Austrian Teen Martin Espernberger Swims Best Time in 200 Fly in Atlanta


  • Friday, March 5th – Sunday, March 7th, 2021
  • Jason Turcotte LC Competition Pool, Chamblee, GA
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters)
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “Dynamo Long Course Elite Meet”

16-year old Bolles swimmer Martin Espernberger won the 200 fly in a new lifetime best to lead a parade of fast times on Saturday at the Dynamo Long Course Elite Meet in Chamblee, Georgia.

The event has attracted big teams from around the southeastern United States, including the Nashville Aquatic Club, Bolles School, the Bluefish club in New England, and the powerful women’s post-grad group from the University of Tennessee.

That includes both Americans and internationals, like Espernberger.

The 17-year old Espernberger is a member of the Austrian Youth National Team and is an Austrian Youth Record holder, though he trains in Florida at the Bolles School.

In Saturday’s 200 fly, he swam 2:00.85 to win in the final, which knocks two-tenths of a second off his previous best time from last July.

He’s committed to join the Tennessee Volunteers collegiate program in the fall of 2022.

18-year old Nashville Aquatic Club star Gretchen Walsh, a University of Virginia commit, followed her best time of 57.4 in the 100 fly from Saturday with a 24.85 50 free on Saturday.

That’s not quite a lifetime best for her, but she did beat out fellow Olympic contender and Tennessee post-grad Erika Brown (25.29) for the second time this weekend, which should be a good confidence boost for the teenager.

LSU sophomore Katarina Milutinovich finished 3rd in 25.83. That’s her first career time under 26 seconds after being stuck at 26.0 for almost 4 years. That makes her the fastest Russian this year in the early-going, though most of the country’s top sprinters (like Maria Kameneva and Arina Surkova) haven’t raced yet in 2021.

Other Saturday Winners:

  • Summer Smith of Bluefish won the women’s 200 fly in 2:14.43, beating-out Avery Bargeron of the host team by half-a-second. Smith is already qualified for the Olympic Trials with a 2:13.0 that she swam back in 2019. For Bargeron, her runner-up time of 2:14.99 is a new lifetime best by more than a second-and-a-half, though she’ll need to get down to 2:14.59 to qualify for Wave I of the US Olympic Trials in the event.
  • Nicholas Goudie won the men’s 50 free in 23.51 after a 23.38 in prelims. He has a lifetime best of 23.28. Goudie is supposed to be racing his sophomore season at Emory this year, but Emory canceled its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Pro swimmer and three-time short course World Champion Ali DeLoof won the women’s 100 backstroke in 1:00.83. That’s her best time in long course since the Des Moines Pro Swim Series meet almost exactly a year ago that led into quarantines at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. 19-year old Addie Rose Bullock finished 2nd in 1:01.95, which inched her closer to the Wave 2 Trials Cut of 1:01.49.

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