2019 ESSZ SUMMER LONG COURSE CHAMPIONSHIP
- July 11-14th
- Greensboro. NC
- Long Course Meters
- Live Results
The 2019 ESSZ Summer LC Championship capped off with the men’s and women’s 100 free, 200 breast, 200 back, and the 1500 free.
Ashley Neass, who will be a Kentucky Wildcat in the fall, handily won the women’s 1500 free to kick off the final session. The 18-year-old recorded a final time of 17:00.09 to close out her weekend. Running second was NC State’s Madeline Morello with a 17:17.60.
Rising NC State sophomore Curtis Wiltsey dominated the men’s 1500 free, official securing both titles in the longest distances with his 800 free win on the first night. The NC-native was the only competitor in the field to crack 16 minutes – he won the event with a solid 15:43.45 to earn a new personal best in the event. 16-year-old Jared Carter earned the runner-up spot with his final time of 16:12.62
Kentucky’s Riley Gaines won her first individual title of the meet during the women’s 100 free final. She battled it out with Duke’s Melissa Pish; the two crashed into the wall in times of 56.78 and 56.81 to finish first and second, respectively.
Former Duke swimmer Yusuke Legard, a native of England, showed up for his first and only event of the meet: the 100 free – and showed up he did. The 22-year-old won the event with a final time of 50.22, almost a full second ahead of Kentucky sprint staple Jason Head, who clocked a 51.17.
17-year-old Gillian Davey reigned supreme in the women’s 200 breast, and did so by a wide margin. Representing Central Iowa Aquatics, she stopped the clock at 2:32.31 to take the top spot ahead of another 17-year-old Genevieve Joyce out of Martins of Raleigh, who finished behind in 2:36.61.
South Carolina’s former breaststroke handyman Nils Wich-Glasen also picked up his first individual title on day four – in the men’s 200 breast. The 24-year-old held off a fast-charging William Brehm, a 17-year-old from Lakeside Aquatic Club, finishing to the wall in a time of 2:18.92 to Brehm’s 2:19.58.
NC State’s Emma Muzzy and MacKenzie Glover duked it out in the women’s 200 back final, with Glover getting off to a fast lead from the get-go and Muzzy attempting to reel her back in on the back-half. In the end, Muzzy narrowly got her hand on the wall first, registering a final time of 2:12.28. Glover finished a hair behind with a 2:12.39.
The men’s 200 back final – the final event of the competition – also featured an NC State throw-down. Wolfpack men finished 1-2-3 in the final, lead by John Healy‘s winning 2:00.66, followed by Jacob Johnson‘s 2:01.26, and concluding with Hennessey Stuart‘s 2:02.29.