The summer’s third stop on the 2014 Texas Senior Circuit meet wrapped up on Sunday night, and has been by far the most successful of the three meet series designed to increase competitive opportunities for the state’s deep national-level talent pool.
The men’s and women’s sprint freestyles were the top results on Sunday evening.
First, in the women’s race, National Teamer Simone Manuel won the women’s 100 free in 55.36. The First Colony swimmer, who is Stanford-bound in a few months, swam a 55.36. She’s been roughly a full second better this year, but the time is still ahead of where she was at this point in her big breakthrough 2013 season – as she has been all year. Manuel is well-positioned to qualify for the Pan Pacs team in multiple events.
Former Princeton swimmer Lisa Boyce, who is now training at Longhorn Aquatics, took 2nd in 56.57, and Lakeside’s Lauren Pitzer was 3rd in 56.83, which is her lifetime best. That puts the talented 15-year old Pitzer ever-so-close to the Summer Nationals standard of 56.69, which would be her second such standard after a 25.9 in the 50 free earlier in the meet qualified her.
Shortly after, in the men’s 100 free, Matt Ellis picked up his 3rd win of the meet, swimming to a 49.66. The University of Texas junior won his three primary events, and the three he’ll swim at Nationals, this weekend. As a final tune-up, that’s a successful weekend and a good confidence-boost for him headed toward Nationals.
Clay Youngquist placed 2nd in 50.26 and John Murray was 3rd in 50.67. Jimmy Feigen, who was 2nd to Ellis in the 50 free on Friday, didn’t swim the 100.
The rest of the session had some solid swims, but nothing too exhilarating. Austin Surhoff won the men’s 200 IM in 2:02.67 well ahead of Austin Vacek‘s 2:06.43.
The women’s 200 IM went to A&M’s Sarah Henry in 2:14.22, beating collegiate foe Madisyn Cox (2:14.87). The two were fairly even throughout the race, but it was Henry’s back-half that made the difference.
Manuel, as a lead-in to her 200 IM, was 3rd in the IM in 2:19.29. That’s about three seconds slower than she was at Santa Clara.
Tasija Karosas was a 1:02.38 in the women’s 100 back, ahead of Lisa Boyce (1:02.84) and Claire Brandt (1:03.57); and Pat Murphy won the men’s 100 back in 56.76.