Women’s Mile Comes Down to Final Touch at Ithaca Sectionals

Karl Ortegon
by Karl Ortegon 4

March 30th, 2017 Club, News

2017 Speedo Sectionals – Ithaca

  • March 30 – April 2, 2017
  • Ithaca, NY
  • Live results: Meet Mobile
  • Course: SCY

Close races always elicit a lot of excitement at swim meets, and close races in longer events can be even more intense (ahem: the greatest mile in history). At the Ithaca Speedo Sectionals, the women’s mile came down to the touch. The players in this race were 14-year-old Emily Ecker of the Portland Porpoise Swim Club in Maine and 17-year-old Emma Whall of Seacoast Swimming Association.

Whall was out in 4:57.50, just ahead of Ecker’s 4:57.98. Ecker edged ahead at the 1000, 10:02.22 to Whall’s 10:02.66. At the 1500, Ecker had built a lead at 15:08.67 to Whall’s 15:09.70, and Ecker was just able to hold off Whall’s 27.81 final 50. Ecker finished in 16:38.03, just .06 ahead of Whall. 3rd place went to 17-year-old Emily Weissman of AGUA with a 17:01.26.

The intense race paid off for both women– Ecker dropped over a second, while Whall shaved over 15 seconds from her seed time.

For the men’s 1000, Andrew Babyak of Badger posted the top time. His 9:13.09 was a four second drop from his previous best, and it was enough for a win over Upper Valley’s Kristian Hansen (9:16.00). Finishing up in third was Kai Wisner (9:23.14), a 17-year-old from Victor Swim Club.

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4 Comments on "Women’s Mile Comes Down to Final Touch at Ithaca Sectionals"

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Pfft, just TWO people racing to a close finish in the mile?! Yawn…..

Note, not sure if meet is in LCM or SCY, on usaswimming.org it has it being a LCM meet….either way great swims!!

If there’s a men’s 1000 free I presume the meet is in yards. 🙂

The buffalo Sectionals are lcm

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studies sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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