Katie McLaughlin secured a big win over a tough field in the women’s 200m freestyle final, sporting a 1:57.55 at the touch to give her the win by over a second and a half. Her closest competitor was 20-year-old Allie Davis in 2:00.10. Stanzi Moseley rounded out the top three with a 2:01.42 performance. The time for McLaughlin cracked the top 25 in the world rankings, ranking her 24th in the world in the event.
That win for McLaughlin comes after setting a new personal best of 55.30 in the 100m freestyle Friday night, and putting up the 10th fastest time in the world in the 200m fly prelims Friday morning.
The Mission Viejo swimmer did amount to a new personal best with her 1:57.55 in the 200 free. Previously, McLaughlin’s best time was a 1:58.00 from earlier this season.
In the men’s 200m freestyle Trojan swimmer Cristian Quintero was the only man to dip under 1:50 with a 1:49.09 to win the race by over a second. The race for second was arguably where the excitement was, as Reed Malone and Mads Glaesner battled to the wall behind Quintero.
Ultimately it was Malone who touched in 1:50.75 to Glaesner’s 1:51.00. Malone passed him heading into the halfway point, and even though he let up a bit to Glaesner on the last 50, he managed to come out on top.
Canadian breaststroker Tera Van Beilen struck gold in the 200m breaststroke, rocking a time of 2:30.04 at the touch. That time gave Van Beilen the win by over a second and a half, as 16-year-old Kelsey Wog, who happens to be Canadian as well, put forth a great last 50 effort to claim silver in 2:31.61.
Van Beilen faded on the last 50, splitting a 39.50 despite hitting consistant 38s in the middle of her race. Wog’s last 50 was her strong point, coming home in a 38.94.
Nitro’s Will Licon got to step it up in one of the fiercest breaststroke races he has ever raced in, going up against the former breaststroke king himself: Kosuke Kitajima.
Also in the race, making the final extremely competitive, were Sean Mahoney, Cal’s Chuck Katis, and former Calgary swimmer Jason Block.
Licon owned the race from start to finish, heading out to the halfway point in 1:03.13 and coming home to touch first in 2:12.92. Amazingly, he was faster than every single swimmer in the final on every single split of the race.
Kitajima was second in 2:16.67 just getting to the wall ahead of Sean Mahoney. Mahoney was a 2:16.86, and almost chased down a fading Kitajima who only managed to put up a 36.56 on the final 50 as opposed to Mahoney’s 35.62.
Katis was fourth in 2:17.12 followed by Block in 2:18.88.
After winning the 100m freestyle on Friday night, Abbey Weitzeil came home swinging once more to claim the sprint freestyle crown with a 25.19 victory in the final.
That came after Weitzeil was a 25.15 in prelims.
Tonight, it was Weitzeil against the clock, putting together a run-away victory over the rest of the field. Roadrunner Aquatics’ Stanzi Moseley was second behind Weitzeil in 26.01. Eva Merrell, 15, from the Aquazot Swim Club put up a strong effort for third, swimming to a 26.07.
Danny Tucker was the man to beat in the men’s 50 free, taking down two Canadian sprinters in the process. Tucker swam to a winning 22.68 in finals, bettering his 22.95 prelims time by a sizable amount.
Alex Loginov was second in 22.84 followed by his Canadian teammate Santo Condorelli in 22.95.
After winning two events on Friday night, Haley Anderson of the Trojan Swim Club came back for second helpings with a 400m IM victory. Anderson swam to a 4:44.64, taking off almost 10-seconds from her prelim swim.
With that swim Anderson was just shy of her personal best which currently sits at 4:43.17. Anderson swam that at the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha. The time was however the fastest she’s been since the 2012 Olympic Trials.
Canadian Erika Seltrenreich-Hodgson was second to Anderson in the final in 4:45.04. She was ahead at the 350-meter mark, but Anderson came home very strong on the last 50 in 30.88 to pass her in claim gold.
Nitro Swimming’s Sean Grieshop put together an extremely impressive performance en route to a 400 IM win, taking the event with a time of 4:21.08. That’s the third fastest that Grieshop has ever been in the event. Both times that he went faster than that in his career were at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships.
This time marks steady improvement for Grieshop. He was very close to his personal best time of 4:20.25 from Junior Pan Pacs, and it can be assumed that he wasn’t fully rested for this meet.
The closest competitor for Grieshop was Aquazot Swim Club’s Corey Okubu who swim a 4:23.94, dipping under the Olympic Trials cut, and taking home the silver medal.
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