NC State’s Quintin McCarty Rips Massive 21.94 50 Free PB to Lead U.S. Open Prelims

by Sean Griffin 5

November 30th, 2023 ACC, College, National, News, U.S. Open

2023 U.S. Open Swimming Championships

  • November 29-December 2, 2023
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters)
  • Start Times
    • Prelims: 9 AM (ET)
    • Finals: 6 PM (ET)
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live Results
  • Live Stream Info

During the first preliminary session of the 2023 U.S. Open, NC State redshirt freshman Quintin McCarty posted a time of 21.94 to take the top seed in the 50 freestyle. In doing so, McCarty joined the elusive sub-22 club in the 50m free with a swim that ranks him 9th in the world so far this season.

McCarty’s previous best time of 22.23 was set this past summer at the U.S. World Championship Trials, where he placed 10th. McCarty now ranks as the 8th fastest American within the U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying period:

1. Ryan Held – 21.50
2. Jack Alexy – 21.57
3. Michael Andrew – 21.64
4. Matt King – 21.80
5. Brooks Curry – 21.84
6. David Curtiss – 21.85
7. Jonny Kulow – 21.87
8. Quintin McCarty – 21.94
9. Chris Guiliano – 21.96
10. Adam Chaney – 22.04

Additionally, McCarty becomes the 10th American to break the :22 second barrier at 20-or-younger. He currently ranks 9th on the list:

1. Caeleb Dressel – 21.15 (20)
2. Michael Andrew – 21.46 (19)
3. Nathan Adrian – 21.46 (20)
4. Jack Alexy – 21.57 (20)
5. David Curtiss – 21.76 (19)
6. Jimmy Feigen – 21.77 (19)
7. Matt King – 21.83 (20)
8. Jonny Kulow – 21.87 (18)
9. Quintin McCarty – 21.94 (20)
10. Chris Guiliano – 21.96 (20)

McCarty has had a great season so far, as he posted a massive best time in the yards version of the event at the NC State Invitational a few weeks ago. There, he recorded an 18.91 best time in prelims before lowering it to 18.80 en route to winning the final. His previous best time of 19.35 was from December of 2021.

He started his collegiate career at NC State last season as the #2 recruit in the class of 2022. He was ultimately unable to compete for the second semester due to an injury. The NC State men have had several injuries and departures hinder their seasons throughout the past few years, such as Michael Cotter tearing his ACL and fracturing his tibia last year and David Curtiss opting to leave the program, but the swim by McCarty is a positive sign for the Wolfpack heading into championship season. NC State will have Kaii Winkler and Daniel Diehl joining them next fall, the #1 & #2 recruits in the class of 2024, so the future looks very bright for the Wolfpack.

You can watch McCarty’s swim here:

 

Men’s 50 Freestyle – Prelims

  • World Record: 20.91 – Cesar Cielo Filho (2009)
  • American Record: 21.04 – Caeleb Dressel (2019)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 21.59 – Caeleb Dressel (2019)
  • 2022 Time to Advance to A-Final: 22.53

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Quintin McCarty (NCS) – 21.94
  2. Brooks Curry (CAL) – 22.03
  3. Santo Condorelli (UN-NT) – 22.06
  4. Josh Liendo (FLOR) – 22.07
  5. Ryan Held (NYAC) – 22.14
  6. Mikel Schreuders (CNM) – 22.16
  7. Meiron Cheruti (CNM) – 22.17
  8. Michael Andrew (MASA) – 22.18

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Hmm
3 months ago

how did he do at night?

Johnson Swim school
3 months ago

Great work celeb keep improving.
Never give up

Yawns BD
3 months ago

Crazy to think some dudes around the world will go 21 high and qualify for the games and some Americans will go 21 mid and not even place top 3…insane

Pescatarian
Reply to  Yawns BD
3 months ago

Top 3? That time is really fast but will be tight to final at Trials this June.

Pieter H
Reply to  Yawns BD
3 months ago

Crazy that some girls around the world will go 53 in 100 free and qualify for the games and some Australian chicks will go 52 mid and won’t even place top 3… insane.