2022 Southern Zone South Sectionals: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


  • February 10 – 13, 2022
  • Rosen Aquatic Center
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Long Course Meters (50m)
  • Result via Meet Mobile – “2022 Southern Zone South Sectional Championships”
  • Meet Central
  • Day 1 Finals Recap
  • Day 2 Prelims Recap

After Thursday’s distance and sprint sessions, Friday night in Orlando will feature the first finals session of the 2022 Southern Zone South Sectional Championships. During prelims, Katie Ledecky was on top of the field in both the 200 freestyle and 400 IM, while Caeleb Dressel picked up the top seed in the 100 butterfly.

Follow along below for live recap and analysis of the men’s and women’s 200 freestyle, 100 breast, 100 fly, 400 IM, and 800 freestyle relays.

Women’s 200 Freestyle

Top 3:

  1. Katie Ledecky, 1:54.66
  2. Natalie Hinds, 2:00.60
  3. Addison Sauickie, 2:00.91

Katie Ledecky swam to another first place finish after winning the 800 freestyle yesterday. Her time of 1:54.66 tonight is not far off of her best time of 1:53.73 from the 2016 Olympics. It also was faster than she swam at the 2020 Olympics as her fastest time there was a 1:55.21. Ledecky did not go out as fast as she normally does as she split a 56.73 at the 100 mark tonight. In her best time, she went out in a 55.43 and at the 2020 Olympics she went out in a 56.15 before finishing in a 1:55.21. Ledecky broke the meet record of 1:58.29 which Katie Hoff set back in 2014.

Teammate Natalie Hinds, who like Ledecky is relatively new to the Florida post-grad group, touched in second with a time of 2:00.60. This was a best time for Hinds as her previous best of 2:01.30 was from March 2020.

16-year-old Addison Sauickie, who swam to a fifth place finish in the 800 yesterday, finished third in a time of 2:00.91. Her best time is a 1:59.45 which she swam in July 2021 at the Florida Senior Champs West.

Men’s 200 Freestyle

Top 3:

  1. Caeleb Dressel, 1:49.96
  2. Andres Dupont Cabrera, 1:52.51
  3. Kayden Lancaster, 1:54.45

Caeleb Dressel dropped over three seconds from his prelims swim to win the event in a time of 1:49.96. This is his first time swimming the event long course since Wave II Trials where he went a personal best of 1:46.63 in prelims. In that best time, he split a 51.36 at the 100 compared to a 53.12 tonight.

Andres Dupont Cabrera of Bolles finished second in a time of 1:52.51. Cabrera is committed to Stanford for fall 2022. His best time of 1:50.52 is from April 2021. Fellow Bolles teammate, Kayden Lancaster finished third in a time of 1:54.45. Lancaster is committed to Louisville for fall 2022. This is Lancaster’s best time since he moved from Indiana to Florida in 2021. His personal best time is a 1:52.28 from December 2020.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

Top 3:

  1. Zoe Skirboll, 1:10.47
  2. Nicole Frank, 1:10.87
  3. Gracie Weyant, 1:11.87

UVA commit Zoe Skirboll of Racer X touched first in a time of 1:10.47. This was a little over a second off of her best time of 1:09.32 which she swam at Wave I Trials back in June.

Touching second was Nicole Frank of Azura Florida Aquatics in a time of 1:10.87. Frank represented Uraguay at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as she swam in the heats of the 200 IM. Frank was just off of her best time of 1:10.20 which she swam in November 2021 at the 1st Jr. Pan Am Games.

Gracie Weyant, finished third in a time of 1:11.87, less than a second off of her best time of 1:10.94 from April 2021.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke

Top 3:

  1. Julio Horrego, 1:02.23
  2. Luca Pfyffer, 1:03.48
  3. Dario Martin, 1:04.43

Julio Horrego, who spent his freshman and sophomore collegiate years at Florida State, won the event in a 1:02.23. Horrego represented Honduras at the 2020 Olympics and was a flag bearer. He swam faster today than he did at the Olympics in the event as he swam a 1:02.45 in the heats in Tokyo.

Luca Pfyffer finished second in a time of 1:03.48. Pfyffer is a 2021 graduate of LSU. His best time of 1:01.83 is from July 2019 at the World University Games where he represented Switzerland.

Dario Martin finished third in a huge best time of 1:04.43. His previous best time of 1:05.91 was from August 2021.

Women’s 100 Butterfly

Top 3:

  1. Summer McIntosh, 59.28
  2. Addison Reese, 1:01.08
  3. Addison Sauickie, 1:01.36

McIntosh swam to a win in her only event of the weekend touching in a time of 59.28. McIntosh, known as a mid-distance/distance freestyler represented Canada at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This was her first time breaking 1:00 as her previous best time was a 1:01.69. That time would have placed her at 6th in the event in Canada during the 2021 calendar year.

