2021 Speedo Summer Championships — Greensboro: Day 5 Live Finals Recap

2021 Speedo Summer Championships — Greensboro

Saturday Finals Heat Sheet

Tonight is the last finals session of the 2021 Speedo Summer Championships here in Greensboro. On the PM program this evening will be the fastest heat of the women’s 1500 free timed finals followed by the D, C, B, A finals of the women’s and men’s 200 IM and 50 free. The fastest men’s 800 free timed final heat will separate the IM and 50 free finals.

Two 16-year-olds take the top seeds in the women’s 1500 free timed final, separated by 0.15s. Long Island’s Cavan Gormsen will take lane four as Jersey Wahoos’ Maddie Waggoner will take lane five, seeded at 16:35.05 and 16:35.20 respectively. In the men’s 800 free heat, Ohio State’s Charlie Clark will aim for his second distance title in Greensboro following his 1500 free win.

Indiana’s Mac Looze takes the middle lane of the women’s 200 IM championship final, with Planet Swim’s Sara Stotler and Ohio State’s Josie Panitz seeded half a second apart for the top three seeds. On the men’s side, YMCA Hub Fins’ Sam Stewart takes his third A-final top seed after sweeping the backstrokes in Greensboro. On-fire SwimMAC 18-year-old Baylor Nelson and 200 breast/400 IM champ Charlie Swanson of Club Wolverine will also swim the top final.

15-year-old Erika Pelaez of Eagle takes the top women’s 50 free seed ahead of Long Island/Texas A&M swimmer Chloe Stepanek and Ohio State’s Amy Fulmer. In the men’s 50 free final, Jack Franzman and Kevin Gillooly come in 0.04s apart from their prelims swims, 22.52 to 22.56.

The evening will cap off with the women’s and men’s 400 medley relay, featuring two timed final heats for both genders. Two Ohio State relays and two SwimMAC relays will go off during both genders’ fastest-seeded heats.

WOMEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE — TIMED FINALS

Top 3:

  1. Cavan Gormsen (Long Island), 16:38.89
  2. Maya Geringer (Ohio State), 16:48.96
  3. Maddie Waggoner (Jersey Wahoos), 16:50.10

Cavan Gormsen distanced herself as the race progressed, eventually building a 10-second lead into the final 50. Gormsen took the win at 16:38.89, just three seconds off her seed time. Turning the jets on for second place was Ohio State’s Maya Geringer (16:48.96), who caught Jersey Wahoos’ Maddie Waggoner (16:50.10) on the final 50.

Long Island 17-year-old Sophia Karras took fourth place at 16:55.83 while Scarlet 15-year-old Kate Hurst rounded out the top five at 16:57.10, catching 14-year-old teammate Chloe Kim (16:57.83).

WOMEN’S 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — FINALS

Top 3:

  1. Mac Looze (Indiana), 2:14.41
  2. Sara Stotler (Planet Swim), 2:15.12
  3. Madelyn Christman (Carmel), 2:16.08

At the first 100, Sara Stotler and Madelyn Christman led the field 1:02.10 to 1:02.71, respectively. Mac Looze turned in 7th at the halfway point at 1:05.59. Then, Looze unleashed a 37.71 to catch up to Stotler and Christman. Stotler held onto Looze’s challenge on the freestyle until Looze pulled away, hitting the wall at 2:14.41 to Stotler’s 2:15.12. Carmel’s Christman settled for third at 2:16.80, dropping two seconds from the morning.

Looze now ranks No. 24 in the U.S. this season while Stotler ranks No. 32 overall and No. 5 in the 17-18 age group for 2020-2021. Christman’s lifetime best swim now puts her at No. 16 in the 17-18 age group this season as well.

Jersey Wahoos’ Erin Cavanagh won the B-final at 2:16.92, dropping three seconds from prelims.

MEN’S 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — FINALS

Top 3:

  1. Sam Stewart (YMCA Hub Fins), 1:58.60
  2. Baylor Nelson (SwimMAC), 2:01.08
  3. Jared Daigle (Club Wolverine), 2:02.09

Sam Stewart controlled this race from start to finish, splitting 25.56/29.94/34.20/28.90 to win with the only sub-2:00 effort of 1:58.60. Stewart placed fifth in the Wave II Olympic Trials final at 1:58.02.

Taking second place was Baylor Nelson, dropping over a second from prelims to hit 2:01.08. Nelson now moves up to No. 18 all-time in 17-18 history, passing Ryan Murphy (2:01.23). Jared Daigle of Club Wolverine took third place at 2:02.09, holding off teammate Charlie Swanson (2:02.27).

