicini and John Hennessy won in a 3:34.48. Cyprus touched second in a 3:34.77, and third went to the Nadadores with a 3:34.87.


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