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Hampel wins two Long Course state breaststroke titles

 

Hampel wins two Long Course state breaststroke titles

By the Messenger-Inquirer | Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:00 am

Michael Hampel captured two state breaststroke championships at the Kentucky 13-and-over Long Course State Championships last weekend in Elizabethtown — leading the Owensboro Marlins to a sixth-place team finish.

Hampel's times in his first-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.17) and 200 breaststroke (2:23.86) qualified him for the 2015 Speedo Junior National Championship to be held in San Antonio, Texas, July 30-Aug. 3. Hampel will compete with elite swimmers throughout the nation next weekend.

Hampel qualified in the championship or consolation final of each event in which he competed to lead the Owensboro Marlins to a best finish among western Kentucky teams. Hampel placed first in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, fourth in the 800 freestyle, seventh in the 1500 freestyle, 400 individual medley and 200 IM, ninth in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle, and 10th in the 100 freestyle.

Samantha Phillips led the Marlin women in points. placing fourth in the 1500 freestyle and 800 freestyle, seventh in the 200 freestyle, 400 IM, and 200 butterfly, ninth in the 400 freestyle, 11th in the 100 freestyle, and 13th in the 100 butterfly and 200 IM.

Several Marlins earned spots in the championship finals where the top eight swimmers in the state are awarded medals and consolation finals. In the Girls 13-14 age group, Mia Bruno placed 7th in the 1500 freestyle and 10th in the 800 freestyle, Julia Smith placed 14th in the 100 breaststroke, 15th in the 100 freestyle, and 16th in the 50 freestyle, 200 IM, and 100 backstroke; and Isabelle Velez placed 11th in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Phillips, Bruno, Smith and Velez had stellar relay finishes in the 200 freestyle (4th), 400 medley (7th) and 400 freestyle (7th place).  

For the boys, in the 15-and-over age group, Charlie Hall medaled finishing seventh in the 800 freestyle, eighth in the 1500 freestyle, 12th in the 400 freestyle, 13th in the 100 butterfly and 400 IM and 14th in the 200 butterfly. Drew Dodds medaled finishing sixth in the 100 breaststroke and placed 11th in the 200 IM, 12th in 100 freestyle and 15th in the 400 IM; Xavier Evans placed 13th in the 1500 freestyle and 15th in the 800 freestyle and 200 backstroke.

Hampel, Hall, Dodds and Evans teamed up for trips to the relay medal stand in the 200 medley (3rd), 400 medley (4th) and 400 freestyle (6th). Another 15-and-over relay team of Grant Luckett, Jacob Taylor, Andrew St. Clair and Eli Cooper placed seventh in the 200 medley. 

In 13-14 boys, Landon Rafferty qualified for two championship finals with a fourth-place finish in the 800 freestyle and a seventh-place showing in the 1500 freestyle. Rafferty also placed 11th in the 400 freestyle and 15th in the 200 freestyle and 200 breaststroke. Rafferty along with Christian Leigh, Connor Satterly, and Owen Krahwinkel medaled with an eighth-place finish in the 200 freestyle.

In the Kentucky 12-and-under Long Course State Championship held July 17-19 in Louisville, Paige Neal and Addison Callis led the way for the Marlins.

Neal swam in the 10-and-under 50 breaststroke championship final placing sixth, and also was 10th in the 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly, 13th in the 100 backstroke and 14th in 100 freestyle.

Callis medaled in the 11-12 age group, placing eighth in the 50 breaststroke and 10th in the 100 breaststroke.

Molly Church placed 11th in the 50 breaststroke and 15th in the 100 breaststroke, and Kara Luckett placed 14th in the 50 breaststroke. Neal combined with Jenna Luckett, Sydney Perkins, Reese Wethington for trips to the relay medal stand with a sixth-place finish in the 10-and-under 200 medley and an eighth in the 200 freestyle.

For the boys, Noah Satterly placed 15th in the 10-and-under consolation finals of the 50 backstroke.  The 10-and-under boys relay team of Joey Leesman, Isaiah Perkins, Trevor Church, and Matthew Murphy medaled with a seventh-place showing in the 200 freestyle.  Perkins, Church, Murphy, and Cordell Langton combined to reach the medal stand with an eighth-place finish in the 200 medley relay