Louisville Spring Meet
- April 15-17, 2021
- Ralph Wright Natatorium, Louisville, KY
- LCM (50m)
- Results on MeetMobile
The Louisville Spring Meet was held this past weekend, featuring Louisville college swimmers and post grads, as well as Erika Brown and Tjasa Pintar from Tennessee.
Louisville’s Andrej Barna clocked a new lifetime best in the men’s 200 free. Barna led the way, touching in 1:49.50. The swim marked an improvement of 0.39 seconds. Barna then went on to crack anew best time in the 100 free as well. He swam a 48.58, dropping 0.31 seconds from his previous best. He also swam the 50 free at this meet, swimming a 22.32, just a touch off his best of 22.21. Barna represents Serbia internationally. Coincidentally, 48.58 is exactly what it took to place 16th in prelims of the 100 free and make it through to semifinals at the 2016 Olympics.
Leading the way in many of the women’s sprint events was Tennessee alum Erika Brown, who kicked things off with a 25.22 in the 50 free. Brown has been as fast as 25.57, which she swam in January of 2020.
From there, Brown went on to post a 59.32 100 fly, not far off her personal best of 58.79, which was also swum in January of 2020. Brown swam a 2:02.30 in the 200 free, getting out to a 27.89 on the first 50, but then split 31.05, 31.89, and 31.47 on the next 3 50s. She has a personal best of 1:57.68 in the event, which she posted in December 2019. Erika concluded her meet with a 54.62 100 free, touching 1.2 seconds off her best of 53.42 from December 2019. With the U.S. Olympic Trials fast-approaching, this meet may have been Brown’s last tune-up before Trials. The final Pro Series stop of the year is set for Indy in May, however, and Brown may well be racing there.
Kelsi Dahlia raced the 100 free at the meet as well, posting a 55.96. Dahlia has been 53.87, which she swam back in 2017. Nicolas Albiero swam a personal best in the men’s 100 free, touching in 49.78 to take 0.11 seconds off his personal best. The swim brought Albiero within .04 seconds of the Olympic Trials Wave II cut (49.74). Zach Harting swam the 200 fly, where he finished in 1:58.72, which is his fastest time of 2021.