2018 Atlanta Classic: Magahey Tops Rooney and Lochte, Brown Swims 100 Fly PB on Night 1


The first finals session of the 2018 Atlanta Classic will see Olympic champions Ryan Lochte and Caeleb Dressel competing for the Gators. This morning, Lochte qualified for the finals of the 200 free, 100 fly, and 400 IM. Dressel is set to compete in the B final of the 200 free and 100 breast. Erika Brown, who had huge breakouts during the NCAA season, is already improving in the long course pool after her best time in the 100 fly this morning. Another one to watch on the women’s side is Tennessee’s Molly Hannis, who has already had some big performances in the long course breaststrokes this year.


  1. Jordan Stout- 2:01.93
  2. Samantha Porter- 2:02.36
  3. Stanzi Moseley- 2:02.79

Athens Bulldogs’ Jordan Stout outsplit Samantha Porter by a full second down the final stretch to out-touch Porter at the finish. That time for Stout was just a tenth shy of her lifetime best, which stands at a 2:01.83 from the 2017 U.S. Open. Missouri’s Porter, a freshman, broke 2:03 for the first time as she held off Tennessee’s Stanzi Moseley for 2nd.

Moseley’s teammate Erika Brown was a couple of seconds off her prelims time here, taking 8th in 2:04.38. She was a 2:02.42 in the prelim heats. Her best ever is a 2:00.42 from 2014. Brown will be competing in the 100 fly next.


  1. Jake Magahey– 1:49.65
  2. Maxime Rooney– 1:49.80
  3. Javier Acevedo– 1:50.76

Local junior standout Jake Magahey battled closely with Florida’s Maxime Rooney the whole way through, with the 16-your-old Atlanta native out-touching Rooney at the finish. That was a lifetime best for Magahey by nearly a second, smashing the 1:50.51 he put up at the Pro Swim Series stop in Atlanta this March.

Ryan Lochte just missed out on 3rd as Javier Acevedo outsplit him by a couple of tenths on the last 50. Lochte’s swim wasa just a few tenths shy of his time from March. Fellow Gator pro Caeleb Dressel won the B final in 1:51.96. That was a significant improvement from this morning, when Dressel played with his back-half speed, and would’ve placed 7th in the final just behind NCAA standout Dean Farris (1:51.54) of Harvard.


  1. Molly Hannis– 1:07.25
  2. Micah Sumrall– 1:08.37
  3. Rachel Bernhardt- 1:08.70

Olympic breaststrokers Molly Hannis and Micah Sumrall topped the podium, with Hannis winning by a second. That was about a second shy of Hannis’ best, which is a 1:06.09 that she swam at this pool in March for the Pro Swim Series. Sumrall was also close to a second off her season best. She put up a 1:07.54 at the Atlanta PSS stop. However, it was a tad faster than she swam in Mesa last month when she finished 2nd to Hannis again.


  1. Michael Andrew, 59.98
  2. Miguel De Lara, 1:01.99
  3. James Guest, 1:02.97

Michael Andrew blew away the field by 2 seconds, breaking 1:00 for the first time this year in 59.98. That took a tenth off his former season best: a 1:00.07 from the Atlanta Pro Swim Series in March. That broke his own former Meet Record of 1:00.15 from prelims. Andrew’s time was his 4th fastest performance ever, and the first time he’s swum sub-1:00 since the 2016 Olympic Trials. He was just over a tenth shy of his best.

Caeleb Dressel made another big drop from prelims to finals, bringing his 1:06.91 from this morning down to a 1:03.28 to win the B heat. Dressel, the former owner of the 100 yard breast American Record, was a second from his best time in the event.


  1. Erika Brown– 1:00.30
  2. Haley Black– 1:00.51
  3. Penny Oleksiak– 1:00.92

Tennessee’s Erika Brown really burst on the the fly scene this year with her sub-50 performance in the yards pool. She knocked almost 2 seconds off her lifetime best in prelims, posting a 1:00.51. She was even faster tonight with another best time in 1:00.30. Brown chased down Auburn school record holder Haley Black to win by 2 tenths at the finish.

Black was just over 2 tenths off her lifetime best, a 1:00.26 from 2017 Georgia sectionals. Candian Olympic champion Penny Oleksiak was 3rd, just edging out Abby Harter (1:00.98).


  1. Luis Martinez- 52.55
  2. Michael Andrew– 53.41
  3. Maxime Rooney– 53.68

Auburn’s Luis Martinez got the Tigers on top this time as he beat Michael Andrew by nearly a second. Both Andrew and Maxime Rooney earned their 2nd top 3 finishes of the night, while Ryan Lochte was once again just shy of the top 3. Andrew, who swam his lifetime best 52.57 at this pool in March, just clipped Rooney at the finish.

