Weyant Makes Big Drops in 200 Back, 200 Fly on Day 2 of Sarasota Time Trials


  • March 13-14, 2020
  • Sarasota, Florida
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  • Day 1 Recap

The Short Course Epic Time Trials continued on Saturday in Sarasota, Florida. The meet served as an opportunity for swimmers to record some times following several meets being cancelled nationwide due to coronavirus fears. Among the cancelled meets that were scheduled for this weekend were the Florida Senior Championships and the NCSA Junior Nationals. Times are not official, however, as Florida Swimming is not currently giving any sanctions.

U.S. National Teamer Emma Weyant won another double today. Weyant dropped nearly 3 seconds in the 200 fly, lowering her best to a 2:00.03. Teammate Savannah Barr made a huge drop, taking over 7 seconds off her best in 2:01.12. Michaela Mattes of Sarasota made a 2.5 second drop in 2:04.70.

Weyant made an even bigger drop in the 200 back, breaking 2:00 for the first time in 1:57.22. That’s a best by over 3.5 seconds. Teammate Addie Sauickie, a 14-year-old Olympic Trials qualifier, swam a lifetime best 1:59.95 to break 2:00 for the first time.

Younger sister Gracie Weyant, another 14-year-old Trials qualifier for Sarasota, earned another breaststroke win with a 1:04.64. Weyant also swam the 1650 free, where she took 2nd in 16:29.36. She didn’t have any times currently registered in the USA Swimming database, but that was a 45 second drop from her seed time.

Several swimmers from T2 Aquatics picked up wins on the men’s side. Mason Laur dropped half a second in the 200 fly with a 1:46.85. Sarasota’s Alexander Gusev dropped over 3 seconds in 1:47.39. T2’s Anton Sunyak dropped a lifetime best 46.64 to win the 100 free. Teammate Matt Molloy also swam a best for 2nd in 47.98. Molloy went on to win the 1000 free in 9:40.07.

Sarasota’s Liam Custer earned a pair of wins, starting with a lifetime best 1:46.43 in the 200 back. Gusev dropped over 6 seconds there in 1:47.90. Custer then dropped over 20 seconds to win the mile in 15:11.69. Laur was 2nd with a 15:53.95, also dropping over 20 seconds.


  • Men’s 100 Breast: Jackson Harlan, Sarasota, 59.53
  • Men’s 50 Back: Nick Fox, T2 Aquatics, 23.00
  • Women’s 50 Back: Jenna Riley, Sarasota, 28.99
  • Women’s 100 Free: Savannah Barr, Sarasota, 51.06
  • Women’s 1650 Free: Michaela Mattes, Sarasota, 16:26.95

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Are these times sanctioned by USA swimming? So is it possible for any club to hold sanctioned time trials right now?


Teams may hold Time Trials right now. Sanctioning any competition is currently up to each LSC.


Sweet time to hustle up a meet!


Florida Swimming denied sanction, the times won’t count.

Mill Burray

Sour grapes from a swim parent, assuming the same one who commented then deleted earlier. Shame on you. I don’t see your negative comments on the Kenyon story even though it’s a similar situation.

Coach Eric

Florida Swimming denied sanction (via email at 10:00 the night before) after agreeing to them for Sarasota, Patriot and Gator. Swimmers knew times wouldn’t “count”. They wanted to swim anyway for their love of sport and see what they could do. What kind of person would find fault in that? Families were amazing to put this together and give the athletes an opportunity to perform. They deserve your respect. There will be others who deserve respect as well. College teams have already starting doing intrasquad meets for their athletes and posting amazing times Petty minds can call them bogus or point out they won’t “count”. The character displayed by these athletes is more meaningful than the critics can comprehend.


Pretty socially irresponsible to be holding any time of meet.


SWIMMOM, I find it interesting that you are only posting your negative opinions on articles written about one team. Looks like a personal vendetta. Many teams are doing the same thing, while following the CDC recommendations. Hopefully your team will be able to host their own time trials, so the swimmers can see the fruits of their labor as well. Your time would be better spent helping your team hold such an event, than bashing another team.


Actually I posted the same thing about Denison. And I don’t have an age group swimmer… only a college swimmer who had their champs cancelled. More importantly, I care about public health and don’t think that these teams know more about what that right thing to do is than public health officials. If USA swimming said meets shouldn’t be held, it is irresponsible and selfish to hold them. It stinks for everyone… but in tough times sacrifices should be made for the greater good. More important than a swim time.


Well done…coach Brent + sys staff.


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 »


What about social distancing? Public health?


Did the team follow CDC guidelines of 250 people or less? If the answer is yes, what is your problem with them holding the Time Trail?


Because USA swimming said not to?

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Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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