Familiar Faces on the Podium in Night 4 of 2017 Santa Clara Futures

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

By Bryan Gu, Swimming World Intern

The last night of competition began with the remaining uncontested distance events. Alexander Nikolaev of Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics took first in 8:19, while Noah Vial of Corvallis Aquatic Team took second in 8:20.58. Winner of the men’s 1500 freestyle Scott Pekarske came third tonight in 8:21.79. Each of the three top three finishers made large improvements in the event each dropping more than 10 seconds. All three blew past the 8:30 barrier, and Nikolaev went one step further to go under 8:20 for the first time in his career.

The top two finishers of the women’s 1500 freestyle tonight served to be a mirror of last night’s women’s 400 freestyle. Noelle Fimbres, runner up in the latter event, won tonight in 17:19.18 – her first time being under 17:20. Jasmine O’Brien, the winner of the 400, took second in 17:22.24. Kalie Novosedliak took third in 17:26.23.

The women’s 100 freestyle was dominated by the underclassmen tonight. Following the distance events, Anicka Delgado – winner of the women’s 200 freestyle – took yet another victory in the women’s 100 freestyle in 57.19. Eleanor Beers, who placed third in the women’s 50 freestyle last night, came in second with 57.50. Sarah Snyder of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics earned her first podium finish tonight to round out the three with a time of 57.81 – her first time under 58 seconds.

PASA came back immediately in the men’s 100 free, as Cyrus Morrison won in a new best time of 51.67. Dominic Dalpiaz, winner of the men’s 200 freestyle, placed second in 51.83. Ethan Luc of THSC placed third in 52.41.

Jessica Pentlarge of North Coast Aquatics won the 200 back, despite teammate Anna Brooker having led by almost half a second at the 100 meter mark. Pentlarge’s stronger back half would lead to her winning in 2:18.02 to Brooker’s 2:18.17. Lindsey Soule, the first seed going into tonight’s final, took third in 2:19.25.

Robert Moseley of Bakersfield Swim Club lead from start to finish to take the men’s 200 backstroke final in 2:06.75. Shawn Western took second in 2:07.47, while William Waite came third in 2:08.20.

Tina Reuter of the Davis Aquadarts took her first victory of the meet to win the women’s 200 IM in 2:21.23. Tegan Preston, winner of the women’s 200 breaststroke and third place finisher in the women’s 100 breaststroke, continued her successful meet to take second in 2:21.91 – completing her collection of medals. Portia Del Rio Brown took third in 2:22.43.

Runner up in both the men’s 400 IM and men’s 200 butterfly, Min Zhi Chua of Mission Viejo finally got his victory tonight as he won the men’s 200 IM in dominating fashion. His time of 2:06.47 led the field by almost three seconds, taking control during the breaststroke leg and never letting go. James Bouda of Kalispell Aquatic Team took second in 2:09.33 and Andy Huang of Peak Swimming, going under the 2:10 barrier for the first time, took third in 2:09.73.

Full results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2017 USA Swimming Futures Santa Clara

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Matthew Fenlon, Danielle Ghine Young Stars On Final Night of Geneva Futures

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The final night of Geneva Futures belonged to up-and-comers Matthew Fenlon of Rivertown Aquatic Club and Danielle Ghine of Retriever Aquatic Club. The two swimmers, both age fourteen, represented a rising generation of backstrokers.

Both swimmers won the 200 meter distance of the stroke in their respective events. Fenlon became the seventh ranked 200 backstroker of all time for the 13-14 age group, while Ghine found two spots on the top 100 list in both the 200 backstroke and the 100 freestyle, in which she was the silver medalist. Other highlights of the night included a tie for victory in the women’s 200 IM and a dominating 800 performance by Kyle Iorizzo.

The night started off with the women’s 100 freestyle, which belonged to Radnor Aquatic Club’s Madison Ledwith, who edged out 14-year-old Danielle Ghine of Retriever Aquatic Club for gold. Ledwith went out fast in a first fifty of 27.48, requiring the rest of the field to chase after her.

Ghine, out in 27.82, and Tara Larusso of Tide Swimming, out in 27.98, took on the chase but came up short. Ghine charged ahead to stop the clock in 57.79 for second and for a coveted spot on the top 100 fastest times of all time in her age group, while Larusso came back strong for bronze and a 57.91.

On the men’s side, Club Mountaineer’s Sam Neaveill brought home the gold with a dominating performance in 51.68. Hudson Explorers Aquatic Team’s Jay Johnson swam an aggressive first fifty in 24.86, but Neaveill passed him and the rest of the field with blazing back half in 26.66.

Canton City Schools’ William Rose, 15, also fought hard, stopping the clock in 52.04, his best. Johnson rounded out the podium with a 52.36.

In a sudden change of pace for the night, the men’s 800 free proved to be the territory of Kyle Iorizzo of Scarlet Aquatics, who trounced the competition with an 8:24.32. Iorizzo’s swim began and ended with 1:00 hundred splits that sandwiched consistent 1:03s and 1:04s.

Behind Iorizzo, the real race was for second–and it played out on paper. The University of Pittsburgh’s Ryan Schonbachler edged out Delaware Swim Team’s Emils Gustav Jurcik, who swam during the prelims, for silver by just two hundredths of a second. Schonbachler posted an 8:28.99, jam-packed with moody hundred splits ranging from 59 to 1:05, while Jurcik swam a more consistent pace for his 8:29.01.

The long stroke event of the session, the 200 backstroke, showed Danielle Ghine earning her second medal of the evening–this one gold. Ghine surged ahead on the first 100 and never looked back. Her 2:15.98 puts her at 47th on the all-time list, just ahead of Katie Hoff.

Meanwhile, Schenectady-Saratoga’s Bailey Smith, who came away with silver, took on a different strategy for her race, swimming a perfectly paced 2:17.44 with a pair of hundreds in 1:08. Finally, the bronze went to another 14-year-old, Summer Smith, swimming for the Aquabears in 2:17.86.

An up-and-comer owned the men’s 200 backstroke as well–14-year-old Matthew Fenlon from Rivertown Aquatics took the final in 2:05.26, the seventh fastest time of all time for the 13-14 age group. Fenlon’s impressive swim was composed of textbook splits; he went out in 1:01.39 and came back in 1:03.87. His time in the finals also marked a 4.90 second time drop from his previous best (2:10.16).

