2020 BULLDOG INVITATIONAL
- February 29-March 1, 2020
- Athens, GA
- Short Course Yards
- Estimated NCAA Invite Times
- NCAA ‘A’ Cuts
Following the SEC Championships last week, Georgia hosted their 2020 Bulldog Invitational as a last chance meet to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
SEC Champion Courtney Harnish of Georgia put up a few best times. In the 200 back prelims, Harnish broke 1:54 for the first time in 1:53.68. In finals, she went after the first 100 and then cruised through the back half, while teammate Maddie Homovich won the final in a season-best 1:53.95. Homovich is now ranked 38th in the 200 back this season. Harnish also dropped a tenth in the 50 free. She clipped her best from midseason in the 100 fly, posting a 52.39 in prelims.
Hawaii’s Lucia Lassman had a big swim, knocking 4 tenths off her best to win the 100 fly final in 52.06. That moves her up to 25th in the nation and should safely qualify her for NCAAs. In the men’s 100 breast, Hawaii’s Olli Kokko swam a lifetime best 51.71 from the B final. He should be safely qualified for NCAAs, as he’s now the 9th fastest man in the NCAA this season.
Teammate Kane Follows matched his seed time with a 1:41.51 in the 200 back. That ranks him 26th with one major conference meet, the Pac-12 Championships, remaining. Moving ahead of him, however, was Auburn’s Lleyton Smith, now the #25 swimmer after dropping a second with his 1:41.49 in prelims.
OTHER IMPACT SWIMS
- Florida State’s Nina Kucheran broke 1:00 for the first time this season in the 100 breast. She posted a 59.93 to move up to 36th in the nation. She split a 27.20 on the 200 medley relay as FSU just missed the ‘A’ cut in 1:36.84.
- South Carolina’s Phil Costin matched his season-best 1:34.28 in the 200 free and remains ranked 40th.
- Alabama’s Kalia Antoniou moved up to #31 with her 22.11 in the 50 free. Teammate Colton Stogner dropped a lifetime best 19.57 in the men’s race, but that ranks him outside of the top 40.