Marquardt and Miller Win Distance Finals on Night 1 of 2019 Charlotte Ultra


  • June 13th-16th, 2019
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • LCM (50m) pool
  • Psych Sheet
  • Meet Website
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2019 Charlotte Ultra”

The first day of the 2019 Charlotte Ultra Meet (formerly the Charlotte Ultra Swim) showcased the preliminaries of all four 50s, as well as timed finals of the women’s 800 and the men’s 1500 meter freestyles. Though every race except for the 800 and 1500 freestyles will operate as standard prelims and finals (with ‘B’ and ‘C’ finals offered), the 50 freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly will feature prelims, semifinal (top 16), and final (top 8) heats, racing during Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening sessions, respectively.

In one of only two finals in Thursday’s session, the women’s 800 freestyle was won by 17-year-old Ellie Marquardt in 8:52.98, blowing away her 2017 best time of 9:13.45. The University of Virginia’s Emma Seiberlich took 2nd in 8:55.20, making them the only women to go under 9:00. For Seiberlich, who had not raced the 800 freestyle since 2013, tonight’s performance came as a 58-second improvement.

The men’s 1500, meanwhile, was won by Kevin Miller of the Athens Bulldogs Swim Club in 15:32.38, less than four seconds shy of his best time from 2018 U.S. Nationals. Wolfpack Elite’s Eric Knowles took silver in 15:44.08, while YMCA National Champion and NC State commit Ross Dant took 3rd in 15:48.03.

To kick off the 50s, NC State rising sophomore Kylee Alons took the top seed in the prelims of the 50 fly in 27.15, narrowly out-touching 17-year-old University of Virginia commit Kate Douglass, who touched 2nd in 27.26. For Alons, this comes as a lifetime best by 14/100ths, while Douglass missed her PR by about 3-tenths. A short 19 minutes later, Alons took the top seed going into the semifinals of the 50 backstroke in 28.45, getting the better of teammate and NCAA and U.S. Nationals finalist Elise Haan, who touched in 28.74. Both Alons and Haan were well off their lifetime bests in the non-Olympic sprint, but still qualified into the top-16 easily as the only women sub-29 seconds.

U.S. National Teamer Jack Conger took the top seed for tomorrow’s semifinals in the men’s 50 fly in 24.20, getting the better of Nathan Lile, who finished in 24.60. NCAA runner-up in the 100 yard butterfly Coleman Stewart was 3rd tonight in 24.73, which is slightly faster than the 24.88 he recorded at the Bloomington stop of the 2019 PSS. Conger finished with another top-seed performance in the 50 freestyle, where he hit the wall in 22.95, way ahead of Skyler Cook-Weeks who finished 2nd in the heats in 23.52, and Lile who came 3rd in 23.54.

Stewart later established himself as the top seed in the 50 backstroke, 20 minutes after the 50 fly. Stewart blasted a 25.67 in the 50 back and distinguished himself as the only man sub-26 seconds. Wolfpack Elite teammate Paul Le came 2nd in 26.08.

Jacalyn Schoening took the women’s 50 breaststroke preliminary in 32.38, just out-touching 17-year-old Abigail Arens (32.44), who in turn barely out-touched Rachel Bernhardt (32.48). The men’s 50 breaststroke is currently led by Nic Eriksson, who recorded a 28.71, just ahead of Keefer Barnum‘s 28.82.

16-year-old Maxine Parker leads the pack into the semifinals of the women’s 50 freestyle with a 25.41, while NC State’s Ky-lee Perry and U.S. National Teamer Madison Kennedy sit 2nd and 3rd with times of 25.43 and 25.57, respectively.

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About Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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