2021 Atlanta Classic: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


On the slate for the last finals session of the Altanta Classic are the women’s and men’s 200 IM, 200 back, and 100 free. Starting off in the 200 IMs will be Olympians and tonight’s top seeds Melanie Margalis and Chase Kalisz. Flipping over to the 200 back will be women’s top seed Rhyan White and men’s top seed Clark Beach, featuring 100 back champion Ryan Murphy. Then, Natalie Hinds and Cristian Quintero will highlight the final events: the women’s and men’s 100 free.

Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte both opted out of tonight’s finals due to travel. During last night’s time trials, Dressel hit 48.67 in the 100 free before going 48.00 this morning, now No. 1 in the US. Lochte, on the other hand, swam 2:02.29 in the 200 IM last night before registering 2:01.28 this AM.


  • Meet Record: 2:10.54 – Ella Eastin (2016)
  • Wave II cut: 2:15.26
  • Wave I cut: 2:17.39

Top 3:

  1. Meghan Small (Tennessee), 2:13.91
  2. Alexis Yager (Tennessee), 2:15.29
  3. Kathleen Golding (Florida), 2:15.48

Winning the women’s 200 IM with the only Wave II cut time was Tennessee’s Meghan Small, touching the wall at 2:13.91. At PSS Mission Viejo, Small swam her US No. 9 season best of 2:13.25. Training-mate Alexis Yager touched out Florida’s Kathleen Golding for second place by 0.19s, 2:15.29 to 2:15.48.

Separated by a tenth for 4th and 5th place were UGA’s Zoie Hartman (2:15.68) and Alabama’s Cat Wright (2:15.78). Auburn’s Hannah Ownbey hit the wall 0.08s behind Wright for 6th place at 2:15.86.


  • Meet Record: 1:58.94, Josh Prenot (CAL), 2017
  • Wave II Cut: 2:03.02
  • Wave I Cut: 2:04.09

Top 3:

  1. Chase Kalisz (Athens Bulldog), 1:57.52
  2. Andrew Seliskar (Cal Aquatics), 1:58.06
  3. Trenton Julian (Unattached), 1:59.43

During the first half of the race, Andrew Seliskar held a slight lead heading into breaststroke, Chase Kalisz‘s best stroke. At the 150-mark, Kalisz had caught Seliskar with 33.43 breast split. Into the freestyle, Kalisz was fighting off Seliskar hard, taking the win at 1:57.52. Seliskar settled for second palce at 1:58.06. Kalisz now moves up to No. 2 in the US behind Michael Andrew‘s 1:56.84.

Cal’s Trenton Julian was less than four-tenths ahead of Florida’s Kieran Smith, both breaking two minutes for third and fourth place.


  • Meet Record: 2:09.82 – Asia Seidt (2017)
  • Wave II cut: 2:12.94
  • Wave I cut: 2:14.69

Top 3:

  1. Rhyan White (Alabama), 2:07.07
  2. Lisa Bratton (Aggie), 2:09.69
  3. Sophie Sorenson (Kentucky), 2:11.01

Hitting a lifetime best in the 200 back to remain No. 3 this season and No. 9 all-time in US history was Rhyan White, splitting a consistent 29.46/32.18/32.84/32.59 for 2:07.07. Swimming less than a tenth off her US No. 6 season best for second place in Atlanta was Lisa Bratton, registering a sub-2:10 effort of 2:09.69.

Placing third through seventh under the Wave II cut were Kentucky’s Sophie Sorenson (2:11.01), Bluefish 18-year-old Summer Smith (2:11.26), Kentucky’s Caitlin Brooks (2:11.65) and Parker Herren (2:12.17), and Alabama’s Morgan Liberto (2:12.75).

Smith’s time moved her up to No. 40 on the all-time 17-18 age group rankings.


  • Meet Record: 1:55.94, Ryan Murphy (CAL), 2016
  • Wave II Cut: 2:00.81
  • Wave I Cut: 2:02.99

Top 3:

  1. Ryan Murphy (Cal Aquatics), 1:56.14
  2. Bryce Mefford (Unattached), 1:58.16
  3. Daniel Carr (Unattached), 1:59.62

Dropping 5.77 seconds from his smooth morning swim was Ryan Murphy, splitting 27.20/28.99/29.55/30.40 at 1:56.14. Murphy was just a hair of his top American time this season of 1:56.04 from PSS San Antonio. Cal teammate Bryce Mefford took second at 1:58.16, ranking third in the US behind Shaine Casas (1:58.04).

Cal’s Daniel Carr placed third with a sub-2:00 effort of 1:59.62, swimming ahead of top-6 finishers Dynamo’s Ian Grum (2:00.25), SwimAtlanta’s Keegan Walsh (2:00.38), and Florida’s Clark Beach (2:00.43).


