Natalie Hinds:” I’ve just really been trying to focus on myself”

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Reported by James Sutherland.

WOMEN’S 100 FREE SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 51.71 (2017)
  • American Record: Simone Manuel – 52.04 (2019)
  • US Open Record: Simone Manuel (USA) – 52.54 (2018)
  • World Junior Record: Penny Oleksiak (CAN) – 52.70 (2016)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Simone Manuel (USA) / Penny Oleksiak (CAN) – 52.70
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Abbey Weitzeil – 53.28
  • Wave I Cut: 56.29
  • Wave II Cut: 55.56
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 54.38
  1. Olivia Smoliga (ABSC) / Natalie Hinds (ABSC), 53.55
  2. Abbey Weitzeil (CAL), 53.66
  3. Catie Deloof (CA-Y), 53.77
  4. Linnea Mack (TE), 54.03
  5. Allison Schmitt (SUN), 54.08
  6. Kate Douglass (UVA), 54.14
  7. Erika Brown (TNAQ), 54.15

It was good vibes all around for the Georgia swimmers following Fink and Wilson’s 1-2 finish in the 200 breast, as good friends Olivia Smoliga and Natalie Hinds kept the good times rolling but tying for the victory in the first semi of the women’s 100 freestyle, both hitting a PB of 53.55.

Smoliga is coming off a third-place finish in the 100 back, still looking to make her second Olympic team, while Hinds has positioned herself to potentially qualify for the first time tomorrow.

Smoliga’s best time, set in the heats, was a 54.00, while Hinds had previously been 54.29.

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WhoGoesHere
1 month ago

I am pulling for Natalie for a spot, individual or relay. Classy veteran who has certainly put in the work over the years.

Breezeway
1 month ago

Great job Natalie! Let’s do it

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
1 month ago

She is a huge inspiration. I am sending all possible positive energy for her success in the finals. Another drop to 53 low would be great– key is the last 20m. Hinds is the comeback story of trials for me. I know she can do it!

swimfan210_
1 month ago

Go Natalie!!!

Aquajosh
1 month ago

I think this past ISL season benefitted her a lot. Making her the Cali Condors relay anchor consistently put her in pressure situations amongst the world’s best and gave her the higher-level international experience she needed to realize how good she can be, and it’s paying off big time. GO NAT!!!!!

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