World record-holder Cesar Cielo made an appearance at the Western Zone’s Four Corners Sectional, going 22.28 in the 50 freestyle.
The meet took place over the weekend in Austin, Texas.
Cielo, now training with the Mesa Aquatic Club out of Arizona, is now less than two weeks out of Brazil’s final Olympic qualifying meet. After scratching out of most of the Brazil Open last year, Cielo will have to hit qualifying times and outpace some of his countrymen later this month at the Maria Lenk Trophy just to earn an Olympic berth for the 2016 Games, which will take place in his home nation.
The 29-year-old seems to be heading in the right direction with his swim in Austin. He was about two tenths faster in the 50 than he was at the Arena Pro Swim Series – Orlando about a month ago. Cielo noted at the time that he was a bit disappointed with his Orlando performances.
In team points, the Arizona Gold boys won the meet by more than 150 points, while the Fort Collins Area Swim Team dominated the women’s meet.
Zoe Bartel led the way for Fort Collins on the girls side, winning 4 events. Probably most impressive was her 100 breaststroke, where a huge time drop took her from 1:11 to 1:08.19 for a huge win.
Bartel, 15 years old, also notched a new Olympic Trials cut with a 2:17.54 in the 200 IM. In addition, she won the 100 back (1:03.54) and 100 free (57.85).
Also winning an event for Fort Collins was 14-year-old Coleen Gillilan, who sliced almost three seconds off her 100 fly time to win in a new Olympic Trials cut of 1:00.84.
18-year-old Ben Olszewski had a huge meet to lead the Arizona Gold boys to the points title. Olszewski won three events, earning new Olympic Trials cuts in the 400 IM (4:26.714) and 1500 free (15:39.55) while also winning the 400 free (3:56.60).
Olszewski also led off the winning 800 free relay, going 1:51.80 for a new Olympic Trials cut as well.
Ty Dang won the 100 and 200 breaststrokes for Gold, going 1:03.97 in the 100 and 2:17.16 in the 200 for a new Trials Cut.
Gold’s Mark Jurek also won the 200 fly in 2:02.47.
17-year-old unattached swimmer Daniel Carr had a nice meet, highlighted by a big 54.95 in the 100 back. Carr also won the 200 IM (2:05.25), 100 free (51.55) and 200 back (2:01.74).
A few more swimmers who won events while earning new Olympic Trials cuts:
- 17-year-old Eleanor Matheson of the Flatiron Athletic Club hit the Trials cut right on the nose in the 200 fly, going 2:14.99. Her lifetime-best before the meet was a 2:17.
- Jacob Huerta of the Coastal Bend All-Stars went 54.64 to earn a new Trials cut in the 100 fly.