By Sharon Robb

August 8, 2017—Olivia Carter of Enfinity Aquatics knocked off Dakota Luther to win the 200-meter butterfly on opening day of the Speedo Junior National Championships Tuesday at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Carter, 17, won in a meet record 2:09.02 out-touching Luther, the only World Championships qualifier in the meet. Luther was the fastest qualifier in prelims in 2:11.40, out-touching Luther, the only World Championships qualifier in the meet. Luther was the fastest qualifier in prelims in 2:11.40. Both Luther and Carter will be teammates at University of Georgia in the fall.

Other winners were:

Carson Foster, 15, of Mason Manta Rays, 200-meter butterfly, lifetime best 1:58.47.

Zoie Hartman, 16, of Crow Canyon, 100-meter breaststroke, best time 1:08.65.

Daniel Roy, 17, of King Aquatic Club, 100-meter breaststroke, 1:01.42. High school Swimmer of the Year Reece Whitley, the event favorite, declared a false start.

Erica Sullivan, 16, of Sandpipers of Nevada, 800-meter freestyle, 8:33.49, lifetime best by one second.

Johannes Calloni, 17, of Scarlet Aquatics, 1500-meter freestyle, 15:18.44. Calloni is Stanford-bound.

The top Florida Gold Coast finisher was Mary Smutny, 16, of AquaKids Sharks. Smutny was fifth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:13.87. Smutny has seven events remaining. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, 18, of Gulliver Swim Club was seventh in the 800-meter freestyle in a lifetime-best 8:47.72, a time drop of 6.9 seconds.

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding, 16, a junior at Cooper City High School and 2016 U.S. Olympic trials qualifier, begins competing on Wednesday.

She will swim the first two of six events, the 100-meter freestyle (seeded 11th) and 400-meter individual medley (seeded 6th).

The five-day meet runs through Saturday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. All sessions will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

TUESDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. Sandpipers of Nevada, 59, 2. King Aquatic Club 38, 3. Scarlet Aquatics 32, 4. tie, SwimMAC and Nation’s Capital 28.

MEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Mason Manta Rays, 48, 2. King Aquatic Club 36, 3. Sandpipers 30, 4. Scarlet Aquatics 29, 5. SwimMAC 23.

WOMEN TEAM TOTALS: 1. Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club 30.5, 2. Sandpipers of Nevada 29, 3. tie, Magnolia and Lakeside, 26, 5. tie, Crow Canyon County, Enfinity Aquatic Club 20, 15. AquaKids Sharks 14.

GIRLS

800-meter freestyle: 1. Eric Sullivan, SAND 8:33.49; FGC: 7. Marcella Ruppert-Gomez, Gulliver 8:47.72, time drop.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Olivia Carter, EAC 2:09.02; FGC: 5. Mary Smutny, AKS 2:13.87, time drop.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Zoie Hartman, CROW 1:08.65.

BOYS

1500-meter freestyle: 1. Johannes Calloni, SCAR 15:18.44.

200-meter butterfly: 1. Carson Foster, RAYS 1:58.47.

100-meter breaststroke: 1. Daniel Roy, KING 1:01.42.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

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