Sean Mahoney goes 1:55 to win 200 breast to highlight Saturday night of Iowa Sectionals

Former California standout and current pro Sean Mahoney highlighted night 3 of the Iowa City Sectional meet, going 1:55.10 to win the 200 breast and helping the Terrapins 400 medley relay take gold.

Mahoney engaged in a spirited battle with Minnesota’s John Bushman through that 200 breast, eventually pulling away to win in 1:55.10. Bushman was 1:56.43 for second as the two buried the rest of the field.

Mahoney also dropped a 53.88 breaststroke split on the 400 medley, a good four seconds better than the next-closest swimmer, to help Terrapins win the relay. Also on the team were Maxwell Bottene, Evan Brock and Nathan Barsanti, and the foursome went 3:21.06.

Clovis Swim Club won a number of events again, including the men’s 50 free courtesy of 25-year-old Fresno Pacific grad Carl Weigley. Weigley added a 20.27 win here to his 100 fly win from Friday night.

On the women’s side, Clovis got two more wins from Kansas alum Danielle Herrmann. The 27-year-old pro completed a sweep of the breaststroke races, going 2:11.23 to win the 200, and also split 59.77 on the 400 medley relay to help Clovis win.

Also on that relay: Stephanie Bartel, Caitlyn Snyder and Skylar Elkington, and the team went 3:44.34 to blow out the field.

Another repeat winner from Friday night was Barrington, Illinois product Kirsten Jacobsen. The 17-year-old went 4:44.94 to blow out the 500 free field after winning the 200 free a night earlier. Second in the 500 was Friday’s double-winner Tevyn Waddell of Mitchell Aquatics (4:52.57).

Missouri commit Maddie Gehrke of homestate Central Iowa Aquatics blasted to a 50 free win, beating Herrmann and denying the Clovis swimmer a second individual title. Gehrke was 23.03 to Herrman’s 23.12.

Other event winners:

  • Peoria Area’s Rachael Kelch took the girls 400 IM in 4:21.75
  • The boys’ version of the event went to Chris Carbone, swimming unattached, in 3:53.00
  • Glenview 16-year-old Sam Iida took the boys 500 free, dipping under 4:30 with a 4:29.36

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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