Other noteworthy swims were that of North Shore Swim Club’s Jared Daigle, who snatched up the silver medal in 2:07.10, and North Penn Aquatic Club’s Aidan Daly, who was good for bronze in 2:08.13.

In the women’s distance event of the night, the 1500, Meghan Joram brought home an uncontested gold in 16:57.74, a time that annihilated the competition and dipped 28.81 seconds under her entry mark. Joram stayed under 1:09 the entire race.

The next closest finisher was Lake Erie Silver Dolphins’ 13-year-old distance fiend, Victoria Culotta, who shaved off ten seconds from her seed time to swim a 17:20.30. The final spot on the podium went to Emily Gjertsen of Westchester Aquatic Club, who also shaved off significant time from her entry (13.96 seconds, to be exact) for her 17:22.71.

The final individual women’s event of the session, the 200 IM, turned out to be an exciting finish. Giovanna Cappabianca from Hudson Explorers Aquatic Team tied with Maggie Wyngowski of Schnectady-Saratoga for gold in 2:19.90. The two traded the lead back and forth. Cappabianca was out fast in a fifty fly spit of 30.46, while Wyngowski dropped a 31.15. Wyngowski blazed to finish the backstroke in 35.31, while Cappabianca went 36.92.

Meanwhile, Cappabianca built speed for a speedy back half of 40.42 in the breast (to Wyngowski’s 40.44) and 32.10 in the free (to Wyngowski’s 33.00), until the two finally hit the pads at the same time. The third-place finisher was Paige McCormick, Cappabianca’s teammate, with a 2:20.85.

On the other hand, the men’s race saw a close battle for silver. North Penn Aquatic Club’s Sean Faikish claimed the gold in 2:07.96, well ahead of his competitors. The time also was the 32nd fastest time of all time for the 15-16 age group.

In the contest for runner-up, Liam Bogart of Empire Swimming and Ryan Pirrung of Delaware Swim Team faced off. Bogart ultimately came out on top thanks to an aggressive backstroke leg, while Pirrung made a move during the breaststroke and freestyle. Bogart wrapped up his silver with a 2:09.20, and Pirrung enjoyed bronze with a 2:09.55.

In the women’s relay event, the 400 meter medley, Empire Swimming dominated the competition for the victory, thanks to a winning time of 4:19.87. The next closest finisher was Schenectady-Saratoga Swim Club, who posted a 4:21.13 to touch just ahead of Victor Swim Club. Victor claimed the bronze in 4:22.50.

On the men’s side, in the last event of the meet, North Penn Aquatic Club finished off its meet with a gold garnish. The team stopped the clock in 3:54.74, well ahead of the pack. Behind North Penn, Tide Swimming earned the silver with a 3:59.32. Bluefish Swim Club snagged third in 4:00.06.

Live Results are available at the link on the sidebar and on Meet Mobile under “2017 Futures Championships (Geneva, Ohio).” 

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Virginia Gators Win 2017 ISCA Summer Senior Championships

The Virginia Gators took home the team title at the 2017 ISCA Summer Senior Championships with a total of 980.5 points. They won both the men’s and women’s competitions. SNOW Swimming came in second overall with 726 points, and CPAC was third with 629.5.

Peyton Palsha of St. Petersburg Aquatics took home the Open high point award with 77 points, while Gators’ Olivia Bray took the 16 and under title with 75. Teammate Khalil Fonder won the men’s title with 72 and Naval Academy’s Bernhard Christianson won the 16 and under honor with 58.

The ISCA meet was held at the North Shore Aquatic Complex in St. Petersburg, Florida from August 2-5.

800 Freestyle

Peyton Palsha of St. Petersburg Aquatics set yet another record at the ISCA Summer Senior Championships by dominating the 800 in 8:46.38. The previous mark stood at 9:01.69 from Adirondack Aquatics’ Steph Nasson in 2015. Occoquan’s Emily Hetzer was also under the previous record as she claimed second in 8:58.42.

CPAC’s Alexandra Truwit narrowly out-raced WTRC’s Nicola Lane 9:08.03 to 9:08.06 to earn third. New Wave’s Mary Pruden claimed fifth with a 9:14.52, while teammate Sydney Willis took seventh in 9:30.12. Kingfish’s Ashley Loomis split the women with her sixth place finish in 9:24.12.

Greenwood Swimming’s Andrea Brenstrom (9:30.34) and Lefteri Roba (9:34.11) took eighth and ninth, while Occoquan’s Grace Nicolai was tenth in 9:34.11.

Bridget Semenuk of CPAC continued her winning ways in the 16 & under 800, taking the event in 8:58.07. Three women were not far behind a New Wave’s Kenna Haney stole runner up honors with a 9:01.44, and Gators’ Caroline Kulp (9:03.04) and CPAC’s Elizabeth Boeckman (9:03.08) battled it out for third.

In similar fashion, New Wave’s Amanda Ray (9:13.13) and East Carolina’s Lyndsey Reeve (9:13.58) had a close race for the fifth position. Blue Devil’s Tylor Mathieu (9:16.72), CPAC’s Carly Rutlidge (9:20.96), SNOW’s Rachel Schlemmer (9:22.16) and Occoquan’s Erin Kerrigan (9:23.21) rounded out the top ten.

1500 Freestyle

Despite being in different age categories, the most intense race of the night came from the final heat of the men’s 1500, where SNOW’s Victor Pliuskaitis (16:11.43) and St. Petersburg’s Will Smith (16:11.49) swam stroke-for-stroke for the last 600 meters of the race. Occoquan’s Keven Stahl (16:25.88) took command of the race early on, but Pliuskaitis’ patient race strategy paid off in the end as he was able to run down both men for the win. The time was 20 seconds faster than his seed time.

Smith and Stahl led three under swimmers under the previous meet record. Kingfish’s Tyler Stringfellow (16:31.96), Occoquan’s Michael Blake (16:35.58) and Gators’ Jacob Lawson (16:35.94) all swam under the previous mark of 16:44.54 set by Smith at this meet last summer.

