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2024 Region VIII Speedo Summer Sections (Columbia)

  • Wednesday-Saturday, 10-13 July 2024
  • Mizzou Aquatics Center, Columbia, MO
  • P/E ratio (50 m)
  • Results on MeetMobile (“Region VIII Speedo Summer Sectionals”)

The first Speedo Sectionals of the summer began yesterday in Columbia, MO at the Mizzou pool. This 4-day competition will feature all LCM events, including the 50s, and many swimmers from Missouri and the surrounding area are expected to attend.

The final round on Wednesday evening began with a great performance. The 15-year-old Empire KC Swim Club Lucy Velte ran a very fast 27.48 to win the women’s 50-meter butterfly. It was a great time for Velte, who beat her previous best of 28.11 by just over half a second. Her previous best was set at the last Columbia Sectionals meet, which took place in March of this year. Velte holds a career best of 1:03.51 in the LCM 100-meter butterfly, so it will be interesting to see what she can accomplish in this race today.

Jefferson City Area YMCA, 18 years old Ethan Vance also had a nice 50-meter butterfly, winning the men’s event in 24.99. Vance, who will begin his college swimming career at Mizzou in the fall, had a personal best of 26.97 yesterday, though it should be noted that that time was the first 50 meters of a 100-meter butterfly.

Vance was also in action in the men’s 50-meter freestyle, where he posted a huge personal best of 23.18 in the heats, which was the fastest heat time from yesterday. His personal best coming into the day was 24.09 from last summer, which is a huge accomplishment for the future Tiger. In the finals, Vance ran 23.21 to finish second behind Southern Illinois University’s Alex Santiagowho won the race in 23.08. Santiago, who qualified for the NCAA in the 50-yard freestyle last season for SIU, recently competed in the Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet in Canada. He matched his personal best of 23.08, which he originally set with Mel Zajac.

In the women’s 50 m, Empire KC’s Helena Tietjen She won in 26.13 and improved her previous best time in this discipline by 0.18 seconds.

In the men’s 1500 m freestyle swimming, Tsunami Swim Team from KC’s Whitaker Steward16, won by a wide margin with a time of 15:34.82, several seconds faster than Whitaker’s previous best of 15:37.48, set at the Spring Sectionals in Columbia in March. With that swim, Whitaker remains the fourth fastest 16-year-old boy in the country this season, despite rising to 59th all-time in the 15-16 age group.

The 800m freestyle relay also took place on Wednesday. Empire KC Swim Club won the women’s 800m freestyle relay with a time of 8:34.13. Lucy Velte (2:07.09), Tess Boyer (2:11.33), Clara Seemann (2:09.00) and Helena Tietjen (2:06.71) took the victory together. Velte’s first stage was well under her personal best time of 2:09.52.

In the men’s 800 m freestyle relay, the Tsunami Swim Team from KC took first and second place. Their A-Team from Ellis Crisci (1:54.45), Whitaker Steward (1:54.54), Ian Everett (1:58.87) and Leo Kurucz (1:54.58) won the race with a time of 7:42.44. The B-Team of Samuel Hennenfent (1:57.58), Cole Tobin (2:01.27), Deacon Gutshall (1:59.40) and Derek Long (1:57.00) achieved a total time of 7:55.25 and secured second place.


  • 200 m backstroke, women: Gena Jorgenson (Nebraska) – 2:14.39
  • 200 m backstroke, men: Jack Dahlgren (Team Triumph) – 2:01.22
  • 200 m breaststroke, women: Maia Hall (Nebraska) – 2:33.15
  • 200 m breaststroke, men: Noah Reeves (Empire KC Swim Club) – 2:20.38
  • 800 m freestyle, women: Macey Hansen (Columbia Swim Club) – 8:57.06