2019 Atlanta Classic: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap

by Robert Gibbs 31

May 17th, 2019 Club, National, News


The 2019 Atlanta Classic gets underway this morning with heats of the 200 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 400 IM. We haven’t yet come across a live results link, but results are on Meet Mobile under “2019 Atlanta Classic Swim Meet.”

Note – Live results are not available, and Meet Mobile results are incomplete, so we are updating results this morning as best we can, and will provide full results as soon as receive them.

Women’s 200 Free – Prelims

  1. Hali Flickinger (ABSC) – 1:58.89
  2. Meaghan Raab (NAC) – 2:00.86
  3. Jordan Stout (ABSC) – 2:01.12
  4. Natalie Hinds (Athens Bulldog) – 2:02.11
  5. Leah Gingrich (HURR) – 2:02.38
  6. Courtney Harnish (YY) – 2:02.68
  7. Erin Gemmell (NCAP) – 2:03.00
  8. Veronica Burchill (Athens Bulldog) – 2:02.62
  9. Dakota Luther (ABSC ) – 2:03.63
  10. Paige McKenna (NCAP) – 2:03.64

Current or former Georgia Bulldogs were front and center in this event this morning. Hali Flickinger was the only woman under 2:00, leading the way with a 1:58.89. That’s already her 2nd-fastest time of the season, just a bit off the 1:58.59 she put up at the Des Moines PSS stop in March.

Men’s 200 Free – Prelims

  1. Fynn Minuth (Unattached) – 1:49.21
  2. Trey Freeman (Baylor) – 1:50.30
  3. Jake Magahey (SwimAtlanta) – 1:50.61
  4. Kieran Smith (Richfield Aquatic Club) – 1:51.53
  5. Andrew Abruzzo (Plymouth Whitemarsh) – 1:51.68
  6. Khader Baqlah (Gator) – 1:51.78
  7. Dean Farris (Harvard) – 1:52.28
  8. Gerry Quinn (Gator) – 1:52.70
  9. Mitch D’Arrigo (Gator) – 1;52.92
  10. Walker Higgins (Tennessee) – 1:52.97

Based on the psych sheets, this was one of the deeper events this week. Sure enough, the meet record went down in prelims, as former South Carolina swimmer Fynn Minuth went 1:49.21 – the fastest time by over a second – to beat the previous meet record of 1:49.41 which Jay Litherland did back in 2016.

Minuth will have plenty of challengers tonight, though, including a handful of swimmers with lifetime bests of 1:47 or better.

Women’s 100 Breast – Prelims

  1. Cecelia Porter (Baylor) – 1:10.34
  2. Rachel Bernhardt (Gamecock) – 1:10.42
  3. Kate Douglass (Columbus Pier) – 1:10.46
  4. Tjasa Pintar (Unattached) – 1:11.13
  5. Sofia Carnevale (Etobicoke) – 1:11.14
  6. Albury Higgs (Gamecock) – 1:11.20
  7. Vanessa Pearl (Metro Aquatics) – 1:11.77
  8. Lilly Higgs (Smac) – 1:11.94
  9. Natalie Purnell (CS) – 1:12.23
  10. Lexi Glunn (Athens Bulldog) – 1:12.24

We should be in for a tight race this evening, as the top three seeds all finished within 0.12s of each other. Baylor’s Cecelia Porter is the top qualifier after putting up a 1:10.34.

