2019 Atlanta Classic: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

2019 ATLANTA CLASSIC

The 2nd day of action is in underway in Atlanta this morning, featuring the men’s and women’s 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast, and 400 free. Caeleb Dressel will not be swimming the 50 free, and will instead be in the 200 fly. Hali Flickinger is the top seed in the women’s 200 fly by 3 seconds. Olivia Smoliga is set to compete in the 50 free and 100 back, which are back-to-back events. Smoliga is also the top seed in both events. Erika Brown is swimming the same double, and is seeded 2nd in the 50, and 3rd in the 100 back.

*Note: results are coming in incomplete again this morning. We will update this page as full results become availbale.

WOMEN’S 200 FLY

TOP 10 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Hali Flickinger – 2:07.24
  2. Leah Gingrich – 2:11.60
  3. Megan Kingsley – 2:12.23
  4. Dakota Luther – 2:12.83
  5. Abby Harter – 2:13.55
  6. Callie Dickinson – 2:14.00
  7. Lindsay Looney – 2:15.44
  8. Tristen Ulett – 2:17.67
  9. Jadé Foelske – 2:17.84
  10. Bailey Nero – 2:17.97

Hali Flickinger kicked off the session by breaking her own meet record of 2:08.61, which she had set in 2016. Flickinger has been on fire in 2019, swimming under 2:08 4 other times already this year. She took the top seed handily, beating out this morning’s second place finisher, Leah Gingrich, by nearly 4.4 seconds. Gingrich, a 29-year-old from Columbis Aquatic Club, posted her fastest time since 2009 this morning. Gingrich’s personal best is 2:09.96 from 2008, and she had swum a 2:13.05 at the Richmond Pro Swim Series earlier this year.

16-year-old Tristen Ulett from Dynamo Swim Club was the youngest to make it into the A final tonight. Ulett swam a 2:17.67, well off her best of 2:13.63. Datoa Luther, the 2nd seed coming in, was 4th this morning, clocking a 2:12.83. Luther’s best is 2:08.09, and she should be able to challenge Gingrich tonight.

MEN’S 200 FLY

  • Meet Record: Joseph Schooling – 1:57.37

TOP 10 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Fynn Minuth – 1:59.38
  2. Caeleb Dressel – 2:00.69
  3. Gunnar Bentz – 2:01.19
  4. Andrew Abruzzo – 2:01.27
  5. Chase Kalisz – 2:01.36
  6. Harry Homans – 2:02.14
  7. Khader Baqlah – 2:02.68
  8. Robert Finke – 2:03.32
  9. Clayton Forde – 2:03.33
  10. Camden Murphy – 2:03.81

Fynn Minuth from South Carolina turned in the only sub-2:00 performance of the morning, touching in 1:59.38. Minuth was seeded 4th coming in, behind Gunnar Bentz, Andrew Abruzzo, and Chase Kalisz. Caeleb Dressel managed to beat out some of the biggest current American 200 fly stars this morning. Dressel swam a 2:00.69, touching as the only swimmer other than Minuth to break 2:01 this morning. According to the SWIMS database, Dressel had only swum the LCM 200 fly 3 times before in his career, with 2:18.33 from 2012 as his personal best. Somewhat surprisingly, Dressel did not take the race out the fastest. Dressel’s first 50 split of 26.47 was slightly faster than Minuth’s, but Dressel’s 100 split of 57.97 was well behind Minuth’s split of 56.70. Dressel also managed to come home in 30.90, which was faster than everyone in the field except Bentz, and Robert Finke.

Bentz, Abruzzo, and Kalisz were all well of their personal bests this morning. It’s likely they could all 3 be under 2:00 tonight, given how far under 2:00 their best times are.

WOMEN’S 50 FREE

TOP 10 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Olivia Smoliga – 25.20
  2. Natalie Hinds – 25.44
  3. Kate Douglass – 25.54
  4. Erika Brown – 25.57
  5. Maxine Parker – 25.60
  6. Kalia Antoniou – 26.03
  7. Veronica Burchill – 26.10
  8. Flora Molnar – 26.26
  9. Amanda Weir – 26.59
  10. Sherridon Dressel – 26.61

Olivia Smoliga broke Simone Manuel‘s meet record by .01 seconds this morning. This was the first of Smoliga’s double today, with the 100 back being her other event. Smoliga’s season best is 24.83 from the Richmond Pro Series in April, which also stands as her fastest in-season time.

