Heasley, Berkoff Add 3rd Wins on Friday at Federal Way Sectionals

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 2

March 17th, 2018 Club, News


  • March 15th-18th, 2018
  • King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Washington
  • 25y Course, Prelims/Finals Format
  • Meet Central
  • Live Results

After a long, 12-event session on Thursday to open the 2018 Federal Way Sectional Championships, Friday evening saw a staccato of just 6 races making up the day’s activities: the 200 free and 400 IM for each gender, plus the 200 medley relays. That still stretched the finals’ session to 2.5 hours, ensuring that the swimmers who tried the double still had plenty of rest.

None-the-less, few took on the dastardly double, and only one swimmer, Charger Aquatics’ Jack Hoagland, made the A-Final in both available individual events, placing 6th in the 200 free and 4th in the 400 IM.

Katharine Berkoff from the Missoula Aquatic Club did add her 3rd individual event win of the meet, though, by topping a tight 200 free final in 1:46.81. That put her .02 seconds ahead of Kylee Alons and .10 seconds ahead of Zoe Bartel, both from the Fort Collins Area Swim Team that won the 800 free relay on Thursday. Berkoff built a big lead on the first 100, but the Coloradoans started clawing back on the 3rd 50: where all three had effectively the same split. Then, on the laast 50, Alons and Bartel where each about 6-tenths better than Berkoff, but Berkoff did just enough at the finish to hold on and win.

Fort Collins had 2 of the top 3 finishers in the 400 IM as well, this time with Colleen Gillilan winning in 4:14.04. Caraline Baker was 3rd in 4:18.83, Cameron Kovac was 5th in 4:23.09, and Renee Gillilan (14-year old sister of Colleen) was 8th in 4:28.07 (after a 4:25 in prelims), giving FCAST half of the A-Final.

Sarah Dimeco from the Issaquah Swim Team was 2nd in 4:15.83.

The first boy’s race of the night was the 2nd win of the meet for 20-year old ‘aukai Lileikis of Hawaii. He won the 200 free in 1:34.68, which added another best time to his best-time win in the 100 free on Thursday.

In the 400 IM, Ethan Heasley matched Berkoff with a 3rd win of the meet, taking the boys’ 400 IM in 3:45.56. That ranks behind only Carson Foster among 15-16s nationally this season, and jumps him to 6th all-time in the age group.

Thursday’s Relay Winners:

  • Fort Collins won the girls’ 200 medley relay in a new Meet Record of 1:38.07. That beat the 1:39.25 done by a KING relay in 2009 that included Olympic medalists Megan Jendrick and Margaret Hoelzer as well as World Record holder Ariana Kukors.
  • The Bellevue Club Swim Team won the boys’ 200 medley in 1:30.39, just holding off the Hawaiian Iolani Swim Club, who finished 2nd in 1:30.51. Nathan Shao split a 22.57 for the winners, while Alex Chan anchored Iolani’s relay in a field-leading 20.11.

Top 5 Women’s Teams – After Day 2

  1. Fort Collins Area Swim Team – 779
  2. King Aquatic Club – 549
  3. Bellevue Club Swim Team – 327
  4. Tualatin Hills Swim Club – 307
  5. Lake Oswego Swim Club – 267

Top 5 Men’s Teams – After Day 2

  1. King Aquatic Club – 557
  2. Tualatin Hills Swim Club – 407
  3. Hillsboro Swim Team – 372
  4. Charger Aquatics – 319.5
  5. Fort Collins Area Swim Team – 314

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4 years ago

The 200FR swim by Lileikis was fun to watch since he was in Lane 1 and it took a little while before people noticed he was killing it from an outside lane.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Big swim for Ethan Easley. And impressive meet overall. Never heard of him before this week. 3.45 at 16, that’s great.

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