Young Talent Displayed On Night Two Of 2014 Speedo Western Section LC Championships In Oregon

Day two of the 2014 Speedo Western Section LC Championships kicked off tonight in Gresham Oregon.

The 100m freestyle was won by Jasmine Alkhaldi in 56.82. Alkhaldi just narrowly out-touched 18-year-old Emma Chard who touched the wall in 56.92. Fourteen-year-old Taylor Ruck was able to hold on for the bronze medal, just narrowly missing out on improving her placement in the top three with a 56.94.

Daryl Turner was the winner of the men’s 100m freestyle, clocking in a time of 50.59 to take home the gold. William Van Dehy finished over a full second behind Turner in 51.84 and was followed by Ryan McCoy who was just seven one-hundredths behind him in 51.91.

The women’s 200m breaststroke had 16-year-old Robin Pinger coming home the winner after a drop of over four seconds from her prelim swim granted her the win in 2:35.86. Behind Pinger was Ashley Grijalva. Thirteen-year-old Zoe Bartel, the youngest of the top eight, touched in at 2:38.28 for the bronze.

John Bushman was the winner of the men’s 200m breaststroke, narrowly out-touching Matthew Anderson for the win. Anderson was ahead of Bushman at the 100m mark, but ultimately it was Bushman who got his hand on the wall first in 2:18.10 to Anderson’s 2:18.28.

Fifteen-year-old Cassidy Brennan took home the title in the women’s 200m backstroke, posting a 2:15.19 to beat the rest of the field. Lisa Bratton was the only swimmer who managed to stay with Brennan during the race, clocking in at 2:15.62 for the silver. Third place finisher Hannah Leach was over a second behind Bratton in 2:16.66.

Carter Griffin had an absolute domination over the rest of the field in the men’s 200m backstroke finishing almost five seconds ahead of second place swimmer Curtis Klein. Griffin swam a 1:59.39 making him the only swimmer to break the 2:00 barrier tonight.

Michelle Cefal came home strong in the women’s 200m fly to secure herself a victory. Cefal touched in at 2:15.04 to beat Erin Metzger-Seymour’s time of 2:15.62.

Andrew Torres time of 1:58.94 in the men’s 200m fly granted him the win, and made him the only swimmer to break the 2:00 barrier tonight. Andrew Hartbarger finished behind Torres in 2:01.50 to grab the silver. Reed Matthews swam a 2:01.96 to round out the top three.


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bobo gigi
6 years ago

What do represent these sectional meets in USA?
Only a warm-up before US juniors and US nationals for the best?
And perhaps the biggest meet for the others?

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

bobo gigi – that’s about it. It’s the last stepping-stone meet for swimmers before Juniors. For some it’s the big taper meet, for some it’s just a last test.

It’s sort of like a “regional championship” versus a “national championship”.

6 years ago

There are a lot of kids who taper for these meets because it’s the last long course meet they will be able to swim for a while. The gap between Sectional time standards and Junior nats is huge so tapering who sectionals is what a lot of these kids have to do.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Adam
6 years ago

Thanks for the answer.

6 years ago

Mitch is there a link to the results available? 🙂

bobo gigi
Reply to  swimdad
6 years ago

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Mitch worked for 5-years with SwimSwam news as a web producer focusing on both Canadian and international content. He coached for Toronto Swim Club for four seasons as a senior coach focusing on the development of young swimmers. Mitch is an NCCP level 2 certified coach in Canada and an ASCA Level …

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