ASU LCM Intrasquad: 13 New Trials Cuts, Julian Hill Blasts 1:47.58 200 Free

2021 SUN April Meet

Arizona State hosted an intrasquad meet this past weekend in Tempe, running a prelims/finals LCM format. The meet was ASU’s first prelims/finals LCM meet since 2019 U.S. Nationals, and was used as an opportunity to achieve new Olympic Trials cuts. To that end, the meet was a success, with 13 new Trials cuts resulting from it. ASU coaching staff informed SwimSwam that all swimmers were suited up for the meet, some fully tapered, and others raced on a drop taper, or just took the day before the meet off to rest.

Leading the way for the Sun Devils squad was Julian Hill, who eviscerated his previous best time in the 200 free. Hill swam a 1:47.58, blowing away his previous best of 1:49.29, which he swam in the summer of 2018. The swim came in well under the Wave II cut of 1:49.65, and lands Hill as the 3rd fastest American in the event so far in 2021. The only U.S. swimmers to have bettered that mark this year are Andrew Seliskar (1:47.01) and Kieran Smith (1:47.36).

Hill wasn’t done there, however, as he went on to pick up another Wave II cut in the 400 free, roaring to a new lifetime best of 3:52.92. He already had the Wave I cut with his previous best of 3:54.52, which he swam at the 2019 U.S. Nationals meet. Hill got out after the race early, splitting 1:53.52 on the first 200, which is on pace for a 3:47.04. He also picked up a Wave I cut in the 100 free, where he established a new personal best with a 50.26.

Jack Dolan picked up 3 new Trials cuts as well on the weekend, hitting the Wave II cuts in the 200 free, 100 back, and 200 back. Dolan was fully on form at the meet, completely rewriting his personal record book in the events he swam. He started out with the 200 free, where he clocked a 1:49.59 in prelims. The swim undercut his previous best of 1:49.74, which notably he had just swum two weeks prior. Importantly, that 0.15-second improvement took Dolan under the Wave II cut of 1:49.65.

Then, during day 2 prelims, Dolan roared to a 54.84 in the 100 back, downing his previous best of 55.94, which had stood since the summer of 2017. With the swim, Dolan blew right by the Wave I cut, and landed well inside the Wave II standard of 55.51. Similarly, Dolan went on to swim a 2:00.41 200 back in finals, shattering another personal best that was from 2017. The swim was just under the Wave II cut of 2:00.81. Dolan now has 4 Trials cuts, as he also hit the Wave I cut in the 100 free back in 2019.

Here is the full list of new Trials qualifications posted by ASU last weekend:

Wave II

Wave I

Grant House posted fast times in his races, although he didn’t hit any personal bests. House finished 2nd in the men’s 200 free, clocking a 1:48.83. House has been as fast as 1:46.95 in the event, which he produced at the 2018 U.S. Nationals meet. He also swam the 100 free, where he was the fastest swimmer in the field, turning in a time of 49.69. The swim wasn’t far off his lifetime best of 49.47, which he swam in November of 2020. House raced the 50 free as well, touching in 23.04. He has a personal best of 22.75 from December of 2020.

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Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
2 months ago

Pov: You came to the comments expecting Bob Bowman hate

daeleb cressel
2 months ago

I love seeing the new verbs that swimswam uses to describe people swimming. “Eviscerated” in this article was a good one. Props to Julian Hill, great swim.

wow
2 months ago

Why taper in April?

ReneDescartes
Reply to  wow
2 months ago

To get cuts.

wow
Reply to  ReneDescartes
2 months ago

People who already HAD cuts

Xman
Reply to  wow
2 months ago

Wave 2 cuts?

Samuli Hirsi
Reply to  ReneDescartes
2 months ago

you know, swim fast, these days swimmers swim fast always, not just after some magical period

ReneDescartes
Reply to  Samuli Hirsi
2 months ago

Oh really?