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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2 years ago

Hope there will be some videos posted. Is Dressel in a speedo?

Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

Going 23.1? Dressel probably wearing an Iron Lung.

Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

It says that he is going through some ‘extremely heavy training’ so he probably isn’t expected to go super fast.

Bi9 Kahuna
Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

Yes, he’s swam the whole meet in a practice suit.

2 years ago

That Michael Andrew is one to watch!

Reply to  Floater
2 years ago

His starts went from crappy to actually decent. Now if he could fix his turns and keep his feet underwater in breaststroke, he may do ok.

E Gamble
Reply to  Scribble
2 years ago

Michael Andrew is still using the old school wide breaststroke kick. He really needs to try a more narrow whip kick like Peaty and Cordes.

Reply to  Scribble
2 years ago

You’re right I have seen his feet break the water on every breaststroke kick. Strange, probably hard to fix. Also his underwater dolphin kicks need to improve.

Reply to  Floater
2 years ago

Who? Is he new?

Reply to  Floater
2 years ago

Never heard of him!

Philip Johnson
2 years ago

MA haters have been quiet lately.

Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 years ago

50s were never the thing they took issue with

Reply to  Philip Johnson
2 years ago

Not Quiet. Amazig swimmer, but won’t touch a gold or world record in 50fr or 100 breast. Dressel/Peaty…no reason for a pro contract

Reply to  Crusty
2 years ago

So only the Peatys and Dressels of the world deserve pro contracts? What a stupid comment. I guess in your ideal world, only around 10 swimmers worldwide (male or female) would get a pro contract.

Reply to  SVIRD
2 years ago

Crusty is badly trolling here ….never heard of that name before

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