Men’s 100 Breast – Prelims

  1. Chase Kalisz (Athens Bulldog) – 1:02.46
  2. Liam Bell (US Aquatics) – 1:02.62
  3. Ethan Browne (Auburn) – 1:02.97
  4. Nils Wich-Glasen (Unattached) – 1:03.29
  5. Edgar Crespo (SwimAtlanta) – 1:03.32
  6. Jack Dalmolin (Athens Bulldog) – 1:03.96
  7. Jackson Ford (Dynamo) – 1:04.00
  8. Dylan Rhee (Asphalt Green) – 1:04.07
  9. Michael Houlie (Unattached) – 1:04.21
  10. Caeleb Dressel (Gator) – 1:04.36

World champion Chase Kalisz is known more his skill at the longer events, but he took the top seed in the 100 breast with a 1:02.46. That’s his 2nd-fastest time ever, with only a 1:01.64 from last summer’s Columbus PSS topping this morning’s effort, although it’s worth noting that with that time Kalisz would’ve missed the A-final at the Bloomington PSS this morning.

Women’s 100 Fly – Prelims

  1. Hali Flickinger (Athens Bulldog) – 59.14
  2. Leah Gingrich (Columbus Aquatic Club) – 59.94
  3. Natalie Hinds (Athens Bulldog) – 1:00.24
  4. Veronica Burchill (Athens Bulldog) – 1:00.35
  5. Megan Kingsley (Athens Bulldog) – 1:00.39
  6. Kate Douglass (Chelsea Pier Aquatic Club) – 1:00.60
  7. Abby Harter (NCAP) – 1:00.66
  8. Dakota Luther (Athens Bulldog) – 1:00.69
  9. Callie Dickinson (Athens Bulldog) – 1:00.79
  10. Bailey Nero (Auburn) – 1:01.47

Flickinger once garnered the top seed, putting up a 59.14 for the fastest time this morning. Leah Gingrich was the only other woman to break a minute this morning, but the next three finishers were relatively tight, separated by only 0.15s.

Men’s 100 Fly – Prelims

  1. Caeleb Dressel (GSC) – 53.15
  2. Santiago Grassi (AU) – 53.48
  3. Ryan Coetzee (TEN) – 53.95
  4. Camden Murphy (ABS) – 54.31
  5. Christian Ferraro (BUZ) – 54.41
  6. Ariel Spektor (BSS) – 54.97
  7. Nathan Lile (GAM) – 55.21
  8. Andrew Abruzzo (PWA) – 55.31
  9. Khader Baqlah (Gator) – 55.52
  10. Dean Farris (Harvard) – 55.60

Caeleb Dressel had a relatively short turnaround after making the A-final of the 100 breast, but still managed to put up the top time of the morning with a 53.15. Santiago Grassi (53.48) and Ryan Coetzee (53.95) were the only other two men to break 54.

Women’s 400 IM – Prelims

  1. Kelly Fertel (Gator) – 4:46.82
  2. Emma Barksdale (Gamecock) – 4:48.51
  3. Melanie Margalis (St. Petersburg) – 4:50.46
  4. Vanessa Pearl (Metro) – 4:52.53
  5. Callie Dickinson (Athens Bulldog) – 4:53.67
  6. Savanna Faulconer (Gator) – 4:55.89
  7. Maddie Homovich (Marlins of Raleigh) – 4:56.47
  8. Rosie Zavaros (Unattached) – 4:56.52
  9. Abigail McCulloh (SwimAtlanta) – 4:58.11
  10. Paige McKenna (NCAP) – 4:58.69

There weren’t any eye popping times this morning, but the field is set for what should be an interesting final tonight. Gator Swim Club’s Kelly Fertel led this morning with a 4:46.82. Veteran Melanie Margalis cruised to a 4:50.46 — she’s been 4:40.31 this one season — and she’s arguably the favorite for this evening.

