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
The final prelims session of the 2021 Atlanta Classic will kick off with the women’s 200 IM where 2016 Olympian Melanie Margalis is the top seed. Alabama’s Rhyan White leads the field in the 200 back and Gretchen Walsh is seeded first in the last event of the morning, the 100 free.
Women’s 200 IM – Prelims
- Meet Record: 2:10.54 – Ella Eastin (2016)
- Wave II cut: 2:15.26
- Wave I cut: 2:17.39
Top 10 Qualifiers:
- Melanie Margalis (Saint Petersburg) – 2:12.52
- Alexis Yager (Tennesse) – 2:15.93
- Zoie Hartman (Athens Bulldog) – 2:16.03
- Meghan Small (Tennessee Aquatics) – 2:16.18
- Lauren Poole (Kentucky) – 2:16.68
- Trude Rothrock (Tennessee) – 2:16.71
- Hannah Ownbey (Unattached-SE) – 2:16.86
- Portia Brown (Athens Bulldog) – 2:17.32
- Kathleen Golding (Florida) – 2:17.81
- Cat Wright (Alabama) – 2:17.90
- Danika Katzer (Tennessee) – 2:18.17
Melanie Margalis took control of the backstroke length, expanding her lead to 2.5 seconds after the breast. She finished first with a substantial lead over Zoie Hartman of Athens who touched 2nd in that heat and 3rd overall. Margalis was about 3.8 seconds off her entry time.
Tennessee’s Alexis Yager broke 2:16.00 for the first time to snag the 2nd seed spot in tonight’s final. Her previous lifetime best was set at 2:16.37 from January 2020.
Meghan Small of Tennessee Aquatics made her move on the breaststroke length, touching the 150-meter mark a second ahead of the field in heat 7. She finished in 4th overall, followed by Kentucky’s Lauren Poole who dropped half a second from her entry time.
Poole led a quartet of lifetime best swims as Trude Rothrock dropped one-third of a second from her best time from January 2020, Hannah Ownbey shaved half a second off her lifetime best from August 2019, and Portia Brown took nearly a second off her lifetime best from June 2019.
Women’s 200 Back – Prelims
- Meet Record: 2:09.82 – Asia Seidt (2017)
- Wave II cut: 2:12.94
- Wave I cut: 2:14.69
Top 10 Qualifiers:
- Rhyan White (Alabama) – 2:08.55
- Lisa Bratton (Aggie Swim Club) – 2:10.44
- Sophie Sorenson (Kentucky) – 2:11.14
- Summer Smith (Bluefish) – 2:11.48
- Rosie Zavaros ((Unattached-Florida) – 2:12.84
- Morgan Liberto (Alabama) – 2:12.96
- Caitlin Brooks (Kentucky) – 2:13.33
- Torie Buerger (Kentucky) – 2:14.30
- Sherridon Dressel (Gator Swim Club) – 2:14.36
- Rye Ulett (Dynamo) – 2:15.02
Alabama’s Rhyan White had a staggering 10-meter lead over heat 6 as she barreled into the wall with a time of 2:08.55, cracking 2:10.00. She took out the race in 1:02.25, coming home in 1:06.30 and she was slightly more than one second off her entry time. White’s season best time of 2:07.24 from the Pro Swim Series last month still ranks her 5th in the world this year:
In heat 5, Lisa Bratton and Sophie Sorenson pulled away from the field to have a battle of their own. Sorenson remained about had a body length behind Bratton, but ultimately Bratton fended her off for 2nd place going into tonight’s final. This was a new lifetime best for Sorenson by .73.
Bluefish’s Summer Smith crushed her previous lifetime best time of 2:12.63 from March 2019 to snag the 4th spot in tonight’s final. Close behind was Rosie Zavaros (2:12.84) and Alabama’s Morgan Liberto who also posted a lifetime best time, taking one-third of a second off her best time from August 2019.
Women’s 100 Free – Prelims
- Meet Record: 54.11 – Simone Manuel (2016)
- Wave II cut: 55.56
- Wave I cut: 56.29
Top 10 Qualifiers:
- Natalie Hinds (Athens Bulldog) – 54.63
- Olivia Smoliga (Athens Bulldog) – 54.85
- Anika Apostalon (USC Aquatics) – 54.93
- Julie Meynen (Unattached – SE) – 55.29
- Cora Dupre (Alabama) – 55.48
- Gretchen Walsh (Nashville) – 55.59
- Morgan Scott (Alabama) – 55.65
- Maxine Parker (Athens Bulldog) – 55.92
- Talia Bates (Unattached- Florida) – 55.95
- Riley Gaines (Kentucky) – 56.34
Athens Bulldogs had a 1-2 finish in the 100 free as Natalie Hinds dominated heat 9 to earn the top seed spot in tonight’s final by a significant margin in a sprint event, .22. Hinds split the race 26.19 / 28.44 by 50 meters and she was about one-third of a second off her entry time.
Olivia Smoliga and Nashville’s Gretchen Walsh were neck-and-neck in last heat, until the last 10 meters when Smoliga pulled ahead and Alabama’s Cora Dupre powered into the wall and snuck between them at the finish. Walsh was the top seed going into this event with an entry time of 53.74, her lifetime best time that she posted in August 2019, so we might see some extra speed from her in the finals tonight. This was Dupre’s first time under 56.00 and she dropped half a second off her lifetime best from December 2019.