Melanie Margalis Clocks 1:57.4 200 Free at Bulldog Grand Slam Day 1


  • July 6th-8th, 2018
  • Gabrielsen Natatorium, Athens, Georgia
  • Psych Sheet
  • Meet Site
  • Results on Meet Mobile “2018 Bulldog Grand Slam”

Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg Aquatics blasted a 1:57.49 to win the 200 free, which notched a season-best by about a half-second. She was nearly three seconds ahead of Athens Bulldogs’ Veronica Burchill (2:00.21), who added a little after going under 2:00 this morning.

Javier Acevedo, representing Ajax Aquatic Club, posted the win in the men’s 200 free with the only sub-1:50 performance of the night – 1:49.55. Tennessee Aquatics’ Walker Higgins was under 1:50 this morning, but was 1:50.30 tonight for third. Sandwiched between the two was 16-year-old Jake Magahey of SwimAtlanta at 1:50.14, about a half second off of his LTB from May.

Molly Hannis, racing unattached, held off Michah Sumrall (formerly Lawrence) of Chattahoochee Gold in the 100 breast, 1:07.29 to 1:07.54. For Hannis, that’s over a second off of her 2018 best and PR, a 1:06.09 from March’s Atlanta PSS stop. Sumrall, on the other hand, was just .03 off of her season best from the same meet. Gamecock Aquatics’ Rachel Bernhardt took 3rd in 1:10.08 over Nashville Aquatic Club’s Alex Walsh (1:10.11).


  • Athens Bulldogs got another win on the board in the men’s 100 breast, thanks to Nic Fink. That was a bit off of his 1:00.61 season best. Pointe-Claire Swim Club’s James Guest slotted into 2nd place with a 1:02.36.
  • Santiago Grassi of Auburn took .16 off of his morning swim to win the 100 fly at 52.18. That was just .09 off of his Argentine record in the event. He held off Ryan Coetzee, unattached, who was 52.43, while Dynamo’s Gunnar Bentz was 3rd in 53.21.
  • Three women broke 1:00 in the 100 fly, with Hali Flickinger leading the way in 58.84. Burchill claimed 2nd in 59.01, while DART’s Hallie Kinsey, an incoming freshman at South Carolina, took 3rd in 59.81. That’s Kinsey’s first time under 1:00, bettering her 1:00.08 from the 2017 NCSA Summer Champs.
  • Nashville Aquatic Club 16-year old Ella Nelson crushed her lifetime best in the 400 IM by almost 5 seconds on Friday, swimming 4:46.12 to win. That included a 1:20 split on the breaststroke, which didn’t dampen her energy much for a 1:04.0 freestyle closing split. Nelson’s 400 yard IM only dropped by 2 seconds last season, so this improvement is disproportionately big compared to that drop.

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Welcome to the relay!


She could get second honestly. It’ll be a fight for second like always!


I wouldn’t count out Allison.


Its gonna be a serious battle between Smith ,Marsalis and Schmitty for second this month


I didn’t count her out just stated it will be close!


She was already on that relay in the past – she is just getting much better which bodes well for Team Usa this summer , Next summer and for Tokyo in 2 years .


She hasn’t had too many “not good” swims in the last 4 years so not really a surprising result today.


Leah goes 1:57.6 in prelims after going 4:40 IM. Still think it is Margalis’ to lose? Schmitt goes 1:58 mid and Deloof goes 1:58 also. Nationals will be the deciding factor…who is most tapered now and who has another gear?!?


even if margalis doesn’t get second, she’ll still be able to swim it at pan pacs probably

brooks merkle

the 4im results are up on meet mobile

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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