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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SwimGeek
5 years ago

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

SamH
Reply to  SwimGeek
5 years ago

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

Markster
Reply to  SwimGeek
5 years ago

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.

G Lee
Reply to  Markster
5 years ago

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

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

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
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
5 years ago

Robert, it is also worth mentioning that Carter is foreign

a_trojan
Reply to  Votehillary
5 years ago

huh? why is that relevant?

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  Votehillary
5 years ago

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

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  SwimGeek
5 years ago

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
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
5 years ago

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
5 years ago

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.

Watcher
Reply to  ImpressedObserver
5 years 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.

Joe
5 years ago

Man Seliskar is so versatile

weirdo
Reply to  Joe
5 years ago

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

Joe
Reply to  weirdo
5 years ago

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.

weirdo
Reply to  Joe
5 years ago

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

Rookery
Reply to  weirdo
5 years ago

Not the 100 and 200 free relay splits

Pvdh
5 years ago

Once seliskar narrows his events for NCAAs, he’s gonna drop some crazy (record?) times. The problem is I have no clue as to what he should narrow his events to

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Lauren, it would be nice if you could post in your recap the top 3 with the times for each race before your comment like Robert Gibbs. Thanks.

Andrew Seliskar seems to be back. Very good news. Probably his best meet for a very long time. He’s a short course beast and NCAA championships look very good for him. A good sign for the 200 fly next summer in long course?
Slower women’s 100 back than I expected. Close battle between Bilquist and Smoliga.
Murphy and Kalisz look very good after the olympic games.
Jay Litherland still as lethal to close his 400 IM
Weird Cal doesn’t use Kathleen Bayer on breaststroke in its medley relays.… Read more »

northern light
Reply to  Swimmerjammer
5 years ago

Thanks. Good article.

Dawgpaddle
Reply to  northern light
5 years ago

Great article. While sad that Missy is like a potato overcooked in the oven; done, soft and mushy, she displays honesty in the article. She has had great success as a swimmer and has also experienced humiliation. Life throws curves at us all. She has a great future ahead in ways which do not involve diving into a pool.

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Dawgpaddle
5 years ago

I can’t agree on the humiliation . It is just swimming races where she won so many 2009-2015 . 2016 not so much but 99% ofppl out there understand . Its like Tennis , she got some Grand Slams in & still maki g 4th round .

Matthew
Reply to  Swimmerjammer
5 years ago

Wow, not the best article for Missy.

Tom
Reply to  Swimmerjammer
5 years ago

Very good, honest article. If Missy never competes again she will be always a great swimmer for me….

Hswimmer
Reply to  Tom
5 years ago

She’s back training with Durden. Plans to come back to racing in spring 2017.

CanSwim13
5 years ago

Does anyone know why Megan Kingsley isn’t competing?

Person
5 years ago

Chase Kalisz 3:36.98. Does Licon drop the 400 IM in favor of the 100 breast which he has a better chance of winning? He swam a very fast 200 breast at the Texas Invite, and his 100 split was like 9th this season.

weirdo
Reply to  Person
5 years ago

yes, no way he swims the 4im…the 100 this year

completelyconquered
Reply to  weirdo
5 years ago

What happened the last time Kalisz raced Licon in the 400 IM?

Swimmer A
Reply to  completelyconquered
5 years ago

The last time he raced Kalisz was at trials and he got crushed in prelims and dropped the event in favor of the 100 breast. I know you’re referring to Licon’s win in 2015 but this year the 4 IM is all Kalisz. And behind him Litherland and Seliskar are a looking tough. I think dropping the 4 IM for the 100 breast is wise.

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Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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