Azura Florida’s Julian Iturbe (16:54.57), Montverde’s Chase Dejarnett (17:27.35), Gators’ Jacob Bowery (17:29.82), Crimson’s Zachary Beucler (17:36.39) and Piotr Tarala (17:43.82) rounded out the top 10.

In the 16 and under event, Crimson’s Zach Grover claimed runner-up honors with a 16:29.24. Occoquan’s Henry Radzikowski was third in 16:43.54. Blue Devil’s Mcallistar Milne claimed the fourth spot in 16:47.52 while SNOW’s Samuel Oliver was fifth in 16:49.64.

Nikolas Lee-Bishop (NOVA-16:49.64), Connor Hughes (New Wave-16:57.44), John Gallant (WHAT-17:03.41), Scott Spear (Crimson-17:03.77) and Benjamin Cote (St. Petersburg-17:06.16) placed sixth through tenth.

200 Butterfly

The Gators started a dominant 200 fly run with Cabell Whitlow just missing the meet record set by Greenwood’s Megan Brown in 2015. Just one-tenth off, Whitlow won the race in 2:15.64. Brown’s former teammate Kasja Dymek claimed runner-up honors with a 2:16.94. Both swims were lifetime best times for these women.

Blue Dolfin’s Chloe Hampson was third in 2:22.10, followed closely by SNOW’s Rachel Schlemmer in 2:22.72.  New Wave’s Pruden was also in the mix at 2:23.26. CPAC had a pair of swimmers in the heat per Carolyn Morikawa (2:23.58) and Isabel Blaze (2:24.27). Lane took eight in 2:25.64 followed by Occoquan’s Melanie Sherrill in 2:26.85 and Naval Academy’s Kylie McMahon in 2:29.19.

Olivia Bray continued her run at the top in the 200 butterfly. Her 2:13.46 crushed the previous meet record set by teammate Caroline Kulp last summer. Kulp placed fifth in the heat with a 2:20.19. Erin Kerrigan (Occoquan-2:18.82), Amanda Ray (New Wave-2:18.87) and Kelly Montesi (CPAC-2:19.93) finished between the two Gators.

Maggie Mantz of Blue Devil led the second half of the pack placing sixth in 2:23.29. Close behind were Occoquan’s Apryl Stahl in 2:23.63, SNOW’s Emerson Davis in 2:23.69, Crimson’s Ashley Grover in 2:23.85 and Naval Academy’s Jessica Cline in 2:25.54.

Iran Almeida kept the Gators at three-for-three in this event, winning the Open race in 2:02.30. Teammate Keith Myburgh added to the Gator point tally with runner-up honors in 2:03.26. St. Petersburg’s Joshua McQueen was third in 2:09.74.

Weston’s Nathan Katz led the rest of the finishers, coming in fourth with a 2:11.44. Cayman’s John Bodden was not far behind in 2:11.53. Makos’ Fletcher Madsen was next in 2:12.18, and was followed by Planet Swim’s Jacob Mier (2:12.1), Azura Florida’s Edson Lima (2:14.11), Gators’ Colin Gibbons (2:14.75) and Occoquan’s Stahl (2:16.48).

Noah Bowers completed the Gator sweep by winning the 16 & under event with a 2:03.90. Occoquan’s Gilbert Diaz was second in 2:08.09 and CPAC’s Benjamin Feldman was third in 2:09.49. Teammate Stephan Todorovic was eighth in 2:14.22.

Naval Academy placed a pair of men in the final, with Andrew Hernandez (2:09.65) finishing fourth and Bernhard Christianson (2:10.53) finishing sixth. St. Petersburg’s Caleb Kravitz finished between them in 2:10.51.

Greenwood’s Sam Folger was seventh in 2:11.55, followed by Crimson’s Zach Grover (2:16.16) and Milne (2:19.46).

50 Breaststroke

While Zoe Skirboll‘s National Age Group Record in this event was the highlight of the morning session, New Wave’s Mikaela Fullerton got the upper edge in finals taking the event in 33.47. Skirboll finsihed second in 33.62, off her 32.96 from the prelims. Teammate Naomee Miller was third in 34.03.

SNOW’s Daphne Bernal (34.60), Occoquan’s Abigail Daniel (34.87) and Gators’ Emma Muzzy (34.94) led the rest of the pack. Weston’s Samantha Kim and CPAC’s Sophia Moore tied for seventh in 35.18 and were followed by Pueblo County’s Emily Moreland (35.59) and Blue Devil’s Tylor Mathieu (35.71).

Azura Florida’s Patricia Casellas won the Open event in 34.33. New Wave’s Ashley Heineman was her biggest challenger at 34.94, followed by SNOW’s Maren Oliver in 35.34. East Carolina’s Morgan Despres (35.49) and Pueblo County’s Amanda Blickensderfer (35.76) were also under the 36-second barrier.

SNOW’s Sally Burkley and Cayman’s Sarah Jackson provided another tie, this time in 36.15 for sixth. Pueblo County’s Lindsey Bertoldo (36.38), Greenwood’s Natalie Baclawski (36.71) and Naval Academy’s Abigail Andrews (36.91) rounded out the championship final.

Christianson won a close battle for the win in the 16 and under men’s race, finishing in 30.59 just ahead of CPAC’s Connor Morikawa (30.71) and Racer X’s Kimani Gregory (30.78). Gators’ Collin Myburgh was also in the mix at 30.81.

Jason Rosales of Greenwood Swimming then led the rest of the pack with his fifth place swim of 31.56. Daniel Baldwin (New Wave-31.77), Joshua Wiedemann (WTRC-31.98), Andrew Hale (Makos-32.07), Brandon Moran (Azura Florida-32.25) and Edward Randolph (33.06) rounded out the heat.

Keith Myburgh continued his breaststroke dominance for the Gators winning the 50 in 29.66. SNOW’s Michael Burris was right behind in 29.921 as was East Carolina’s Philip Perdue in 29.98.

Chad McGuire of Panama City led 30-second plus swimmers with a time of 30.03. Isaiah Gregory of Racer X and Justin Lawrence of Charleston Southern then tied for fifth in 30.44. Occoquan’s Jonathan Brooks was next in 31.09, Giorgio Traverso was eighth in 3.24, Weston’s Katz took ninth in 31.32 and Nomad’s George Ritchie was tenth in 31.38.

