2022 SOUTHERN ZONE SOUTH SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- February 10 – 13, 2022
- Rosen Aquatic Center
- Orlando, Florida
- Long Course Meters (50m)
- Result via Meet Mobile – “2022 Southern Zone South Sectional Championships”
- Meet Central
During the first prelims session of the 2022 Southern Zone South Sectional Championships, Katie Ledecky swam a 1:56.09 200 freestyle, topping the field by several seconds. Ledecky’s PB in the event is a 1:53.73 from her gold medal-winning swim at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Ledecky got off to a quick start during the Thursday distance session, posting an 8:11.83 in the 800 freestyle, which is quicker than what she swam at the Tokyo 2020 Games to win gold (8:12.57). Her 200 freestyle was slightly slower than her time in the 2020 Olympic final of 1:55.21 for 5th overall.
Sarasota Sharks swimmer Addison Sauickie posted the second-fastest time in the field with a 2:02.73 and was followed by Olympian Natalie Hinds who swam a 2:03.14. Sauickie has been as fast as a 1:59.45 before, while Hinds’ personal best is a 2:01.30 from 2020.
Ledecky, Sauickie, and Hinds will be joined in Friday night finals by Blair Stoneburg (2:03.39), Michaela Mattes (2:04.14), Ella Martinez (2:05.32), Addison Reese (2:05.66), and Julie Brousseau (2:05.76).
In her second event of the session, Ledecky swam her way to top seed in the 400 IM with a 4:40.92, marking her 5th best performance ever in the event. Her PB is a 4:38.16 from back in 2017 and she hasn’t been under 4:40 since 2019 when she swam a 4:39.39 at the Knoxville Pro Swim.
Michaela Mattes took 3 seconds off her entry time of 4:52.04 to hit a 4:48.87 for second seed overall, while Megan Wheeler followed with a 4:51.79 for third.
Following his 50 butterfly victory on night one of the meet, Caeleb Dressel was back in the pool during day 2 prelims. Dressel raced both the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly prelims, hitting a 1:53.41 and a 53.31, respectively. Dressel will be the top seed in both events during finals and can be expected to get a little closer to his PBs (1:46.63/49.45) during the second round of racing.
Mark Szaranek was a second behind Dressel in the 200 freestyle with a 1:54.51, while Luigi Franco was next in a 1:54.66. In the 100 butterfly, Dressel will be joined by Davidson Vincent (55.19) as second seed, Martin Espernberger (55.25), Mitchell Ledford (55.55), Gage Hulbert (55.70), and Yeizel Morales (55.85).
Other top seeds heading into tonight’s finals are Zoe Skirboll in the women’s 100 breaststroke (1:11.46), William Heary in the men’s 100 breast (1:04.66), and Canadian Olympian Summer McIntosh in the women’s 100 butterfly (59.82).