Sanjay Wijesekera won both of his events to kick off the 10th annual Tom Dolan Invitational meet held at the University of Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center. The 12-year-old Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club swimmer was untouched on Thursday night during the opening night’s timed finals, winning by a combined margin of 12.45.
Wijesekera won the 500 freestyle in 5 minutes, 5.73 seconds, followed by a win in the 200 backstroke in 2:03.51. It was the second year in a row that Wijesekera won the 200 backstroke at this meet. He is the top seed in four of his remaining five events.
Emily Meilus, 13, won the 13-14 girls’ 1,650 freestyle. She finished 16.12 seconds ahead of second place in. Her time would have finished third in the girls’ open category, which was won in a time of 16:29.11 by 17-year-old Isla Hutchinson-Maddox of Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics based in New York City.
NCAP’s Sinead Eksteen, 12, won the 11-12 girls’ 200 backstroke in 2:08.34. She finished third in her age group in the 500 freestyle as well, which was won by Madison Homovich, 12, and Sophie Perez, 12, who finished 1-2 for the North Carolina Aquatic Club in 5:04.33 and 5:06.23, respectively.
NCAP received its third and final win of the night’s timed finals from Gavin Springer, 16, who won the boys’ open 1,650 in 15:24.83. NOVA Aquatics’ Jack McSorley, 14, was the top finisher in the 13-14 boys’ 1,650 freestyle in 16:34.02.
Starting Friday, the meet moves to a championship format with morning prelims and night finals.