Bates’ breaststroke times from Sectionals put him within 1.5 and 3 seconds of the Olympic Trials cuts in the 100 and 200 meter races, respectively.
Mitchell Norton clipped his best time from Winter Juniors, winning the 200 free in 1:37.71. Norton also lowered his best 100 free, winning that race in 44.84.
Norton’s sprinting prowess is bound to make an immediate impact right away when he arrives in Athens in 2021.
Ryan Wylie, who currently trains with the Athens Bulldog Swim Club, will stay close to home and swim for the University of Georgia in college.
Veteran Ashely Twichell set a new meet record on the first night of the 2019 Cary Sectionals.