Mabel Zavaros Wins Twice on Day 2 of 2022 Atlanta Classic

2022 Atlanta Classic

  • Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15, 2022
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • McAuley Aquatic Center
  • LCM (50 meters)
  • Start times: Prelims – 9 AM/Finals 6PM (ET)
  • Meet Central
  • Psych Sheets
  • Results under “Speedo Atlanta Classic” on MeetMobile

On the second night of the 2022 Atlanta Classic, finals of the 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast, and 400 free were raced.

Florida Gator Mabel Zavaros won both events of her double tonight. First, she won the 200 fly in 2:12.33, a little off her time from Canadian Trials in April but over a second ahead of runner-up Izzy Gati

She followed up with a win in the 400 free, clocking 4:15.30. Zavaros held a slim lead over Kentucky’s Beth McNeese, until McNeese flipped four tenths ahead of her at the 350. Zavaros closed in 30.29 compared to McNeese’s 31.00, surging ahead to out-touch her 4:15.30 to 4:15.61. That’s a season best time for Zavaros–she was 4:16.09 in prelims at Canadian Trials before adding time in the final. 

After winning the 200 free on Day 1 in a personal best 1:48.31, Venezuelan Olympian Alfonso Mestre won the 400 free with another personal best. Mestre swam 3:47.95, knocking 1.21 seconds off the best he set last May at the Indianapolis Pro Swim. He finished 7.15 seconds ahead of runner-up Joaquin Vargas. 

Alfonso’s older brother and fellow Olympian Alberto Mestre won the 50 free in 22.44, about half a second off his best 21.93. He won the race handily, .61 hundredths ahead of teammate Julian Smith

Olympians Rhyan White and Kira Toussaint went head to head in the 100 back. White led the whole way, splitting 28.90/31.40 to win in 1:00.36 ahead of Toussaint’s 1:00.98. At U.S World Trials, White was 58.59 to finish third behind Regan Smith and Claire Curzan. White qualified for Worlds in the 200 back while Toussaint, who represents the Netherlands, qualified in the 50 and 100, so they won’t have a rematch next month in Budapest. Toussaint recently returned from the Netherlands to train at her alma mater, Tennessee. This is her second meet since her return to the United States. 

Aidan Stoffle won the 100 back by over a second and a half, clocking a 55.00, only two hundredths off the best he set at World Trials. He had a strong sophomore season at Auburn–he was one of three scorers for the Tigers at men’s NCAAs, finishing 16th in the 100 back and swimming a best 45.36 in prelims. 

OTHER RACES

  • Florida freshman Mason Laur won the men’s 200 fly in 1:59.92, which is as close as he’s been to his 2019 best of 1:59.25. 
  • Kalia Antoniou won the 50 free in 25.34, just off the PB 25.25 she set a few weeks ago at the San Antonio Pro Series. Gators’ Ekaterina Nikonova and Talia Bates finished second and third, respectively. 
  • Gillian Davey won the 200 breast in 2:28.75. Zoie Hartmann finished second in 2:30.44. 
  • Lyubomir Epitropov swam 2:12.72 to win the men’s 200 breast, over three seconds ahead of second place finisher Kevin Vargas (2:15.97). 

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Tracy Kosinski
1 month ago

Been watching Zavaros for years and I’m so happy for her. She works so hard and deserved that payoff. I think we’ll see her on the CAN Olympic team in 24. I think it’s finally her time.

Also gotta give those US colleges some cred. She started flourishing upon moving to and swimming with Florida. In fact, a few of our swimmers have. Sometimes change is for the better.

Oldswimdad
Reply to  Tracy Kosinski
1 month ago

Mabel was flourishing long before Florida.

Oldswimdad
Reply to  Tracy Kosinski
1 month ago

Mabel was flourishing well before Florida.

swimdaag
1 month ago

The Auburn “War Eagle’s”😭

Hswimmer
Reply to  swimdaag
1 month ago

Right 🤣🤣😂😂

aquajosh
1 month ago

Alfonso Mestre’s 400 Free PB is a 3:47.1 from the Olympics. He was very close to making the final.

Coach Cwik
1 month ago

Where are the DOGS? I remember when Jack had his swimmers ready to race all day long. Swimmers have told me, since Harvey retired, the assistants aren’t doing the job and Jack can’t do everything.

Grunge Rally
Reply to  Coach Cwik
1 month ago

Is there any commenter on this site who more consistently has bad sources than you?

Jack is fighting cancer. He wasn’t at SECs. If anything, the assistants ARE doing the job.

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