Christian Ferraro Blasts Nation-Leading 1:40.33 200 Fly at GT Invite Prelims

2021 Georgia Tech Fall Invitational

  • November 18-20, 2021
  • McAuley Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live results on Meet Mobile: “2021 Georgia Tech Fall Invitational”

2021 NCAA CUT LINES

MEN EVENT (SCY) WOMEN
19.46 50 free 22.32
42.88 100 free 48.76
1:34.04 200 free 1:46.25
4:16.75 500 free 4:44.77
15:01.33 1650 free 16:25.47
46.29 100 fly 52.7
1:43.47 200 fly 1:57.42
46.37 100 back 53.01
1:41.81 200 back 1:55.05
52.4 100 breast 1:00.12
1:54.28 200 breast 2:10.37
1:44.15 200 IM 1:57.62
3:45.67 400 IM 4:13.19

The third and final day of competition is underway in Atlanta at the 2021 Georgia Tech Fall Invitational.

Georgia Tech senior Christian Ferraro had the top swim of the morning, going 1:40.33 to lead the men’s 200 fly field by five seconds. Ferraro split 22.21/25.48/25.58/27.06 en route to the top time in the nation this season and a new best time by .31. His prior PR was from the 2021 ACC Championships, where he placed third. Danny Kovac previously set the nation-leading mark at 1:40.78 Friday night at the Mizzou Invite.

Ferraro won the 100 fly earlier in this meet with a 45.61, just off his best time of 45.34. He was also right on his best in the 50 free, going 19.64 in prelims (and 19.85 in finals for eighth place).

Georgia senior Dakota Luther had a strong swim to lead the women’s 200 fly at 1:55.40. She split 26.28/29.32/29.50/30.30, bettering her prior season-best time of 1:56.65, which ranked No. 6 in the nation heading into invites. Luther’s best time is 1:52.04 from her SEC Championships-winning swim last season.

Of note, Florida senior Kieran Smith did not swim this morning, although he was entered in the 200 back and 100 free.

Other top prelims swims

  • Florida senior Rosie Zavaros was the No. 1 qualifier in the women’s 200 back at 1:55.24, splitting 27.42/29.24/29.24/29.34.
  • Auburn junior Lleyton Smith led the men’s 200 back with a 1:41.70 (23.37/25.72/26.12/26.34), just .05 off his best time.
  • Florida junior Talia Bates topped the field in the women’s 100 free, going 48.74 (23.30/25.34). She was the only woman under 49 seconds. Olympian Melanie Margalis exhibitioned the race, going 49.55.
  • UGA junior Dillon Downing led the way on the men’s side with a 42.19 (20.07/22.12), a best time.
  • Georgia junior Zoie Hartman was the top qualifier in the women’s 200 breast at 2:08.99, splitting 29.52/32.57/33.30/33.60.
  • Auburn senior Reid Mikuta had the No. 1 swim in the men’s 200 breast, going 1:56.13 (25.73/29.53/29.94/20.93)

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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