100 Freestyle

CPAC’s Semenuk capped off her stellar week with a win in the 100 freestyle. Her time of 57.10 broke her own meet record that she set in the prelims. Bray was back in the water in this event claiming the second position in 57.98. Cayman’s Alison Jackson was third in 58.36.

Haney and Skirboll also doubled up on night four, as Haney finished fourth in 58.89 and Skirboll was fifth with a 59.05. NOVA’s Morgan Burton was next in 59.28, followed by Kulp (59.33), CPAC’s Lillian Clisham (59.61), Reeve (59.64) and Muzzy (59.80).

In the open event, Greenwood duo Vivian Weng (58.29) and Isabella Song (58.68). Teammate Dymek also earned the fourth position coming in at 59.66. NOVA’s Annelise Sanchez broke up the Greenwood trio with a third place finish in 59.24.

Kingfish’s Ashley Loomis led the rest of field at 1:00.01, and was followed by Morgan Despres (East Carolina-1:00.14), Palsha (1:00.16), Hetzer (1:00.36), Svea Torres (East Carolina-1:00.36) and Melissa Cundiff (SNOW-1:00.38).

Four swimmers swam under the previous meet record mark in the 16 and under event. SNOW’s John Moore led the way in 52.35, and was followed by Gregory of Racer X in 52.57 and CPAC duo Marcus Hodgson (52.61) and Cole Pierce (52.96).

Cote took the fifth position with a 53.87 and was the lone swimmer at 53 seconds. Connor Gamble (Mid-Cities Arlington-54.22), Hale (54.25), Andrew Relihan (Planet Swim-55.03), Evan Weakley (Gators-55.20) and Nicholas Metro (St. Petersburg-55.90) took fifth through tenth.

Khalil Fonder won one more event to finish off his meet, taking the the open 100 free in 51.42. Azura Florida’s Daniel Torres (52.77) took runner-up honors in 52.77 while Occoquan’s Corey Shepard took third (52.82). Norman Gregory took the fourth spot in 53.23 and was followed by Rocky Mountain’s Nicholas Sherman was fifth in 53.27.

SNOW swimming then placed four swimmers in the heat via Matthew Popovich (53.32), Luay Hilmi (53.61), Hughes (53.73) and Lucas (53.86). Julian Iturbe of Azura Florida rounded out the heat in 55.24.

Full night 4 results can be found here.

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Viviani: 'Kristoff was the man to beat and he beat me'

Elia Viviani gesticulated his protest against Alexander Kristoff‘s sprinting tactics in perfect Italian style at the UEC Road European Championship elite men’s race, using his hand to ask if the Norwegian’s tactics were correct and then wagging his finger to show his disapproval.

However, after the race officials watch several replays of the sprint and declared Kristoff the winner, Viviani could only climb on the podium, sportingly accept defeat and collect the silver medal for second place.

“I’m really disappointed to lose the European championship by less than the width of a tubular,” Viviani said, praising his Italian teammates for the hard work they did to set him up and regretting his decision to stay along the barriers so close to Kristoff.

“The guys did a perfect job, they did as we planned,” he said. “Two or three guys closed the gap (after the split) in one lap and a half, we stayed together and we had really good legs today.”

“The sprint was fast, and [Fabio] Sabatini did be a good job to give me the space on the right. When I saw they came around, I went for it. Initially, I thought there was enough space to go on the right, and I couldn’t change my choice. I touched (Kristoff) with 50 metres to go but it was too late. It was really close…”

Viviani has taken a number of second places this season but was the designated team leader for Italy for the European Championships. Team Sky opted not to select him for the Giro d’Italia and so Viviani used some summer Six Days on the track in Italy and the Tour of Austria to find his form.

“This race was a big goal for my second part of the season and I saw last week at RideLondon that Kristoff was in good condition and looking strong. Kristoff was the man to beat and he beat me,” Viviani admitted.

“We were really close (to victory) and I’m sorry to all my team as they did a really good job.”

Viviani was reported close to leaving Team Sky for UAE Team Emirates following his Giro d’Italia snub. However, he told Cyclingnews last week that he has agreed to stay with the British Super team.

“I’m happy at Team Sky. Absolutely, I was disappointed to miss the Grand Tours and the Giro, we all know that, but I really hope to do those races next season,” he told Cyclingnews.

Like some of his rivals in the European Road Race Championships, Viviani is due to ride the BinckBank Tour that starts in the Netherlands on Monday. He missed the official team presentation on Sunday evening but is expected to line up in Breda for the opening stage to Venray. He has some serious goals for the final part of the 2017 season.

“I have four wins so far this year, and I want to finish on 10. I know that’s a big goal, but there’s a good chance with the races I have on my programme,” he told Cyclingnews.

“We’re going to try and keep this group together with Doull, Dibben and the rest. They’re a good bunch of guys to lead me out. I want to end my season like I did in 2015. I had five wins there in the last month, and I’d like the same this year.”

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Erica Sullivan’s 1500 Upset Victory Highlights Day 5 of 2017 U.S. Open

Photo Courtesy: Ally Barth

Erica Sullivan was one of the highlights of day five of the 2017 U.S. Open Championships. The teenager powered to victory over experienced distance swimmer Ashley Twichell to kickstart the fifth and final day of competition.

Other highlights include Ryan Lochte downing the meet record in the men’s 200 IM.

Schedule of Events:

  • Women’s 1500 Free
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 800 Free
  • Women’s 50 Free
  • Men’s 50 Free

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Women’s 1500 Free

Erica Sullivan of Sandpipers of Nevada turned in the top time in the women’s 1500 free, delivering a final time of 16:05.83 to win by more than five seconds.

North Carolina’s Ashley Twichell picked up second with a time of 16:10.99, followed by Schroeder YMCA’s Casey Jernberg and her time of 16:24.76.

Joy Field of Magnolia Aquatic finished fourth overall with a time of 16:34.28, just ahead of Ashley Neidigh’s 16:36.66.

Ohio State’s Molly Kowal (16:40.05), La Mirada’s Taylor Ault (16:42.70), and H2Okie’s Grace Kowal (16:43.54) concluded the top eight.

