All-Americans S. Dressel, Main Earn Wins on Saturday at Gainesville Sectionals


  • Southern Zone South Sectionals
  • July 11-14, 2019
  • O’Connell Center Pool, University of Florida
  • Gainesville, FL
  • 50m (LCM)
  • Meet Site
  • Meet Info
  • Psych Sheets
  • Meet Mobile: “Southern Zone South Sectional Championships”

Gainesville locals Caitlin Brooks and Sherridon Dressel raced for the 100 back title on Saturday night at the 2019 Gainesville Sectional meet. Brooks, a multi-time Florida state champion in the 100 back, was less than 2 tenths shy of her best in 1:01.56 for the win. Dressel was also tenths shy of her best, taking 2nd in 1:02.55. Dressel came back to win the 50 fly shortly after with a lifetime best 27.06. Her previous best was a 28.91 from 2015.

After their 400 IM battle, Vanessa Pearl and Emma Weyant returned to race again in the 200 IM on Saturday. However, this time, it was Florida’s Kelly Fertel who came out on top. Fertel punched in at 2:14.44 to win by over 2 seconds, followed by Pearl (2:16.63) and Weyant (2:17.62). UF’s Grant Sanders was withing a second of his best to dominate the men’s version of that event in 2:02.10 ahead of 200 free champ and teammate Gerry Quinn (2:05.50).

Florida All-American Bayley Main won the men’s 50 fly by nearly a second, posting a 24.77. Teammates Ethan Beach and Dakota Mahaffey battled in the 100 back, with Beach taking the win in 56.81 to Mahaffey’s 57.42.

Additional Event Winners:

  • Women’s 50 Breast: Adrianna Deboer, GSC, 32.40
  • Men’s 50 Breast: Jared Pike, TIDE, 28.71
  • Women’s 50 Free: Gabrielle Hillis, GSC, 25.88
  • Men’s 50 Free: Alberto Mestre, GSC, 22.65
  • Women’s 400 Medley Relay: Blue Dolphins, 4:17.44
  • Men’s 400 Medley Relay: Gator Swim Club, 3:55.23

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4 years ago

Kieran Smith also won the 400 free with a 3:50.99

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Anonymous
4 years ago

He’s had a good meet.

4 years ago

Kieran Smith went 3:50.9 in the 400 free also

Texas Tap Water
4 years ago

She does look like a female Dressel

Reply to  Texas Tap Water
4 years ago

maybe because she is a female Dressel? lol

Reply to  Texas Tap Water
4 years ago


Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
4 years ago

Weird, cuz Caeleb looks like a male Dressel.

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