2018 Atlanta Classic: Day 2 Finals Live Recap; Andrew Pops 21.7 50 Free


The 2018 Atlanta Classic continues tonight with day 2 finals, as swimmers are set to compete in the 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast, and 400 free. Among the top swims to watch tonight is the men’s 50 free, where Michael Andrew and Caeleb Dressel will race for the title. Erika Brown will be one of the swimmers to watch out for in the women’s version of that race.


  1. Penny Oleksiak– 2:11.22
  2. Lindsay Looney– 2:14.49
  3. Abby Harter- 2:15.14

Canadian Olympic sprint champ Penny Oleksiak, who medaled in the 100 fly in Rio, showed off her longer range fly skills with a dominant win in the 200 fly. Oleksiak touched in 2:11.22, topping the field by over 3 seconds. Lindsay Looney and Abby Harter rounded out the top 3. Harter was within a second of her lifetime best, which she swam at this meet last season, as she outpaced Georgia’s Caitlin Cassazza (2:15.59) for 3rd.

MEN’S 200 FLY:

  1. Zach Brown- 1:59.85
  2. Maxime Rooney– 2:01.39
  3. Taylor Abbott- 2:02.12

18-year-old Zach Brown was the only man under 2:00 tonight, finishing less than a second shy of his best time to win by over a second ahead of Florida All-American Maxime Rooney. Rooney’s time is the fastest he’s ever been in-season. His former best from a regular season meet was a 2:03.34 from the 2015 Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara. That was before Rooney had arrived at Florida and is just his 2nd time swimming the race since starting his NCAA career.


  1. Bailey Grinter- 25.74
  2. Penny Oleksiak– 25.79
  3. Erika Brown– 26.00

Penny Oleksiak was right back in the water. She nearly grabbed a 2nd win in as many events tonight, but Bailey Grinter put her head down and dug in at the finish to top Oleksiak by 5 hundredths. Erika Brown was a tenth faster than her prelims swim to take 3rd. Local sprint star Amanda Weir, an Olympic gold medalist, finished 5th here in 26.44.


  1. Michael Andrew– 21.73
  2. Peter Holoda– 22.70
  3. Shane Ryan– 23.01

Michael Andrew scorched a lifetime best 21.73 to dominate this race by a second. That took .02 off his former lifetime best of 21.75. Andrew swam that 21.75 twice at last summer’s World Juniors to set the World Junior Record and win the title. Behind him, Auburn-based sprint standouts Peter Holoda and Shane Ryan rounded out the top 3.

Florida’s World Champion Caeleb Dressel finished 6th here in 23.13. He followed closely behind incoming Gator Will Davis (23.01) and Harvard All-American Dean Farris (23.10). Dressel’s time was about a second slower than he was at this meet last season, but in all likelihood he’s in extremely heavy training.


  1. Phoebe Bacon– 1:00.86
  2. Sydney Sell- 1:02.89
  3. Sherrison Dressel- 1:03.21

15-year-old Phoebe Bacon was less than 8 tenths off her best time, a 1:00.09 from last month’s Irish Open, as she won by over 2 seconds in 1:00.86. She was followed by a pair of Gators: Sydney Sell and Sherridon Dressel. Bailey Grinter had a quick turnaround as she was back in action here to finish 5th in 1:03.39.


  1. Shane Ryan– 54.66
  2. Youssef Said- 55.55
  3. Joey Reilman- 56.17

Some difficulties with the wedges caused a delay, but once they got back up an running, Shane Ryan returned to the pool. This time, Irish Olympian Ryan came out on top as he posted a 54.66 ahead of Georgia’s Youssef Said. All-American Dean Farris, who set an Ivy League Record in the yards version of this race, also returned for his 2nd race of the night as he touched 10th in 57.17.

Caeleb Dressel also swam this race, touching in 58.71 for 21st overall. Interestingly, they had to run 5 heats of 8 swimmers instead of the usual 4 heats of 10 swimmers as they weren’t able to find 10 working wedges for the event.


  1. Micah Sumrall– 2:26.16
  2. Vanessa Pearl– 2:32.78
  3. Rachel Bernhardt- 2:34.48

Olympic breaststroker Micah Sumrall had a dominant performance, winning by almost 7 seconds. Sumrall’s, 2:26.16 is the fastest she’s been since 2016 Trials and clears the former meet Record of 2:26.66 done by Melanie Margalis in 2016. She formerly held a season best of 2:27.09 from the Pro Swim Series stop in Mesa last month. Behind her, inco,ing Gator and Juniors champ Vanessa Pearl was 2nd.


  1. Miguel DeLara- 2:14.60
  2. Chandler Bray- 2:17.42
  3. James Guest- 2:17.51

Auburn postgrad Miguel DeLara ran away with this one in 2:14.60. A close race for 2nd saw Florida’s Chandler Bray just out-touch Georgia’s James Guest. Through the front half, Guest led by about a second, but Bray was able to close on him as he touched a tenth ahead at the finish.


