Thanks to Marshall Goldman for contributing to this report.
Mark Gangloff has apparently not decided to hang up his goggles for good; he’s swimming through at least the Southeastern Swimming LSC Senior Champs meet in Knoxville this week, where he put up a 59.76 to win the men’s 100 breaststroke.
That swim is as fast as he’s ever been in a textile suit, and ranks him 6th in the World this year. More significantly, it’s the number-two time by an American (behind Brendan Hansen’s 59.6), and would have put him on the Olympic Team if swum in finals in Omaha. Gangloff was only 5th at Trials in 59.76.
This is not a totally unusual phenomenon, especially in races that were very close like the 100 breaststroke. At the U.S. Open, we will likely see multiple swims that are faster than times that made the team. Likely candidates include Georgia’s Megan Romano, who didn’t have her best swims in finals and still has the lure of a World University Games team to look at; and T2’s Liz Pelton in the 200 IM or 200 back. Chad la Tourette could conceivably pull this off in the men’s 1500 free as well.
Josh Schneider has potential to get there in the 50; Kevin Cordes seems to break his personal best every time he gets in the water lately, so him also besting Eric Shanteau’s 1:00.15 isn’t inconceivable either.
Other big swims from Friday night in Knoxville include a 2:02.97 from Mobile’s Paige Madden to win the 13-14 girls’ 100 free. At only 13 years old, that’s one of the best times we’ve ever seen for her age. She moves into the top-25 all-time in the 13-14 age group, and still has another year-plus to improve upon that ranking.
Full, Live Meet Results are available here.
Results from the 100 breast at the Olympic Trials available here.