2021 Atlanta Classic: Day 1 Men’s Prelims Live Recap

2021 Atlanta Classic

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).

Friday Men’s Prelims Heat Sheet

Men’s 200 Free — Prelims

  • Wave II Cut: 1:49.65
  • Wave I Cut: 1:50.79

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Kieran Smith (Florida), 1:46.30
  2. Jake Magahey (SwimAtlanta), 1:48.15
  3. Andrew Seliskar (Cal Aquatics), 1:48.41
  4. Trenton Julian (Unattached), 1:48.68
  5. Cristian Quintero (NOVA), 1:48.78
  6. Trey Freeman (Florida), 1:49.04
  7. Caeleb Dressel (Gator), 1:49.35
  8. 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.

Highlighting the consolation final seeds include Dynamo’s Jay Litherland (1:50.27) and Jordanian Khader Baqlah (1:50.38).

Men’s 100 Breast — Prelims

  • Wave II Cut: 1:01.97
  • Wave I Cut: 1:03.29

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Nic Fink (Athens Bulldog), 59.84
  2. Andrew Wilson (Athens Bulldog), 1:00.68
  3. Kevin Cordes (Athens Bulldog), 1:00.84
  4. Josh Prenot (Cal Aquatics), 1:01.65
  5. Derek Maas (Alabama), 1:02.16
  6. Reece Whitley (Unattached), 1:02.32
  7. Quinn Harron (Dynamo), 1:03.05
  8. 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:

  1. Caeleb Dressel (Gator), 51.92
  2. Tom Shields (Cal Aquatics), 52.06
  3. Luis Martinez (Unattached), 52.14
  4. Andrew Seliskar (Cal Aquatics), 52.26
  5. Ryan Murphy (Cal Aquatics), 52.36
  6. Luca Urlando (DART), 52.62
  7. Santiago Grassi (Unattached), 53.29
  8. 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.

Cal Bear Ryan Hoffer placed 15th this morning at 54.52 while second seed in the 200 free Jake Magahey placed 19th at 55.01.

Men’s 400 IM — Prelims

  • Wave II Cut: 4:23.24
  • Wave I Cut: 4:25.99

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Chase Kalisz (Athens Bulldog), 4:16.38
  2. Jay Litherland (Dynamo), 4:21.02
  3. Ryan Lochte (Gator), 4:21.14
  4. Grant Sanders (Gator), 4:23.33
  5. Bobby Finke (Florida), 4:23.86
  6. Sean Grieshop (Unattached), 4:23.92
  7. Tyler Watson (Florida), 4:24.64
  8. 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.

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Ohmy
1 month ago

Is there a live results link?

Ger
Reply to  Ohmy
1 month ago
icecoldtakes
Reply to  Ger
1 month ago

Why do you keep spamming every article with these links when they’re clearly there at the top?

Ger
Reply to  icecoldtakes
1 month ago

There is no link for a live stream. The link informs others that the event is in fact live streamed and also provides a shortcut to the stream. And what on earth do you mean every article? Grow up.

icecoldtakes
Reply to  Ger
1 month ago

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 10th link down. “Friday Prelims Live Stream.”

Lol you must be the meet organizer. Very sensitive. Weird reaction bro.

Ger
Reply to  icecoldtakes
1 month ago

OK, my mistake. I didn’t see the link and wouldn’t have posted it otherwise.

NC Swim Fan
Reply to  Ger
1 month ago

You are good. I appreciated the easy quick link. The aggressive angriness over the posting of a link is strange, especially considering some of the stuff posted in the comments

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  NC Swim Fan
1 month ago

STFU

He said what?
Reply to  Ger
1 month ago

I appreciate your efforts, Ger.

He said what?
Reply to  icecoldtakes
1 month ago

Seriously, there was no link at the top of this article. Ger was helping us out. Get a grip and be grateful.

Ohmy
Reply to  Ger
1 month ago

Looking for live results, not live stream.

EMH16
Reply to  Ohmy
1 month ago

live results can be found on Meet Mobile, which is stated near the top of the article.

Ohmy
Reply to  EMH16
1 month ago

Not a fan of meet mobile now that I’m out the sport and I just check in once a month. No other sport would have such a broken way to get results. MeetMobile hasn’t improved its programming since it started and it’s sad that no one has taken the time to make a better app.

NC Fan
Reply to  Ohmy
1 month ago

After they broke meet mobile with that complete rewrite 3 or 4 years ago, it has gotten better and better. Still spins a bit but I haven’t found anything as good with real time results in the track or cross country world and most sports rely on a person to make the updates. Sounds like the opportunity for you to make something better if it is so bad for its $5 a year.

Swimlikefish drink like fish
Reply to  NC Fan
1 month ago

Swim nerd has a new live scoreboard website

OldSwimmer
Reply to  Ohmy
1 month ago

I can’t imagine anyone being a fan of Meet Mobile. It’s terrible…AND they charge for it.

Troyy
1 month ago

So many prelims!

Coach Rob
1 month ago

This meet needs to be fast. Olympic Trials is in a few weeks and I’m wondering why these guys aren’t going faster. Wake up! I cranked out 7,500 yards in the pool this morning and I’m not even competing in this meet.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Coach Rob
1 month ago

good for you

swimmer guy
Reply to  Coach Rob
1 month ago

you want athletes to peak rn when it means absolutely nothing? or in a month when it means everything? most dudes this is the tune up n start of taper… u clearly know nothing about the sport

Admin
Reply to  swimmer guy
1 month ago

Coach Rob is a known troll/satire account. 🙂

John
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Could we give them tags next to their names, similar to yours! Might be fun!

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Still not as bad as the resident Russian troll.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  swimmer guy
1 month ago

If you want that, go to Australia.

Robbos
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
1 month ago

Yes we peak early, hence why Chalmers 2 years younger then Dressel is already 100 Free Olympic champ & going for a 2 peat this year.

The Original Tim
Reply to  Coach Rob
1 month ago

TBH, only cranking out 7,500 in SCY this morning is pretty weak. I’d respect it a little if it was LCM at this point, but 7,500 SCY isn’t worth writing home about.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  The Original Tim
1 month ago

He’ll, Phelps warmed up 3000 meters before each race at Beijing, and warmed down another couple thousand.

Dudeman
Reply to  Coach Rob
1 month ago

You literally answered your own question before you even asked it. Olympic trials is in a few weeks, that’s why they aren’t going fast. Nobody who swims fast in May but slow in June will make the Olympic team, most of them start the tapering process after this meet

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Dudeman
1 month ago

Claire Curzan swims fast in May and faster in June. Book it!

Taa
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 month ago

you need to drop Dahlia for Curzan

Pvdh
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 month ago

Not everybody is 16 years old with the recovery ability anymore lol

Cate
Reply to  Coach Rob
1 month ago

Do you want a medal?

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