Breeja Larson, Thiago Parravicini with dominating breaststroke wins at Shenandoah Sectional

The 200 breaststrokers were the highlight of Wednesday night’s action in Shenandoah, Texas, as Breeja Larson and Thiago Parravicini put up big times in winning Speedo Sectional titles.

Parravicini, the Division II national record-holder for Incarnate Word, blew away the men’s 200 breast field with a 2:18.01. The Brazilian was out in a quick 1:06.2 en route to a 4-second win. Meanwhile Texas A&M grad and Olympian Larson took home the women’s title, going 2:26.71 in what should be her final tune-up before nationals. Larson won by nearly six seconds.

Georgia Bulldog Maddy Locus won the women’s 100 free to open up the meet. Swimming for First Colony Swim Team, Locus went 56.83 to beat Aggie Swim Club’s Sarah Gibson and Texas Longhorn signee Rebecca Millard.

The men’s event went to Alexander Hancock of Blue Tide. His 51.51 just nipped Luke Shaw of Alamo Area, who went 51.82.

From there, the Dallas Mustangs rattled off three straight wins. Claire Brandt won the women’s 200 back in runaway fashion, going 2:14.84. She beat second-place by over five seconds. The next race, the men’s 200 back, went to her teammate Wiliam Crowe in 2:04.76. Finally, Tiffany Futscher went 2:17.68 to win the women’s 200 fly, completing the trio of wins for the Mustangs.

Alamo Area’s Andrew Skowronek closed out the night with a 2:03.18 win in the men’s 200 fly. That topped his teammate Aaron Moran by a little over three seconds.

The meet continues through Saturday night. Full results are available on Meet Mobile under “2014 SCS Long Course Sectional Championships.”

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Breeja’s 200 has been inconsistent, but she’s had some good swims the last couple months setting herself up for nationals. A good summer could qualify her for all three breaststroke events next year.

Is she staying at A&M for the foreseeable future?

bobo gigi

Why do you ask the question?
Because you think all breaststrokers of the world finish sooner or later at the Trojan Swim Club? :mrgreen:


She’s going to have a good summer. 0% tapered for this meet.

Yes it seems she will as that is where she has been training all summer

Former Longhorn

While everyone focuses on Larson, I will date to address Thiago and his team, Incarnate Word. UIW has had the best couple of years in it’s history, ranking as high as top 15-20 their first year as a DI program – and it is no secret why. Christopher O’Linger – the UIW Assistant Coach has been the source of change. I had the pleasure of being a few years younger than him and watched him outsmart people FAR beyond his ability level (no offense if you’re reading this Christopher!) in every single freestyle event – every single meet – all the way up to the highest level. His swimming IQ is undoubtedly among the best and his “dark horse” qualities… Read more »

NorthShore Star

I agree! Chris has changed the program. UIWs distance program was run by Chris the last year they competed as a Division II program. His swimmers did indeed show drastic improvement. Importantly, Chris is a positive force and quite a motivator. There really isn’t enough praise for what he accomplished.

Retired swimmer

I was fortunate enough to swim under Chris for two years. I can confidently say he saved my career. I was burnt out and coming off of a sophomore slump and he found a way to make me love swimming and crave competition again. I have never met a more attentive and knowledgable coach, not to mention an all-around great and supportive person. Excited to see where he goes from here.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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