 1 Sullivan, Erica  16 Sandpipers Of Ne 16:25.92   16:05.83   905   20  
    r:+0.68  29.02      1:00.73 (31.71)
        1:32.75 (32.02)     2:05.20 (32.45)
        2:37.51 (32.31)     3:10.28 (32.77)
        3:42.25 (31.97)     4:14.76 (32.51)
        4:47.01 (32.25)     5:19.79 (32.78)
        5:51.96 (32.17)     6:24.54 (32.58)
        6:56.84 (32.30)     7:29.16 (32.32)
        8:01.46 (32.30)     8:34.30 (32.84)
        9:06.67 (32.37)     9:39.37 (32.70)
       10:11.69 (32.32)    10:44.09 (32.40)
       11:16.25 (32.16)    11:48.66 (32.41)
       12:20.99 (32.33)    12:53.31 (32.32)
       13:25.52 (32.21)    13:57.64 (32.12)
       14:29.73 (32.09)    15:01.95 (32.22)
       15:34.33 (32.38)    16:05.83 (31.50)
  2 Twichell, Ashle  28 North Carolina A 16:10.63   16:10.99   890   17  
    r:+0.81  29.42      1:00.99 (31.57)
        1:32.83 (31.84)     2:05.26 (32.43)
        2:37.48 (32.22)     3:09.93 (32.45)
        3:42.12 (32.19)     4:14.62 (32.50)
        4:46.90 (32.28)     5:19.36 (32.46)
        5:51.65 (32.29)     6:24.13 (32.48)
        6:56.63 (32.50)     7:29.21 (32.58)
        8:01.59 (32.38)     8:34.08 (32.49)
        9:06.60 (32.52)     9:39.23 (32.63)
       10:11.85 (32.62)    10:44.43 (32.58)
       11:16.68 (32.25)    11:49.35 (32.67)
       12:21.77 (32.42)    12:54.71 (32.94)
       13:27.44 (32.73)    14:00.34 (32.90)
       14:33.07 (32.73)    15:05.96 (32.89)
       15:38.77 (32.81)    16:10.99 (32.22)
  3 Jernberg, Cassy  19 Schroeder YMCA S 16:37.44   16:29.76   840   16  
    r:+0.80  30.87      1:03.92 (33.05)
        1:36.96 (33.04)     2:10.39 (33.43)
        2:43.67 (33.28)     3:17.16 (33.49)
        3:50.58 (33.42)     4:23.99 (33.41)
        4:57.35 (33.36)     5:30.17 (32.82)
        6:02.66 (32.49)     6:35.57 (32.91)
        7:08.36 (32.79)     7:41.37 (33.01)
        8:14.41 (33.04)     8:47.65 (33.24)
        9:20.64 (32.99)     9:53.81 (33.17)
       10:26.91 (33.10)    11:00.18 (33.27)
       11:32.96 (32.78)    12:06.04 (33.08)
       12:39.21 (33.17)    13:12.24 (33.03)
       13:45.40 (33.16)    14:18.85 (33.45)
       14:52.04 (33.19)    15:25.30 (33.26)
       15:58.23 (32.93)    16:29.76 (31.53)

Women’s 200 IM

Meaghan Raab of Nashville Aquatics won a narrow victory over Long Island’s Margaret Aroesty in finals of the women’s 200 IM. Raab powered to a final time of 2:12.56 over Aroesty’s 2:12.83.

France’s Fantine LeSaffre earned third overall with a time of 2:14.58, just ahead of Metroplex’s Vanessa Pearl’s 2:14.81.

Lisa Bratton of Texas A&M turned in a time of 2:15.57 for fifth, while Nora McCullagh of Longhorn Aquatics finished sixth with a time of 2:16.59.

Alabama’s Mia Nonnenberg and Gulliver Swim’s Kelly Fertel were seventh and eighth with times of 2:17.08 and 2:17.48.

                            === A - Final ===                            
  1 Raab, Meaghan    21 Nashville Aquati  2:16.69    2:12.56   861   20  
    r:+0.78  28.78      1:03.59 (34.81)
        1:41.71 (38.12)     2:12.56 (30.85)
  2 Aroesty, Margar  18 Long Island Aqua  2:15.11    2:12.83   856   17  
    r:+0.62  29.07      1:04.66 (35.59)
        1:41.20 (36.54)     2:12.83 (31.63)
  3 *LeSaffre, Fant  22 France            2:15.71    2:14.58   823   16  
    r:+0.79  28.97      1:03.37 (34.40)
        1:43.17 (39.80)     2:14.58 (31.41)
  4 Pearl, Vanessa   17 Metroplex Aquati  2:15.97    2:14.81   819   15  
    r:+0.73  29.48      1:04.68 (35.20)
        1:42.64 (37.96)     2:14.81 (32.17)
  5 Bratton, Lisa    21 Texas A&M         2:15.87    2:15.57   805   14  
    r:+0.72  29.48      1:02.71 (33.23)
        1:43.54 (40.83)     2:15.57 (32.03)
  6 McCullagh, Nora  20 Longhorn Aquatic  2:15.66    2:16.59   787   13  
    r:+0.75  29.45      1:04.04 (34.59)
        1:44.55 (40.51)     2:16.59 (32.04)
  7 Nonnenberg, Mia  21 Univ Alabama Swi  2:17.30    2:17.08   779   12  
    r:+0.72  29.53      1:03.47 (33.94)
        1:44.78 (41.31)     2:17.08 (32.30)
  8 Fertel, Kelly    19 Gulliver Swim/FL  2:16.85    2:17.48   772   11  
    r:+0.82  30.27      1:06.13 (35.86)
        1:46.38 (40.25)     2:17.48 (31.10)

Men’s 200 IM

Ryan Lochte’s return to swimming continued today with a top showing in the men’s 200 IM. Now swimming for Trojan Swim Club, he turned in a time of 1:59.24 to be the only athlete beneath the two minute mark. His time downed Michael Phelps’ own 2006 U.S. Open meet record of 1:59.26 by a shy .02 seconds.

Swim Wales’ Xavier Mohammed picked up second overall with a time of 2:00.47, while Longhorn Aquatics’ Sam Stewart rounded out the podium with a time of 2:01.51.