In a tightly-bunched B-final, it was North Baltimore’s Ryan Merani who took the win at 2:04.50, dropping eight-tenths from prelims.

MEN’S 800 FREESTYLE — FINALS

Top 3:

  1. Charlie Clark (Ohio State), 7:58.87
  2. Eli Shoyat (Northern KY), 8:07.24
  3. Andrew Taylor (Tampa Bay), 8:10.93

Coming home strong in a 28.16 to take his second distance win in Greensboro was Charlie Clark, swimming 0.37s off his Wave II Trials lifetime best of 7:58.50. During the Trials prelims, Clark placed 10th with his time.

Dropping 11 seconds from his seed time to place second was 17-year-old Eli Shoyat at 8:07.24, registering at No. 73 all-time in 17-18 history.

Hitting third place with a near-five second drop was 16-year-old Andrew Taylor at 8:10.93, ranking No. 52 all-time in the 15-16 age group.

WOMEN’S 50 FREESTYLE — FINALS

Top 3:

  1. Erika Pelaez (Eagle), 25.42
  2. Amy Fulmer (Ohio State), 25.76
  3. Lindsay Flynn (Mecklenburg), 25.89

Chopping time off both her prelims time and meet seed to go a lifetime best was 15-year-old Erika Pelaez, touching the wall at 25.42. Pelaez now moves up to No. 19 all-time in the 15-16 age group and is now tied with Torri Huske for 8th among all U.S. 15-year-olds in history.

Taking second place was Ohio State’s Amy Fulmer, stopping the clock at 25.76, just 0.03s faster than this morning. Mecklenburg’s Lindsay Flynn touched the wall at 25.89, just 0.03s ahead of Long Island’s Chloe Stepanek (25.92).

Long Island 16-year-old Tess Howley stormed the B-final with the top time of 26.11, dropping 0.26s from this morning.

MEN’S 50 FREESTYLE — FINALS

Top 3:

  1. Jack Franzman (Indiana), 22.29
  2. Kevin Gillooly (Unattached), 22.60
  3. Josh Fleagle (Unattached), 22.98

Jack Franzman threw down a fire-y sprint swim in Greensboro, dropping from 22.52 this morning to 22.29, chopping 0.23s in the 50 free. Franzman’s time would have placed 13th at Wave II Trials. He wound up finishing in 27th at Trials in 22.66.

Swimming four one-hundredths off his prelims effort was Rowan University swimmer Kevin Gillooly at 22.60. Meanwhile, 27-year-old Josh Fleagle, an Ohio State alum, cracked 23 seconds this evening at 22.98.

Another Indiana swimmer, Brandon Hamblin, won the B-final with a time of 23.55. Greenwich YMCA 17-year-old Alexander Hazlett took the C-final with an effort of 23.53, improving from his 23.95 in prelims.

WOMEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY — TIMED FINALS

Top 3:

  1. Ohio State “A”, 4:07.41
  2. Carmel “A”, 4:09.02
  3. Ohio State “B”, 4:11.07

The Ohio State “A” relay was dueling with the Carmel “A” relay until freestyle anchor Amy Fulmer split 55.43 to best Carmel and take the 400 medley relay win at 4:07.41. The Carmel “A” relay settled for second at 4:09.02. Finishing in third place was the Ohio State “B” relay at 4:11.07.

MEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY — TIMED FINALS

Top 3:

  1. Ohio State “A”, 3:42.55
  2. Club Wolverine “A”, 3:43.47
  3. SwimMAC “A”, 3:44.09

Leaders of the men’s 400 medley relay changed throughout all four legs. Ohio State’s RJ Kondalski kicked things off in the backstroke with his split of 55.59, putting OSU into the lead. Then, Club Wolverine’s Tommy Cope blasted a 1:00.20 in the breaststroke to further his relay into the lead. But then, Ohio State’s Justin Fleagle came up on BR/IMer Charlie Swanson on the fly leg at 54.19 to make up a second after the breast legs.

After that, it was all Shaw Satterfield who brought Ohio State home with the win, splitting 50.34 to aid their 3:42.55 time. Club Wolverine settled for second place at 3:43.47 while SwimMAC’s “A” relay took third at 3:44.09. The SwimMAC relay featured 17-18 swimmers, and they just missed Dynamo’s 2019 NAG record of 3:44.00.

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Hoosier Daddy
2 months ago

I stand by my comment about cancelling this meet!!!

Chad
2 months ago

Stewart with that 1:58 200 IM though

Bobo Gigi
2 months ago

No race videos of finals posted on the USA swimming YouTube channel and unlike for Irvine no replays of evening sessions. It’s bad.

YMCAproud
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
2 months ago

They are in the Playlist on the YouTube channel.

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