2016 FUTURES CHAMPIONSHIPS – ATLANTA
The opening event set the tone for the surprises to come, as 15-year-old Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club, who came into the meet seeded 34th with 2:07.97, dropped another 3 seconds from the 2.9 she had shed in prelims, to win the 200 free with 2:01.99. Runner-up was 14-year-old Tristen Ulett of Dynamo Swim Club, whose 2:02.32 propelled her from 50th on the all-time list for 13-14 girls to 18th.
15-year-old Will Tarvestad of Triton Swimming won the men’s 200 free title with a best-by-1.3, 1:52.00. He held off Metro Atlantic’s Aitor Fungairino (1:52.10) and Dynamo’s Michael Taylor (1:52.44) to earn the victory.
In the women’s 100 breast, Cardinal Aquatics’ Kaylee Wheeler out-touched top qualifier Danielle Delatorre of Athens Bulldog Swim Club, 1:11.00 to 1:11.33. Joseph Hampel of Owensboro Marlins won the men’s event in 1:04.07.
Gator Swim Club’s Talia Bates led wire-to-wire to win the 100 fly title in 1:01.10 over Alena Kraus of Makos Aquatics (1:01.45) and South Florida’s Golding (1:01.74). The men’s race was an extremely tight battle; Raphael Marcoux from Swim Fort Lauderdale and Dynamo’s Derek Cox stopped the clock at the exact same time (55.46) to tie for first, while third-place Noah Henderson of Star Aquatics was only .05 behind with 55.61.
Marlins of Raleigh teammates Sarah Giamber and Brooke Rubendall went 1-2 in the women’s 400 IM, touching in 4:54.61 and 4:57.21, respectively. Their teammate Gregory Lombana, who was entered with 4:41.59 at 24th seed, blasted a 4:29.09 in prelims which he followed up with 4:29.66 to win in finals in the men’s race.
SwimMAC Carolina (Charlotte Hylinski, Katie Corbi, Chloe Harris, and Olwyn Bartis) won the women’s 400 free relay with 3:52.75, while Swim Fort Lauderdale (Philippe Marcoux, Nikita Tretyakov, Julien Pinon, and Raphael Marcoux) won the men’s race in 3:27.49.