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.
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