14-Year-Old Jade Garstang Wins 100 Back/100 Fly at Phoenix Sectionals


  • Thursday, March 25 – Sunday, March 28, 2021
  • Location Phoenix Country Day School Dady Aquatic Center
  • Short Course Yards
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  • Results available via Meet Mobile

On the second and third day of the Speedo Spring Sectional Championships the Foothills Swim Team led all competitors, winning 3 out of the 4 relays contested. In addition, 14-year-old Jade Garstang won 2 events in dominating fashion, leading a charge of young swimmers competing in the meet. 


100 Backstroke

14-year-old Jade Garstang led the women’s race in a time of 55.68, dominating the field by almost 2 seconds. With her performance, Garstang came within a tenth of her best time of 55.53. 17-year-old Elleana Lopez finished second overall in a time of 57.48, narrowly out touching Elizabeth Mercer who finished 3rd in a time of 57.50.

In the men’s race, 16-year-old Chase Mueller threw down a personal best of 49.22 to touch first, earning his first Junior Nationals qualifying time in the process. With this performance, he cut almost a second off of his previous best, breaking the :50 second barrier for the first time. 18-year-old Bryce Ortanes finished second in 49.29, with 16-year-old Marcus Gentry coming in third, touching in 49.69.

200 Freestyle 

Kathryn Shanley upheld her top seed in the women’s race, coming in first overall with a time of 1:49.43. The 18-year-old won the race by almost 2 seconds ahead of her teammate Avery Turney, who finished 2nd. Turney had a solid performance herself, cutting over a second off of her best time to come into the wall in a time of 1:51.37.

Another 18-year-old, Alexander McMahon won the men’s race with a time of 1:38.06. Over the course of the day, McMahon dropped over two second off of his best time, breaking the 1:40 barrier for the first time. Peter Thompson finished 2nd in a time of 1:39.32, coming within .03 of his best time. 

400 IM 

16-year-old Colleen Macwilliams cut over a second off of her best time en route to a first place finish, touching in a time of 4:26.73. Following her second place finish in the 100 backstroke, Lopez earned another runner-up finish here, swimming a time of 4:31.31.

17-year-old Evan Vanbrocklin cruised to a best time of 4:00.61 in the men’s event, winning the race by over 2 seconds. After taking the top seed in prelims with a 4 second drop, 16-year-old Colin Cosgrove finished second overall and cut another second off of his best time to touch in a time of 4:02.59. 

400 Free Relay

Foothills Swim Team won the women’s race with the team of Turney, Kathryn Shanley, Sophie Porter, and Melinda Johnson. The girls combined for a time of 3:31.69 to cut over a second off of their seed time. Both Turney and Shanley split :51 on their legs, the two fastest splits in the field. 

The boys Aquawolves Swimming won their event in a time of 3:02.28. The team of McMahon, William Dravenstott, Nikolas Siloahti, and Bryce Ortanes beat the field by over 5 seconds en route to victory.



200 Backstroke 

Sophia Frei narrowly out-touched Melinda Johnson by .01 for the victory in the women’s event. The two swimmers posted times of 2:02.42 and 2:02.43, respectively. Frei, who came into the meet seeded 11th with a personal best of 2:06.87, cut over 4 seconds over the course of the day. 

16-year-old Chase Mueller dropped over a second en route to victory in the men’s race, posting a time of 1:46.16. Another 16-year-old, Marcus Gentry, came in second behind Mueller with a time of 1:46.77. 

500 Freestyle 

18-year-old Kathryn Shanley cruised past the rest of the field to win the women’s 500 freestyle in a time of 4:46.71. With her performance, Shanley slashed over a second off of her personal best, which previously stood at a 4:48.26. Notably, 13-year-old Ella Cosgrove finished 4th overall in the event, dropping over 11 seconds off of her best time to touch in a time of 4:57.49. 

Peter Thompson dominated the men’s race by almost 10 seconds, finishing first with a final time of 4:27.22. 16-year-old Logan Robillard finished 2nd behind Thompson with a time of 4:38.17, cutting over 4 seconds off of his best time. 

100 Breaststroke

18-year-old Sophie Rotival cut almost a second off of her best time en route to claiming victory, finishing in a time of 1:03.41. After posting a best time of 1:03.17 in prelims, 15-year-old Alexandria Anderson finished 2nd in a time of 1:03.59 during the finals session. 

17-year-old Alexander Turney won the men’s event by almost a second with a time of 55.15, dropping .3 off of his best time in the process. Behind Turney, 18-year-old Liam Kerns won a tight battle for second place with a time of 56.12. All of the swimmers ranked 2nd through 8th finished within a half second of one another in the heat.

100 Butterfly

After already winning the 200 butterfly and 100 backstroke, 14-year-old Jade Garstang won her third event of the meet, posting a time of 55.34 to take the top spot in the women’s 100 butterfly. 17-year-old Julia Matney dropped .3 off of her best time to take second, finishing in 56.18. 

Like Garstang, Alexander McMahon completed the sweep of the butterfly events on the men’s side, dropping over a second to win the men’s event in a time of 47.54. 16-year-old Marcus Gentry also dropped a second to finish second in a time of 49.17. 

800 Freestyle Relay 

The Foothills Swim Team won their second freestyle relay event of the weekend on the women’s side, as the team of Turney, Johnson, Jacobsen, and Shanley combined for a final time of 7:37.08 for victory. Notably, Shanley was the only swimmer in the entire field to split under 1:50, posting a 1:49.49. 

The men from Foothills made it a sweep for the team, winning the men’s 800 freestyle relay by 3 seconds. The team of Chase Mueller, Henry Mueller, Tristen Davin, and Peter Weinstein came within .1 of their seed time en route to victory. 


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