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It’s been a light month of swimming competition. But coach Karl Krug and the Spartans Aquatic Club in Georgia had a shockingly-fast showing at its Red vs Gold intrasquad meet from July 10-12.
Of the 26 events swum, 14 event winners bettered their seed times. The standout was rising high school senior Peter Sacca, who hit five new personal-best times. The 17-year-old isn’t yet tied to a college program, but should be moving up in his class after some big July drops:
Peter Sacca, Time Drops, July 2020:
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Others winning events in career-best times, despite the coronavirus pandemic restricting training and competition this summer:
- Zara Boyer, age 12: dropped from 2:18.90 to 2:11.50 in the 200 free
- Sophie Hamilton, age 11: dropped from 1:01.78 to 1:01.42 in the 100 free
- Jensen Nelson, age 15: dropped from 1:55.86 to 1:55.36 in the 200 back
- Marlee Carmichael, age 12: dropped from 32.10 to 31.86 in the 50 fly
- Emma Thorne, age 12: dropped from 15.76 to 15.75 in the 25 fly
- Hudson Smith, age 12: dropped from 35.11 to 34.47 in the 50 back
- Whalen Pfister, age 10: seeded with no times (NT), but won the 25 back (18.62), 25 breast (21.95) and 25 free (15.32)
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