  1. Courtney Harnish- 4:13.97
  2. Amanda Nunan- 4:14.21
  3. Olivia Anderson-4:17.86

Georgia’s Courtney Harnish is now in her first long course season since starting her NCAA career with the Bulldogs. In tonight’s final, she came through on the back half to clip Tennessee’s Amanda Nunan at the finish in 4:13.97. Nunan cut 3 seconds off her lifetime best as she finished closely behind. Per the USA Swimming database, her former best was a 4:17.14 from the 2016 Pro Swim Series stop in Charlotte.


  1. Mitch D’Arrigo- 3:54.98
  2. Jake Magahey- 3:55.46
  3. Santi Corredor- 3:55.73

Florida postgrad Mitch D’Arrigo, an SEC champion during his NCAA run with the Gators, outswam Jake Magahey in the final 100 to win by half a second in 3:54.98. D’Arrigo formerly represented Italy internationally, but now has American sporting citizenship. Magahey, who beat a talented field including Ryan Lochte and Maxime Rooney in the 200 free yesterday, has been having a great meet so far. He was less than a second shy of his best time in this race. He swam his best, a 3:54.71, at the Atlanta Pro Swim Series stop in March.

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Gator chomp
4 years ago

I wonder if Andrew will ever decide to start weightlifting? I feel like he could be even better with that.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

And great meet for Andrew so far. Of course unlike Dressel he will not drop 2 seconds in August 🙂 but he’s on track for a sub 21.50 and more importantly looks more and more like the second favorite to represent USA at worlds next year, at least on paper. Of course the veteran Adrian will fight hard.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Crazy to think that a tapered Dressel will go AT LEAST 2 seconds faster in the 50 free in August!

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Why the dislikes? It’s true.

4 years ago

It looks like this meet is the new Charlotte UltraSwim for the Gators. From Lochte’s Instagram, it looks like they did the once-a-year long course kickoff 20x400s LC this week. I wouldn’t read much into these results.

Reply to  Aquajosh
4 years ago

What a stupid and pointless set

Reply to  Sprintdude9000
4 years ago

It’s probably just to test where your aerobic capacity is.

Gator chomp
Reply to  Sprintdude9000
4 years ago

I love the correlation between your comment and your name.

Michael j. Mooney
4 years ago

Caeleb, is he alright?

Reply to  Michael j. Mooney
4 years ago

Maybe he didn’t get his daily dosage… ?

Reply to  Michael j. Mooney
4 years ago

Comments like this remind me of similar online posts a decade ago when Lochte struggled to make A finals in the spring.

4 years ago

Michael Andrew will be 21.6 at the end of the summer. Dressel will be 20.7. No one cares about the times posted at this meet.

4 years ago

So a 30 minute delay before Men’s 100 backstroke because they did not have 10 working wedges….?

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
4 years ago

They had to do 5 heats of 8 instead of 4 of 10. Good thing nothing on line in this meet.

Ken Baker
4 years ago

Never can understand why swimmers go to a meet where they’ve been “training heavy”. MA continues to show progression in his times and is improving in his underwaters and breakouts. The benefit of training on starts, breakouts, and underwaters at “race pace” during practice can only help. Dressel is unquestionably an amazing swimmer, but coming to this meet to swim slow is just a waste of time and money (unless Speedo is paying for it).IF MA can hold that backhalf speed on his 100’s – the MA haters will have to eat their words

Reply to  Ken Baker
4 years ago

Why is it a waste lol. Every swim is a learning experience. He’s still very green in lcm in many events. Meets like this are for figuring his stroke out, not to drop good times

Reply to  Ken Baker
4 years ago

I almost think it makes less sense for MA, since he does race rehearsal practically everyday

Cheatin Vlad
Reply to  Ken Baker
4 years ago

That “If MA can hold his backhalf speed” statement is about as big of an If you can throw out there other than coming home on the last 50 of a 200IM.

E Gamble
Reply to  Ken Baker
4 years ago

I don’t think it’s fair to say it’s a waste of time. I think you can say it’s not as fun to watch. Just be glad we have another meet to watch that’s faster.

Reply to  Ken Baker
4 years ago

Revisit this comment at the end of the summer when MA has pushed his best down to 21.6, but Dressel busts a sub 21. There’s actually a good deal of research across a number of sports that shows that competing while tired can have enormous benefits when done properly as part of a larger training regime. As for MA holding the back half speed, I’d love to see him do it, but it’s seeming more likely that without a change in training, it’s not going to happen.

Reply to  Blackflag82
4 years ago

Haha the classic uncited “research shows” comment. Gotta love it ?

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