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
- Wave I & II Olympic Trials Cuts
- FINA Olympic Qualifying Standards
Men’s 200 IM — Prelims
- Meet Record: 1:58.94, Josh Prenot (CAL), 2017
- Wave II Cut: 2:03.02
- Wave I Cut: 2:04.09
Top 10 Qualifiers:
- Chase Kalisz (Athens Bulldog), 1:59.59
- Kieran Smith (Florida), 2:00.51
- Trenton Julian (Unattached), 2:01.21
- Ryan Lochte (Gator), 2:01.28
- Andrew Seliskar (Cal Aquatics), 2:01.63
- Grant Sanders (Gator), 2:01.78
- Jay Litherland (Dynamo), 2:01.82
- Kamal Muhammad (Unattached), 2:03.04
- Sean Grieshop (Unattached), 2:03.69
- Andrew Abruzzo (Plymouth), 2:03.90
Moving up to No. 3 in the US rankings was Athens’ Chase Kalisz, touching in at 1:59.59. In second was Kieran Smith‘s 2:00.51 time, well off his US No. 2 time of 1:59.38. Meanwhile, Cal’s Trenton Julian shifts to No. 12 in the US rankings with his 2:01.21. After swimming 2:02.29 during last night’s time trials, Ryan Lochte hit 2:01.28 this morning as his “finals” swim.
Cal’s Andrew Seliskar (2:01.63), Gator’s Grant Sanders (2:01.78), and Dynamo’s Jay Litherland (2:01.82) all broke 2:02 for the top seven times. 18-year-old Kamal Muhammad, UVA class of 2022 commit, just missed the Wave II cut this morning at 2:03.04 for 8th place.
Men’s 200 Back — Prelims
- Meet Record: 1:55.94, Ryan Murphy (CAL), 2016
- Wave II Cut: 2:00.81
- Wave I Cut: 2:02.99
Top 10 Qualifiers:
- Clark Beach (Florida), 2:00.53
- Ian Grum (Dynamo), 2:00.82
- Keegan Walsh (SwimAtlanta), 2:01.04
- Bryce Mefford (Unattached), 2:01.20
- Caleb Maldari (Bluefish), 2:01.46
- Destin Lasco (Unattached), 2:01.48
- Bradley Dunham (SwimAtlanta), 2:01.78
- Ryan Murphy (Cal Aquatics), 2:01.91
- Daniel Carr (Unattached), 2:01.95
- Eric Stelmar (Alabama), 2:02.63
Breaking 2:01 to land the middle lanes of the men’s 200 back final were Florida Gator Clark Beach (2:00.82) and UGA Bulldog Ian Grum of Dynamo (2:00.82). Both swimmers own respective season bests of 2:00.21 and 2:00.35, which rank No. 7 and No. 9 in the nation this season. SwimAtlanta’s Keegan Walsh placed third this morning at 2:01.04, just off the Wave II cut of 2:00.81.
Cal Bear Bryce Mefford finished in fourth at 2:01.20, just 0.26s ahead of 16-year-old Bluefish swimmer Caleb Maldari‘s 2:01.46, which was two one-hundredths ahead of Cal’s Destin Lasco (2:01.48). Maldari now rockets from No. 53 to No. 22 all-time in the historical 15-16 age group rankings.
SwimAtlanta’s Bradley Dunham registered a time of 2:01.78 to get seeded ahead of Cal’s Ryan Murphy (2:01.91) and Daniel Carr (2:01.95). Alabama’s Eric Stelmar rounded out the top 10 times at 2:02.63, clearing the Wave I cut of 2:02.99.
Men’s 100 Free — Prelims
- Meet Record: 47.86, Caeleb Dressel (GSC), 2019
- Wave II Cut: 49.74
- Wave I Cut: 50.49
Top 10 Qualifiers:
- Caeleb Dressel (Gator), 48.00
- Cristian Quintero (NOVA), 49.08
- Khader Baqlah (Gator), 49.34
- Andres Dupont Cabrera (Bolles), 49.99
- Ryan Hoffer (Unattached), 50.25
- Jake Magahey (SwimAtlanta), 50.29
- Zach Hils (Athens Bulldog), 50.44
- Jack Aikins (SwimAtlanta), 50.50
- Javier Acevedo (Unattached), 50.61
- Luca Urlando (DART), 50.63
After swimming 48.67 during last night’s time trials session, Caeleb Dressel improved his US No. 1 time to a 48.00. During yesterday’s time trials, acting as “evening prelims”, Dressel split 23.14/25.53. This morning, Dressel took his race out faster in a 22.91 and closed in a 25.09, a 2.18s difference between his first and second 50 splits. In the 2020-2021 world rankings, Dressel now ties for 5th with Russian Vlad Morozov and Hungarian Kristof Milak.
Placing second this morning was NOVA’s Cristian Quintero of Venezuela, hitting 49.08, which is just off his seed time of 48.94. The FINA Olympic A cut sits at 48.57, which institutes an automatic qualification to Tokyo. Gator’s Khader Baqlah of Jordan placed third at 49.34, which was just off his Saturday evening time trial of 49.29.
Bolles 17-year-old Andres Dupont Cabrera, a Mexican native, broke 50-point for the first time at 49.99. If Dupont Cabrera were American, he would be No. 37 all-time in the 17-18 age group rankings and the 19th-fastest 17-year-old to swim the event in US history, passing Olympian Ian Crocker (50.04). His swim also qualified him for Mexico’s 2021 Olympic team.
All managing the Wave I cut of 50.49 for the top seven times were Cal’s Ryan Hoffer, UGA’s Jake Magahey, and Athens’ Zach Hils. SwimAtlanta’s Jack Aikins (50.50) touched in 0.11s ahead of Canadian Javier Acevedo (50.61), who hit the wall 0.02s faster than DART’s Luca Urlando (50.63).
Qualifying for the B-final were Argentina’s Santiago Grassi (50.73), Alabama’s Matt King (50.77), Florida’s Adam Chaney (50.77), SwimAtlanta’s Dillon Downing (50.82), Kentucky’s Kyle Worrell (50.88), Tennessee’s Seth Bailey (50.92), Guatemala’s Luis Martinez (50.94), and Kentucky’s Peter Wetzlar (50.95).