2019 SPEEDO GRAND CHALLENGE
- Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26, 2019
- William Woollett Jr Aquatics Center – Irvine, CA
- Psych Sheets
- Live Results
- Meet Preview
- Friday Prelims Recap
- Friday Finals Recap
- Saturday Prelims Recap
During Saturday’s finals at the NOVA Grand Challenge, Cal’s Katie McLaughlin dominated an NCAA-star studded 200 free super-final. McLaughlin won the super-final with a 1:57.62, ranking her in the top 25 times in the world this year.
Last month, McLaughlin swam two 2:02s at the SUN Devil Spring Open in this event. Her current personal best stands at 1:56.88 from the 2018 Pan Pacs, which qualified her for the B-final. McLaughlin then won the B-final with a 1:57.34, which is three-tenths faster than her swim from this evening.
In the same event, 15-year-old Israeli Anastasia Gorbenko won the consolation final with a monster personal best of 2:00.83, dropping 4 seconds off her seed time. Gorbenko is now the 16th-fastest 18&U swimmer in the world this year.
Other Meet Highlights:
- Michael Chadwick remained on top in the men’s 50 free, winning with a 22.48 and falling in the top 50 American performances this year.
- Cal’s Sean Grieshop won the 400 IM super-final with a 4:22.38, the 11th-fastest time swam by an American this year.
- 15-year-old Katie Crom swam another PB in the 400 IM to win the super-final in a 4:50.00. Her time from Saturday evening just cracked the all-time top 100 times in the 15-16 age group.
- Andrew Seliskar threw down his second 53.0 in the 100 fly, just adding 1/100 off his morning prelims time of 53.00.
- USC Trojan Louise Hansson won the women’s 100 fly with a time of 58.20, nearly a second off her #5 ranked-time in the world from Canadian Trials (57.35). Katie McLaughlin clocked in at a 58.46, also a second off her PB of 57.51 from the 2018 US Nationals that earned her a spot on the Pan Pacs team. Kendyl Stewart also clocked in the 58-second range with a 58.73.
- Winning the women’s 200 back by 5 seconds was Team Elite’s Dasha Ustinova with a 2:10.40, just one-tenth off her Russian Nationals time that ranks in the top 25 times in the world this year.
- Just off his season best was Cal alum Ryan Murphy, clocking in at 1:56.67 to win the men’s 200 back super-final. His time was 6 seconds faster from this morning and just half a second off his season best of 1:56.16 from Knoxville, which is the 7th-fastest time in the world this year.
- In a tight 400 free super-final, Jordan Wilimovsky dropped a 3:53.68 to win by less than a second. Denis Loktev took second with a 3:54.50 while Nick Norman (3:54.96) touched out Trenton Julian (3:54.97) for third.