Prenot, Dressel Cruise Through Prelims On Day 1 Of Atlanta Classic


  • Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th
  • Georgia Tech McAuley Aquatic Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Prelims begin at 9am EDT; Finals begin at 6pm EDT (Friday, 5pm EDT)
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Day 1 of the 2017 Atlanta Classic saw some big names in action, including 2016 Olympic medalists Caeleb DresselJosh PrenotAmanda Weir and Ryan Held.

Prenot was the only one to take a top seed heading into tonight’s finals, leading the men’s 100 breaststroke field in a time of 1:02.11. Michael Andrew is seeded 2nd at 1:03.09.

Dressel competed in the men’s 200 free and 100 fly this morning, safely advancing to the final in each. In the 200 free, he negative split the race, out in 57.61 and then coming home in 56.48 for a time of 1:54.09 which put him 6th. His final 50 was a blazing 26.81.

Notable names also advancing to the 200 free final were: Anton Ipsen (t-1st, 1:52.45), Andreas Vazaios (4th, 1:52.64), Mitch D’Arrigo (5th, 1:52.95) and Corey Main (8th, 1:54.62).

In the men’s 100 fly Dressel came in at 54.70 for 4th, and Held was 6th in 55.09. The top seed went to the Wolfpack’s Justin Ress in 54.31, followed by Ryan Coetzee (54.44) and Vazaios (54.50). Andrew actually missed the A-final in this one, placing in a tie for 9th in 56.22.

Weir takes the 3rd seed in the women’s 200 free heading into finals after clocking 2:03.23 this morning. Geena Freriks leads the field at 2:02.92, followed by Stephanie Peters in 2:03.11.

Other top seeds from day 1 prelims:


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Did Molly Hannis swim?

ct swim fan

The results do not appear to work.


Dressel’s splits for 200 free prelims:

Dressel fan

Wow. And to think he’s just a “sprinter”


Tbf he’s cruising through the first 150. For a guy that has his speed, that pace takes nothing out of him, allowing him to unleash that last 50.


Haha funny… Dressel went 1:48 in 200 free lcm when he was a junior in HS. Guy was already a stud in LCM back in 2013… I believe he broke the World Junior Record in the 100 free back then with 48.9.


In my opinion it really isn’t an overstatement to say that he’s so versatile and talented that he could be in the NCAA A final of every event 200 yards and shorter. The only questionable ones would be backstroke and the 200 breast, but his 200 IM shows that he’s no slouch there.
I’m remembering the 2013 (or 2014?) junior national championship – he was in the B final of the 200 free, but posted the fastest time in finals over Gunnar Bentz who won the A and also went onto the Olympics in that event on the relay.


He was a 1:48.64 when he was like 16 which is insane, but then the next year his best time was a 1:54. But he’s been able to cut it down to 1:48 low I don’t think he will make the Olympics in it but it’s not impossible that he can go a 1:47 low


Is that time super impressive too you?

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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