Brock Bonetti of Texas A&M was fourth overall with a time of 2:02.35, followed by Gator Swim Club’s Alexander Lebed’s 2:02.97.

Ridgefield’s Kieran Smith (2:03.06), Michigan Lakeshore’s Kyle Maas (2:03.89), and Hudson Explorer’s Ross Palazzo (2:05.23) were sixth through eighth.

                            === A - Final ===                            
  1 Lochte, Ryan     32 Trojan Swim Club  1:59.82    1:59.24M  873   20  
    r:+0.69  26.09        55.51 (29.42)
        1:30.03 (34.52)     1:59.24 (29.21)
  2 *Mohammed, Xavi  27 Swim Wales        2:02.45    2:00.47   847   17  
    r:+0.74  26.29        55.75 (29.46)
        1:30.61 (34.86)     2:00.47 (29.86)
  3 Stewart, Sam     20 Longhorn Aquatic  2:01.88    2:01.51   825   16  
    r:+0.70  26.39        56.74 (30.35)
        1:31.90 (35.16)     2:01.51 (29.61)
  4 Bonetti, Brock   21 Texas A&M         2:03.40    2:02.35   808   15  
    r:+0.70  25.95        56.64 (30.69)
        1:32.98 (36.34)     2:02.35 (29.37)
  5 Lebed, Alexande  21 Gator Swim Club   2:03.54    2:02.97   796   14  
    r:+0.74  27.02        58.24 (31.22)
        1:33.89 (35.65)     2:02.97 (29.08)
  6 Smith, Kieran    17 Ridgefield Aquat  2:03.39    2:03.06   794   13  
    r:+0.73  26.40        57.70 (31.30)
        1:34.42 (36.72)     2:03.06 (28.64)
  7 Maas, Kyle       19 Michigan Lakesho  2:03.19    2:03.89   779   12  
    r:+0.70  26.62        58.68 (32.06)
        1:34.52 (35.84)     2:03.89 (29.37)
  8 Palazzo, Ross    21 Hudson Explorer   2:03.29    2:05.23   754   11  
    r:+0.71  27.38      1:00.03 (32.65)
        1:35.11 (35.08)     2:05.23 (30.12)

Men’s 800 Free

France’s Damien Joly posted the top time of the evening in the men’s 800 free, delivering a gold-medal showing of 7:53.26.

Logan Houck of Sandpipers of Nevada placed second overall with a 7:56.05, followed closely by Matt Hutchins’ third place finish of 7:56.14.

France’s Joris Bouchaut took fourth overall with a time of 7:56.22, while fellow countryman Mathis Castera was fifth with a time of 8:01.74.

Andrew Brady (8:02.94), Kentucky Aquatic’s Isaac Jones (8:03.83), and Alamo Area’s Mikey Calvillo (8:03.99) rounded out the top eight.

Women’s 50 Free

Madison Kennedy of SwimMAC Carolina sprinted to the top of the podium in finals of the women’s 50 free. Kennedy posted the only sub 25-second time at a 24.92 for gold.

Marie Wattel of France turned in a second place finish of 25.06, while Longhorn Aquatics’ Rebecca Millard rounded out the podium with a time of 25.52.

Nashville Aquatics’ Gretchen Walsh took fourth overall with a time of 25.57, followed closely by Tucson Ford’s Margo Geer and her time of 25.58.

Amanda Kendall (25.67), Alabama’s Bailey Scott (25.68), and Texas A&M’s Kristin Malone (25.82) were sixth through eighth.

                           === A - Final ===                            
  1 Kennedy, Madiso  29 SwimMAC Carolina    25.42      24.92   863   20  
  2 *Wattel, Marie   20 France              25.55      25.06   849   17  
  3 Millard, Rebecc  22 Longhorn Aquatic    25.81      25.52   803   16  
  4 Walsh, Gretchen  14 Nashville Aquati    25.73      25.57   799   15  
  5 Geer, Margo      25 Tucson Ford Deal    25.77      25.58   798   14  
  6 Kendall, Amanda  26 Unattached IST      25.77      25.67   789   13  
  7 Scott, Bailey    22 Univ Alabama Swi    25.93      25.68   789   12  
  8 Malone, Kristin  21 Texas A&M           25.80      25.82   776   11  

Men’s 50 Free

Brad Tandy, swimming unattached, splashed and dashed to the top of the podium with a sizzling time of 21.70 in the men’s 50 free. He was followed by fellow sprint star Cullen Jones, representing Wolfpack Elite, and his time of 22.03.

Michael Andrew of Race Pace Club rounded out the top three with a time of 22.22, followed closely by Longhorn Aquatics’ Tate Jackson and his time of 22.40.

Alabama’s Robert Howard took fifth overall with a 22.46, while Brett Ringgold was sixth with a time of 22.71.

BJ Hornikel and Kyle Robrock, both swimming unattached, finished seventh and eighth with times of 22.87 and 22.91 respectively.

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Matsuyama wins WGC Bridgestone after final-round 61

Hideki Matsuyama

Bridgestone Invitational final round
-16 H Matsuyama (Jpn); -11 Z Johnson (USA); -10 C Hoffman (USA); -8 T Pieters (Bel); -7 P Casey (Eng), R McIlroy (NI), R Knox (Sco), A Hadwin (Can)Selected others:-6 R Fowler (USA); -4 J Spieth (USA), A Scott (Aus); -3 D Johnson (USA), H Stenson (Swe)
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World number three Hideki Matsuyama shot a nine-under-par 61 to win the Bridgestone Invitational by five shots in Ohio.

Matsuyama, 25, who started two shots behind Zach Johnson and Thomas Pieters, sunk an eagle and seven birdies to equal the course record at Akron.

American Johnson carded 68 to finish five shots behind the Japanese on 11 under, one ahead of Charley Hoffman.

Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy and Russell Knox all finished on seven under.

Matsuyama becomes only the fourth player, after Jose Maria Olazabal, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, to shoot 61 on Firestone Country Club’s South Course.

“I played with Tiger four years ago when he shot 61, so I knew 61 was the number today,” said Matsuyama.

“I was thinking about that at 16 – I knew if I birdied 16, 17 and 18, I could get there.”

