Michael Andrew Wins Two on Night Three of Columbia Sectionals

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

By Caitlin Daday, Swimming World College Intern

On the third night of Columbia Speedo Sectionals, 16 year old Michael Andrew made his first appearances of the meet, sweeping both the 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. In his first swim, the 100 breaststroke, the National Age Group record holder obliterated the field, winning by four seconds in a time of 1:00.19. His next closest competitor was Rockford’s Phillip Willet, who came in at 1:04.01. Third behind him was Missouri State’s Nicholas Thenissen in 1:04.38.

Andrew’s second win of the night did not come as easily. In the 100 backstroke he was challenged by Missouri State’s Paul Le. Le was ahead at halfway, but Andrew was still able to get the win. Andrew finished in 55.28, while Le was 55.67. Sean Feher out of Springfield Aquatics was third in 57.09.

Before Andrew, however, the evening kicked off with a battle for the women’s 400 freestyle title. Capturing the win was Greater Nebraska’s Dannie Dilsaver who touched at 4:21.74, dropping over two seconds from her prelims swim. Just behind her was Christine Blomquist of the Empire Swim Club, who just edged out Kansas City Blazer’s Katherine Sullivan, 4:21.86 to 4:21.89.

In the men’s 400 freestyle, 16 year old Kevin Callan from Trident Aquatics won his second event of the meet in 4:00.94. Kansas City Blazer’s Louis Behnen finished second behind him in 4:01.29. Minki Kang, representing Missouri State, rounded out the top three in 4:01.87.

Mizzou’s Katherine Ross took the women’s 100 breaststroke title with a 1:10.11, a full second ahead of Madison Strathman from the Tsunami Swim Team, who finished in 1:11.22. Victoria Beeler of the Lawrence Aquahawks was third in 1:11.72.

In the women’s 200 butterfly, Rockford’s Lauren Votava continued her winning streak, handily picking up her third title in 2:16.33. Dana Posthuma followed her in 2:17.84, while Columbia Swim Club’s Brittany Wen touched third in 2:18.66.

On the men’s side, 16 year old Dane Florea out of Columbia Swim Club dominated the event, winning in 2:04.31. Two seconds behind him was Rockford’s Connor Ripp at 2:06.26. Third place went to King Marlin’s Richard Wagner, who swam a time of 2:07.26.

The women’s 100 backstroke title went to Club Husker’s Erin Oeltjen, who finished in 1:02.69. The runner-up was Edwardsville YMCA’s Bailey Grinter at 1:03.29. Chelsea Tatlow, representing Razorback Aquatics, took third place with a time of 1:03.80.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile.

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Thomas A. Small
7 years ago


Debbie Nugent Meek
Debbie Nugent Meek
7 years ago

Way to go Crissie!

7 years ago

MA is the next big thing in US swimminning….200m IM and 100m BR will be his forte by the time world aquatics champeonship 2017 rolls around

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