Kate Douglass Drops 1:45.1 to Lead Off CPAC 800 Relay at Ithaca Sectls

Karl Ortegon
by Karl Ortegon 3

March 28th, 2019 Club, News


Only two distance events and the 800 free relays were on tap tonight in Ithaca. In the relays, as expected, Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club dominated on the women’s side. They had dynamite legs to start things off, as Kate Douglass led off with a 1:45.16 followed by Maxine Parker at 1:46.20.

For Douglass, that’s a huge drop, taking it down almost three seconds as her old best was a 1:48.10 from this same meet two years ago. Parker’s best is still a 1:46.20. Following them were Sophia Moore (1:52.00) and Bridget Semenuk (1:49.04), as they combined for a 7:12.40.

On the men’s side, it was the relay from Woodbridge Aquatic Club at 6:47.00 for the win. Their big split was on the anchor, as Arsenio Bustos split a 1:38.29 after going out in 45.83. The boys from CPAC were very close behind at 6:47.47.

The first individual race in the women’s mile, with 13-year-old Mary McKenna of Long Island Express battling 16-year-old Orla Egan of Laguardia Aquatic Club all the way to the finish. Egan split two 29’s and then a 27-low, but McKenna held her off, and the 13-year-old triumphed at 16:36.26 over Egan’s 16:36.95.

McKenna, who previously sat 29th in 13-year-old history in this event, moves to 17th all-time with that swim.

The men’s distance event was the 1000 free, and the race was incredibly tight there, too. 16-year-olds Connor Hunt of Ridgefield Aquatic Club and Matthew Styczen of New York Sharks charged to the wall together, with Hunt taking the win at 9:10.17 ahead of Styczen (9:10.82).

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3 years ago


The michael phelps caterpillar
3 years ago

Connor Hunt is a god.

Wolves Eating Sheep
3 years ago

UVA Coaching Staff has got to be FIRED UP when they see this.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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