Natalie Hinds, Kate Douglass, Erika Brown, and Maxine Parker are bunched up behind Smoliga, with the four of them separated by just .17 seconds. Parker, 16,  was the youngest qualifier in the field, while Douglass is 17.

MEN’S 50 FREE

TOP 10 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Erik Risolvato – 22.42
  2. Enzo Scarpe – 23.05
  3. Will Davis – 23.18
  4. Alberto Vivas – 23.19
  5. Dean Farris – 23.24
  6. Jonathan Berneburg – 23.33
  7. Nathan Lile – 23.34
  8. Javier Acevedo – 23.36
  9. Khader Baqlah – 23.36
  10. Corey Main – 23.39

With Caeleb Dressel sitting out the 50 in favor of the 200 fly today, the field was wide open. Erik Risolvato was dominant this morning, touching in 22.42 as the only swimmer under 23 seconds. He was only .20 seconds off his seed time. Dean Farris, the NCAA breakout star of this season, was 5th this morning touching in 23.24. He was off his best of 22.62. Gator Swim Club was well represented in this event, with Enzo Scarpe, Will Davis, Alberto Vivas, Khader Baqlah, and Corey Main all qualified to the A final.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK

TOP 10 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Olivia Smoliga – 1:01.60
  2. Hali Flickinger – 1:02.21
  3. Erika Brown – 1:02.35
  4. Sherridon Dressel – 1:02.41
  5. Tristen Ulett – 1:02.58
  6. Natalie Mannion – 1:02.77
  7. Rye Ulett – 1:02.80
  8. Ellie Waldrep – 1:02.97
  9. Emily Cornell – 1:03.14
  10. Natalie Hinds – 1:03.51

Olivia Smoliga succesfully took the top seed for tonight in both of her events this morning. Smoliga was the only swimmer under 1:02 this morning, but was off her own meet record of 1:00.13. She was well off her season best and lifetime best of 58.73, which she swam at the Richmond Pro Series last month. Hali Flickinger made her second A final of the night,, coming in 2nd. Erika Brown, swimming the same 50 free/100 back double as Smoliga, made it in 3rd. Flickinger and Brown have the same best time of 1:00.96. Sherridon Dressel also did the 50 free/100 back double, making the A final in both as well.

Tristen Ulett made her second A final of the day, coming in 5th this morning with a personal best of 1:02.58. Rye Ulett, Tristen’s 14-year-old sister came in 7th this morning, touching in 1:02.80, just off her best of 1:02.63.

MEN’S 100 BACK

TOP 10 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Corey Main – 55.41
  2. Clark Beach – 55.75
  3. Javier Acevedo – 55.83
  4. Dean Farris – 56.46
  5. David Fridlander – 56.74
  6. Ethan Beach – 56.81
  7. Youssef Said – 56.87
  8. Bradley Dunham – 57.09
  9. Bayley Main – 57.12
  10. Jack Kirby – 57.16

Corey Main of Gator Swim Club led the charge this morning, finishing in 55.41. Clark Beach and Javier Acevedo were not far behind, touching as the only other swimmers under 56 seconds. Dean Farris was right behind them, another swimmer doing the 50 free/100 back double, and making the A final in both. Acevedo is the only swimmer in the field with a best time under 54 seconds (53.64).

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST

TOP 10 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Melanie Margalis – 2:31.04
  2. Vanessa Pearl – 2:31.56
  3. Sofia Carnevale – 2:32.56
  4. Albury Higgs – 2:34.73
  5. Emma Barksdale – 2:35.24
  6. Rachel Bernhardt – 2:35.37
  7. Lilly Higgs – 2:36.82
  8. Jordyn Gulle – 2:37.09
  9. Nikol Popov – 2:37.83
  10. Gigi Johnson – 2:38.11

Top-seeded Melanie Margalis also posted the fastest time this morning, touching in 2:31.04. Margalis was well off her personal best of 2:24.62, which she swam in 2018. Vanessa Pearl, who was the 2nd seed coming in, also earned the 2nd seed for tonight’s final, clocking a 2:31.56. She was also well off her best of 2:25.97. Pearl was the only swimmer in the field this morning to split under 40 seconds on the last 50, clocking a 39.68. Margalis fell off after a 38.84 on the 3rd 50, coming home in a 40.14.

