U.S. National Teamer Emma Weyant Clocks Lifetime Best 200 FR in SYS Time Trial


  • March 13-16, 2020
  • Sarasota, Florida
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  • Results on Meet Mobile (Search “Sarasota”)

Following several meet cancellations nationwide due to coronavirus fears, some teams have opted to host time trials to get in some swims and hopefully see the payoff of their preparations for the meets they had planned on competing at. Among the meets cancelled were the Florida Senior Championships and the NCSA Junior Nationals. One of this weekend’s time trials is currently taking place in Sarasota.

U.S. National Teamer Emma Weyant, a Virginia commit, was among the swimmers at that time trial. In the 200 free, Weyant broke 1:47 for the first time. She dominated the race as she dropped over half a second in 1:46.65. Teammate Addie Sauickie, a 14-year-old Olympic Trials qualifier, was half a second shy of her best in 1:49.44. She was a hundredth ahead of teammate Michaela Mattes, who dropped a lifetime best 1:49.45. In the men’s race, Nick Fox of T2 Aquatics broke 1:40 for the first time as he dropped over a second in 1:39.32. Fox also dropped a lifetime best 21.48 to win the 50 free and a lifetime best 48.92 to win the 100 back.

Weyant’s younger sister, Gracie Weyant, dropped over a second in the 200 breast. Weyant, another 14-year-old Trials qualifier, almost dropped 2 seconds as she hit the wall in 2:16.19. Teammate Crispy Barton had a huge swim in the men’s race. Barton took nearly 5 seconds off his best to win it in 2:09.21.

The 50 breast was also among Friday’s events, with Gracie Weyant winning again in 31.16. Emma Weyant also won a multiple events. Emma Weyant returned to win the 400 IM in 4:08.53. That’s within a second of her best. Gracie Weyant was 3rd there, knocking 6 seconds from her best in 4:23.03. Mattes shaved a few tenths off her best for 2nd in 4:18.03.

Emma Weyant won 4 events on the day. She swam a 4:43.14 in the 500 free. Sauickie dropped 3 seconds in 4:48.27 to break 4:50 for the first time. Gracie Weyant had another massive drop there, breaking 5:00 or the first time in 4:52.57. Emma Weyant also won the 200 IM in 1:59.25. Gracie Weyant took nearly 4 seconds off her best in 2:01.85.

Sarasota’s Alexander Gusev also won multiple events. He started with a 49.10 in the 100 fly, then dropped over 5 seconds with a 3:49.58 in the 400 IM. Gusev swept the IMs, winning the 200 IM in 1:49.79. He made another big drop in the 500 free, taking 4 seconds off his best in 4:25.64.

Note: Some events do not appear under the Friday finals results section. Though they’re listed under Saturday finals, the 200 IM, 500 free, 50 free, 100 back, and 50 fly took place today.

Additional Event Winners

  • Women’s 100 Fly: Savannah Barr, Sarasota, 56.10
  • Women’s 50 Free: Bethany Rahn, Sarasota, 24.25
  • Women’s 100 Back: Sarah Sensenbrenner, Sarasota, 59.19
  • Women’s 50 Fly: Madison Feehery, T2 Aquatics, 25.75
  • Men’s 50 Breast: Max Eckerman, Sarasota, 28.63
  • Men’s 50 Fly: Anton Sunyak, T2 Aquatics, 23.81

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3 years ago

It amazes me how some parents are actually jealous of swimmers on other teams. While not surprising, it is certainly disheartening. Kudos to the many teams around the country who’ve taken a difficult situation and attempted to mitigate the distress caused by the virus by giving their swimmers an outlet to allow their swimmers to see the fruits of their months of hard work. To the jealous and petty parents and coaches who are more worried about other teams than their own – go have a time trial at your own pool and let your kids swim fast! Get out a stopwatch and show some creativity in creating a positive environment for your club, not a caustic one. We should… Read more »

Reply to  SwimDad
3 years ago

I agree SwimDad, but it would have been cool to invite the other Sarasota Club Team, Tsunami. A little competition would have pushed the Sharks and given them an even better test. Who knows, swimming against a stronger team may have produced even better times. We will never know – stay healthy and safe.

Reply to  SwimDad2
3 years ago

I couldn’t agree more! There are some great swimmers and parents on both teams and they get along great all through HS season. Unfortunately, the Tsunami coach led the vote as a board member to not have any sanctioned meets, even when they could have been done safely in smaller groups. The same coach who is upset that he didn’t get invited is the one who voted not to have it – how petty is that? This time trial wasn’t about times – none of them count. It was about building a team. Every club in Florida can have a time trial if they can just find a couple of stop watches. If people think it was unsafe, then why… Read more »

3 years ago

It is my understanding these meet is not sanctioned, against USA swimming communications, times do not count because no meets are sanctioned by USA swimming or Florida swimming for next 30 days so these results are bogus and do kit count and should not be reported or advertised by this website that clearly does not adhere to USA swimming rules….

Yo yo yam
Reply to  Anya
3 years ago

Why exactly shouldn’t this be advertised by swim swam? They aren’t the only ones doing it. It’s for the kid’s as their season was just cut short…

Reply to  Anya
3 years ago

Wouldn’t it be great if people actually read the USA Swimming rules and guidance before making a fool of themselves. It’s called a “time trial” for a reason. Of course it’s not sanctioned (clearly stated in the article), but clubs are always allowed to create competitive environments for their swimmers. Great job Swim Swam for writing this article on these great kids. I hope over the coming days you write more articles on what our clubs are doing in Texas, Arizona and across the country!

3 years ago

Are these Time Trials sanctioned/Approved?

wanye kest
Reply to  Dan
3 years ago

are you dumb/ stupid?

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