2016 GEORGIA FALL INVITATIONAL
- Friday, December 2nd-Sunday, December 4th
- Hosted by University of Georgia
- 25 yards
- Invite format
- Live results
Day 2 prelims of the 2016 Georgia Fall Invitational set up another loaded IM final, with Georgia’s Chase Kalisz leading the 400 IM heats. Kalisz, the American Record holder in this event, cruised to a 3:41.16 this morning. He could have a very fast swim in store for tonight, especially after we saw him bust out a 1:41.2 in the 200 IM last night. Kalisz also swam the 100 breast this morning, taking 2nd seed in 52.88. Top seed honors went to Cal sophomore Carson Sand, who broke 53 for the first time with a 52.82.
Kalisz won’t be the only star in the 400 IM tonight. He’ll be up against Cal’s Andrew Seliskar (3:47.00), the Pac-12 champ in this race, and Auburn’s Joe Patching (3:46.14), an IM gold medalist at 2016 SECs. Also in the mix will be fellow Bulldogs and U.S. Olympians Jay Litherland (3:47.17) and Gunnar Bentz (3:46.01).
Litherland and Bentz took on a double this morning, as they swam the 200 free as well. Leading the way through prelims was Cal freshman Michael Jensen in 1:34.91, followed by Litherland (1:35.60) and Bentz (1:35.98).
On the women’s side, 3 swimmers put up times in the 51-range in the 100 back. After Cal’s Amy Bilquist blasted a 50.8 on the backstroke leg of the medley relay last night, she came back with a 51.54 to top the field in the individual race this morning. Her teammate Kathleen Baker, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist in this race, finished 2nd this morning in 51.83, touching just ahead of Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga (51.89).
Cal freshman Abbey Weitzeil took a crack at the 100 breast this morning, which she hadn’t swum a best time in since she put up a 1:03.81 2012. She obliterated that this morning, qualifying for the championship final with a 1:00.86.
The big story in that race, though, was Florida State’s Natalie Pierce picking up an NCAA ‘A’ time with her 58.25, which sits as the 2nd fastest time in the NCAA this season behind only Olympic champ Lilly King. Before today, her best time was a 1:00.70 from 2016 ACCs. The Seminoles have been looking very good at this meet in their first season with Head Coach Neal Studd.
Also picking up an NCAA A cut time this morning was Cal’s Noemie Thomas with a speedy 51.00 in the 100 fly. Virgnia’s Kaitlyn Jones narrowly missed the A standard on the back half of her double, clocking a 51.58 for 2nd seed.
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