Reported by Lauren Neidigh.
WOMEN’S 100 BACK:
Olivia Smoliga notched another backstroke win, flipping in 29.42 en route to a 1:00.08. She beat the field by over a second, as National Teamer Ali Deloof topped junior standout Katharine Berkoff. Deloof came from behind, outsplitting Berkoff by half a second on the back half. In the B final, USC postgrad Anika Apostalon came within tenths of her best asa she won the heat in 1:02.56. Her best is a 1:02.22 from last month’s Atlanta Pro Swim.
MEN’S 200 FLY:
Georgia postgrad Chase Kalisz picked up his 2nd win of the meet, leading the 200 fly all the way through. Arizona’s Justin Wright, in his first meet as a postgrad, started to catch up to Kalisz on the back half, but wound up 2nd. Another National Teamer and Georgia postgrad, Pace Clark, rounded out the podium. Clark was a member of the 2017 U.S. World Championships team in this race, while Wright competed in the event at WUGs. South Carolina’s Fynn Minuth was just off the podium in 1:59.86. That’s his fastest ever in-season swim and his first time sub-2:00 at a non-championship meet.
WOMEN’S 100 FREE:
Indiana postgrad Margo Geer held the lead as she approached the final 10 meters, but Louisville’s Mallory Comerford put her head down and dug in to out-touch Geer at the finish. Comerford, who’s coming off an NCAAs in which she became the 2nd woman ever to break 1:40 in the 200 free, was briefly the American Record holder in this event last summer before that record was broken again by Simone Manuel. Fellow World Championships team member Lia Neal picked up 3rd ahead of USC’s Louise Hansson, who also had a strong showing at NCAAs last month. Olivia Smoliga touched just behind her for 5th in 55.30.
MEN’S 200 IM:
Chase Kalisz picked up another gold on the back end of his double, dominating with the only sub-2:00 swim of the night. He was over a second faster than Prenot at the 100 and kept extending his lead through the back half. That was likely Kalisz last swim of the meet, unless he opts to swim the mystery IM tomorro.