Sprint News 5/8/12: Lochte Loves his Mom; Cali ‘State’ Meets Kick Off

…Lithuanian budding star Ruta Meilutyte continued to rock at the British Southwest & Senior Championships this past weekend. Meilutyte is the British-trained 15-year old (with a birthday just three weeks ago) who rocked the Olympic Trials with a 1:07.30 in the 100 breaststroke. Representing Plymouth Leander, she broke another Lithuanian National Mark, with a 2:02.68 in the 200 free – destroying the 2:04.00 held by Jurate Scerbinskaite last month. That time is comparable to what the best 15 year olds in the US go (think Kylie Stewart or Simone Manuel), and what’s ven more frightening is that she’s clearly in big training. We know that because her 2:12.2 in the 100 breaststroke was a full five seconds slower than her best. That means that on a taper, Meilutyte might be a sub-two minute swimmer at only 15. That’s good. She also broke the Lithuanian 17 & under record in the 100 back with a 1:04.19, punctuating it by saying afterward that she “still (doesn’t) know how to swim backstroke”…

Ryan Lochte was in New York City today filming for the Today Show, as Olympians paid tribute to their moms. This was a more lighthearted affair that Michael Phelps’ 60 minutes interview, but still fun to see…

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…One of the best “state meets” in the country kicks off today as the California Southern Sectional Championships begin (though it’s not technically a “state” contest). This meet is usually good for a National Record or two, and is always a highlight of unbelievable swimming. Among the highlights this year – a freshman at Saugus named Abbey Weitzeil who’s already been a 50.91 in the 100 free. Full psych sheets for all 4 divisions are available here

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Craig H

Don’t forget about the California North Coast and Central Coast Section championships, which are also happening this weekend. Usually the winning times in these meets are just as fast as the Southern Section ones. The Central Coast section should be especially stacked this year on the women’s side with Jasmine Tosky and Rachael Acker (as well as some noteable others) throwing down for their senior seasons.

The Grand Inquisitor

North Coast and Central Coast Section are next weekend, not this upcoming weekend. And agreed, especially when considering the number of potential athletes they are able to draw from, NCS and CCS usually blows away Southern Section for quality of swims.

ummm

youre kidding right?dont use this year as a sole indicator for which one better, socal destroys norcal

ummm

ill give you ccs, fast kids, but ncs, at least from what i can find- records ncs- 200 yd Medley Relay Miramonte H.S. 1:34. 200 yd Freestyle Nick Silverthorn 1:37.83 200 yd IM Steven Stumph 1:49.46 50 yd Freestyle Ben Wildman-Tobriner 20.35 100 yd Butterfly Max Horrell 48.38 100 yd Freestyle Aaron Wayne 44.27 500 yd Freestyle John Dorr, 4:25.98 200 yd Freestyle Relay 1:23.35 100 yd Backstroke Sven Campbell, . 49.73 100 yd Breaststroke Charlie Wiser, 55.27 400 yd Freestyle Relay Campolindo H.S. 3:03.97 records cif d1- 200-yd. Individual Medley Trevor Hoyt 1:46.96 (faster) 200-yd. Medley Relay San Marino 1:33.21 faster 400-yd. Freestyle Relay Capistrano Valley 3:02.82 faster 200-yd Freestyle Relay Yucaipa 1:23:04 faster 50-yd. Freestyle Joey Hale 19.95… Read more »

Cathy Morley Foster

California North Coast Section Championships (NCS) are May 18/19. This weekend are the league championships, including one of the powerhouse leagues in the state: Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL).

junker23

Man, that picture (and its comment) made me think Ruta Meilutyte looked a looot like Ryan Lochte.

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