Gator Olympians and Juniors Lead the Way at Orlando Sectionals


With Olympians and collegiate champions headlining, the junior-aged swimmers at the Orlando Sectionals still got in their fair share of victories on Friday. That started early in the session when a pair of teenagers tied for the win in the first race of the meet, the 200 free. 16-year old Mary Smutny of the AK Sharks and 14-year old Olivia McMurray of Swim Florida posted matching 2:03.05. That swim by McMurray is the second-fastest by a 14-year old nationally this season.

Florida senior-to-be and 2016 Polish Olympian Jan Switkowski won the men’s 200 free in 1:49.16, beating out the defending SEC Champion in the event Baqlah Khader (who represented Jordan in Rio).

Switkowski later added a win in the 100 fly in 53.51.

On the women’s side, Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson grabbed two wins as well. She won her signature event, the 100 breaststroke, by exactly 3 seconds over Florida State’s Natalie Pierce (1:07.61-1:10.61). Just over a week ago, Pierce became Florida State’s first-ever finalist at USA Swimming’s Summer National Championships in the 50 breaststroke.

Atkinson also picked up a win in the 100 fly (59.94) and later swam with her younger South Florida Aquatic Club teammates to a win in the 800 free relay as well (Kathleen GoldingKelley Heron, and Melissa Marinheiro).

Other Day 2 Winners:

  • Grant Sanders won the men’s 100 breaststroke in 1:02.68.
  • Gator Swim Club 16-year old Caitlin Brooks won the women’s 50 backstroke in 29.27.
  • Another 16-year old, Kathleen Golding from the South Florida Aquatic Club, won the women’s 400 IM in 4:50.65.
  • New Zealand Olympian Corey Main won the men’s 50 back in 26.15.
  • Jonathan Gomez, a Colombian Olympian, won the men’s 400 IM in 4:25.25.
  • The Gator Swim Club won the men’s 800 free relay in 7:39.03, swimming with a combination of college and high school swimmers. They took 2 out of the 3 spots in the race with a split relay, as they pulled into 2nd place in the team standings.

Team Standings

Women’s Scoring:

  1. Gator Swim Club – 249
  2. Scarlet Aquatics – 164.5
  3. Swim Florida – 154.5
  4. Bolles School Sharks – 141
  5. South Florida Aquatic Club – 137

Men’s Standings:

  1. Scarlet Aquatics – 294
  2. Gator Swim Club – 226
  3. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami – 223
  4. Bolles School Sharks – 143
  5. Club Seminole – 124


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Pretty nice fly time by Atkinson as well, under a minute. Is that her first time?


When I heard Olympians in the title I thought it mean the actual fast American Olympians. I was expecting to see names like locthe, dressel, beisel haha


Nah, just your garden variety, average everyday Olympians like world record holder Alia Atkinson…


Baqlah (which is his last name) was actually second at SECs behind fellow freshman Maxime Rooney


Big deal. The SEC isn’t very deep. ?

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