2019 Atlanta Classic: Day 3 Live Finals Recap


Mixed 800 Free


  1. Andrea D’Arrigo, GSC, 8:04.01
  2. Kevin Miller, ABSC, 8:08.50
  3. Santi Corredor, GSC, 8:14.97


  1. Kensey McMahon, BAMA, 8:48.46
  2. Paige McKenna, NCAP, 8:51.21
  3. Jordan Stout, ABSC, 8:52.60

Taking the win in the mixed 800 free is Andrea D’Arrigo, dropping 2 seconds off his seed time. Coming in 4 seconds later was Kevin Miller with an 8:08.50. Taking third was Santi Corredor with a 8:14.97

Winning for the women was Kensey McMahon with a 8:48.46. Taking second place just ahead of Jordan Stout was 16-year-old Paige McKenna.

Mixed 1500 Free


  1. Robert Finke, SPA, 15:26.46
  2. Greg Reed, ABSC, 15:37.84
  3. True Sweetser, GSC, 15:44.03

After taking a narrow second place finish in the 400 IM on Friday, Robert Finke took the title in the 1500 free with a time of 15:26.46, over 10 seconds ahead of Greg Reed. True Sweetser took third place with a 15:44.03.

Women 200 IM

  • Meet Record: Ella Eastin, 2:10.54
  1. Kate Douglass, CPAC, 2:13.55
  2. Kelly Fertel, GSC, 2:17.51
  3. Bailey Nero, AU, 2:17.58

With Melanie Margalis’ scratch, Kate Douglass snuck in to take the win with a new personal best time of 2:13.55. This is the 17-year-old’s second victory of the meet after winning the 100 breast on Friday.

In a tight race for second, Kelly Fertel took out Bailey Nero by 0.07s. In the B-final, winner Tess Cieplucha clocked in a 2:15.12, which would have placed second overall.

Men 200 IM

  • Josh Prenot, 1:58.94
  1. Gunnar Bentz, DYNA, 2:01.65
  2. Alex Lebed, UN, 2:02.80
  3. Kieran Smith, RAC, 2:03.33

Olympian Gunnar Bentz won his second IM event of the meet with his winning time of 2:01.65. Bentz was just off his season-best of 2:01.45 from the Des Moines PSS.

Alex Lebed was able to hold off Florida first-year and 200 free champ Kieran Smith for second place.

Women 200 Back

  • Asia Seidt, 2:09.82
  1. Hali Flickinger, ABSC, 2:08.36
  2. Phoebe Bacon, NCAP, 2:09.36
  3. Natalie Mannion, CS, 2:12.87

Breaking yet another meet record was Hali Flickinger, earning her 5th win of the meet. Her winning time of 2:08.36 marks a new personal best, ducking under her 2:08.72 from the Knoxville PSS.

Taking second as well as also swimming under the meet record was 16-year-old Phoebe Bacon, whose 2:09.36 was faster than Asia Seidt’s 2017 mark of 2:09.82. Taking third place was Natalie Mannion with a 2:12.87.

Men 200 Back

  • Ryan Murphy, 1:55.82
  1. Clark Beach, Quest, 1:58.31
  2. Harry Homans, ABF, 2:02.41
  3. Keegan Walsh, SA, 2:03.75

Sweeping the backstroke events is Clark Beach, who dominated the field with a sub-2 minute swim. This is his 3rd-fastest performance, where both of his two faster swims were at 2018 Summer Nationals.

Taking second place was Harry Homans with a 2:02.41 and third went to Keegan Walsh with a 2:03.75. Coming off the 1500 free to place 5th was Robert Finke (2:03.90), right behind Joonas Koski (2:03.83)

Women 100 Free

  • Meet Record: Simone Manuel, 54.11
  1. Erika Brown, TENN, 54.36
  2. Veronica Burchill, ABSC, 55.40
  3. Kalia Antoniou, BAMA, 56.33

Winning the 100 free with a personal best time was Tennesse’s Erika Brown, taking down her former PB of 54.52. Brown also swam faster than her 2018 Summer Nationals performance, where she went a 54.96.

Taking runner-up by a whole second was Veronica Burchill and taking third was Kalia Antoniou. 14-year-old Erin Gemmell took fourth place with a 53.34, just 0.02s off her personal best.

Men 100 Free

  • Meet Record: Nathan Adrian, 48.29
  1. Caeleb Dressel, GSC, 47.86
  2. Dean Farris, HARV, GSC, 49.29
  3. Corey Main, 49.98

Smashing Nathan Adrian’s 2016 meet record of 48.29 was Caeleb Dressel, swimming a season-best of 47.86. This is Dressel’s fifth-fastest swim, all behind his 2017 World Championships swims.

Harvard-stud Dean Farris stayed under the 50-second barrier with a 49.29 while Corey Main just broke the barrier with a 49.98.

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1 year ago

47.5 baby, let’s go!

Reply to  Ragnar
1 year ago

47. Anything baby, let’s go!

Mr Piano
Reply to  Ragnar
1 year ago

We need to be careful to not have inflated predictions. This often leads to disappointment for amazing performances. If Dressel “only” goes 47.9 or 48.2, it will look insignificant compared to a 47.5. Then we remember that Dressel’s 48.4 in prelims was already blazing fast, and anything that is an improvement at this point in the season would be incredible.

Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

That’s why I predicted 48.0-48.44

1 year ago

KL just posted a 8.10.70 in Bloomington so she could have gotten bronze here maybe pushed to under 8.10

1 year ago

Where’s the prelims page

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