Alfonso Mestre Goes Huge PB Of 1:48.31 In 200 Free On Day 1 Of Atlanta Classic


  • Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15, 2022
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • McAuley Aquatic Center
  • LCM (50 meters)
  • Start Times: Prelims – 9 am / Finals – 6 pm (ET)
  • Meet Central
  • Psych Sheets
  • Results under “Speedo Atlanta Classic” on MeetMobile

On night one of the 2022 Atlanta Classic, the men’s and women’s 200 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 400 IM were contested.

Perhaps the most impressive swim was by Venezuelan Olympian Alfonso Mestre, who won the men’s 200 free with a time of 1:48.31- a major drop from his previous best time of 1:49.84 from last year. He opened the race in 25.65/27.86 before closing in 27.80/27.00, his final 50 being his second-fastest split by nearly a second. Second-place finisher Joaquin Vargas was around three seconds behind Mestre, finishing with a time of 1:51.16.

Mestre just finished up his third season at the University of Florida, where he trains with middle distance phenoms like Kieran Smith, Trey Freeman, and Katie Ledecky.

Another SEC swimmer who raced tonight was Kira Toussaint. Toussaint clocked a 28.35 in a 50 back time trial, a bit slower than the 27.84 that she swam at the Eindhoven qualifying meet a few weeks ago. This is her second meet since moving from her home country of the Netherlands to her alma mater Tennessee, as she swam three rounds of 50 frees the JAX50 Sprint Dual Challenge two weeks ago. Toussaint is already named onto the Dutch team for the 2022 FINA World Championships in both the 50 and 100 back. Her best time in the 50 back is a 27.10, which stands as the European record.

University of Georgia swimmer Zoie Hartmann, who did not compete at the U.S. International Team Trials, swam her first event since Women’s NCAAs tonight. She won the women’s 100 breast in a time of 1:09.51, beating second-place finisher Bridget Engel by a little less than a second. She was well off her best time of 1:07.37 that was swam at U.S. Nationals in 2019, but it was closer to the 1:08.92 that she swam at Olympic trials last year to finish 15th. Had she swam her time today at U.S. Trials, she would have placed 12th.

Mabel Zavaros, another international Florida Gator, won the women’s 400 IM. She went 4:41.43 at Canadian Trials in April, and despite being under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 4:43.06, she didn’t make the worlds or Commonwealth Games team for Canada because she finished fourth behind Summer McIntosh, Tessa Cieplucha, and Ella Jansen. Tonight, she clocked a time of 4:43.84, just a few tenths off the ‘A’ cut.

Other Races:

  • There was a very close battle between Georgia commit Dune Coetzee and Florida’s Ekaterina Nikonova in the women’s 200 free, with Coetzee just coming out victorious with a time of 2:00.73 compared to Nikonova’s 2:00.94.
  • Similarly, the women’s 100 fly was also very close. Kentucky’s Izzy Gati won with a 1:00.19, while Alabama commit Gaby Van Brunt (1:00.27) and Florida’s Talia Bates (1:00.91) places second and third respectively.
  • Tennessee’s Lyubomir Epitropov edged out Alabama’s Trey Sheils to win the men’s 100 breast in 1:01.46. Sheils was second with a time of 1:01.91.
  • Florida’s Kevin Vargas won the men’s 400 IM by nearly ten seconds with a time of 4:17.54. His teammate Mason Laur was second in 4:26.84.
  • Georgia Tech’s Christian Ferraro won the men’s 100 fly, clocking a time of 53.35.

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6 months ago

Lots of great swimming but not as much star power as in previous classics. This meet has been a great place to see athletes like Caeleb, Katie, Simone, MA, and Lochte. Seems like you can’t turn around at this event without bumping into somebody that’s won an Olympic medal!

Coach Cwik
6 months ago

What has happened to ABSC, it’s like everyone has skipped town. Is Jack even coaching the Club swimmers?

Reply to  Coach Cwik
6 months ago

What bone do you have to pick with UGA?

Tik Tok
6 months ago

University of Freestyle swimmers have done it again

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