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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3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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

Reply to  Nah
3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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

Reply to  thezwimmer
3 years ago

Big deal. The SEC isn’t very deep. ?

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