Four Corners Sectionals Day 4 Finals Recap: Mulcare Lowers 100 Back Record

The 2015 Speedo Champions Series – Western Region Four Corners Short Course Championships – is being held this year in Austin at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

For a full recap of the third night’s finals – including results from National Team members and Division-I commits – click here

Day four finals featured the (both women’s and men’s) 100 back, 500 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 400 free relay.

For complete results, click here

It was a night of ups and downs for the women’s 100 back, as Ann Ochitwa (Denver Swim Academy) – seeded first after prelims – added about a third of a second to take third place with a time of :53.97. Keaton Blovad – a 16-year-old from Tualatin Hills took first with a time of :53.51, followed by Rhyan White (Wasatch Front) with a time of :53.75.

Blovad also took first in the 100 breast – dropping a 1.5 seconds from prelims to swim a 1:01.02 at finals. Twins Mariah and Mckenna Gassaway (South Davis Aquatics) took second and third places, respectively.

Tualatin Hills also had a victory in the men’s 100 back, with Patrick Mulcare ducking under :48.00 to break his own Western Sectionals record with a :47.39. Reid Elliott was also under the :48 mark, swimming a :47.99 to take second place.

In the women’s 500, Adriana Palomino (Arizona Gold) shaved over four seconds off her prelims time to win with a 4:51.59. Eleana Matheson (Flatiron Athletics) and Shelly Drozda (Front Range) were right behind Palomino in second and third places, respectively.

Mark Jurek – a 17-year-old from Arizona Gold – took the 500 free title by dropping over four seconds off his prelims time to a 4:23.67. Thomas Ottman (Scottsdale) finished second with a 4:25.00 while Brooks Fail (TJCC Stingrays) finished third with a 4:28.83.

Jurek also won the 100 fly at a :48.26.

Matthew Anderson (Phoenix Swim Club) set a new 100 breaststroke record, ducking well under :54 to take first at a :53.53.  James Sheehan (also Phoenix Swim Club) and Marce Quarante (Scottsdale) took second and third places, respectively.

Tualatin Hills continued their success with the women’s 100 fly, as Sara Metzsch dropped over a second to a finals time of :54.12. Lastly, Metzsch anchored the winning relay swimming a :49.64. She was preceded by Keaton Blovad, Ryan Falk and Emily Cook to take first with a time of 3:22.30.

For the men’s 400 free relay, Phoenix Swim Club with Grady Ottomeyer, Jared Norton, John Morgan, and Matthew Anderson (who swam a :44.79!) too first with a time of 3:02.54. Tualatin Hills was second with a 3:02.90.

Full, live meet results available here.

Check back here tomorrow for a recap of the tonight’s finals!


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9 years ago

Sheehan is a beast! At 37. WOW!!!

9 years ago

I believe it is Ann Ochitwa not Achitwa. And the Gassaway twins are Mariah and McKenna not Maria and McKenzie.

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