2016 Georgia Invite: Baker’s 1:49 Victory in 200 Back Highlights Day 3 Finals


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

The final night of action at the 2016 Georgia Fall Invitational saw swimmers compete in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay. There were quite a few big swim’s in tonight’s session, including some of the top performances in the NCAA this season by Ryan Murphy, Kathleen Baker, and Olivia Smoliga.


  1. Rose Bi, Michigan, 15:51.94
  2. G Ryan, Michigan, 15:57.10
  3. Rachel Zilinskas, Georgia, 16:13.48

The Michigan distance duo of Rose Bi and G Ryan picked up another 1-2 finish for the Wolverines, but this time it was Bi getting to the wall first in 15:512.94. Ryan followed for 2nd, also breaking 16:00 with their 15:57.10. Georgia’s Rachel Zilinskas (16:13.48) picked up the 3rd spot.


  1. Nick Norman, Cal, 14:51.89
  2. Blake Maczka, Michigan, 15:07.22
  3. Sam Magnan, Virginia, 15:11.47

Cal’s Nick Norman was just a second shy of his best in the men’s mile, dominating the race with a 14:51.89 victory. Norman led from start to finish, clocking the only sub-15:00 time of the field. Rounding out the top 3 behind him were Michigan’s Blake Maczka (15:07.22) and Virginia’s Sam Magnan (15:11.47).


  1. Kathleen Baker, Cal, 1:49.83
  2. Amy Bilquist, Cal, 1:50.06
  3. Meryn McCann, Georgia, 1:53.47

The showdown between Cal teammates Kathleen Baker and Amy Bilquist in the 200 back did not disappoint. They traded blows through the first portion of the race, with Baker taking the early lead at the 100, but Bilquist fighting back for the edge at the 150. In the end, Baker had a breakthrough, roaring to a 1:49.83 victory ahead of Bilquist’s 1:50.06.


  1. Ryan Murphy, Cal, 1:38.65
  2. Jay Litherland, Georgia, 1:41.65
  3. Connor Kalisz, Florida State, 1:41.73

American Record holder Ryan Murphy rolled to a 1:38.65 in tonight’s 200 back, topping the field by a full 3 seconds. That makes him the fastest swimmer in the NCAA so far in both backstrokes, as he surpassed Henessey Stuart’s 1:40.04 from the NC State Invite. Behind him, Georgia’s Jay Litherland came from behind with a 25.25 on the final 50, clocking a 1:41.65 to out-touch Florida State’s Connor Kalisz (1:41.73).


  1. Olivia Smoliga, Georgia, 46.95
  2. Abbey Weitzeil, Cal, 47.22
  3. Farida Osman, Cal, 47.84

Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil matched her 47.22 from prelims, which stood as the fastest time in the NCAA so far. Tonight, however, she fell to 2nd, with Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga turning in the new nation’s best time at 46.95. The two swimmers both flipped in 22.6 at the 50-mark, but Smoliga brought it home harder with a 24.35 on the back half.


  1. Peter Holoda, Auburn, 42.69
  2. Michael Jensen, Cal, 42.75
  3. Justin Lynch, Cal, 42.91

Auburn’s Peter Holoda topped a 100 free field that included 4 Cal sprinters tonight, getting the job done with his 42.69 to outswim the Bears’ Michael Jensen (42.75). Jensen’s teammates filed in behind him, with Justin Lynch rounding out the top 3 at 42.91. Pawel Sendyk (43.04) and ‘Aukai Lileikis (43.33) followed for 4th and 5th respectively.


  1. Laura Simon, Virginia, 2:06.94
  2. Marina Garcia, Cal, 2:08.64
  3. Emily Kopas, Michigan, 2:09.98

Virginia’s Laura Simon completed her sweep of the breaststrokes at this meet, swimming to a 2:06.94 in tonight’s 200 breast final. Cal’s Marina Garcia turned in a new personal best time, finishing in 2:08.64 for 2nd place. Michigan’s Emily Kopas was also sub-2:10, following for 3rd in 2:09.98.


  1. Hunter Cobleigh, Cal, 1:55.24
  2. Jason Coombs, Florida State, 1:55.27
  3. Michael Duderstadt, Auburn, 1:55.53

Less than 3 tenths separated the top 3 finishers in the men’s 200 breast final. Cal’s Hunter Cobleigh was a few tenths slower than his prelims swim, but was still able to get his hand on the wall for 1st in 1:55.24, out-touching Florida State’s Jason Coombs (1:55.27) at the finish. Reigning SEC champ Michael Duderstadt, an Auburn senior, followed closely for 3rd in 1:55.53.


  1. Kaitlyn Jones, Virginia, 1:53.29
  2. Jenn Marrkand, Virginia, 1:53.75
  3. Noemie Thomas, Cal, 1:53.77

Virginia’s Kaitlyn Jones wasn’t quite able to match her 1:52 from prelims, but she was still fast enough to win the 200 fly tonight with her 1:53.29. Her teammate Jenn Marrkand collected a 2nd place finish behind her, holding off a final 50 charge from Cal’s Noemie Thomas. They were all in the 1:53-range, as Thomas took 3rd in 1:53.77.


  1. Chase Kalisz, Georgia, 1:40.38
  2. Andrew Seliskar, Cal, 1:40.74
  3. Michael Thomas, Cal, 1:43.19

Georgia’s Chase Kalisz and Cal’s Andrew Seliskar blew away the field in the men’s 200 fly. Kalisz stayed perfect at this meet, making up a full second deficit on the last 50 with a 26.03 final split. He wont it in 1:40.38, tenths ahead of Seliskar, who took 2nd in 1:40.74. With that, he’s the 2nd fastest swimmer in the NCAA so far behind Jack Conger, who clocked a 1:40.24 at the Texas Invite last night. It also took nearly 1.5 seconds off his previous best 1:41.70 from the 2015 SEC meet.


