Weitzeil’s 54.56 100 Free Highlights Day 1 of Santa Clarita Sectionals

CA-NV Summer Sectional Championships hosted by Canyons Aquatic Club

  • Thursday, July 16, 2015-Sunday, July 19, 2015 (swimming); Monday, July 20, 2015 (open water)
  • Santa Clarita Aquatics Center (swimming); Lake Castaic Recreation Area (open water)
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live Results

Day One – Finals

Abbey Weitzeil dominated the women’s 100m free to open the California-Nevada summer meet, winning by well over two body lengths. Between prelims and finals, Weitzeil swam her 10th and 11th career sub-55-second 100 frees:

54.38 2014 Summer Nationals 8/6/2014
54.41 2014 Summer Nationals 8/6/2014
54.42 2015 TYR MVN Fran Crippen 6/26/2015
54.50 2014 Pan Pacific Championships 8/21/2014
54.53 2015 Summer Universiade (WUGS) 7/3/2015
54.56 2015 CA-NV Summer Sectionals (F) 7/16/2015
54.58 2015 TYR MVN Fran Crippen 6/26/2015
54.63 2015 CA-NV Summer Sectionals (P) 7/16/2015
54.78 2014 Pan Pacific Championships 8/21/2014
54.78 2015 Summer Universiade (WUGS) 7/3/2015
54.92 2015 CANY Memorial Day 5/24/2015

Brea’s Kenisha Liu earned her first Olympic Trials cut in the 100 free with her second-place finish of 56.62. That was Liu’s first foray into the sub-57 world and a personal best by .60. University of San Diego’s Jacqueline Taylor rounded out the podium with a third-place finish of 57.40.

Clovis Swim Club’s Carl Weigley edged LA Swim Club’s Luke Burton and De Anza Cupertino Aquatics’ Shayne Fleming in a close men’s race; the trio went 51.35, 51.49, and 51.58, respectively.

The women’s 1500 followed the 100 frees. San Jose State’s Riley Spitser, swimming for Blue Fins, was right at her time with a winning 17:19.92; Caroline Lepesant of Swim Pasadena/SCAD Savannah and Meghan Merlihan of Irvine Novaquatics were significantly off their seed times, placing second and third, respectfully.

16-year-old Morganne McKennan of QuickSilver Swimming was the women’s 200 breast champion. It was an exciting final, with several lead changes, and a battle down the stretch that had the top four touch all within 8/10 of each other. McKennan won with 2:35.05, just 4/10 off her best swim, an Olympic Trials qualifying time from June. Temecula Swim Club’s Lauren Wood picked up the silver with a personal best by 2.5 seconds, 2:35.76. Marin Pirates’ Halle Morris (2:35.81) improved her seed time by 1.4 second for third place.

Boris Kulizhnikov of UNLV won the men’s 200 breast with a 3.5-improvement over his seed time. Entered with a 2:20.23, Kulizhnikov went 2:17.6 in prelims and finished with 2:16.73, thanks in large part to a strong and steady second half. Canyons’ Peter Kropp was out like a shot, putting nearly a body-length distance between himself and the rest of the field by the first turn. He continued to build his lead over the second and third 50s, but ran out of steam coming home. Kulizhnikov outsplit him by 2.5 seconds over the last 50 meters to get the win, 2:16.73 to 2:17.06. It was nonetheless Kropp’s lifetime best by 1 second.

The men’s 800 free featured new faces and big-time drops: the top 5 finishers were all under 18 years of age and they combined for a 36-second improvement over their seed times. Tanner Olmos of Clovis came out the winner, dropping 10.3 for an 8:22.48. La Mirada’s Michael Lee (8:30.20) finished just ahead of Clovis’ Tom Schab (8:31.30) for second.

Royal Swim Team’s Amy Okada won the women’s 200 fly with her second-best time ever, a 2:15.31. Covina Aquatics Association’s Catherine Sanchez (2:15.95) and Gisel Olvera (2:17.84) rounded out the podium.

It would have been hard to script a closer finish in the men’s 200 fly. UC Santa Barbara’s Kevin Mendoza out-touched Garrett Chin of Swim Pasadena and Bobby Guerra of Fallbrook Associated Swim Team, who tied for second, by 3/100. Mendoza went 2:04.60, his best time by nearly 5 seconds. Guerra’s 2:04.63 was a personal best by 2 seconds, while Chin’s would have been a best time had he not gone 2:03.57 in prelims.

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About Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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