While many of the world’s top swimmers are competing at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Orlando, sprinters Abbey Weitzeil and Santo Condorelli opened up the American Short Course Championships tonight in Austin, Texas with statement swims in the men’s and women’s 50 meter freestyle.
Weitzeil, who is currently training with Condorelli at the Canyons Aquatics Club, was the star of the women’s events tonight with a lifetime best 24.72 to run away with the 50 meter freestyle. That new best time propels Weitzeil into a tie for the second fastest American so far this season in the event.
On the men’s side, Condorelli closed the session with a 22.24, which ties for the second fastest time of his career with his performance last November at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Minneapolis. Condorelli has become one of North America’s most consistent sprinters over the last 12-18 months, and with his rate of improvement and confidence coming off of last year’s Pan American Games, he’ll be one to watch in Rio.
Longhorn Aquatics’ Andrew Wilson, the star of this morning’s prelims, couldn’t match his 59.91 from earlier today in the 100 meter breaststroke, but posted a very respectable 1:00.40. That’s still one of the five fastest times of his career, and with Cody Miller’s DQ at the Orlando Arena Pro Swim Series tonight, Wilson remains the only American under the 1:00 barrier in 2015-16, and the 6th-fastest swimmer in the world so far. The Emory redshirt took the race out a bit harder tonight than this morning (27.85 vs. 28.14), and appeared to pay for it coming home.
Jessica Hardy–another Olympic breaststroke hopeful–nearly matched her season-best time from this morning with a 1:07.74. Fellow National Team member Laura Sogar slipped from second to third tonight with a 1:11.24.
The 18-and-under swimmers on hand opened up the session tonight with three straight wins in tight battles. 16-year-old Aquazot swimmers Katie Glavinovich and Kate Krolikowski went 1-2 in the women’s 400 in 4:49.18 and 4:50.23, while their 18-year-old teammate Danny Yos swam a lifetime best 4:29.81 to win the men’s event.
Future USC Trojan Stanzi Moseley went out fast and hung on (57.7-1:03.7 by 100) to win the women’s 200 free in 2:01.35, narrowing edging ASC’s Dakota Luther (2:01.52).
The other winners on the night were:
- Michael McBroom (Longhorn) – men’s 200 free – 1:49.71
- Eva Merrell (Aquazot) – women’s 100 back – 1:02.11
- Ian Lemaistre (Texas) – men’s 100 back – 55.75
- Kaitlin Pawlowicz (Nation’s Capital) – women’s 800 free – 8:46.42
- Maggie D’Innocenzo (Texas) – women’s 200 fly – 2:15.11
- Chris Taber (Aquazot) – men’s 200 fly – 2:02.56