  1. Georgia (Smoliga, Burchill, Raab, Van Landeghem), 3:11.19
  2. Cal (Baker, Weitzeil, Hull, Osman), 3:11.82
  3. Michigan (Haughey, G. DeLoof, C. DeLoof, Postoll), 3:13.65

Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga wasn’t quite as fast on the 400 free relay leadoff as she was individually tonight, but she still had the fastest opening split of the field, clocking a 47.54 to help her team to a 3:11.19 victory. Cal (3:11.82) wasn’t far behind for 2nd after Abbey Weitzeil put up the fastest rolling start split with a 46.91 on the 2nd leg.


  1. Cal (Murphy, Jensen, Lynch, Seliskar), 2:49.84
  2. Georgia (Dale, Kalisz, Litherland, Bentz), 2:53.10
  3. Cal “B” (Lileikis, Sendyk, Williams, Thomas), 2:53.13

Cal’s relay had 4 men split in the 42-range, with Michael Jensen putting up the fastest rolling start split in 42.29 on the 2nd leg. Ryan Murphy opened with a 42.53 to tie Auburn’s Peter Holoda (42.53) for the fastest flat start time. The Georgia men out-touched the Cal B-relay for 2nd. Chase Kalisz put up the fastest split for the Bulldogs with his 43.19 on the 2nd leg, but it’s notable that their relay was without freshman Javier Acevedo, who anchored their medley relay in 41.9 earlier on Friday night.

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samuel huntington
5 years ago

coming in second in the men’s 1650, Katie Ledecky

Reply to  samuel huntington
5 years ago

That statement is getting old!

Reply to  Sarcastic
5 years ago

quit hatin

samuel huntington
Reply to  Sarcastic
5 years ago

I thought it was interesting and worth sharing

Reply to  Sarcastic
5 years ago

never gets old

5 years ago

Honestly not sure how Ryan Murphys gonna win at NCAA’s I mean 1:38:65 that would have been 4th at NCAA’s last year.

Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago

and he is the only one returning from top 3.

Tony the Tiger
Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago


Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago

True, he just has to beat himself, his teammate who has since graduated, and one of the best first names in all of college swimming (Hennessey). Tall task

Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago


Reply to  Leonardmatt
5 years ago

This is clearly a joke

5 years ago

Love seeing the MI women’s team doing so well & finishing higher than the men’s team!!! Wonder how long that has been??

Reply to  SUNY Cal
5 years ago

last year at ncaa’s?

Reply to  SUNY Cal
5 years ago

Men’s team was missing their 4 best swimmers to be fair.

5 years ago

Now the question is how fast can Murphy go? Last year for him in the NCAA. I don’t think he’ll be too much faster than last year, maybe 43 low, 1:35 low, but I also didn’t think he’d win the 200 back in Rio, so obviously I’m not very good at this. He never ceases to amaze me.
Also that 200 fly from Kalisz is disgustingly fast, especially considering he has no early speed. He’s gonna be very, very tough at NCAAs. Seliskar’s 200 fly was also great for this point in the season.
Great 200 back from Baker, best time for her. I believe the NCAA record is 1:47.87 by Pelton, so Baker will be chasing that.

5 years ago

Man, Kalisz has been flaming Yung Deli all weekend. I hope Seliskar claps back at NC’s. It seems like Cal took a really good swimmer, and made him into an excellent point scorer.
Reminder: Seliskar has not won anything at NCAA’s. But here are the roles he can fill at any given time:

CAL A relay member of 200 fr, 400 fr, and 800 fr relay. 200 medley, 400 medley relay, swimming literally any stroke. Can score at NCAAs in every event but the mile.

Most versatile swimmer in the NCAA.

This guy goes sub 3:40 in the 4IM and sub 21 in the 50 back (20.3) and 50 fly (20.6)

Reply to  PACFAN
5 years ago

I bet he could score in the mile if he swam it

Reply to  PACFAN
5 years ago

I believe that 20.3 is a mistake

Robert Gibbs(@robertgibbs)
Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago

Uberfan – I think you’re right. The USA database lists that as a medley relay leadoff from the 2014 Virginia 5A meet. I happened to be watching that meet — and I just checked published results to refresh my memory — and that 20.36 was actually his leadoff leg from the 200 free relay at that meet; he swam fly on the medley. From the SWIMS database, his “next” best 50 back time is a 21.7.

Reply to  Robert Gibbs
5 years ago

I was thinking he would be Cal’s A backstroker next year, but Hoffer’s probably gonna take that role.

Reply to  Joe
5 years ago

Wow – add Hoffer!!??!

5 years ago

Wow, fantastic showing by the Cal men at this invite, has to bring up the question if Texas is completely in the clear for an NCAA 3-peat. Although, it’s known that Texas had minimal amount of rest for their invite and did not have Schooling, and unknown how much Cal rested for this meet. It is worth mentioning that Cal did not have Long Gutierrez at this meet either.

Reply to  Swammer
5 years ago

They will also get Josa next semester!

Reply to  PKWater
5 years ago

That’s next semester not next year? Wow. Gonna be a close NCAAs for sure then

Reply to  Joe
5 years ago

I don’t think it will be so close this year. Hopefully in the next two years.

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