Day two of the 2013 Texas Senior Circuit II meet in College Station, Texas saw a lot more wins from Olympians.
Ricky Berens swam a 1:48.4 in prelims of the 200 free, followed by Michael McBroom (1:51.12) and Dax Hill (1:53.11) before most of the Texas men’s elite group headed back home for the weekend, leaving their teammate Sam Lewis to win in 1:51.56. That crushes his career best by over two seconds in the event. In fact, his first 100 meter split (53.85) was a career best for that distance coming into the meet (though he also beat that time in the individual 100 free on Friday.)
Among the Olympians who were around in finals and took victories were Olympian Cammile Adams, who swam a 1:00.62 in the 100 fly. Adams goes to school in College Station but has been training at SwimMAC Carolina (and will continue to do so until the World Championship Trials). Working with sprint-guru David Marsh in Charlotte, she’s already shown big improvement in this shorter 100 meter race; though her best event is the 200, this swim was a lifetime best for her in the 100. If she were able to get out a bit faster, and rely a little less on a big closing kick, she could be really dangerous in the 200 internationally.
Texas’ Ellen Lobb was 2nd in 1:01.16, and Rice’s Casey Clark placed 3rd in 1:01.26. Adams’ teammate Caroline McElhany placed 4th in 1:01.83, and one more Aggie, Mexican Olympian Rita Medrano, was 5th in 1:02.23.
A future Longhorn took the men’s 100 fly; Clark Smith from Regis Jesuit High and the Denver Swim Academy won in 54.06. Current Longhorn Aquatics swimmer, but future Wisconsin Badger, Cannon Clifton was 2nd in 56.10, and Nitro 16-year old placed 3rd in 56.67.
For Smith, who graduated as the second-fastest 100 yard butterflier ever in high school competition, that’s faster than he was in all of 2012, and just a tenth from his lifetime best.
Another Aggie Olympian, Breeja Larson won the women’s 100 breaststroke in 1:08.09, exacting a little revenge on Laura Sogar (1:08.44) after Sogar dominated the 200 on Friday. Sogar’s 200 was still the best women’s breaststroke swim of the meet, though Larson was solid through both of the swims.
Gretchen Jacques took 3rd in 1:10.05.
Longhorn Aquatics’ Christian Schurr, another Mexican Olympian, won the men’s 100 breaststroke in 1:03.70, followed by Ian Carbone in 1:05.98.
Young Quinn Carrozza, another Longhorn Aquatics swimmer, won the women’s 200 free in a quite shocking 1:58.36. She won the 200 back on Friday, which had been her best event, but her time wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for an in-season swim.
Not only is that easily Carrozza’s best time, but note that it’s faster than the time that Alyssa Anderson swam at last summer’s Olympic Trials to take the 6th and final spot on the 800 free relay. Of all of the great swims at this meet, that might be the most revealing of them all. Sam Tucker took 2nd in 2:01.92.
Texas’ Sarah Denninghoff won the women’s 50 backstroke in 28.99, and Alex Hooper was 2nd in 29.78.
Steven Richards from the Eagle Swimming Association won the men’s 50 backstroke in 27.84
Texas junior-to-be Kaitlin Pawlowicz won the women’s 400 IM in 4:50.59, ahead of Adams (4:52.00) who was 3rd in the event at last summer’s Olympic Trials. Sarah Henry was 3rd in 4:52.55.
And finally, A&M’s Hayden Duplechain won the men’s 400 IM in 4:35.29.