The highlight events on the final day of the 2013 Chesapeake Swim Club Elite Pro-Am meet on Sunday remained what they had been throughout: the sprint freestyles. Despite cold temperatures outside, and sprinters not generally being a fan of cold weather, the winner of each event put up an impressive swim inside the confines of the CSC pool.
Darian Townsend won the men’s 100 free in 42.50, topping Dax Hill (43.28), Alex Coville (43.43), and Aaron Wayne (44.24). That’s Townsend’s third individual win in four races at this meet, with his only stumble coming by a tight margin against Hill in the 200 free. As for Hill, even working with the sprint-gurus at SwimMAC, it seems as though he’s gravitating more-and-more toward the 200 free as his best event.
Michael Andrew was 8th in the final in 45.35, which was short of his NAG Record done on Saturday in a time trial.
In the women’s 100 free, it was Hill’s SwimMAC teammate Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace who won in 48.08, beating out Stanford post-grad Andi Murez and her 48.14.
For both swimmers, those were best times since completing their college eligibility; for Vanderpool-Wallace, it was an identical mark to the one she did at Winter Nationals, and for Murez, she continues to look more-and-more like a sprinter: something that came on really heavily for her toward the end of her college career.
14-year old Abigail Richter from the Boulder City Henderson Swim Team won the women’s 200 backstroke in 1:56.70, beating out 23-year old Alexa Harris and her 1:58.66. That time for Richter ranks her in the top 15 of the age group all-time, and is comparable to marks done by Elizabeth Beisel and Liz Pelton at that age.
Arizona senior Ellis Miller, who is one of the few collegiate swimmers at this meet, was a 1:42.56 to win the 200 backstroke. He’s a Schroeder YMCA alum, and after swimming pretty well at the Texas Invite a few weeks ago, he’s actually gotten better here in Oklahoma City, despite the famous Arizona mid-year taper. Based on historical qualifying times, this 200 back should bump him from “on the bubble” to “in” to the NCAA backstroking field, presuming this meet is accepted as an NCAA observed competition.
Fellow Schroeder YMCA-er Adam Mania took 2nd in 1:45.55, and Nick Carter from the Gulliver Swim Club was 3rd in 1:46.93. Nicholas Petersen was the top amateur in 1:48.69, making three swimmers with Schroeder ties in the race’s top 4 finishers.
The women’s 200 fly title went to Mission Viejo 16-year old Katie McLaughlin in 1:54.48, with Schroeder’s Hannah Saiz taking the pro-cash-prize by finishing 2nd in 1:56.78. For Saiz, who is testing the post-grad waters at the Schroeder YMCA as well, that’s within a second of the lifetime best she swam at last year’s NCAA Division III Championships (where she would eventually take the title).
Alexandra Buscher of the Dad’s Club took 3rd in 2:02.40, and Tiffany Futscher of the Dallas Mustangs was 4th in 2:02.45. Aside from Saiz, the entire A-Final (and most of the B-Final) in this race was 16-or younger: a microcosm of a bright future for the United States in an event where they’ve struggled internationally.
Bobby Bollier won the men’s 200 fly in 1:43.35, five seconds better than Justin Wu of the Sooner Swim Club.
That all was the setup for the meet’s two feature events. In the women’s 1650 free, where double-the-prize ($1,200) was given to the winner, the only pro entered, Ashley Steenvoorden, took the title in 16:16.94. Her future fellow Golden Gopher Brooke Lorentzen was 2nd in 16:33.33.
The men’s team’s only ‘pro’ was 37-year old Sean Justice, a former Florida swimmer who finished 8th, but 16-year old Nicholas Norman might-as-well have been one. The 16-year old Mission Viejo swimmer, who has been the biggest amateur-level story at this meet, became just the third 15-16 in history to break 15 minutes in the 1650 freestyle (the other two are Jeff Kostoff and Lars Jorgensen). He lapped the field, and then some, with a 14:58.76 for the event win.
And then, in the women’s 50 fly, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace tagged on one more victory with a 24.01, followed by Chesapeake Swim Club coach Sam Woodward (24.37) and Hannah Saiz (24.83).
The men’s 50 fly went to super-strong, super-fast Josh Schneider in 21.07. Adam Mania was a 21.37 for 2nd, and Alex Coville tied with Zach McGinnis for 3rd in 21.70. 14-year old Michael Andrew was just behind them in 21.76.