Lauren Pitzer Shreds 6.2 Seconds Off of 800 Free PR at Austin Futures

2016 FUTURES CHAMPIONSHIPS – AUSTIN

Kicking off the first session of the Austin Futures Championships was Lauren Pitzer of Lakeside Aquatic Club, notching a new best time in the 800 free. The 17-year-old dominated the race by over eleven seconds, and took more than six off of her lifetime best with a winning time of 8:44.63.

For the men’s 1500, Ford Blaylock of Rockwall Aquatics Center of Excellence (RACE) topped the field with a 15:59.98, the only swimmer to brush under the 16 minute mark.

The Kansas City Blazers won the women’s 800 free relay in 8:25.72, with RACE touching 2nd (8:27.22) and Magnolia Aquatic Club grabbing 3rd (8:28.22). Caitlin Clements had a quick anchor leg for Magnolia, finishing things up with a 2:02.40 on the end.

The men’s 800 free relay came down to the finish, with Nitro’s Chris Yeager just unable to make up the deficit on Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club. Cypress Fairbanks led by over a second going into the final exchange, and was anchored by Sean Morey‘s 1:53.09. Young distance talent Yeager anchored in an impressive 1:51.92, but it wasn’t enough to get Nitro the win.

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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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