The Greensboro Sectional kicked off Thursday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina, and with its placement just after the US Olympic Trials, and a few weeks out from the Olympics, there weren’t a ton of huge times.
There were some big names in this meet from Louisville, including NCAA 200 breaststroke champion Carlos Almeida, who won the 200 IM in 2:05.80. That’s not a great time for him in the race, though this isn’t a race he’ll swim at the Olympics (he qualified only in the 100 breast). Watch the breaststroke races for a much better performance from him.
In the men’s 200 fly, his Louisville and Portugal teammate Pedro Oliveira won in 2:01.64; but that’s not close to his best time. The swimmer who was really impressive was North Carolina State/New South Swimming sophomore-to-be John Newell. He swam a 2:01.68 to finish 2nd in that race, which is half-a-second better than he was at the Olympic Trials two weeks ago. The Wolfpack are on a roll as they head into their 2nd season under Braden Holloway; that swim by Newell is among the top 15 by American teenagers this year.
The Ft. Lauderdale Sectional also kicked off Thursday, but there were no real notable times. The highlights of that meet will be the Gator Swim Club’s non-American contingent, including the brothers Fraser.