2016 Georgia Invite: Seliskar Tops Star-Studded 200 IM in Day 1 Prelims

2016 GEORGIA FALL INVITATIONAL

  • Friday, December 2nd-Sunday, December 4th
  • Hosted by University of Georgia
  • 25 yards
  • Invite format
  • Live results

Day 1 prelims of the 2016 Georgia Fall Invitational is in the books, and we have a huge battle set up for finals of the men’s 200 IM. Leading the stacked field this morning was Cal’s Andrew Seliskar, who posted a 1:43.40 to outswim Georgia’s Chase Kalisz (1:43.49). While they were the only men under 1:44 this morning, we can’t count out Cal’s Ryan Murphy, the 3rd place finisher at 2016 NCAAs in this race, who swam a 1:44.08 for 3rd this morning.

If that wasn’t enough star power for you, Georgia’s Gunnar Bentz and Jay Litherland will also be in the final. Litherland was 4th this morning in 1:45.21, while Bentz was 7th in 1:45.55. Georgia makes up half of the championship final tonight, as Taylor Dale was 6th with a 1:45.50.

Half of the field in the final tonight will be made up of U.S. Olympians: Kalisz, Murphy, Litherland, Bentz.

On the women’s side, the 50 free was the highlight of the morning. American Record holder Abbey Weitzeil blasted a 21.64 to take the top seed. Tying for 2nd behind her were Georgia teammates Olivia Smoliga and Chantal Van Landeghem at 21.97. Smoliga is the reigning NCAA champion in this event, so it’ll be interesting to get a first look at the matchup between Smoliga and Weitzeil, who is now in her freshman season with the Cal Bears.

Cal will be well represented in this final, with the likes of Amy Bilquist, Farida Osman, and Valerie Hull (22.43) all making it in as well. Bilquist came within hundredths of her best time this morning, clocking a 22.18 for 5th. Osman, the reigning Pac-12 Champion, nearly broke 22 this morning with a 22.05 for 4th.

Once again, half the field is made up of Olympians: Weitzeil, Smoliga, Van Landeghem, Osman.

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Person

I still can’t comprehend Georgia’s IM group, it’s insane… kind of like Texas’ 200 free actually.

PKWater

Kind of like Cal’s IM group last year lol

WolfPack

Kind of like NC State sprint group every year. BOOM. How about that STATEment

weirdo

except this year

weirdo

this year?

Rookery

It’s erroneous

JP name too short

Kinda like Stanford’s distance group this year. Between those two and Texas’s 100 fly, that’s three groups who could conceivably put 3 guys in an A final at NCAAs.

Not quite Texas’s NCAA 100 fly final-turned-intrasquad meet a couple years ago, but still…

A non E mouse

Why no Paul Powers in the 50 free? Anyone know?

bob

Michigan has 5 men (Powers, Ransford, White, Auboeck & Al-Yamani) and 3 women (Smiddy, Yeo & Yeung) swimming at Short Course Worlds next week instead of at Georgia.Join the discussion

Not Betty

Go Bears!!

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