2017 SOUTHERN ZONE SECTIONALS – ORLANDO
The 2017 Southern Zone South Sectional Championship has featured several well-established college athletes and Olympians thus far, including Alia Atkinson and Jan Switowski, but the third finals session of the meet was dominated by younger, high school entrants.
Three of the night’s 12 individual events were won by athletes who had not yet received college training, while several other high school athletes scored highly across the night’s events. Gator’s 16-year old backstroker, Caitlin Brooks, collected a US Open cut after winning the 100 backstroke with a 1:02.21. That’s her lifetime best by over a second.
The youngest winner on the night, and over the meet as a whole, was 15-year old Emma Weyant of Sarasota YMCA Sharks in the women’s 200 IM. After turning second at the 150 mark, Weyant blew past Highlander Aquatics’ Carley Lowe behind a 31.25 in the freestyle leg. Weyant and Lowe were amongst six high-school aged athletes in the event’s A final.
Scarlet Aquatics’ 17-year old distance phenom Johann Calloni was the final high school aged victor on the night, after being the only man to go below the four minute mark in the men’s 400 freestyle. Calloni held off fellow high school-aged athlete Brendan Driscoll of Tampa Bay Aquatics throughout the event, and pulled away in the final 200 to win by nearly three seconds.
Other Day 3 Winners:
- New Zealand Olympians Corey and Bayley Main went 1-2 in the men’s 100 backstroke
- Alia Atkinson broke her own meet record in the 50 breaststroke by going 30.98 in Saturday’s final. Atkinson also won the 50 fly after going 26.82.
- Florida senior and Polish Olympian Jan Switowski wins 50 fly in 24.21.
- Arizona’s Grant Sanders wins the men’s 200 IM in 2:01.74
- Club Seminole’s Nicole Blank was amongst three US Open qualifiers in the 50 freestyle, touching in 25.76.
- Gator Swim Club and Seminole Swim Club split first and second place finishes in the men’s and women’s 400 medley relay. The Gator women outlast the Seminole women after going 4:16.08, while the Seminole men beat the Gator men by six seconds with a time of 3:47.17.
Women’s Top 5 Teams:
- Gator Swim Club – 769.5
- Scarlet Aquatics – 559.5
- Swim Florida – 550
- South Florida Aquatic Club – 497
- Bolles School Sharks- 487
Men’s Top 5 Teams:
- Scarlet Aquatics – 944
- Metro Aquatic Club of Miami – 800.5
- Gator Swim Club- 763
- Sarasota YMCA Sharks- 502.5
- Bolles School Sharks- 494.5