Friesen Drops 2:07 200 BR, 8 Potential NCAA Qualifiers at Tennessee Last Chance

2020 TENNESSEE LAST CHANCE MEET

Following the SEC Championships last week, Tennessee hosted their 2020 Last Chance Meet for swimmers on the bubble to try to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Vols’ Nikol Popov did just that with her swim in the 200 breast.

Putting up the fastest breaststroke times of the meet, however, was Louisville’s Morgan Friesen. In prelims of the 100 breast, Friesen dropped a 59.62 to move up to 25th in the NCAA. She then swam a 2:07.24 in a 200 breast time trial, which is arguably even more impressive, as it ranks #8 in the NCAA this season. Teammate Kaylee Wheeler raced to a 59.04 in the 100 breast final ahead of Popov (1:00.04). Wheeler is now #12 in that event.

It was a strong day for breaststrokers, as Tennessee’s Brett Champlin swam to #24 in the 200 breast. Champlin clocked in with a lifetime best 1:54.03. Kentucky’s Wyatt Amdor threw down a personal best 52.32 in the 100 breast to move to 22nd in the nation.

ADDITIONAL IMPACT SWIMS

  • Louisville’s Lainey Visscher swam a 22.21 in a time trial of the 50 free, taking 7 hundredths from her season best in the individual event. Then, in a 100 free time trial, she put up a 22.15 on the front half of the 100 free time trial. She’s now ranked #35.
  • Kentucky’s Connor Blandford lowered his best to a 3:42.73 in the 400 IM. He should be safely qualified for NCAAs as he’s now ranked #15.
  • Louisville freshman Maddie Luther swam a 16:13.80 in the mile. She’s now 34th in the nation.

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VFL
7 months ago

Glad Popov will be in NCAAs! She’s been off her times this year, but if she’s on she’s a game-changer for our medley relays.

Ghost
Reply to  VFL
7 months ago

Will they use her?

VFL
Reply to  Ghost
7 months ago

I guess TBD…I think she’ll be on the 200 medley no matter what. They used Yaeger on the 400 medley at SECs. Pintar also an option. Hell Small is also probably an option.

Frenchkizzer
Reply to  VFL
7 months ago

Why is she off this year?

Duke Deuce
7 months ago

3:42.7 in a 4IM all alone? This dude Connor Blandford is the real deal.

Ghost
Reply to  Duke Deuce
7 months ago

You mean like 4:06/500 all alone? Swimming by yourself doesn’t mean it won’t be your best! So at NCAAs he will go 3:39 with all that competition?

JC Wilde
7 months ago

What about all the swimmers whose conference falls too late to have an extra week to attend a last chance meet? Unfair. There needs to be equity in the NCAA like in the Olympics and trials. The NCAA system is skewed towards early conference teams/swimmers. With all the calculations that Swim Swam does, it should look at the number of last chance qualifiers who make times the week after their conference vs those who make cuts the last day of their conference meet. From the comments lately, the cuts are coming in mostly from the kids who have a week in between conference meets and their last chance meets.

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