Linnea Mack Swims Her 2nd Sub-54 Second 100 Meter Free at SMOC: 53.91


  • June 24-27,2021
  • Marguerite Aquatic Center, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Long Course Meters (50 Meters)
  • Results on MM: “2021 CA Dolfin Fran Crippen SMOC PRO”

Team Elite’s Linnea Mack competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials last week in the 100 free. Her fastest time was 54.03, which she swam in the semifinals to make the final. But in the end, Mack placed 8th and missed making the Olympic team.

Mack broke 54.00 twice today at the Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo. In prelims, she posted a 53.85 and in finals, she repeated the feat with a time of 53.91. Both times would have put her in the top six of the Olympic Trials final last week, which would have meant a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Mack’s lifetime best time is still 53.78 from the Pro Swim Series in May.

Irvine Novaquatics’ Ella Ristic also had a strong 100 free swim tonight, posting a 55.82 to snag 2nd place behind Mack and beat her lifetime best time from 2019 by .34.  Gator Swim Club’s Anicka Delgado took 3rd place (55.86), shaving .05 off her lifetime best from March.

14-year-old Teagan O’Dell 56.99 for 4th place. This time ranks her #48 out of the all-time fastest 13-14 year-olds in the event, tied with Texas’ Nora McCullagh. O’Dell’s previous best time, 57.20 from May, ranked her #65. Now, she has surpassed three current members of the Olympic team: Abbey Weitzel,  Erika Brown, and Paige Madden. Now, O’Dell is ranked just above Madden.

Two-time Olympian Vladimir Morozov of Trojan Aquatics clocked a 49.22 to win the men’s event, with a half second lead over Team Elite’s Dylan Carter. Morozov’s best time is the 47.62 he posted at the 2013 World University Games, though Carter got closer to his best time of 48.52 from 2019 World Championships than he did in prelims.

Trojan Aquatics’ Isabelle Odgers swam the fastest time in the women’s 200 breast final, taking 1st place with a time of 2:30.06, about 2.5 seconds off her lifetime best time from May. The second place finisher was 14-year-old Kaitlyn Nguyen from Irvine Novaquatics (2:36.32) who dropped about half a second from her one-month-old best time.

On the men’s side, Team Elite’s Miguel Chavez won the 200 breast final with a time of 2:13.51, within a second of his best time from May. Aggie Swim Club’s Mauro Castillo Luna took 2nd (2:15.27), about 3 seconds off his best time.

Ristic came back to win the women’s 400 free with a time of 4:18.08, coming within one second of  her lifetime best time from MAy. Her 16-year-old  teammate Sophia Ribeiro took 2nd place (4:20.68) by crushing her best time from May by nearly 3 seconds.

Kushagra Rawat of the Swimming Federation of India took the win in the men’s 400 free final (3:54.22) to beat his prelims time  (and his lifetime best from May) by about three seconds. Palmira166-Mexico’s Ricardo Vargas Jacobo  out touched Florida’s Advait Page by half a second to snag 2nd place (3:57.51), about 6 seconds off his lifetime best from 2016 but 2 seconds faster than his prelims time.

It was stroke sprint night as well, featuring both the semifinals and finals of the 50 back during the same session. In the end, Katsiaryna Afanasyeva took victory for the women (29.63), .25 ahead of 15-year-old Amy Zhang from Rancho San Dieguito. Cal’s Andy Xianyang Song won the men’s final (25.85) ahead of second place finisher Tomas Peribonio from Gator Swim Club.

To end the session, Irvine Novaquatics swept both the men and women’s 400 free relays. On the women’s side, the relay team of O’Dell (56.72), Lindsay Ervin (58.36), Maggie Schalow (57.60), and Ribeiro (58.15) touched the wall 1st with a time of 3:50.83.

The men’s relay of Christopher Mykkanen (51.66), Jesse Novak (50.66), Mitchell Scott (51.40), and Brian Lou (51.07) won with a time of 3:24.79.

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1 year ago

I always peak a week after my big taper meet too. Does anyone know what might be the case

Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 year ago

probably started your taper too late?

Samuli Hirsi
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 year ago

either you have less capability to handle big stage and you perform better with less pressure or sometimes life is just like that, everything just clicks to together in the “wrong” meet.

Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

Thanks for the article. Do you mean to say “Mack broke 54.00 twice today at the Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo. In prelims, she posted a 53.85 and in finals, she repeated the feat with a time of 53.91. Both times would have put her in the top six of the Olympic (?) final.” Please clarify, thank you.

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

Mike do you have dementia?

1 year ago

The real surprise was that 24.4 she did in the 50 final at Trials.

1 year ago

Smoc stands for Siobhan Marie o Connor and nothing else

Reply to  Anonymoose
1 year ago

That’s honestly how I read it and I’m not going to accept that it’s wrong

1 year ago

Yeah, she went to the high pressure of the US trials to prepare for the high pressure SMOC meet.

1 year ago

Peaking for the meets that matter 👍

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