July 17, 2014
• Meet Results
MADISON, Wis. -- Badgers set the tone and dominated the first day of competition at the Speedo Champions Series Sectional meet at the University of Iowa Aquatic Center, as four met national standards and three records were set on Thursday.
Kicking off the four-day event in Iowa City, Iowa, Nick Caldwell, Maria Carlson, Jenny Holtzen and Brett Pinfold each qualified for the upcoming 2014 Phillips 66 Summer National Championships, which will be held in Irvine, California, Aug. 6-10. The national cuts marked firsts for both Carlson and Pinfold.
Caldwell began his day at a record pace, winning the preliminaries of the men's 200-meter butterfly and setting both a pool and meet record with a time of 2 minutes, 1.62 seconds. He then bested himself by more than a second in the finals, clocking in at 2:00.60 to again finish first. The previous record had been set three years ago by Sean Matthews of NASA Wildcat Aquatics.
The Sarasota, Florida, native doubled up on the day, also swimming to a record performance in the 800-meter freestyle. Caldwell's top time of 8:18.82 in the finals of the free eclipsed both the previous meet (8:19.29) and pool (8:24.35) records.
Aja Van Hout set a pool record of her own in preliminaries of the women's 100-meter freestyle, finishing first in 55.80. She went on to win the finals in a time of 55.86. Van Hout set the 100 freestyle meet record last season (55.65).
In the preliminaries of the women's 200-meter breaststroke, Holtzen and Carlson finished third and fourth, respectively, as Holtzen clocked in at 2:34.54 and Carlson 2:34.94. Holtzen would later shave time off in the finals, finishing in third place again but with a time of 2:34.36.
Pinfold began his day placing second in the preliminaries of the men's 100 freestyle clocking in at 50.84. He followed up that performance in the finals with a time of 50.68, good again for second place.
Competition at the 2014 Speedo Champions Series in Iowa City, Iowa, resumes Friday beginning at 9 a.m. CT.