Mallory Comerford Talks “Last” 500 Free (Video)


Reported by Robert Gibbs.


  1. Mallory Comerford (Louisville) – 4:34.63
  2. Paige Madden (Virginia) – 4:38.13
  3. Kathleen Moore (NC State) – 4:39.10

Mallory Comerford claimed in the post-race interview that she just did her last 500 ever, and if that’s the case, she went out in style, blasting a 4:34.63 to win by over three seconds, pick up a NCAA ‘A’ cut, and put up the fastest time in the country. That’s also a best time for Comerford, whose previous best of 4:35.79 came from the 2017 Winter Nationals.

If Comerford and Louisville head coach Arthur Albiero stick with the apparent decision that Comerford is done with this event, then Comerford almost certainly go after the 50 free, where she’s likely to at least make the A-final, while being able to save some more energy for the 200 free and 400 medley relays that same session.

UVA’s Paige Madden continues to whittle away at her personal best time, dropping almost a second from her prelim time to grab 2nd for the Cavaliers in 4:38.13.

NC State’s Kathleen Moore was the final woman to break 4:40, taking 3rd in 4:39.10. The Wolfpack also got 5th and 6th place finishes from Tamila Holub and Anna Jahns, meaning that they slipped a bit from the projected score based on prelims finishes, but not by much.

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3 years ago

That was the most genuine, humble swim interview I have ever seen in my whole life. Kudos to her.

3 years ago

She’s a genuinely fearless swimmer. Love that.

3 years ago

Ok, pretty soon we get this same story, only from Townley Haas…

Reply to  Andy
3 years ago

Doubt it

Bo Swims
Reply to  Markster
3 years ago

In his case he might do his last 500 this year but probably lots of 400s left LCM/SCM

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