Addison Reese swam to a best time of 1:01.08 to finish second. Her previous best was a 1:01.15 from July 2021.

About 25 minutes after placing third in the 200 freestyle, Sauickie finished third as well in this event. This was a best time for Sauickie as well as her previous best was a 1:01.56 from July 2021.

Men’s 100 Butterfly

Top 3:

  1. Caeleb Dressel, 51.95
  2. Mitchell Ledford, 54.35
  3. Martin Espernberger, 54.63

World record holder in the event, Dressel swam to his second win of the night touching the wall in a 51.95. He swam his world record time of 49.45 to win gold at the 2020 Olympics. Like the 200 freestyle, this was his first time racing. in the event since the Olympics. Dressel broke the meet record of 52.73 which Bradley Ally set in 2009.

2023 NC State commit, Mitchell Ledford touched second in a time of 54.35. His best time of 53.08 is from Summer Juniors East in August 2021.

Austrian butterflyer, Martin Espernberger, touched third in 54.63. Espernberger swims at Bolles School and is committed to Tennessee for fall 2022. He was just off of his best time of 54.44 from March 2021.

Women’s 400 IM

Top 3:

  1. Katie Ledecky, 4:39.68
  2. Michaela Mattes, 4:48.33
  3. Megan Wheeler, 4:50.22

Ledecky cruised to another win tonight winning the 400 IM in a time of 4:39.68. This was her first time swimming the event since 2019 where she went a 4:39.39 at Pro Swim in Knoxville. Her best time of 4:37.93 is from May 2016.

2023 Florida commit Michaela Mattes finished second in a time of 4:48.33. That was a huge best time for Mattes as her previous best time of 4:50.38 was from July 2019.

Canadian Megan Wheeler finished third in a time of 4:50.22. This was over a second and a half better than her time of 4:51.79 from prelims.

Men’s 400 IM

Top 3:

  1. Michael Mullen, 4:29.68
  2. Amadeusz Knop, 4:30.57
  3. Mark Szaranek, 4:31.30

Michael Mullen of Bolles School led right from the start splitting a 1:00.91 on the butterfly leg. Mullen touched in a time of 4:29.68, about four seconds off of his best time of 4:25.47 which he swam at Futures in July 2021.

Amadeusz Knop swam to a second place finish swimming a 4:30.57. This was a best time for Knop as his previous best of 4:31.36 was from January 2021.

Mark Szaranek swam to a third place finish touching in 4:31.30. Szaranek was a 21-time All-American swimmer at the University of Florida between 2014 and 2018.

Women’s 800 Freestyle Relay

Top 3:

  1. Sarasota Sharks, 8:20.60
  2. Bolles School Sharks, 8:37.63
  3. Nepean Kanata Barracudas, 8:38.52

The Sarasota Sharks team of Gracie Weyant, Addison Sauickie, Michaela Mattes, and Bailey O’Regan swam to a meet record touching in a time of 8:20.60 breaking the meet record of 8:20.95 set in 2016 by the Colorado Stars.

Men’s 800 Freestyle Relay

Top 3:

  1. Bolles School Sharks, 7:45.42
  2. Azura Florida Aquatics, 7:48.11
  3. Trinity Prep Aquatics, 7:51.08

Note: Meet Mobile did not have complete splits for everyone

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Billy Howard
2 years ago

Where is the prelims report? Why was Michael Andrew DQ’d in the 400 IM?

Reply to  Billy Howard
2 years ago

He opted to time trial a 100 breast stroke going 1:01 if I recall

2 years ago

Does anyone know if the general public can go watch this meet? I couldn’t find anything definitive online one way or another?

eL eL
2 years ago

Jack Szaranek is the assistant coach at UF. Not Mark.

I’m not spending $150 on David Curtiss
Reply to  eL eL
2 years ago

Are they related?


As related as brothers can be

2 years ago

You have your Szaraneks mixed up. Jack (Mark’s younger brother) is an assistant coach.

2 years ago

Is McIntosh training in the US?

Reply to  SCCOACH
2 years ago

Yes, with Sarasota Sharks.

Reply to  SCCOACH
2 years ago

I’m not sure where she’s training, but currently there are no major meets/meets of notoriety in Ontario or Quebec due to COVID restrictions. So currently, you have to leave Eastern Canada to get good racing in, could just be a case of that. A few teams from Montreal over to Alberta to race Long course last week.

Reply to  Jesh
2 years ago

Not sure that’s the case or why swim an off event when you swim the same events as Ledecky and she’s here?

Bolles fan
2 years ago

Looks like the men’s 200 free was all Bolles dominated 1-2-3!!

2 years ago

Gracie is Emma’s sister right

2 years ago

It’s Jack Szaranek, younger brother of Mark, who is the assistant coach at Florida.

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