Natalie Hinds Feels Calm as She Drops PR’s in Atlanta Leading into Trials

2021 ATLANTA CLASSIC

Reported by Nick Pecoraro.

WOMEN’S 100 FREE – FINALS

  • Meet Record: 54.11 – Simone Manuel (2016)
  • Wave II cut: 55.56
  • Wave I cut: 56.29

Top 3:

  1. Natalie Hinds (Athens Bulldog), 54.29
  2. Olivia Smoliga (Athens Bulldog), 54.36
  3. Anika Apostalon (USC), 54.84

Tying her US No. 7 season best of 54.29 to touch out Athens training-mate Olivia Smoliga (54.36) by 0.07s was Natalie Hinds, wrapping up a valiant meet with a 100 fly win and 50 free runner-up finish. Smoliga’s season best moved her up to No. 10 in the US rankings this season. USC’s Anika Apostalon placed third with a sub-55 effort of 54.84.

Places 4th-7th all finished within five one-hundredths of each other, led by 18-year-old Gretchen Walsh at 55.09. Filing in separated by 0.01s each were Alabama’s Cora Dupre (55.12), Luxembourg’s Julie Meynen (55.13), and Athens’ Maxine Parker (55.14).

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Taa
30 days ago

Courageous effort to come back like she did. Number 7 is still not good enough. Her Mack Smoliga G Walsh maybe Schmidt battling for that last spot

Sugar
Reply to  Taa
30 days ago

This extra year has helped her a lot. It has hurt the chances of a lot of older swimmers but has definitely given her a way better chance then she would’ve had last year.

Coach Mike 1952
30 days ago

Very nice to spotlight some of the “lesser known” (in terms of regular media coverage) swimmers. Thanks SwimSwam & go get em Natalie!

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