Aug. 5, 2009
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Ian Rowe came up big in his first event at the U.S. Open Tuesday, placing fourth in the 1,500 meter freestyle. Rowe’s spectacular showing, along with Robby Hayes and Scott Thacker‘s personal bests, helped Club Seminole reach 11th place in the team standings at the end of Day 1.
Rowe competed against 39 other swimmers in the final event of the day and finished with the 5th fastest time going into the finals. The rising junior then clinched the fourth place finish with his time of 15:16.85. His time was the third fastest by an American at the meet as the winner, Troy Prinsloo, is South African. Earlier in the day Hayes finished 34th out of 75 swimmers in the 200 meter butterfly with a time of 2:03.45. Thacker finished 58th out of 82 swimmers in the 200 meter breaststroke with a time of 2:24.59.
Hayes and Rowe will be back in the water on Day 2 as Hayes competes in the 100 freestyle and Rowe swims in the 200 backstroke. Also swimming on Day 2 is Stephanie Sarandos for the women in the 200 backstroke. For meet results and more check back with Seminoles.com.