Lochte touched in 54.32. For comparison, he swam a 53.7 100 fly in his 200 free/100 fly double in March, but the Gators are likely in heavy training and this was Lochte’s 5th swim of the day after a very tough triple this morning (including the 400 IM). Behind him, incoming Gator Will Davis finished 4th in 54.56.


  1. Vanessa Pearl- 4:45.81
  2. Savanna Faulconer- 4:46.00
  3. Emma Barksdale- 4:48.90

Future teammates Vanessa Pearl and Savanna Faulconer had a very close race in the 400 IM. Pearl, an incoming Gator freshman, had a big lead through the breast leg, but Faulconer, a rising junior at Florida, closed the gap on the free leg to make it a tight finish. Pearl hit the wall slightly ahead in 4:45.81. That’s about 2 seconds shy of Pearl’s personal best 4:43.60 from 2017 summer nationals.

MEN’S 400 IM

  1. Mark Szaranek– 4:24.11
  2. James Guest– 4:27.54
  3. Zach Brown- 4:31.91

Though he was the top qualifier in this race, Lochte decided to call it a night after the 100 fly. Another Gator took over, however, as Mark Szaranek dominated the field ahead of Georgia’s James Guest. They were the only swimmers to break 4:30 tonight, with Guest earning his 2nd top-3 finish of the session. 200 free champ Jake Magahey made a huge drop here. Magahey finished 5th overall in 4:32.58, taking 3 seconds off his lifetime best from prelims. Throughout the day, he’s taken 11 seconds off his best.

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bobo gigi
4 years ago

Best swims of the night in my opinion:

1. Jake Magahey in the 200 free
2. Michael Andrew in the 100 breast

And yes, like many of you here I don’t expect anything fast from Caeleb Dressel at that meet like at any other in-season meet. He’s used to being “slow” at these meets. He’s in Gator heavy training mode. The beast will wake up when it counts the most.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Hard to say who must be in heavier training: Ian Finnerty, with his 2:26 200 breast in Indy of a 1:50 SCY swim, or Dressel with his 1:06 prelim 100 breast in Atlanta off a 50.0 SCY swim. They must be just be beaten to death in training.

4 years ago

Why Ryan not swim 400IM

Reply to  kristiina
4 years ago

Why not svim Ryan lochte 400IM final. Injury? Tired?

Reply to  kristiina
4 years ago

he’s 33 and it would have been his sixth swim of the day with some pretty tough events. Probably knew if he really pushed it and raced the 400 IM tonight, he’d be too fatigued to function the rest of the meet.

Reply to  sven
4 years ago

probably embarassed he got beat by a kid half his age

Reply to  yikes
4 years ago

Or maybe he left for a flight fri night to a required appearance on sat. There’s a saying…”those who know don’t predict, those who predict don’t know”

Reply to  Rev
4 years ago

So you don’t know.

4 years ago

Apparently Lochte was so fatigued he couldn’t swim the 400 im

A$AP Pocky
4 years ago

darth farris > baeleb confirmed

4 years ago

so whats the point of this meet? no video, and the same weekend as pro swim series… ?

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  Swimming4silver
4 years ago

For one… not everyone can fly out to Indiana wed/thurs-Sunday when they have finals coming up. It’s not a bad drive for swimmers from a lot of parts of FL, GA, and Tennessee.

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
4 years ago

lame excuse. the guys from Georgia made to Indianapolis. next.

Reply to  Swimming4silver
4 years ago

except for all the ones who didn’t…

why does it matter what mid-season meet swimmers choose to go to or not go to? They chose a meet based on current needs and training, they’re swimming it, Swim Swam is covering it. Your judgement on which meets are worth one’s time is moot.

Reply to  Swimming4silver
4 years ago

Wow, “the guys” from Georgia are pros or graduates.

Reply to  Swimming4silver
4 years ago

And Indy has been at capacity for over month. Obviously there was a demand for multiple senior level meets.

Reply to  Swimming4silver
4 years ago

Weaker field?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swimming4silver
4 years ago

Apparently to see just how slow Dressel can swim. Troy and DeLancey must be beating him to a pulp.

4 years ago

Dean Farris vs. Dressel

bobo gigi
Reply to  swimmerTX
4 years ago

I don’t understand anything! Dean Farris has finished 6th in the 200 free. I was told he was unbeatable. 😕

4 years ago

I’m not expecting much from Dressel this meet, he is putting in the yardage in florida atm.

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