  • Meet Record: 54.11 – Simone Manuel (2016)
  • Wave II cut: 55.56
  • Wave I cut: 56.29

Top 3:

  1. Natalie Hinds (Athens Bulldog), 54.29
  2. Olivia Smoliga (Athens Bulldog), 54.36
  3. Anika Apostalon (USC), 54.84

Tying her US No. 7 season best of 54.29 to touch out Athens training-mate Olivia Smoliga (54.36) by 0.07s was Natalie Hinds, wrapping up a valiant meet with a 100 fly win and 50 free runner-up finish. Smoliga’s season best moved her up to No. 10 in the US rankings this season. USC’s Anika Apostalon placed third with a sub-55 effort of 54.84.

Places 4th-7th all finished within five one-hundredths of each other, led by 18-year-old Gretchen Walsh at 55.09. Filing in separated by 0.01s each were Alabama’s Cora Dupre (55.12), Luxembourg’s Julie Meynen (55.13), and Athens’ Maxine Parker (55.14).


  • Meet Record: 47.86, Caeleb Dressel (GSC), 2019
  • Wave II Cut: 49.74
  • Wave I Cut: 50.49

Top 3:

  1. Cristian Quintero (NOVA), 49.38
  2. Khader Baqlah (Gator), 49.57
  3. Andres Dupont Cabrera (Bolles), 49.92

Topping the men’s 100 free was Venezuelan Cristian Quintero, holding off Jordanian Khader Baqlah at the touch 49.38 to 49.57. Bolles School 17-year-old Andres Dupont Cabrera, a 2021 Mexican Olympian as of this morning, shaved 0.07s off his morning at 49.92. Touching in for fourth place with a near-identical swim from prelims was Cal’s Ryan Hoffer, swimming 50.27.

SwimAtlanta’s Jack Aikins placed fifth at 50.40 while Florida’s Adam Chaney took sixth by one one-hundredth at 50.41.

Afternoon Distance Recap

Women’s 800 Free — Timed Finals

  • Wave II Cut: 8:44.01
  • Wave I Cut: 8:48.09

Top 3:

  1. Abigail McCulloh (SwimAtlanta), 8:45.37
  2. Tylor Mathieu (Unattached), 8:45.95
  3. Hayden Miller (Cypress Fairbanks), 8:47.91

Both hitting the Wave I cut in the women’s 800 free were SwimAtlanta’s Abigail McCulloh (8:45.37) and Florida’s Tylor Mathieu (8:45.95), separated by a half second. Placing third was 16-year-old Hayden Miller at 8:47.91.

Men’s 800 Free — Timed Finals

  • Wave II Cut: 8:08.95
  • Wave I Cut: 8:12.99

Top 3:

  1. Tommy-Lee Camblong (Athens Bulldog), 7:58.66
  2. Jake Magahey (SwimAtlanta), 7:58.99
  3. Andrew Abruzzo (Plymouth), 8:05.31

In the men’s 800 free, which is an Olympic event for the first time this year, Athens’ Tommy-Lee Camblong held off SwimAtlanta’s Jake Magahey by 0.33s for the event win, 7:58.66 to 7:58.99. Placing third was Plymouth’s Andrew Abruzzo (8:05.31) while Kentucky’s Adam Rosipal placed fourth at 8:12.45.

During one heat of this event, Georgia Tech’s Clark Wakeland swam a 400 free split time of 3:56.89, improving from his 12th-place finals finish of 3:57.38 and hitting the Wave I cut of 3:57.29.

Women’s 1500 Free — Timed Finals

  • Wave II Cut: 16:44.60
  • Wave I Cut: 16:49.19

Top 3:

  1. Olivia Anderson (Unattached), 16:41.39
  2. Kristen Stege (Tennessee), 16:49.40
  3. Emily Knorr (MSA Swim), 17:13.74

UGA’s Olivia Anderson took the top time in the women’s 1500 free at 16:41.39, eight seconds ahead of Tennessee’s Kristen Stege (16:49.40). MSA Swim 18-year-old Emily Knorr rounded out the top 3 times at 17:13.74.

Men’s 1500 Free — Timed Finals

  • Wave II Cut: 15:35.69
  • Wave I Cut: 15:44.89

Top 3:

  1. Bobby Finke (Florida), 15:09.91
  2. Brennan Gravley (Florida), 15:25.02
  3. Tyler Watson (Florida), 15:26.26

Nabbing the top time here in Atlanta in the men’s 1500 free was Florida’s Bobby Finke, hitting a sub-15:10 effort of 15:09.91. Finke owns the top American time this season at 15:09.14 from the 2020 U.S. Open. Two more Florida Gators, Brennan Gravley (15:25.02) and Tyler Watson (15:26.26), rounded out the top three sub-15:30 times.

