Lee Edges Ulett For 100 Free Win On Final Night Of Athens Sectionals


The final night of Athens Sectionals at the University of Georgia featured more exciting races as the four day affair wrapped up.

Starting off Sunday night finals was the women’s 100 freestyle, where Great Britain native Shauna Lee of the Athens Bulldogs managed to hold off Tristen Ulett of Dynamo for the win. Sitting 2nd at the turn, Lee stormed home in 29.19 to overtake Meredith Vay and win in 56.94. Ulett closed even faster, coming home in 29.02, to take 2nd just 0.03 back in 56.97. Vay settled for 3rd in 57.41. Lee adds this win to her 200 free victory on day 2. She was also 2nd in the 400 free on Saturday.

The men’s race did not disappoint either, as Kentucky teammates Glen Brown and Jason Head both threw down identical 51.03s, tying for gold. Zachary Hils was a close 3rd in 51.15, and a third Kentucky guy Shane Anderson took 4th in 51.38. The top-6 in the A-final were all under 52, not to mention three more in the B-final, led by Aldan Johnston (51.47) of Lakeside. Brazilian Olympian Matheus Santana led the prelims in 50.42 but scratched the final.

In the men’s 200 breast, Dynamo’s Basil Orr won by nearly 2 seconds in 2:17.15, giving him the breaststroke sweep for the weekend after taking the 100 on Day 3.

In the women’s race Meaghan Raab got the win in 2:31.45, her second of the meet after taking the 200 IM on Day 1. Danielle Dellatorre finished 3rd (2:33.15) after winning the 100 breast, and Claire Donan (2:32.10) earned her second breaststroke runner-up finish on the meet.

We saw another close race in the men’s 1500, as SwimMac’s Curtis Wiltsey took off to an early lead, hitting the 800 wall in 8:25.62. Four seconds back, Jackson Gunning began ‘gunning’ him down, catching him with 200 to go. A sub-minute final 100 sealed the win for Gunning, as he touched in 15:47.76, improving his personal best by over ten seconds. Wiltsey took 2nd in 15:51.40, also knocking a big chunk off his PB.

Other Day 4 Winners:

  • SwimMac’s Stephanie Nelson won the 200 back by a clear margin in 2:14.73. She was followed by Ulett, who capped an impressive double with the silver in 2:16.88
  • Dynamo’s Ian Grum broke away from SwimAtlanta’s Keegan Walsh on the back half to solidify the win in 2:02.85. Walsh took 2nd in 2:04.75, and Gunning followed up his win in the mile with a 4th place finish in 2:05.16.
  • 16-year-old Ashley Neas of SwimAtlanta was the lone woman to crack 17 minutes in the 1500, posting a time of 16:59.28 for the victory.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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