ESSZ SUMMER SECTIONAL LONG COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- July 15-18, 2021
- Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC
- Long Course Meters
- Results on Meet Mobile
NC State’s Michael Moore hit a massive 400 IM last night at the Greensboro Sectional meet, breaking 4:20 for the first time in his career. Moore roared to a 4:18.04, winning the race by nearly 7 seconds. He entered the meet with a 4:21.83 personal best, which he swam in March of 2020. Moore swam a great front half of the race, splitting 58.22 on fly and 1:05.72 on back, for a 2:03.94 on the first 200.
The women’s 400 IM also saw excellent racing, with Kentucky’s Gillian Davey posting a new lifetime best of 4:44.83. She led the field by almost 10 seconds, using a stellar 1:16.73 breaststroke split to exert her will over the others in the heat. Davey’s previous best was 4:45.41, which she just swam at the Olympic Trials Wave II meet in June.
NC State’s Hunter Tapp, who made a huge splash at the Olympic Trials last month, won the men’s 100 back in 53.85. The swim was just off his personal best of 53.45, which was set at the Olympic Trials.
Mason Wilby, who swam a 1:55.9 200 fly in prelims of day 1, continued to have an excellent meet, taking the men’s 200 free in 1:49.68. The race marked a nearly 4-second drop from his previous best of 1:53.53, which he swam in May of this year. Wilby won the 200 free in an incredibly tight finish with Louisville’s Nicolas Albiero (1:49.69). Wilby led from the start, flipping at the 100m mark in 53.88 to Albiero’s 54.18.
Katharine Berkoff, standout NC State backstroker, won the women’s 100 back in 59.32, touching first by nearly 2 seconds. Berkoff has a personal best of 58.62, which she swam last month at the Olympic Trials.
Kentucky’s Megan Drumm won the women’s 200 free in a touch race with teammate Sophie Sorenson, touching in 2:01.78 to Sorenson’s 2:01.82. Drumm held the lead from the beginning, flipping at the 100 in 59.10, while Sorenson flipped in 59.53. Drumm was just off her personal best of 201.11, while Sorenson clocked a new best time, coming in well under her previous best of 2:03.47. Sorenson then went on to take 2nd in the very next women’s event, the 100 back.