Smutny Doubles Down on Final Night of Orlando Sectionals


The 2017 Southern Zone Sectionals came to a conclusion tonight in Orlando, Florida. 16-year-old Mary Smutny put up a pair of highlight performances, winning back-to-back events during the final session. She first stepped up for the 200 fly, dominating the field with a 2:13.85. After a quick turnaround, she returned to the top of the podium in the 100 free. In that race, Smutny used her back half speed to pull ahead of Ryley Ober (57.31) and Grace Redding (57.38), winning the race in 57.18.

FGCU junior Vanessa Rivas completed her sweep of the Dominican Republic breaststroke records tonight, turning in a 2:41.86 to place 6th in tonight’s final. Rivas set the records in the 50 breast (33.62) and 100 breast (1:13.41) earlier in the meet. Winning the 200 breast tonight was Emma Weyant, who touched in 2:36.97 ahead of Florida’s Paige Scheriger (2:38.44).

On the men’s side, Olympic backstroker Arkady Vyatchanin blew away the 200 back field. He took off with the lead from start to finish, flipping in 58.35 en route to a winning time of 1:58.59. That put Vyatchanin almost 5 seconds ahead of the field, as Johannes Calloni followed for silver in 2:03.09.


  • Women’s 800 Free: Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, 8:54.67
  • Men’s 1500 Free: Brendan Driscoll, 15:55.90
  • Men’s 100 Free: Grant Sanders, 51.10
  • Men’s 200 Fly: Jonathan Gomez, 2:00.70
  • Women’s 200 Breast: Emma Weyant, 2:36.97
  • Men’s 200 Breast: Juan Sequera, 2:17.13
  • Women’s 200 Back: Caitlin Brooks, 2:17.06
  • Women’s 400 Free Relay: Gator Swim Club (Cronin, Balbuena, Reisker, Bates), 3:57.86
  • Men’s 400 Free Relay: Gator Swim Club (Baqlah, Martinez Scarpe, Switkowski, Main), 3:26.95


Women’s Top 5 Teams:

  1. Gator Swim Club – 1025.5
  2. Scarlet Aquatics – 735.5
  3. Swim Florida – 718
  4. Bolles School Sharks – 590
  5. South Florida Aquatic Club – 573

Men’s Top 5 Teams:

  1. Scarlet Aquatics – 1404
  2. Metro Aquatic Club of Miami – 986.5
  3. Gator Swim Club –  951
  4. Bolles School Sharks – 725.5
  5. Sarasota YMCA Sharks –  723.5

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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