ESSZ Summer Sectional Long Course Championships
- July 15-18, 2021
- Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC
- Long Course Meters
- Results on Meet Mobile
After competing at the 2021 US Olympic Trials, several swimmers entered the Southern Zone Sectionals meet and managed to swim personal best times. The meet featured several notable names, including US National Teamer Michael Chadwick.
Chadwick topped the podium in the men’s 50m freestyle, where he posted a time of 22.59. Although he was slightly faster in prelims, Chadwick was almost as fast as he was in the finals of the event at the US Olympic Trials, where he finished 8th overall in a time of 22.23.
NC State’s Noah Henderson touched second overall in a time of 22.66, knocking over a tenth off of his best time of 22.79, which he just set at Wave I of Olympic Trials. At Trials, he placed 3rd overall, just missing a wave II berth.
In the women’s event, NC State standout Katharine Berkoff won in a time of 25.64, matching her prelims time to the hundredth. With her performance, Berkoff knocked over a second off of her best time of 26.66, which was set in 2018.
In the men’s 200 butterfly, Kentucky’s Mason Wilby won with a time of 1:57.69, shattering his personal best by almost 4 seconds. Wilby, who didn’t even qualify for Wave II of the US Olympic Trials meet, would have made the semi-final of the event had he swam that fast in Omaha.
Kentucky’s Gillian Davey led the women’s 200 IM, just out-touching teammate Sophia Sorenson with times of 2:14.23 and 2:14.49, respectively. Both swimmers cut significant amounts of time, with Davey dropping almost 2 seconds and Sorenson cutting over 4 seconds.
Other Event Winners
- Kentucky’s Bailey Bonnett won the women’s 200 butterfly in a time of 2:14.46, cutting over 2 tenths of a second off of her best time.
- Lakeside Swim Team won the women’s 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:53.02, which included a 56.83 split from Annabel Crush.
- SwimMAC claimed gold in the men’s 400 freestyle relay finishing in a time of 3:30.62.