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Night One Recap: 2017 Long Course YMCA Nationals

Night One Recap: 2017 Long Course YMCA Nationals
Photo: © Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

2017 YMCA Long Course National Championships

July 31 - August 4, 2017
Greensboro, North Carolina
Greensboro Aquatic Center
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Night one of the 2017 YMCA Long Course National Championships got started in exciting fashion on Monday in Greensboro, NC. Although these events were only preliminaries, that didn't stop the competitors from letting out a bit of energy as they kicked off the weeklong meet.

YMCA Long Course National Championships

Women 200m Freestyle Relay

National Record: Triangle NC -- 1:45.67 -- 7/29/2014
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Results:
1.) Red Bank -- 1:47.01 (Q)
2.) Cheshire -- 1:47.02 (Q)
3.) Fanwood Scotch -- 1:47.08 (Q)
4.) Butler -- 1:47.23 (Q)
5.) York -- 1:47.69 (Q)
6.) Somerset Valley -- 1:47.99 (Q)
7.) ME Lyons -- 1:48.17 (Q)
8.) Countryside -- 1:48.90 (Q)
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9.) Wyckoff -- 1:49.01 (Q) 
10.) Lakeland Hills -- 1:49.10 (Q)
11.) Gr. Flint -- 1:49.21 (Q)
12.) Spartanburg -- 1:49.47 (Q)
13.) Bath Area -- 1:49.63 (Q)
14.) Greensboro -- 1:49.67 (Q)
15.) Upper Main Line -- 1:49.85 (Q)
16.) Ocean County -- 1:50.15 (Q)
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17.) Hickory -- 1:50.19 (Alt. 1)
*18.) Coffman -- 1:50.31 (Alt. 2) - Swim Off Required
*18.) North Shore -- 1:50.31 (Alt. 2) - Swim Off Required

Check out how tightly bunched the topthree are going into the A-Final -- just 0.07 seconds separating gold from bronze as we head into the meet's second night. In the prelims of the 200 freestyle relay, we saw a handful of ladies split in the 25-high to 26-low range This bodes well for an incredibly exciting and fast event in both the B and A finals. Although the national record may seem distant, we wouldn't be surprised if more than one team gives the 2014 team from Triangle NC a run for its money.

Men 200m Freestyle Relay

National Record: Triangle NC -- 1:33.83 -- 7/29/2014
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Results:
1.) Somerset Hills -- 1:36.24 (Q)
2.) Rapid Area -- 1:36.36 (Q)
3.) Powel Crosley -- 1:36.47 (Q) 
4.) Red Bank -- 1:36.76 (Q)
5.) Fanwood Scotch -- 1:37.35 (Q)
6.) Upper Main Line -- 1:37.67 (Q)
7.) Lakeland Hills -- 1:37.92 (Q)
8.) Westfield -- 1:37.96 (Q)
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9.) Auglaize Mercer -- 1:38.18 (Q) 
9.) Spartanburg -- 1:38.18 (Q)
11.) Frederick -- 1:38.62 (Q)
12.) York -- 1:38.75 (Q)
13.) Cheshire -- 1:38.79 (Q)
14.) Countryside -- 1:39.01 (Q)
15.) Somerset Valley -- 1:39.12 (Q)
16.) Coffman -- 1:39.52 (Q)
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17.) Rock Hill -- 1:39.86 (Alt. 1)
18.) Lynchburg -- 1:39.88 (Alt. 2)

Much like the women's 200 freestyle relay, the men's event has a tightly bunched top end with four teams in the 1:36 range. Twenty-three-second 50 freestyle splits seemed like second nature to a lot of these high-level athletes in the prelims, so we cannot wait to see if any of them manage to dip into the 23-low to 22-high range with the excitement of finals fueling them. The meet record of 1:33.83 by Triangle NC doesn't seem like it is in too much danger, but only time will tell if it will stand to see the 2018 Long Course YMCA Swimming National Championships.

Women 1500m Freestyle

National Record: Caitlynn Moon -- 16:40.05 -- 7/28/2014 
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Results:
1.) Leah Braswell -- 16:46.88 (Gold)​
2.) Catherine Buroker -- 16:51.85 (Silver)​ 
3.) Nicole Welch -- 17:18.40 (Bronze)​ 
4.) Rachel Reistroffer -- 17:28.24
5.) Shannon Jelley -- 17:29.03  
6.) Meghan French --  17:30.33
7.) McKenzie Rice -- 17:32.46
8.) Brenna McLaughlin -- 17:32.52

Leah Braswell -- a University of Florida commit -- took command of this race early and continued to push the pace throughout. She would end up taking the win in a time of 16:46.88, just a bit over six seconds off the national record. ​Catherine Buroker​ also put up an incredible time of 16:51.85 to finish second, and ​Nicole Welch​​​ rounded out the top three in 17:18.40.

Men 1500m Freestyle

National Record: Karl Bishop -- 15:35.36 -- 7/27/2016
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Results:
1.) Riley Pestorius -- 16:07.56 (Gold)​​
2.) Patrick Butkovich -- 16:09.99 (Silver)​ ​
3.) Ethan Knorr -- 16:12.72 (Bronze)​ ​
4.) Tim Joyce -- 16:15.01
5.) Nicholas Falder -- 16:15.86
6.) Matthew Lequang -- 16:24.88
7.) Logan McFadden -- 16:29.38
8.) Will Suchy -- 16:29.97​​ 

Riley Pestoriu​s came away on top after holding off a charging Patrick Butkovich for the gold. Pestorius would end up touching first with a time of 16:07.56 followed by ​Patrick Butkovich in 16:09.99 and ​Ethan Knorr in 16:12.72 for silver and bronze, respectively.

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