15-year-old Morgan Hill of Machine Aquatics continued her strong run of swims at the Potomac Valley State meet Sunday night, winning the 100 free to complete the sprint free double for the weekend.
Hill went 56.32 another lifetime-best after winning the 50 in a PR yesterday as well. This race accounted for a 1.5-second drop for the on-fire Hill. She beat Virginia’s rising sophomore Leah Smith (56.94) for the 100 free title.
Smith was coming off of a distance race, more her forte with the Cavaliers. She won the 800, going 8:39.01 to easily top Nation’s Capital’s Megan Byrnes (8:53.70).
Meanwhile on the boys’s side, NCAP’s Andrew Seliskar won one race and took second in another to cap off the weekend. Seliskar was 2:04.23 in the 200 IM, highlighted by a 36.8 breaststroke split, which was where he really blew the top off the field. The rising high school senior was also second in the 100 free just a few events earlier.
There, Michigan Wolverine grad Sean Fletcher picked up the win, going 51.18. That beat out Seliskar’s 51.88 – Fletcher showed his early speed, putting up the only 24-second front-half split of the field to grab a lead he’d never give up.
Texas sophomore Jack Conger crushed the 200 fly, going 2:00.79. Swimming with his home club, Machine Aquatics, Conger went out in 56.84, leading by a full four seconds at the 100-turn. He wound up winning by almost 3 over NCAP’s Ben Southern.
The women’s 200 back was another blowout, with Virginia Cavaliers standout Courtney Bartholomew going 2:14.88 with a strong closing 50 of 34.41, the best in the field.
Bartholomew was second in the 200 IM to teammate Kaitlyn Jones. Impressively, Jones actually outsplit Bartholomew on the backstroke leg 33.5 to 34.0, and used that momentum to roll to the win in 2:16.01. Bartholomew was 2:18.20, and Leah Smith rolle in third at 2:21.52.
Continuing Virginia’s dominance, Luke Papendick won the men’s 200 back, going 2:02.96 to blow out the field by almost four seconds.
Nation’s Capital went 1-2-3 in the women’s 200 fly, led by 16-year-old Kylie Jordan. Jordan was 2:15.98 to just beat out 14-year-old Isabella Rongione (2:16.46). Their teammate Bailee Monahan won a tight battle for third 2:19.18 to 2:19.43 over Virginia’s Alison Haulsee.
Finally, the 1500 free went to Rockville Montgomery’s Andrew Greenhalgh in 15:53.78. The Johns Hopkins swimmer won by about ten seconds while chopping 17 off of his personal best.