Day three of the 2014 Speedo Western Section LC Championships in Gresham, OR. kicked off today, and with it some great swimming.
Taylor Ruck finally earned herself a gold medal after placing third in the 100m freestyle on night two of the meet. The 14-year-old swam a 2:00.27 knocking some significant time off. Jasmine Alkhaldi who won the 100m freestyle last night finished second to Ruck almost three full seconds behind in 2:03.13. Grace Carlson tied Alkhaldi for the second place finish. Ruck was the youngest swimmer in the top eight.
In the men’s 200m freestyle Patrick Mulcare swam a speedy 1:51.85 to take home the win. Jake Markham finished second to him in 1:52.15 despite being ahead of him by 0.68 seconds at the 150m mark. Rounding out the top three was Kacy Johnson in 1:52.89.
Seventeen-year-old Madeline Myers took down a very close field in the women’s 400m IM, ultimately coming up with a 4:51.55 to give her the victory. Coming off the halfway point, Myers was only in fifth place but managed to create a huge lead for herself with a great breaststroke split of 1:22.19 that blew away the rest of the field. Lisa Bratton who was first at the 200m mark ended up finishing second in 4:55.55 followed by Morgan Rosas and Bridgette McNally.
John Bushman who won the 200m breaststroke on night two was back at it again with a win in the 400m IM here on night three. In what was almost an identical race to the women’s 400m IM, Bushman was only fourth to the wall at the 200m mark, but managed to pull ahead with a breaststroke split of 1:12.05. Bushman finished the race ahead of both Andrew Hartbarger and Darian Brunetti who finished second and third respectively after being behind them at the halfway point. Bushman’s breaststroke split helped him get his hand on the wall in 4:26.53 over Hartbarger’s 4:27.65 and Brunetti’s 4:29.31.
The competition will run for two more days. Full meet results can be found here.