MEN’S 200 BREAST

TOP 10 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Nico Perner – 2:16.80
  2. Dylan Rhee – 2:18.43
  3. Chase Kalisz – 2:19.30
  4. Alex Lebed – 2:19.65
  5. Ethan Browne – 2:19.85
  6. Jack Dalmolin – 2:21.89
  7. Lionel Khoo – 2:22.31
  8. Nils Wich-Glasen – 2:22.95
  9. Spencer Rowe – 2:23.39
  10. Alex Borisov – 2:24.37

Nico Perner swam faster than his best from last season, clocking a 2:16.80 for the top seed tonight. 17-year-old Dylan Rhee made it in 2nd, swimming a 2:18.43. Chase Kalisz was well off his personal best of 2:09.90, swimming a 2:19.30. Kalisz went from a 37.24 on the 3rd 50 to a 34.82 on the last 50, indicating he held back considerably this morning. Rhee was actually faster coming home, splitting a 34.81 on the last 50. Given that, Rhee may have something special in store for us tonight.

WOMEN’S 400 FREE

TOP 10 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Jordan Stout – 4:18.48
  2. Paige McKenna – 4:18.52
  3. Erin Gemmell – 4:18.63
  4. Kensey McMahon – 4:19.31
  5. Meaghan Raab – 4:20.05
  6. Hali Flickinger – 4:20.08
  7. Courtney Harnish – 4:20.32
  8. Emily Hetzer – 4:20.33
  9. Georgia Darwent – 4:20.68
  10. Erika Brown – 4:21.45

Jordan Stout led the way in a pretty tight 400 free field. Stout was 4:18.48, while 16-year-old Paige McKenna and 14-year-old Erin Gemmell were next in, finishing right behind Stout at 4:14.52 and 4:18.63 respectively. Gemmell’s time was a personal best by 3.25 seconds, blasting herself through the 4:20 barrier. Hali Flickinger and Erika Brown both made their 3rd A final of the day. Flickinger swam a 4:20.08, well off her personal best of 4:06.72, which was the top seed coming in. Brown swam the event for the first time since 2016, clocking a new personal best of 4:21.45. Brown is typically a sprinter, so we’ll have to see if she sticks with the 400 tonight, or focuses on the 50 free and 100 back.

MEN’S 400 FREE

  • Meet Record: Anton Ipsen – 3:50.40

TOP 10 QUALIFIERS:

 

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Ragnar

I saying Caeleb breaks 2:00 this morning and is 1:57 low- 1:56 high tonight. That 51.4 on short rest was impressive, and no way his 200 free is more than 10 seconds better than his fly.

DEAN IS GOD

He went 1:04 in prelims breast though… I think he’s 2:02 then 1:57

Ol' Longhorn

Think he’s slower than 1:57, but he is pretty rested for him.

X Glide

If Caeleb goes 1:57 or faster, I’m going to isolate myself from this world, perhaps deep into the woods somewhere, and do some soul searching

MR FLY

If Dressel is capable of 1:57 or faster, this event might be on his radar in future. If indeed so, Milak will have fierce competition.

DEAN IS GOD

Dressel obviously is a monster and has a chance to break 1:58 or even 1:57 tonight. I think if he trained that event he could be 1:54 tapered to be honest. BUT. Milak is a freak and nobody will challenge him except Le Clos and ONLY if Le Clos has the swim of his life AND Milak chokes

Pvdh

Into the future, the best challenger might be Urlando

Ol' Longhorn

Just don’t see a 1:54. He’s an every other breath flyer at his best. He can do that for a 100 faster than anyone. Maybe to 150 meters. Can he sustain that for a 200? No way. Can he swim as fast breathing every stroke like all the elite 200 flyers do? No. There’s a reason he breaths every other and no-breaths the last 15 meters/25 yards. He’s fastest by far when he doesn’t breathe. Phelps was the opposite, breathing every stroke in a 100 right up to the finish.

Zeb

Anything could happen, never count him out

Ol' Longhorn

Whelp, wrong on part 1 — prelims.

loulou

excited to see what caeleb can do in an event like the 2fly

swim fan

We need some pics of those results sheets from some people on deck!

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