2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
- Wave I Dates: June 4-7, 2021
- Wave II Dates: June 13-20, 2021
- Prelims: 10am CDT | Finals: 7pm CDT
- Where: CHI Health Center / Omaha, Nebraska
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The top two finishers in the men’s 200 breast semifinals tonight have more in common than we thought. 18-year-old Matt Fallon of Greater Somerset Valley YMCA and Athens Bulldog Nic Fink both went to the Pingry School in Somerset County, New Jersey.
Fallon just finished his senior year there while Fink graduated in 2011 and went on to compete for the University of Georgia.
Fallon broke the 17-18 National Age Group Record tonight with a time of 2:08.91, wrecking his previous lifetime best from Wednesday morning’s prelims race: 2:10.13. That prelims time ranked him #2 out of the all-time fastest 17-18 year-olds in the event behind Alto Swim Club’s Daniel Roy who went a 2:09.73 in 2018.
|Roy’s Splits||Fallon’s Splits|
Fallon’s 150 split would place him in 10th overall in the semifinals, but he came home with a blistering 32.58 last 50 split that brought him the win. For context, Fink split 33.67 on his last 50 meters tonight and he had the second fastest final 50 split.
Fallon’s semifinals swim also makes him the #9 all-time fastest U.S. performer in the event, bumping 2016 Olympian Cody Miller to #10:
Top Ten All-Time U.S. Performers in the Men’s 200 Breast LCM:
- Josh Prenot – 2:07.17 (2016)
- Kevin Cordes – 2:07.41 (2017)
- Eric Shanteau – 2:07.42 (2009)
- Will Licon – 2:07.62 (2019)
- Andrew Wilson – 2:07.77 (2019)
- Nic Fink – 2:08.16 (2019)
- Brendan Hansen – 2:08.50 (2006)
- Daniel Roy – 2:08.89 (2020)
- Matt Fallon – 2:08.91 (2021)
- Cody Miller – 2:08.98 (2019)
This is another aspect of life that Fallon and Fink share in common, as Fink is ranked 6th on that same list.
A lot of the names on the list of the top all-time fastest 17-18-year-olds in the 200 breast should look familiar. Out of just the top 10, 7 of them competed in tonight’s semifinal.
Fallon won, Roy finished 6th, Mason Manta Rays’ Jake Foster finished 7th, Virginia Tech’s AJ Pouch placed 8th, Cal’s Reece Whitley of Penn Charter Aquatic Club took 10th place Michigan’s, AJ Bornstein took 13th, and 2016 Olympian Cody Miller placed 14th:
Note that this list is not updated with Fallon’s NAG (2:08.91).