Olivia Smoliga: “It’s like a dog fight at practice, it’s no surprise it’s like that here”


Reported by James Sutherland.


  • 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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3 months ago

52 tonight 🙏🏼

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Virtus
3 months ago

We need a couple or that relay is in trouble.

Reply to  Irish Ringer
3 months ago

The Aussies have it in the bag but the US needs some work to secure that silver

3 months ago

OT drinking game: take a shot everytime someone says “dog fight”

Last edited 3 months ago by Blackflag82
Reply to  Blackflag82
3 months ago

How about every time someone in the comments says “I’m gutted for (3rd place finisher)”

3 months ago

I love her

3 months ago

Good luck, Olivia!

3 months ago

I so hope Olivia will be among top 4, preferably top two swimmers. I hope for all top four swimmers posting solid times

3 months ago

Who is the bank robber in the blue ski mask????

Reply to  Sheesh
3 months ago

I can’t imagine why those shots were included in the clip except in order to make me unable to sleep tonight. Damn that was creepy.

Reply to  Sheesh
3 months ago

My guess, and this is pure speculation, I think it was Dick Pound. He was still surprised to hear Steele Johnson pullout that he didnt want to miss any swimming action.

3 months ago

Ahhh I wish Smoliga, Hinds, and Weitzel could all make the team in individual spots.

Last edited 3 months ago by Meow
3 months ago

Olivia Smoliga is my favorite swimmer, I want to be her best friend

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