2021 Atlanta Classic
- May 14-16, 2021
- McAuley Aquatic Center @ Georgia Tech
- Atlanta, GA
- Hosted by SwimAtlanta
- LCM Format (50m)
- Top 40 Finals: A, B, C, D (18&U)
- Meet Site
- Meet Packet
- Psych Sheets
- Friday Men’s Prelims Live Stream
- Live Results via Meet Mobile: “SwimAtlanta’s Mizuno 2021 Atlanta Classic”
- Wave I & II Olympic Trials Cuts
- FINA Olympic Qualifying Standards
Two years and a pandemic later, the Atlanta Classic makes its 2021 return at the McAuley Aquatic Center for its three-day affair. This morning, the men’s preliminaries will kick off the first day of competition, with the women’s prelims session starting 90 minutes after the men wrap up in the AM. On the slate this morning for the men will be the 200 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 400 IM.
Cal alum Andrew Seliskar enters a stacked 200 free field with the fastest seed time (1:45.71) and the fastest 2020-2021 season time of 1:47.01. Then, Nic Fink and Andrew Wilson will put up their morning bids for the 100 breast championship final this evening. After Olympian Caeleb Dressel hits the 200 free (1:47.31 seed) and 100 breast (1:01.22), he will lead the 100 fly prelims with his WR time of 49.50 and season best of 51.61. Cal senior Sean Grieshop holds the No. 2 US time this season in the 400 IM at 4:16.14, just a smidge ahead of Rio Olympians Chase Kalisz (4:16.53) and Jay Litherland (4:18.06).
Men’s 200 Free — Prelims
- Wave II Cut: 1:49.65
- Wave I Cut: 1:50.79
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Kieran Smith (Florida), 1:46.30
- Jake Magahey (SwimAtlanta), 1:48.15
- Andrew Seliskar (Cal Aquatics), 1:48.41
- Trenton Julian (Unattached), 1:48.68
- Cristian Quintero (NOVA), 1:48.78
- Trey Freeman (Florida), 1:49.04
- Caeleb Dressel (Gator), 1:49.35
- Luca Urlando (DART), 1:49.68
Taking his race out in a swift 51.61 (24.81/26.80) was rising Florida senior Kieran Smith, hitting the top time in the US this season and in Atlanta at 1:46.30. Smith’s time also puts him in the top 20 times in the world for the 2020-2021 season. Nabbing the second seed was breakout UGA freshman Jake Magahey, hitting the wall at 1:48.15, closing his last 100 three-tenths slower than Smith. Tonight, the duo swimming head-to-head for the first time since their 500-yard free duel at NCAAs, where Magahey ran down American record-holder Smith.
Cal training-mates Andrew Seliskar (1:48.41) and Trenton Julian (1:48.68) filed in as the No. 3 and No. 4 finals seeds. Venezuelan Cristian Quintero swam the fifth sub-1:49 AM time at 1:48.78, touching ahead of Florida’s Trey Freeman (1:49.04). Gator Swim Club’s Caeleb Dressel finished 7th overall at 1:49.35 while DART Swimming rep Luca Urlando rounded out the sub-1:50 top 8 times at 1:49.68.
Men’s 100 Breast — Prelims
- Wave II Cut: 1:01.97
- Wave I Cut: 1:03.29
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Nic Fink (Athens Bulldog), 59.84
- Andrew Wilson (Athens Bulldog), 1:00.68
- Kevin Cordes (Athens Bulldog), 1:00.84
- Josh Prenot (Cal Aquatics), 1:01.65
- Derek Maas (Alabama), 1:02.16
- Reece Whitley (Unattached), 1:02.32
- Quinn Harron (Dynamo), 1:03.05
- Jarel Dillard (Tennessee), 1:03.14
Registering the only sub-1:00 time this morning in the 100 breast was Nic Fink, swimming a tenth off his PSS Mission Viejo time at 59.84. Behind him were Athens Bulldog training-mates Andrew Wilson (1:00.68) and Kevin Cordes (1:00.84). That’s three Athens Bulldogs in the top three of the men’s 100 breast prelims here in Atlanta.
Cal Aquatics’ Josh Prenot placed fourth overall at 1:01.65 while NCAA swimmers Derek Maas of Alabama (1:02.16) and Reece Whitley of Cal (1:02.32) placed 5th and 6th respectively. Rounding out the top 8 prelims times were Dynamo’s Quinn Harron (1:03.05) and Tennessee’s Jarel Dillard (1:03.14).
*Following the 200 free, Caeleb Dressel no showed for this event, yet should swim the 100 fly.
Men’s 100 Fly — Prelims
- Wave II Cut: 53.37
- Wave I Cut: 54.19
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Caeleb Dressel (Gator), 51.92
- Tom Shields (Cal Aquatics), 52.06
- Luis Martinez (Unattached), 52.14
- Andrew Seliskar (Cal Aquatics), 52.26
- Ryan Murphy (Cal Aquatics), 52.36
- Luca Urlando (DART), 52.62
- Santiago Grassi (Unattached), 53.29
- Christian Ferraro (BUZZ), 53.30
Cruising in with a sub-52 morning effort was back-to-back event World champion Caeleb Dressel, hitting the wall at 51.92. Moving up to fourth in the US this season was Cal Aquatics’ Tom Shields, putting up a smooth 52.06. Guatemala’s Luis Martinez stole the No. 3 finals seed at 52.14 while Cal’s Andrew Seliskar qualified for his second final at 52.26.
Backstroke WR holder Ryan Murphy flipped over and swam the 5th-fastest 100 fly time this morning at 52.36, just ahead of Luca Urlando‘s 52.62. Argentina’s Santiago Grassi (53.29) and Italy’s Christian Ferraro (53.30) rounded out the top 8 times. While Ferraro placed 6th in both the 100/200 fly at the Italian Olympic Trials, Grassi’s time is under the FINA Olympic B cut of 53.52.
Men’s 400 IM — Prelims
- Wave II Cut: 4:23.24
- Wave I Cut: 4:25.99
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Chase Kalisz (Athens Bulldog), 4:16.38
- Jay Litherland (Dynamo), 4:21.02
- Ryan Lochte (Gator), 4:21.14
- Grant Sanders (Gator), 4:23.33
- Bobby Finke (Florida), 4:23.86
- Sean Grieshop (Unattached), 4:23.92
- Tyler Watson (Florida), 4:24.64
- Josh Parent (Bluefish), 4:26.82
Nailing a new season best was Athens’ Chase Kalisz, putting up a 4:16.38 to remain the No. 3 American this season. Filing behind him were the remaining top 3 finishers from the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials: Jay Litherland (4:21.02) and Ryan Lochte (4:21.14). Along with Lochte, Grant Sanders (4:23.33), Bobby Finke (4:23.86), and Tyler Watson (4:24.64) all will represent the Florida Gators in tonight’s 400 IM final.
Cal senior Sean Grieshop placed sixth this morning with an easy 4:23.92, well off his US No. 2 time this season of 4:16.03 from PSS Mission Viejo. Bluefish Swim Club 16-year-old Josh Parent rounded out the top 8 times at 4:26.82.