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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3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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

bobo gigi
Reply to  Troy
3 years ago

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

Conger FTW
Reply to  Troy
3 years ago

The buffalo Sectionals are lcm

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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