Thursday, February 2, 2023

Evan Lynch Shines During USA Swimming Eastern Zone Meet

Evan Lynch swims to the wall during a freestyle event. (Submitted)
Evan Lynch swims to the wall during a freestyle event. (Submitted)

Evan Lynch had a successful stint during the USA Swimming Eastern Zone Senior Championships in Buffalo over the weekend.

Competing in five events — four freestyle events and one backstroke event — against some of the top swimmers in the region, Lynch earned top-16 finishes in the 200-, 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyles and a top-30 finish in the 200-meter backstroke.

Up first for Lynch, a state champion swimmer for Bruton High School, was the 800-meter freestyle Thursday evening, during which he claimed 12th place in a time of 8:56.02.

On Friday, Lynch competed in the 200-meter freestyle prelims during the morning session. During the prelims, Lynch clocked the 15th best time with a time of 2:00.63.

Lynch saw his time dip slightly in the finals, finishing in 16th place overall with a time of 2:01.17.

On Saturday, Lynch earned a top-10 placing during the 400-meter freestyle prelims in a time of 4:14.26, which was roughly eight seconds off the best time during the morning session.

In the finals, Lynch improved on his preliminary time, clocking a 4:13.73, but dropped two spots in the overall standings for a 12th-place finish.

Lynch wrapped up his competition on Sunday with the 200-meter backstroke and the 1,500-meter freestyle.

Primarily a freestyle swimmer, Lynch put together a 2:18.25 during the backstroke prelims, which was good for a 24th seed heading into the finals.

Before competing in the backstroke finals, Lynch swam in the 1,500-meter freestyle finals during the meet’s only afternoon session.

Coming into the event seeded with a time of 17:12.76, Lynch put together a solid performance and cut 10 seconds off his time. He finished the event in 12th place with a time of 17:02.21.

During his final race of the weekend, Lynch almost perfectly mirrored his preliminary performance in the event. Lynch touched the wall at 2:18.49 in 24th place during the finals, capping off his four days of swimming against top competition.

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