Brad Craig Swims Fastest Time by an American in 2014 on Saturday at Greensboro Sectionals

Saturday night at the 2014 Greensboro Sectional meet featured a handful of noteworthy winners, but the anticipated star of the session, Olympian Chloe Sutton, was absent.

She swam a 4:17.80 in prelims of the women’s 400 free before scratching out of finals; she also scratched out of finals in the 200 free on Friday, so this is a little bit of a pattern for her at this meet.

In her absence, YOTA’s Hannah Moore swam a 4:13.53 to win the race, followed by Tennessee’s Mary Griffith in 4:15.43.

Meanwhile, the best race of the night was the men’s 100 breast. There, pro swimmers Brad Craig and Kameron Chastain battled for the win. Craig came away with the win in 1:00.88, which further solidified his role as a contender for the Pan Pacs team this summer. That’s the fastest time by an American so far in 2014.

Chastain also ranks among the top 6 Americans in the event this year after a 1:01.91 in prelims. He couldn’t replicate that speed, though, and slipped to a 1:02.61 in finals.

The men’s 100 fly title went to North Carolina State’s Soeren Dahl, a 21-year old sophomore, in 53.13. The Danish National beat out Kyler VanSwol, who was 2nd in 53.45. NC State’s David Williams was 3rd in 53.77.

Dahl was out under 25 seconds in that race, and he and his teammate Williams both took the swim out very fast.

In the women’s 100 fly, Kentucky’s Christina Bechtel swam a 59.74 to beat SwimMAC senior and Princeton commit Elsa Wleshofer by a fingernail – she was 2nd in 59.76. Of the two, Bechtel is easily the better 200 butterflier to this point of their careers, which is perhaps what gave her the confidence to push the pace early in this swim.

Tennessee’s Molly Hannis won the women’s 100 breaststroke in 1:09.47. She’s been faster than that time twice already this year, but the reservation is perhaps comforting for her given that last season, her best time came before U.S. Nationals.

The other individual event winner on the day came in the men’s 400 free. Kentucky’s Scott Crosthwaite swam a 3:56.74 to win just ahead of his teammate and NCAA Championship qualifier Brandon Flynn (3:56.85). Wildcats held the entire podium, with Andrew Aviotti placing 3rd in 3:59.32.

Full, live meet results available here.


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100 breast, not 100 free, for Brad Craig. Beautiful swim.


Great swim by Craig, must be close to his PB? Though I was startled to read that it was the fastest time by an American. It only ranks 33rd in the world. I know folks haven’t tapered yet, but it’s getting toward the end of July and we’re lagging behind our places in other events. Hoping for big tapers from Cordes and Fink, if not, Craig could squeak in there.


Way to rock it Brad! Vol Strong!

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