2021 Atlanta Classic: Dressel, G.Walsh, & UGA Stars Highlight STACKED Psychs

2021 Atlanta Classic


Next weekend, a cluster of elite swimmers will compete at the 4th and final stop of the 2021 Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis and another will travel down to Atlanta for the 2021 edition of the annual Atlanta Classic, sponsored by Mizuno. Among the Olympians, U.S. National teamers, international stars, and NCAA studs in attendance for the SwimAtlanta-hosted event, former Florida Gator and sprint World record-holder Caeleb Dressel is scheduled to swim eight events, holding top seeds in the 50/100 free and 100 fly.

Currently, Dressel holds the top time in the US for the 2020-2021 season in the 100 fly at 51.61, which is also among the top-15 times in the world. He also ranks second in the 50 free (21.83) and third in the 100 free (48.82) at this point in the Olympic year. Dressel is also scheduled to compete in three more events with nationally-ranked season bests. Dressel sits at 4th in the US in the 200 free (1:47.57), 7th in the 200 IM (2:00.13), and 12th in the 200 fly (1:58.74). Dressel’s name also appears in the 100 breast (#9) and 100 back (#17).

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On the women’s side, 18-year-old Gretchen Walsh of Nashville, TN will be the sprinter to watch in Atlanta with her top seeded times of 57.43 in the 100 fly, 24.65 in the 50 free, and 53.74 in the 100 free. In the national rankings, Walsh ranks 4th in the 100 free ,3rd in the 50 free, and tied for 4th in the 100 fly.

Another one of the largest meet programs in Atlanta behind Dressel is rising Georgia sophomore Luca Urlando, who is set to swim five events including his signature 200 fly. Urlando sits in 6th in the nation with his season best of 1:58.21. Urlando is also the No. 2 seed in the 200 free, No. 5 in the 100 free, No. 6 in the 100 fly, and No. 8 in the 100 free.

Double Olympic champion Ryan Murphy heads into both the 100/200 back events with the top seeds and top US times this season at 53.11/1:56.06, which rank 9th/7th respectively in the world. Murphy will also swim the 100 fly, seeded 7th at 52.27, ranking 9th in the US. At the same time, St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis holds top seeds in four different events: the 200 free, 400 free, 100 breast (#1), and her signature 200 IM. Margalis is also scheduled to swim the 100 free (#5) and 100 back (#13). Margalis won’t swim the 400 IM, yet holds the top time in the country at 4:35.18. In the short IM, Margalis ranks 3rd in the US at 2:11.03.

Athens Bulldog Olivia Smoliga will contest in four events at the McAuley Aquatic Center. Smoliga is slated as the top entry time in the 100 back, coming in with a season best and top US time of 59.04. Smoliga is also scheduled to race in the 50/100/200 free, with the No. 2 seed in the 200 and No. 4 seeds in the 50/100 free. Meanwhile, Andrew Wilson and Nic Fink are the top two seeds in both the 100/200 breast events, setting up for two duels for the occasion. Cal alum Andrew Seliskar is flexing his versatility with his top 200 free meet entry seed and No. 2 seeds in the 100 fly and 200 IM. Multi-time Olympian team member Ryan Lochte will also be in attendance in Atlanta, scheduled to swim the 200 IM (#2), 200 back (#6), 400 IM (#6), 100 back (#9), and 200 free (#14) over the 3-day affair.

NCAA Stars Looking to Make An Impact

Georgia newcomer Urlando is already looking to make waves in Atlanta, yet will be accompanied by other Georgia training-mates who are looking to make just as big of a splash. The top three seeds in the men’s 800 free are all Bulldogs: Frenchman Tommy-Lee Camblong (7:53.79 lifetime best, 8:03.70 season best), Andrew Abruzzo (7:54.70 LTB), and Jake Magahey (8:01.64 LTB, 8:04.52 SB). Abruzzo also holds the No. 2 seed in the 400 free and No. 9 seed in the 400 IM.

At the 2021 ABSC Swim with the Dawgs 5 in April, Magahey put up 1:48.16 in the 200 free and 3:49.01 in the 400 free, which currently rank 7th and 2nd respectively in the nation this season. While Magahey’s heat sheet entry times don’t reflect the recent ABSC meet, his season bests now bump him to No. 9 in the 200 and No. 3 in the 400.

For the Bulldog women, Dakota Luther (200 fly) and Olivia Anderson (1500 free) both hold top seeds on the psych sheets. Luther is also the No. 2 seed in the 100 fly behind teenager Walsh and No. 3 in the 200 free behind Olympians Margalis and Smoliga. Meanwhile, Zoie Hartman holds the No. 2 seed in the 100 breast and No. 3 seed in the 200 distance while freshman Maxine Parker is seeded one-tenth of a second behind 2019 World Juniors teammate Walsh in the 50 free, 24.65 to 24.75.

Aside from the local UGA swimmers, a crew of college athletes from Cal, Florida, and other Southeastern schools also will venture to Atlanta. After breaking out at the Mission Viejo stop of the 2021 Pro Swim Series, rising Alabama senior Rhyan White comes in with the fastest 200 back entry time at 2:07.24, which ranks No. 3 in the world this season and No. 1 in the US. White will also contest in the 100 back, where she is seeded behind Olympian Smoliga with another recent lifetime best time of 59.66, which ranks No. 5 in the US and N0. 13 in the world this season.

Vanessa Pearl, a rising senior at Florida, is the top seed in both the 200 breast and 400 IM. Meanwhile, distance ace Bobby Finke is the top seed in the men’s 1500 free while newly-minted NCAA champion Kieran Smith comes in with the top 400 free seed and No. 4 seed in the 200 free. Finke currently owns the top 1500 free time in the US this season at 15:09.14 while Smith has the fastest American 400 free time thus far for the 2020-2021 season at 3:48.78.

Out of Cal, Sean Grieshop comes in with the top 400 IM entry time while Trenton Julian has the No. 2 seed in the 200 fly. Grieshop is currently the second-fastest American in the 400 IM this season at 4:16.14, only behind Texas Longhorn Carson Foster (4:13.79). Ryan Hoffer, who won the 50/100 free and 100 fly at the 2021 NCAAs, will contest in the same trio of events next weekend. Tennessee alum-to-be Amanda Nunan holds the top seed in the women’s 800 free over No. 2 seed Emily Hetzer while Kentucky’s Gillian Davey holds the No. 2 seed in the 200 breast.

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1 month ago

Which meet will the Stanford athletes be swimming at?

Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

The Austin meet the following week.

Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

I hope Jack Levant will rediscover his old form, at one point he was one of the top raising stars and then injury strucked 🙁

1 month ago

Interesting to see that Camblong and Abruzzo are that much faster than Magahey in long course, but Magahey flips the script in short course. I’ll bet they’ll be a great training group for years to come.

Last edited 1 month ago by Thezwimmer
Reply to  Thezwimmer
1 month ago

Camblong in olympic contention for France.

Reply to  Thezwimmer
1 month ago

I don’t know where that entry time is from… Magahey’s been a lot faster (though not sure his PB is faster than Abruzzo’s). I have a feeling he’ll be under 3:45 this summer.

1 month ago

What a great line up.

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