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Sanjay Wijesekera wins big on opening night of Tom Dolan Invitational

By Bryan Flaherty

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.

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