Maya DiRado is starting out her professional career on the right foot. The Stanford grad won two more races on night two of the Speedo Grand Challenge, picking up her second and third winners paychecks of the meet so far.
Fellow Stanford pro Alex Coville won a close 50 free battle, and other wins went to Jacob Toumarking, Cristian Quintero and Kendyl Stewart, among others.
Stanford pro Alex Coville kicked things off, winning the 50 free in a tight touchout of USC’s Cristian Quintero and Utah’s Nick Soedel. Coville went 23.04, just a hundredth faster than his prelims time, to top Quintero’s 23.07. Soedel was a narrow third in 23.08. Quintero’s USC teammate Santo Condorelli took fourth with a 23.45.
The first women’s event was another touchout. Karlee Bispo took home the 200 free title, but had to fight off a feisty Andi Murez to do so. Bispo went 2:00.35, Murez 2:00.58. Also in the final heat were Jasmine Tosky (2:01.87) and Julia Anderson (2:02.78).
Aquazot put three 18-and-under swimmers into the final of the 400 IM, and Corey Okubo took the win for the local club. Okubo, who will swim for Princeton next year, went 4:18.90 to just beat out Stanford’s rising sophomore Max Williamson (4:19.06).
Okubo’s teammates Ken Takahashi and Alex Peterson were both a ways back at 4:31s to close out the heat.
Winner of the 200 IM last night, Stanford grad Maya DiRado picked up another win tonight in the longer IM distance. The multi-time NCAA Champ went 4:43.98 to blow away the field. Second was 17-year-old Kim Williams at 4:51.72. Club Trojan’s Haley Anderson went 4:55.22 for third, and Tara Halsted rounded out the A final at 4:57.98.
17-year-old Alex Valente rose from the second seed to win the men’s 100 fly. He went 53.43 to top Kenyan national Jason Dunford. Dunford, competing for Stanford, was 53.85 for second.
Cardinal alum Bobby Bollier went 54.08 to take third, and Sascha Subarsky closed out the championship heat in 54.95.
Kendyl Stewart got her first win of the weekend in the women’s race. The USC Trojan went 59.39, holding off a tough challenge from Stanford’s Felicia Lee (59.48). UCLA’s Katie Kinnear went 1:01.44 for third, and another Trojan, Jasmine Tosky, took fourth in 1:01.59.
Israeli Olympian Jacob Toumarkin (known internationally as “Yakov Toumarkin”) won the men’s 200 back. Competing for Club Trojan, Toumarkin went 2:02.30, holding off Aquazot’s Thomas Smith, who went 2:02.97 for second.
Corey Okubo, coming off his 400 IM win, took third in 2:03.22, and his teammate Danny Tran was 2:03.70 to close out the top 4.
Maya DiRado stayed hot, taking her second win of the night in the women’s 200 back. DiRado went 2:12.97 to pass up top-seeded Kendyl Stewart. Stewart still went a few tenths faster than her prelims time, though, to take second at 2:14.48.
UCLA’s Madison White was third, putting up a 2:17.30, and Tara Halsted took her second fourth-place of the night with a 2:21.49.
The night’s final win went to USC’s Cristian Quintero in the 400 free. Just touched out in the 50 earlier, Quintero settled into the mid-distance race, more of his specialty, to win in 3:56.75. Quintero was well ahead of Stanford’s Tom Kremer, who finished second with a 3:59.06.
17-year-old John Nunez was 4:00.76 for third, and 18-year-old Ryan Kao joined him in the championship heat, taking fourth with a 4:02.47.
Age Group Events
Novaquatics’ Caden Tran took his second breaststroke race in as many days to open the age group events. The 12-year-old went 1:18.98 for the win in the 100 after taking the 50 last night.
Following suit, girls 50 breast winner Lauren McCormack added the 100 title to her resume with a 1:18.66.
Tanner Pulice won two events on night one, and he was back at it on Saturday. The Aquazot swimmer went 31.58 to win the 50 back, just touching out Elijah de Vera‘s 31.74. Pulice also won the 100 fly in 1:05.32; de Vera was once again second in 1:05.97.
Kaitlyn Panopio took home her second win of the weekend, pacing the girls 50 back at 32.55. Riley Lexvold of the Barracudas was just behind in 32.67.
In the girls 50 fly, Crystal Murphy went 1:08.70 to win by about a half-second over Mission Viejo’s Mia Ristic.