2019 Atlanta Classic: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap

by Robert Gibbs 31

May 17th, 2019 Club, National, News

2019 ATLANTA CLASSIC

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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The Original Tim

For crying out loud, it’s 2019 and this meet is at a world class facility. Why can’t they have a live stream or at least live results?!

ExSWAT

Live stream = money.
SwimAtlanta… spend money. Ha! That would take away from all the money they make.

Superfan

Meet mobile is struggling for Pro Series and Atlanta

Nswim

It’s having a Dean Farris overload

Swim Addict

I just came here to see how dean did

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