Victory continues a fine run of form for Matsuyama since the end of last year. This was his sixth win in his past 20 starts – during which time he has also managed four top-five finishes and five more top-25 placings.

He claimed his second WGC title – after becoming the first Asian player to win one last October, in Shanghai – with a flawless final round.

An eagle on the par-five second, where he chipped in from just off the green, got him moving before he added birdies at the third, sixth and ninth.

He had a one-shot lead after the 10th over American Hoffman, who climbed the leaderboard with five birdies in his first 11 holes.

Johnson was 10 under after nine holes, following two birdies and a bogey on the front, while Belgian Pieters made a promising birdie at the second but closed the front nine with back-to-back bogeys to fall four off the lead.

Northern Ireland’s McIlroy started three shots off the lead and birdied three of the first six holes, only to make three bogeys in the following nine. A birdie at the last saw him finish one under for the day.

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British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships: Lucy Shuker and Stephane Houdet mixed doubles title

Lucy Shuker

British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships
Venue: Nottingham Tennis Centre Date: Semi-finals and final, 5-6 August
Coverage: Live streaming of the semi-finals and final from 09:45 BST across Connected TV, BBC Sport website and mobile app.

Lucy Shuker defended her mixed doubles title on the final day of the British Open in Nottingham.

British number one Shuker, 37, and France’s Stephane Houdet, 46, defeated Alfie Hewett, another Briton, and USA’s Dana Mathewson 6-3 7-5.

“It was really good fun,” Shuker said. “Dana and Alfie played really well and Stephane is just a gentleman.

“He’s always encouraging and if you make a mistake, there’s no negativity. For me it was just total enjoyment.”

Shuker, who won the mixed doubles with compatriot Andy Lapthorne in 2015, when the mixed doubles was last held at the British Open, added that she intended to complete a hat-trick of victories with Houdet next year.

Lucy Shuker

Favourites build on early break

In a match that featured high-quality rallies, it was top seeds Shuker and Houdet who got an early break of serve, winning the first two games.

A skilful volley from Shuker at the net secured the first set.

The second set was tighter but Houdet’s powerful forehand and pinpoint accuracy, combined with Shuker’s skill at the net, proved too much for Hewett and Mathewson.

At 5-5, it was the eventual champions who took control, taking the next two games to win the match.

‘I want to see mixed doubles at the Paralympics’

The mixed doubles was popular with both the crowds and the players at this year’s British Open.

However, not all tour events have a wheelchair mixed doubles tournament – there are none at any of the Grand Slams – and those involved do not currently receive ranking points.

“You get to play a match with someone you would never get to play with – I’d never get to play on the same court as Houdet in any other circumstance,” Mathewson said.

“The style of play is different and I thought it was a really good way to mix things up.”

All four of the British Open finalists said they wanted to see more mixed doubles events on tour.

“I would definitely encourage other tournaments to get the event going,” Hewett said.

“I think if there was some sort of incentive or reward for playing as well, it would get more playing. It doesn’t have to be money. It can be vouchers, like we got here, or something else.”

Shuker added: “As a woman playing with a guy on the court, it’s unbelievable to see what they’re able to do. It’s exciting. I think the more that it’s in the tournaments, the more that people will start to play – and hopefully it will grow more and more.”

Houdet said he thinks the event could well be successful on one of the world’s biggest stages.

He said: “I really want to see the event at the Paralympics, definitely.”

British round-up – a double for Logan

Earlier on Sunday it was also runners-up honours for Hewett in the men’s singles, as he lost 6-4 6-3 to world number one Gustavo Fernandez.

It was always going to be tough for Hewett with Fernandez enjoying an incredible run of form catapulting him to the top of the rankings just before Wimbledon.

In the quads division, Andy Lapthorne lost his singles final to world number one David Wagner of the USA.

Lapthorne started well with two love service games – but fresh from his quads doubles victory yesterday, Wagner won eight games in a row to seal a 6-3 6-1 victory.

In the juniors section, there was double success for 15-year-old Ruiari Logan, who retained his singles title and took the British Open juniors mixed doubles title with Ellie Robinson as well.

Logan also competed in the senior draw this week, scoring his first senior men’s singles victory before losing in round two to Hewett.

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Women's British Open: Kim In-kyung holds off Jodi Ewart Shadoff to win first major

Kim In-kyung plays a drive during her third round

Women’s British Open
18 IK Kim (Kor); -16 JE Shadoff (Eng); -13 M Wie (US), G Hall (Eng), C Masson (Ger); -12 J Shin(Kor); -11 S Feng (Chi), A Nordqvist (Swe), HJ Kim (Kor), S Lewis (US); -10 I Park (Kor), L Thompson (US), A Yin (US); Selected others: -8 C Hull (Eng); -6 S Lamb (Eng), M Reid (Eng); -2 L Davies (Eng); +4 S Watson (Sco)

South Korea’s Kim In-kyung held her nerve to claim a first major title by winning the Women’s British Open.

Kim took a six-shot lead into the final round but a course record-equalling 64 from England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff took her to within two shots of the lead.

But Kim, 29, maintained her form to post a 71 and win by two shots.

Another Englishwoman, Georgia Hall, had to settle for a tie for third after a 70, alongside American Michelle Wie (66) and German Caroline Masson (67).

Wie, who had set the course record in the first round, posted her best major finish since winning her sole major title at the 2014 US Open.

Sally Watson, the only Scot left in the tournament, had a disappointing 76 to finish four over par in her last tournament before retiring.

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Spieth alongside Garcia and Koepka at US PGA

Jordan Spieth

2017 US PGA Championship on the BBC
Venue: Quail Hollow Dates: 10-13 August
Live: Watch live on BBC Two. Listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary and follow text updates – including in-play video clips – on BBC Sport website and mobile app. Click for full times.

Jordan Spieth is aiming to join Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and Gary Player as one of the few men to win all four majors at least once when he plays at the US PGA Championship.

The 2017 Open winner – who secured the Masters and US Open titles in 2015 – has been placed in a group with two fellow major champions; Sergio Garcia won the Masters in April, and Bruce Koepka won the US Open in June. They will start their first round off the 10th tee at 13:25 BST on Thursday.

Defending champion Jimmy Walker tees off at 18:25 alongside Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner.