Men’s 400 IM – Prelims

  1. Alex Lebed (Unattached) – 4:26.83
  2. Robert Finke (St Petersburg) – 4:28.98
  3. Gunnar Bentz (Dynamo) – 4:29.44
  4. Andrew Abruzzo (PWAC) – 4:29.96
  5. Clayton Forde (Athens Bulldog) – 4:30.43
  6. Kieran Smith (Richfield Aquatic Club) – 4:30.56
  7. Jed Jones (Metroplex) – 4:31.53
  8. Michael Moore (Marlins of Raleigh) – 4:32.59
  9. Tom Peribonio (Gator) – 4:32.86
  10. Harry Homans (Bluefish) – 4:33.23

With Chase Kalisz opting for the 100 breast instead, this event should be wide open tonight. Alex Lebed posted the fastest time of the morning by over two seconds, but there’s plenty of talent behind him, including three men who just wrapped up their freshman college systems (Robert Finke, Andrew Abruzzo, and Kieran Smith), as well as Olympian Gunnar Bentz.

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CT Swim Fan
4 years ago

For Kieran Smith, if the club is his CT club team, it is the Ridgefield Aquatic Club of Ridgefield, CT.

Coach Karrie
4 years ago

Anything exciting from all the up and comers? Thought I saw a 15-yo guy make a B final, but results… 😜

Reply to  Coach Karrie
4 years ago

Paige McKenna had some nice results too. She’s been doing very well since her move to NCAP.

4 years ago

From Harard University, Dean Farris.

NM Coach
4 years ago

Wow! 1:10.3 in the women’s 100 Brst is the top seed in ATL. Would’ve been 10th in the B finals in Bloomington.

Reply to  NM Coach
4 years ago

Yep, clearly the meets are not created equal.

Reply to  NM Coach
4 years ago

Consolation prize: ticket price for admission to watch finals in ATL = free.

4 years ago

An update: we’ve found a ‘back door’ to results, aka “Reid Carlson walking around on deck and texting Robert photos of the paper printouts taped to the walls.” Recap will begin updating shortly.

We’ve also been told that there might be better live results on the SCAT website tonight. We’ll keep an eye out and alert if we find them.

NM Coach
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

Totally Old School taking photos of the results on the wall!!!

Reply to  NM Coach
4 years ago

Old school is taking photos of the results and then waiting for the film to be developed and scanned.

Reply to  Applesandoranges
4 years ago

Yeah, I’d call this “middle school,” like junior high, because we do have cell phones that can instantly transmit the results. Plus, Reid’s phone is about 11 years old, so that fits the metaphor as well.

Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

Appreciate the hustle on our behalf, Braden.

4 years ago

Sorry Dressel I don’t want your 100 fly results I want Deans 200 free.

remel can do anything
Reply to  Swammer
4 years ago

i want his 100br if he swam.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  remel can do anything
4 years ago

1:04. Lily King could give him a race.

4 years ago

1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th place for women’s 200 free is all PA natives!

Reply to  Thoughts
4 years ago

Isn’t Hinds from Texas?

Reply to  dmswim
4 years ago

Correct, Midland.

Reply to  dmswim
4 years ago

Correction: 1, 2, 5 and 6.

Jim Michaels
Reply to  Thoughts
4 years ago

10th too.

CT Swim Fan
4 years ago

Meet Mobile is doing a lousy job on the Atlanta meet and the Bloomington meet. Men’s 200 free in Atlanta shows 11 heats and 31 times. Times that are actually there in both are out of order. Pathetic, they ought to be refunding money to subscribers for these pathetic reporting efforts.

Reply to  CT Swim Fan
4 years ago

Oftentimes its the meet directors that are sending results to MM, they just post what theyre given automatically

Reply to  Tupperware
4 years ago

This problem seems to be on meet mobile’s end

The Original Tim
Reply to  CT Swim Fan
4 years ago

With the caveat that I haven’t looked up the MM results for this meet myself, MM only displays what is sent by the meet director. If the meet director isn’t sending results to MM, or is only sending partial results, then that’s what MM will display. As an aside, my understanding is that Hytek can be set to push results to MM after every completed heat, after every completed event, after every completed session, or after the meet, though I’m not a Hytek user or meet director, so I’m going off word of mouth.

That said, MM can also glitch. We had a local meet last month where results didn’t show up on MM till a good 5-6 hours after… Read more »

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