Friday’s session at the 2014 Federal Way sectional championship meet was a quick one, with only a pair of individual events swum, but it did feature another new lifetime best from Cal-bound Kamehameha Swim Club senior Jasmine Mau.
Her latest conquest came in the 200 yard free, where she had a great 26.98 split on the last 50 yards to win in 1:47.09. That closing split pulled her away from Aces Swim Club’s Ella Moynihan, and 15-year old Keaton Blovad of Tualatin Hills.
In the other women’s final of the day, the 400 IM, Madeline Myers of the Jeffco Hurricanes in Colorado won in 4:13.79. That goes down as Myers’ first career Summer Nationals time, so she now has the opportunity to race in Long Beach against the best in the country in 2014. That makes her an even bigger signing as the jewel of the Denver recruiting class of 2014.
Kim Williams from Bellevue took 2nd in 4:14.62, and Fort Collins’ Bailey Nero took 3rd in 4:16.03.
In the men’s individual races, Patrick Mulcare exploded for a 1:36.64 win in the men’s 200 free, with some pretty incredible splitting that took him from 7th place at the halfway mark all the way up to the win.
Mulcare was out in 47.90, and came home in 48.74, splitting 22.97-24.93-24.59-24.15. Consider that coming into this meet, Mulcare had never been under 1:40 in the race, and was best known for his IM skills. He hit that time at the perfect moment, as he’s a junior and will soon be thrust into the midst of the college recruiting battle. That time alone probably earned him either a lot of scholarship money, or a lot more choices about where he’ll swim in college if he so chooses.
Meanwhile Edward Kim, a highly-rated recruit in this year’s senior class headed to Harvard, took 2nd in 1:36.75. He gave up almost a two second lead to Mulcare in the last 50.
Jake Markham of the Aces Swim Club was 3rd in 1:38.29.
The men’s 400 IM was won in a new Sectional Record by 17-year old Abrahm DeVine of the Cascade Swim Club. He swam a 3:45.46 to break the 2011 record by current Georgia Bulldog Jared Markham.
Both he and John Bushman of the Aces Swim Club (3:47.44) were under that old Record (Bushman is a former Wisconsin swimmer who at 20 is no longer listed on their roster). Mulcare posted another lifetime best of 3:48.48 for 3rd.
In the women’s 200 free relay, the King Aquatic came up just half-a-second shy of the 17-18 National Age Group Record with a 1:32.37. That team included Kenna Ramey, Morgan Ginnis, Carolyn McCann, and Ashley Sutherland, with Ginnis leading the charge by splitting 22.59 on the 2nd leg.
The race was a very tight battle with the Scottsdale Aquatic Club until the final leg, with SAC touching 2nd in 1:32.94. 16-year old Samantha Fazio led them in 22.6 on a rolling start.
The Scottsdale Aquatic Club meanwhile was a 1:19.95 to win the men’s race with Brad Dorsey, Ryan Hoffer, Nick Magana, and Jack Blake. That’s not their best time, but it does mean that they averaged under 20 seconds per swimmer again – which is very impressive. There were a lot of split errors on that race, so don’t put a whole lot of stock in Blake’s 18.34 anchor split.
The Phoenix Swim Club, led off by Olympic champion Roland Schoeman, took 2nd in 1:20.81.