Georgia commit Katherine Sikes swims 22.5 at the Southeastern Classic Meet

2022 East Carolina Aquatics Southeastern Classic

  • 11-13 November 2022
  • Minges Swimming Pool, Greenville, North Carolina
  • Short course yards (25 yards)
  • Results on Meet Mobile

cal commit Luca Battaglini just missed a new lifetime best in the 50 free and georgia commit Katherine Sikes broke her own personal best at the same event two weeks ago at the Southeastern Classic hosted by East Carolina Aquatics.

Battaglini, 17, trains with his father Claudio Battaglini at ECA’s Chapel Hill site. He won the boys’ 50 free at the 03/20 meet. That swim was 0.07 seconds off his lifetime best in the event held at last year’s Winter Junior East Championships.

His swim is the country’s fastest flat start so far this season in the 50 Free. The only under-18 to do better this year is NC State freshman Quintin McCarty.

He also won the 100 Free (44.58), 200 Free (1:40.30), and 100 Fly (48.62).

While none of those swim times were his best, they were all significantly faster than his last competition in October, where he was 47.3/1:45.8 in the freestyle and 51.3 in the 100 fly.

Battaglini is slated to join Cal’s vaunted sprint crew next fall. The Golden Bears have finished the year with the NCAA’s fastest 50 freestylers every season since Caeleb Dressel graduated in 2018.

The meet had several impressive 50 freestyle results alongside Battaglini. For boys 14 years old Owen Lin swam 21.53 and 13 years old Grant Larsen swam 22.07. Lin, who also represents the ECA, is now 9th nationally for the 13-14 year olds this season, while Larsen of the O’Neal Pelagics is 3rd nationally for the 13 year olds.

Georgia prevails among the girls Katie Sikes made a big leap forward with two new personal bests. The high school junior swam 22.52 in the 50 free and 56.00 in the 100 fly.

These are both new lifetime bests, having previously been 22.95 and 56.36 in March.

The drop, particularly in the 50 Free, is big for Sikes, as the rest of her times indicated she wasn’t fully butted for the time: She was 50.32 in the 100 Free, about four tenths down on her best.

While Sikes is still a season and a half away from their first meeting for the Bulldogs, their new addition will be a welcome sight in Athens. The team has just one 50 freestyler who was better than a 22.8 this year, Eboni McCarty a sophomore at 21.89 and with limited support for 2023. Sikes’ new bests came just a few weeks after they qualified for Georgia had committed.

Sikes won a total of six individual competitions, including two relays

16 years old Emily Armen finished second in 23.04, off her personal best by 0.08 seconds. Another ECA junior, Armen, is involved in Tennessee. While Armen is primarily a sprint freestyler, she pulled out some range over the weekend: she swam 4:55.12 to win the 500m freestyle, falling more than 15 seconds off her personal best and also added a personal best of 57.09 in the 100m backstroke.

Other meet highlights:

  • 13-year-old Larsen swam 48.74 in the free 100, which is a new personal best of a second and a half. He ranks fourth nationally this season among swimmers his age.
  • 14 years old Calvin Schaper of the Carolina Aquatic Team swam 59.89 in the 100 meter breaststroke. He undercut his previous best time at the event by almost four seconds