16 Swimmers Swim Olympic Trials Cuts At EZ Northern Speedo Sectionals

2016 Eastern Zone Northern Region Speedo Sectional Meet

16 swimmers came in underneath the U.S. Olympic Trials standards this weekend at the Eastern Zone Northern Region Speedo Sectional Meet in Buffalo, New York.

Matea Samardzic, who swims for Saint Peter’s in the collegiate season, led the surge with five victories and six times underneath the U.S. Olympic Trials standard. Samardzic, however, is a Croatian national, and she has already qualified to swim the 200 back in Rio this summer. Her wins came in the 800 free (8:49.13), 100 back (1:02.15), 400 free (4:20.47), 200 back (2:12.39), and 200 IM (2:16.87).

Drew Modrov, formerly of Auburn University and Rider University, scored a pair of wins in the sprint free events, taking the 50 free in 22.76 and the 100 free in 50.84. However, his prelims swim in the 100 was faster, a 50.35 that notches his ticket to Trials. Modrov’s 50 was also a Trials cut, as was his third-place 100 fly (54.76).

Florida commit Makayla Sargent notched a pair of OT cuts with her 400 IM (4:46.53) and 200 IM (2:17.51) performances. She won the 200 free (2:03.53) and the 400 IM.

Samardzic’s Saint Peter’s teammate Jonathan Gomez, who swims for Colombia internationally, took a pair of wins in the 400 IM (4:30.49) and the 200 fly (2:00.53).

John Montesi, a Notre Dame commit, swam a pair of Olympic Trials cuts with wins in the 100 fly (54.03) and the 100 back (56.84).

Swims under the U.S. Olympic Trials standard:

  • Matea Samardzic*, Scarlet: 800 free (8:49.13), 400 IM (4:53.75), 100 back (1:02.15), 200 back (2:12.39), 200 IM (2:16.87)
  • Luke Otto, Unattached: 100 breast (1:03.57)
  • John Montesi, Chelsea Piers: 100 fly (54.03), 100 back (56.84)
  • Michael Dugan, BAAC: 100 fly (54.73)
  • Drew Modrov, Swimmin-MR: 100 fly (54.76), 50 free (22.76), 100 free (50.35)
  • Makayla Sargent, Victor: 400 IM (4:46.53), 200 IM (2:17.51)
  • Kieran Smith, Ridgefield: 400 IM (4:26.04)
  • Jonathan Gomez*, Scarlet: 400 IM (4:26.92), 200 fly (2:00.53)
  • Jarrett Jones, Cape Cod: 400 IM (4:27.04)
  • Ky-lee Perry, Wilton Wahoos: 50 free (26.07)
  • Wyatt Ubellacker, Unattached: 50 free (23.13)
  • Garrett Clarke, Unattached: 200 breast (2:17.85)
  • Andrew Bornstein, Ridgefield: 200 breast (2:18.27)
  • Marcella Maguire, Ridgefield: 100 back (1:03.22)
  • Hudson Carroll, Unattached: 100 back (57.12)
  • Vincent Marciano, Morris County: 100 back (57.46)

*swimmers who do not swim for the United States internationally

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Fellow Swimmer
6 years ago

He didn’t get the cut. He was right off, but the cut is 57.19 and he went 57.46

6 years ago

Isn’t Vincet Marciano 13 years old?

Reply to  50Free
6 years ago

No, he is 14, and he swims for Morris County, NJ. Even though he made the Olympic Trials cut, I do believe he won’t make it onto the National Team (perhaps the Junior National Team?), as he will probably be destroyed by all the other top seeded swimmers for the 100 Back

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Reply to  50Free
6 years ago

He is 14, turing 15 on May 5th.

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