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Commonwealths>Pan Pacs
4 months ago

Roses are red,
Lilies are green,
Regan’s the best backstroker
I’ve ever seen

4 months ago

So I assume the Texas meet is next weekend?

Mr Piano
4 months ago

I have to admit, Kalisz looks a little more like his old self. We’ll know more on the first day of trials.

4 months ago

What happened to margalis???

4 months ago

Chase’s 1:57 mid is impressive and he seems to be “back”, but I’m liking Seliskar’s 1:58.0.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
4 months ago

How would you like to be MA knowing that a 1:44 high 200 free guy (at OTs) is running you down. From the flags to the finish is gonna be wild.

Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
4 months ago

Michael Andrew is going to have a pack of hungry wolves chasing him down the last 50 free.

4 months ago

What happened to Melanie Margalis?

Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
4 months ago

Scratched finals

4 months ago

Murphy is looking solid right now. Right on his times (slightly faster in the 100 and slightly slower in the 200) from where he was before Rio. If he gets down to 51.8 again there’s a solid chance he wins the 100 (since Xu and Rylov never seem to swim their fastest 100 of the season in the 100 back final at the major competition) and he’s still a lock for silver behind Rylov in the 200 in my opinion

Max Hardie
Reply to  Dudeman
4 months ago

Seems that the only male American that could get a gold medal in Tokyo is Caeleb Dressel, Free continues to be a struggle for the Americans (except the 50), with only 2 golds in 7 OG (post Seoul 88), Phelps in 200 in 2008 and Adrian in 100 in 2012. Chalmers is my candidate in 100, with Dressel in podium, and in longer events there will not be Americans in the podium. Fly is all about Milak, even the 100m (silver for Dressel). Murphy will medal in 100 and 200 back, but no gold. No medals in breast, maybe in IM, but not gold. The best chance is Dressel in the 50 free.

Reply to  Max Hardie
4 months ago

Mans really just said silver for Dressel lmaooo

Reply to  Aqqq
4 months ago

Just some more Aussie coping with getting blown tf out by the Americans as they always do.

Reply to  Pvdh
4 months ago
Reply to  Max Hardie
4 months ago

I could maybe see Chalmers beating Dressel if he does the swim of his life in the 100 free but frankly I’d be very surprised if he does but thinking Anyone other than Dressel will win Gold in the 100 fly is just madness and I also wouldn’t be surprised if murphy wins Gold in the 100 back

Last edited 4 months ago by maybe?
Reply to  Max Hardie
4 months ago

I like how the 50 free where USA has won 4 Golds since 2000 just randomly shouldn’t count towards the tally

Reply to  PhillyMark
4 months ago

I mean he did say except the 50 free

Reply to  maybe?
4 months ago

“except the events where the Americans are good, the Americans aren’t good”

Reply to  SVIRD
4 months ago

and if my grandmother had wheels she would have been a bicycle!

Reply to  Max Hardie
4 months ago

I smell flame bait!

Max Hardie
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
4 months ago

Just a bit of debate, Americans have been struggling in free for decades (the longer the distance the worse it has been, and still is), this is factual. Back, fly and IM has been ok,but free and breast not that good.
OK, Dressel is the candidate in 100 fly, but watch out for Milak, he is the fastest this year, big improvement from 2019. And Murphy might win 100 back (not the favorite though). But in any case, assuming both Dressel and Murphy get gold medals in an individual event, they would be the only ones, Who else can win an individual event? Kalisz, Andrew? I doubt it. US should switch from SCY to SCM and do more LCM,… Read more »

Reply to  Max Hardie
4 months ago

You do realize that Hungary have already had their Olympic trials right where the us has not. Dressel (as some Americans) do not swim fast in season. Dressel is a taper swimmer. He is like Simone Manual shows up for the big meet.

Max Hardie
Reply to  anon6
4 months ago

Yes I do. And maybe you are right and Dressel gets his 3 individual gold medals, maybe also Murphy. But what’s behind them? Who else can win an individual event? Female team is much stronger, with many new rising stars. I don’t see that in the men’s team.

Reply to  Max Hardie
4 months ago

Pitch your snake oil somewhere else.

Reply to  Max Hardie
4 months ago

We have been reading this 💩 on this site since just before the 2012 Olympics. The us will struggle to win any individual golds, the us should change its system, the us should… lets at least wait for the trials first, they are only 4 weeks away!

Reply to  Comet
4 months ago

Not only does Team USA win individual gold medals, the individual gold medalists post world records in the final of the respective event:

2012 Summer Olympics
Franklin – 200 BK
Soni – 200 BR
Vollmer – 100 FL

2016 Summer Olympics
Ledecky – 400 FR, 800 FR

Reply to  Max Hardie
4 months ago


4 months ago

“Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte both opted out of tonight’s finals due to travel.”

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