Reported by Lauren Neidigh.
WOMEN’S 50 FREE:
WINNER: MALLORY COMERFORD, 25.10
- Round 1 (Quarterfinal): Mallory Comerford and Margo Geer were both sub-25 right out of the gate tonight, with Comerford touching slightly ahead 24.94 to 24.96. Also moving on were Madison Kennedy (25.07) and Kelsi Dahlia(25.24), winner of the 50 fly shootouts. Olympic sprinter Lia Neal was just out of the top 4 in 25.36 for 5th.
- Round 2 (Semifinal): Comerford was the fastest through again in 25.00, while Neal hit the wall in 25.42. Neal narrowly out-touched Geer, the Austin 50 free shootout champ, and Dahlia, who tied for 3rd in 25.48.
- Round 3 (Final): Comerford got the job done in the final round, touching in 25.10 ahead of Neal’s 25.59. Comerford’s fastest swim of the rounds, her 24.94 from the quarterfinal, was just 6 hundredths shy of her best time. That’s a solid swim coming off a break after NCAAs last month.