Owen Ekk Hits 9:50 1000 Free, Fastest 11-12 YO This Season

2021 Florida Swimming Spring Age Group Champs

  • March 4 – March 8, 2021
  • South Site: North Shore Pool, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • North Site: Rosen Aquatic & Fitness Center, Orlando, Fl
  • Short Course Yards (SCY)
  • Thursday night results COMBINED

The 2021 Florida Swimming Spring Age Group Champs got underway last night in St. Petersburg, Florida. The four-day affair began with a 1000 freestyle timed final as well as the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays.

12-year-old Owen Ekk from Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club swam the fastest 1000 yard freestyle from an 11-12-year-old boy this season with an age group-winning time of 9:50.82. Ekk already had the quickest time in the age group for 2020-2021 at a 9:58.04 from earlier in 2021. He’s the only one in the age group who has cracked the 10-minute mark in the event with Colin Jacobs having the #2 swim this year at 10:15.76.

Lilliana Krstolic took the 11-12 girls title for Patriot Aquatics in the event with a 10:59.22 which makes her the 9th fastest girl in the age group this season. She was followed in the event by Kathryn Domian with an 11:02.77 and Rylee Erisman in an 11:09.76.

Emma Sundermeyer won the 13-14 1000 freestyle on the girls’ side, swimming a 10:15.72 to finish 4 seconds ahead of Sidney Brann’s 10:19.50. Natalia Strezenicky Franko rounded out the top 3 with a 10:26.48.

Sundermeyer swims for the Southwest Stars while both Brann and Franko swim for the Sarasota Tsunami Swim Team. Sundermeyer’s 10:15.72 gives her the 13th fastest swim among 13-14-year-old girls this season nationally.

Ryan Erisman from the Lakers Swim won the 13-14 boys event, swimming a 9:43.40 to shave 17 seconds off his PB of 10:00.51. Erisman’s teammate Alejandro Varon was a 9:46.73 for second place while Episcopal Amber swimmer Graham Evans touched in a 9:48.49 for third.

Those swims were among the fastest nationally this season according to USA swimming rankings. Erisman’s 9:43.40 was the 9th fastest 13-14-year-old in the country for 2020/2021. Varon’s 9:46.73 ranks 13th and Evans’s 9:48.49 ranks 16th.

While they didn’t have any individual event winners in the 1000 freestyle, Bolles picked up 5 out of 6 relay wins on night one of the meet. The team won the 11-12 and 13-14 girls and boys 200 medley relays, along with the boys 13-14 800 freestyle relay.

Check back in later for an update on day 2 of racing at the 2021 Florida Swimming Spring Age Group Champs.

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