World number one Dustin Johnson will be joined by Australian Jason Day and Swede Henrik Stenson at 13:35.

Rory McIlroy will be looking to maintain the glimpses of form shown during the Open at Royal Birkdale as he begins his quest for glory beside John Rahm and Rickie Fowler at 18:35 on Thursday.

First round tee times – Thursday, 10 August

All times BST. *indicates 10th tee start

12:20 G Murray, R Berberian jr, P Uihlein

12:25* S Lowry, S Deane, P Larrazabal

12:30 A Rainaud, T Finau, F Zanotti

12:35* A Noren, S Hebert, R Knox

12:40 Y Song, D McNabb, C Howell III

12:45* H Matsuyama, E Els, I Poulter

12:50 S Kang, W Bryan, D Frittelli

12:55* D Summerhays, R Streb, C Wood

13:00 W McGirt, F Molinari, J Herman

13:05* T Fleetwood, J Thomas, P Reed

13:10 G Woodland, A Sullivan, K Stanley

13:15* B Watson, C Schwartzel, P Casey

13:20 R Beem, V Singh, J Daly

13:25* S Garcia, B Koepka, J Spieth

13:30* L Oostuizen, D Willett, JB Holmes

13:35* J Day, D Johnson, H Stenson

13:40 T Pieters, X Schauffele, R Pampling

13:45* P Harrington, K Bradley, D Love III

13:50 T Olesen, B Steele, H Swafford

13:55* Z Johnson, L Westwood, C Hoffman

14:00 C Smith, B Wiesberger, B Stone

14:05* D Lingmerth, S Brown, N Colsaerts

14:10 KT Kim, G Gregory, J Hahn

14:15* S Hend, K Pigman, A Johnson

14:20 R Sterne, R Vermeer, winner Barracuda

14:25 K Kraft, B Smock, P Rogers

17:30* D Muttitt, B Cauley, G DeLaet

17:35 L Glover, M Dobyns, H Tanihara

17:40* R Perry, Y Ikeda, E Grillo

17:45 M Small, J Kokrak, S Kodaira

17:50* J Luiten, P Claxton, R Henley

17:55 T Bjorn, B Grace, P Perez

18:00* P Cantlay, T Jaidee, S Kjeldsen

18:05 A Scott, L Donald, W Simpson

18:10* O Uresti, Y Yang, S Micheel

18:15 B Horschel, M Fitzpatrick, S Kim

18:20* D Lee, M Leishman, A Lahiri

18:25 J Walker, P Mickelson, J Dufner

18:30* B An, K Chappell, M Hughes

18:35 R McIlroy, J Rahm, R Fowler

18:40* J Blixt, S Stricker, B Harman

18:45 M Kuchar, J Rose, B Snedeker

18:50* DA Points, T Hatton, A Hadwin

18:55 D Berger J Furyk, K Kisner

19:00* M Laird, B Haas, G McDowell

19:05 R Fisher, R Cabrera Bello, R Moore

19:10* J Wang, A Levy, J Broce

19:15 J Vegas, B DeChambeau, J Smith

19:20* JJ Wood, R Fox, H Li

19:25 A Beach, S O’Hair, K Na

19:30* J Hansen, winner of Bridgestone Invitational (TBD), C Gribble

19:35 C Moody, L List, J Lovemark

Second round tee times – Friday, 11 August

All times BST. *indicates 10th tee start

12:20 D Muttitt, B Cauley, G DeLaet

12:25* L Glover, M Dobyns, H Tanihara

12:30 R Perry, Y Ikeda, E Grillo

12:35* M Small, J Kokrak, S Kodaira

12:40 J Luiten, P Claxton, R Henley

12:45* T Bjorn, B Grace, P Perez

12:50 P Cantlay, T Jaidee, S Kjeldsen

12:55* A Scott, L Donald, W Simpson

13:00 O Uresti, YE Yang, S Micheel

13:05* B Horschel, M Fitzpatrick, S Kim

13:10 D Lee, M Leishman, A Lahiri

13:15* J Walker, P Mickelson, J Dufner

13:20 B An, K Chappell, M Hughes

13:25* R McIlroy, J Rahm, R Fowler

13:30 J Blixt, S Stricker, B Harman

13:35* M Kuchar, J Rose, B Snedeker

13:40 DA Points, T Hatton, A Hadwin

13:45* D Berger, J Furyk, K Kisner

13:50 M Laird, B Haas, G McDowell

13:55* R Fisher, R Cabrera-Bello, R Moore

14:00 J Wang, A Levy, J Broce

14:05* J Vegas, B DeChambeau, J Smith

14:10 JJ Wood, R Fox, H Li

14:15* A Beach, S O’Hair, K Na

14:20 J Hansen, winner Bridgestone, C Gribble

14:25* C Moody, L List, J Lovemark

17:30* G Murray, R Berberian Jr, P Uihlein

17:35 S Lowry, S Deane, P Larrazabal

17:40* A Rainaud, T Finau, F Zanotti

17:45 A Noren, S Hebert, R Knox

17:50* Y Song, D McNabb, C Howell III

17:55 H Matsuyama, E Els, I Poulter

18:00* S Kang, W Bryan, D Frittelli

18:05 D Summerhays, R Streb, C Wood

18:10* W McGirt, F Molinari, J Herman

18:15 T Fleetwood, J Thomas, P Reed

18:20* G Woodland, A Sullivan, K Stanley

18:25 B Watson, C Schwartzel, P Casey

18:30* R Beem, V Singh, J Daly

18:35 S Garcia, B Koepka, J Spieth

18:40* L Oosthuizen, D Willett, JB Holmes

18:45 J Day, D Johnson, H Stenson

18:50* T Pieters, X Schauffele, R Pampling

18:55 P Harrington, K Bradley, D Love III

19:00* T Olesen, B Steele, H Swafford

19:05 Z Johnson, L Westwood, C Hoffman

19:10* C Smith, B Wiesberger, B Stone

19:15 D Lingmerth, S Brown, N Colsaerts

19:20* KT Kim, G Gregory, J Hahn

19:25 S Hend, K Pigman, A Johnston

19:30* R Sterne, R Vermeer, winner Barracuda

19:35 K Kraft, B Smock, P Rodgers

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