FLORIDA SWIMMING OT QUALIFIER
- Saturday, February 15 – Monday, February 17
- Orlando, FL
- Long Course Meters
- 2020 Olympic Trials Cuts
- Live Results (meet mobile, search “Orlando”)
The 2020 Florida OT Qualifier concluded on Monday night as Caeleb Dressel picked up a win in the 100 free. Dressel, the American Record holder and 2-time World Champion, swam a 48.63 to dominate the race. That’s his 5th fastest in-season swim ever, and the fastest he’s ever been at this point in a season. Dressel also swam the 200 IM prelims, cruising to a 2:05.63, but scratched out of the final. Fellow Gator postgrad Ryan Lochte went on to win that race. Lochte finished in 2:00.05, about a second off his season best 1:58.89 from the U.S. Open in December.
Sarasota’s 14-year-old Gracie Weyant went another best time to win the women’s 200 IM. Weyant swam a best by over half a second in 2:18.71, but is still a little over a second away from the Trials cut (2:17.39). Older sister Emma Weyant swam in the 200 back final tonight, placing 4th in 2:16.85. That event was won by Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Kylie Masse in 2:09.01.
Sarasota Tsunami’s Arik Katz, who placed 5th in the mile at 2019 World Juniors, won the 1500 free in 15:38.87. That’s his fastest in-season swim by a second. Gator postgrad Mitch D’Arrigo finished 2nd in 15:43.68. Gator Swim Club teammate True Sweetser, the 2019 Pan Ams Champion in this event, was 4th in 15:58.03.
Additional Event Winners
- Blue Dolphins’ Micayla Cronk won the 100 free in 56.00. Cronk has already been under the Trials cut in the event with her best (55.48) from last summer.
- 15-year-old Amadeusz Knop took a tenth off his time in the 200 back as he won in 2:05.29.
- Sarasota’s 15-year-old Michaela Mattes was just 3 tenths shy of a best with her 8:48.43 in the 800 free.