2016 Georgia Invite: Cal’s Thomas Rips 50.6 100 Fly in Day 3 Finals

2016 GEORGIA FALL INVITATIONAL

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

Day 3 finals of the 2016 Georgia Fall Invitational saw Georgia senior Chase Kalisz pick up another victory in a loaded field of IMers. Tonight, Kalisz won the 400 IM in a quick 3:36.98 ahead of teammate Jay Litherland (3:38.19). Rounding out the top 3 was Cal’s Andrew Seliskar, who was also sub 3:40 with his 3:39.54. Following his 400 IM victory, Kalisz went on to pick up another individual win with his 52.31 in the 100 breast.

The Cal Bears had another strong showing tonight, with freshman Michael Jensen dropping a fast 1:33.76 to win the 200 free ahead of Georgia’s Jay Litherland (1:34.04). Olympic champ Ryan Murphy dominated the men’s 100 back tonight, posting a 44.61 for the #1 time in the NCAA so far and another Cal Bears victory. Murphy also had the fastest 800 free relay split tonight, anchoring in 1:33.10 on the way to Cal’s 6:16.22 victory.

On the women’s side, Cal’s Noemie Thomas was arguably the most impressive swimmer of the evening. Thomas blasted a 50.67 in the 100 fly to lead a 1-2 finish with teammate Farida Osman (51.20). Another Cal swimmer, Amy Bilquist, topped the women’s 100 back field tonight, clocking a 51.12 to out-touch Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga, who was 2nd in 51.24. Cal’s Kathleen Baker ended up scratching out of this event tonight, but she split a 1:43.97 from a rolling start to help the Bears to a 6:58.83 victory in the 800 free relay.

Michigan All-American Siobhan Haughey put up a big swim in tonight’s finals. Haughey matched the NCAA ‘A’ cut time in the 200 free, clocking a 1:43.63 to win it. With that time, she was nearly a full second ahead of the field, as Georgia’s Meaghan Raab was 2nd in 1:44.47.

Cal swept the relays tonight, with the Bears taking the 200 medleys relay as well. Interestingly, the women used Abbey Weitzeil on the breaststroke leg, who split a 27.07 on the way to their winning time of 1:35.19. The fastest breaststroker of the field, however, was Florida State’s Natalie Pierce, who clocked a blazing 26.12 for the Seminoles.

Additional Event Winners:

  • Men’s 200 medley relay- Cal (Murphy 20.96, Hoppe 23.49, Sendyk 20.38, Jensen 18.93), 1:23.76
  • Women’s 400 IM- Emily Cameron, Georgia, 4:05.09
  • Men’s 100 fly- Justin Lynch, Cal, 45.85
  • Women’s 100 breast- Laura Simon, Virginia, 58.41

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Who swam the fastest 200 free from this meet and the stacked Texas Invite? Andrew Seliskar — 1:33.31 leadoff tonight.

Yeah I was about to say. Pretty sure that is the number one time in the country right now.

He’s looking really fast this year. Probably is, I can’t think of an event that he has any chance at winning. He needs to wait until a few guys graduate.

Finally, the truth. Chase Kalisz swims his events and Will Licon. There is someone faster than Andrew in every event. His time will come.

Swimgeek — Dylan Carter actually led off USC’s 800 free relay in 1:32.61 Wednesday night. Still, great swim by Seliskar, who is one of the most versatile swimmers in the NCAA right now.

Votehillary

Robert, it is also worth mentioning that Carter is foreign

huh? why is that relevant?

Lauren Neidigh

I’m not sure it matters that Carter is foreign… he’s still the fastest swimmer in the NCAA so far.

ArtVanDeLegh10

Are we sure it wasn’t a mistake, and Jensen actually lead off while Seliskar went 2nd? That would make a lot more sense to me.

Robert Gibbs

Art- It’s possible, but Seliskar has been 1:43.6 in SCM, and split 1:32 at NCAA’s on Cal’s relay, so a 1:33.3 seems about right.

ImpressedObserver

The surprise of this meet has been the resurgence of the Florida State swim team. Cudos to Coach Neal Studd and his staff for the incredible turnaround from a year ago.

It’s interesting the difference in coaching philosophies. FSU rested for the meet with UF and the meet with FGCU. They fully shaved and tapered for this meet. UF hasn’t rested this year, swam through the Georgia Tech Invite and Nationals. Looking forward to seeing what FSU does at ACCs. Also curious how the team reacts next year with 14 incoming female freshmen (last count they have 14 verbals, not sure how many actually signed and they only have 5 seniors this year). Either Studd is expecting some to quit or transfer or they’ll have a huge team (around 40 girls) next year.

Man Seliskar is so versatile

Most 4im’ers are versativle…comes with the territory.

Yeah but most can’t go a 1:33 in the 2 free and 51 in the 1 breast. He’s David Nolan good at all four strokes.

you mean like Chase who beat Andrew in every event this weekend…stud 4imers can all do that versatility….

Not the 100 and 200 free relay splits

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