Josh Prenot Breaks Meet Record In 200 IM On Day 3 In Atlanta


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2016 Olympic silver medalist Josh Prenot continued his strong showing at the Atlanta Classic this morning, breaking the meet record in the 200 IM. Prenot clocked a time of 1:58.94, breaking his own meet record from last year of 1:59.51. He was just 0.01 off his season best time set at the Arena Pro Series stop in Indianapolis, a time that has him 12th in the world rankings and 2nd among Americans.

We’ll have to wait and see what Prenot does tonight, as yesterday’s 200 breast saw him go all-out in the morning and then dial it back in finals, focusing on the last 50. He doesn’t have quite as much leeway as he did in the 200 breast, with 400 IM winner Sam McHugh qualifying 2nd overall at 2:02.65 and 2016 European champion Andreas Vazaios sitting 3rd in 2:04.73.

Another guy who continued to swim well in Atlanta was Justin Ress, who was the lone man under 50 this morning in the 100 free at 49.67. Ryan Held qualified 2nd overall at 50.26, and Caeleb Dressel was 4th in 50.44. Dressel was also entered in the 200 IM but was a no-show.

The other men’s event of the morning saw Hennessey Stuart and Corey Main come within less than a tenth of each other in the 200 back. Stuart qualified 1st in 2:01.91, followed by Main in 2:01.99.

In the women’s 200 back both Bridgette Alexander and Asia Seidt took a run at Elizabeth Beisel‘s meet record of 2:12.10, qualifying 1st and 2nd in 2:12.73 and 2:12.79 respectively. Alexander also competed in the 200 IM, moving onto finals in 5th with Alex Walsh leading the pack at 2:17.40.

Amanda Weir holds over a second and a half advantage over the women’s 100 free field after prelims, coming in for a time of 55.24. Lotta Nevalainen (56.75) and Ky-Lee Perry (56.80), both of the Wolfpack, qualified 2nd and 3rd.

After attending his high school graduation yesterday, Michael Andrew was back in the water this morning, qualifying 8th into the 200 IM final.

Results for the early heats of the women’s 800 and men’s 1500 have yet to be updated. The fastest heat of each will be swum with finals.


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Chase Kalisz’s 1:57.21 would be the pool record from last week. So no pool record for Prenot


My picks for this summer
50 free: Manuel,Kennedy
100 free: Manuel,Weir
200 free: Ledecky, Manuel
400 free: Ledecky, Smith
800 free: Ledecky, Smith
50 Back: Baker
100 Back: Baker, Smoliga or Deloof
200 Back: Baker, Merrell
50 Breast: King
100 Breast: King, Meili
200 Breast: Meili, King
50 Fly: Worrell
100 Fly: Worrell, Kendall or Moffitt
200 Fly: Flickinger, Bayer
200 IM: Margalis, Forde
400 IM: Galat, Forde if Ledecky swims for some reason she’ll win.

E Gamble

What about Madison Cox and Ella Eastin in the 200 and 400 IM? Did you just forget?


sorry I did lol. Cox behind Margalis in 200. Not changing 400

E Gamble

I don’t think Manuel will be swimming an individual 200 free. She swims it for better endurance in her 100 free and for a 4 × 200 free relay spot.


She will be in for the 200 free individually. Did you see her splits from Atlanta series in the 200?

E Gamble

Simone Manuel is not swimming 2 to 3 200 freestyles at Worlds prior to her swimming (3) 100 and (3) 50 frees. That’s just not gonna happen. Yes …I did see her splits in Atlanta. 1:59.44 out in a 58.43.


The 1:57 in finals??? Look at those splits. Then talk.

E Gamble

Simone Manuel already has at least 10 scheduled swims. She is not adding 3 more swims to that.


Hennessy Stuart is the coolest name in swimming ever

Ice Age Swimmer

I kinda like Remedy Rule. (Don’t know if I spelled that right.) And for the guys, there’s Steel Johnson! (I kid you not!)


I think everyone knows Steele Johnson, he got silver in Rio. But he isn’t a swimmer

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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