Speedo Summer Champs — Greensboro Psychs: Trials Finalists Take The Spotlight

2021 Speedo Summer Championships — Greensboro

Yes, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have ended, but there is still more competitive swimming happening around the nation! This week will be the dual-site 2021 Speedo Summer Championships, hosted in Irvine, CA and Greensboro, GA. Starting tomorrow, some of the best swimmers from the Eastern states will compete in this five-day affair at the notable Greensboro Aquatic Center. Highlighting the meet psych sheets include a number of U.S. Trials semifinalists and finalists, including 5th-place finishers 18-year-old Josh Matheny and Sam Stewart, and 200 free 7th-place finisher Gabby DeLoof.

Josh Matheny of Pittsburgh headlines both the men’s 100 breast and 200 breast events in Greensboro with his respective seed times of 1:00.06 and 2:09.40. Matheny’s 1:00.06 lifetime best came out of the U.S. Trials prelims, qualifying him into the semifinals rounds. Matheny advanced all the way to the final, where he finished in 5th place at 1:00.22 behind Kevin Cordes. In the 200 breast, Matheny missed out on semifinals, placing 20th overall.

YMCA Hub Fins stand-out Sam Stewart is slated to swim numerous events, including his top seeds in the 100 back (54.68), 200 back (1:58.97), and 200 IM (1:57.76). At U.S. Trials, Stewart first swam the 400 IM final placing 8th, which he won’t swim in Greensboro. However, Stewart can look forward to improving his 1:58.02 Trials best in Greensboro, which placed 5th in the final.

Club Wolverine’s Gabby DeLoof just missed making the Olympic team in the 200 free Trials final with a 7th-place finish. Nonetheless, DeLoof sits at the top of the psych sheets in the women’s 100 free (54.41) and 200 free (1:57.62), as well as No. 2 in the 200 back (2:10.71).

Sitting at the top of the women’s 200 back seeds is 16-year-old JoJo Ramey of Fishers with her sub-2:10 best of 2:08.90, which qualified 5th into the Trials final. Ramey will also swim the 100 back with her seed of 1:00.93, which placed 15th during Trials semifinals. Leading the 100 back seeds in Greensboro will be Tenneessee/NYAC’s Ali DeLoof with her best of 1:00.08. A. DeLoof will also swim the 100 free (55.58), 200 back (2:11.23), and 50 free (25.64). Her best finish at Trials was 10th in the 100 back semifinals (1:00.45).

Long Island 16-year-old Cavan Gormsen comes in the stacked women’s distance freestyle events as the lone Trials finalist. Gormsen originally placed 9th in the prelims at 4:10.78, however, wound up being scratched in and seized the opportunity by breaking 4:10 at 4:09.85. She will also swim the 200 free (1:59.79), which placed 13th at Trials semifinals, and 800 free (8:39.03), where she placed 12th overall.

Gormsen is also the No. 2 seed in the 1500 free at 16:35.05 behind TAC Titans 18-year-old Caroline Pennington‘s 16:33.21 seed. At Trials, Pennington’s best finish was 15th in the 1500 free event. Westchester 14-year-old Claire Weinstein is another name to look out for in the women’s distance events, coming in with entries in the 200 free (1:58.95), 400 free (4:11.90), and 800 free (8:41.44). Weintein’s best finish at Trials was 20th in the 400 free.

Into the men’s 1500 free seeds, Trials finalists Ohio State’s Charlie Clark (15:14.11) and NC State’s Will Gallant (15:17.34) will re-match after finishing 5th and 6th respectively in the final. Another NC State swimmer, Ross Dant, will also swim in the 1500 free with his 15:22.06 seed. At Trials, Dant was the 3rd-place finisher in the 800 free final.

More noteworthy entries in Greensboro include Columbus Aquatic 31-year-old Leah Gingrich, Long Island 16-year-old Tess Howley, 15-year-old Erika Pelaez of Eagle Aquatics, Badger 18-year-old Matthew Fenlon, Long Island 18-year-old Chloe Stepanek, SwimMAC 18-year-old Tim Connery, and NCAA names Florida’s Grant Sanders, Indiana’s Mac Looze, Corey Gambardella, Jack Franzman, Brendan Burns, Jacob Steele, Iago Moussalem Amaral, and Zane Backes, Ohio State’s Thomas Watkins, Katie Trace, Hannah Bach, and Club Wolverine’s Kaitlynn SimsCharlie Swanson, and Tommy Cope.

Note: Greensboro and Irvine results will not be officially combined, SwimSwam will be combining results on our own.

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Hoosier Daddy
1 month ago

The hype for this meet is 0, just cancel it and let us enjoy the olympics!!!

Taa
Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
1 month ago

You want everyone else to quit swimming because they didn’t make the Olympic team?

Hoosier Daddy
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

No, I want USA swimming to give us a break from these high level meets so we could be excited and give these athletes the recognition they deserve instead of still beinng focused on the olympics.

jim
Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
1 month ago

26 USA women and 26 USA men made the olympic team….that leaves dozens, hundreds, thousands of USA swimmers who did not, who still have a season they swam through, and looking to swim at a championship meet somewhere at the end of the season…put it into perspective, man!

Last edited 1 month ago by jim
Coach Cwik
Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
1 month ago

Cancel this meet, Heck NO. Make it better by limiting Futures to below Junior National Swimmers. This meet is much bigger than the normal, after Trials US Open. It could be great, but the BRAINS at USA Swimming decided to water it down.

Rev
Reply to  Coach Cwik
1 month ago

It is first time Us open and jrs are combined, but split to keep numbers down for covid. The total between the 2 meets is about the same as most post olympic us open/jrs

Itsyaboi
Reply to  Rev
1 month ago

But normally us open time standards aren’t trials cuts…

Chauncey
Reply to  Rev
1 month ago

East looks deeper for some reason

HJones
Reply to  Coach Cwik
1 month ago

Yea, frankly Futures has become a lot more popular than JNATs as a summer championship meet. Even if they have a Summer Juniors cut, a lot of people are just more inclined to go to Futures since they can typically swim more events. Futures has become overrun by college swimmers and juniors who are significantly below the time standards. Pretty much defeats the purpose of that USA Swimming had in mind for these meets.

SwimDad
Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
1 month ago

The LC swimming is already a problematic issue in the US. Cancel these meets, and you won’t be able to send swimmers to the Olympics in the near future. Even if you do, they won’t make the final. Think “vertically.”

exswimcoach
Reply to  Hoosier Daddy
1 month ago

The swimming portion of the Olympics finished last week.

Suny Cal
1 month ago

Surprised to see the Deloof girls still swimming. I thought I read that Ali was retiring after trials, to start her teaching career??

Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
1 month ago

My kingdom for a horse, oops! ….. I meant a female 100 meter freestyler with a 53.00 flat start time. Two would be better.

Taa
Reply to  Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
1 month ago

they grow like weeds in Australia

Buckeyeboy
1 month ago

Horns Down. Wait a minute, is that now an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty?

NC Fan
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
1 month ago

It won’t be in a couple years. The big boys and girls in the SEC will laugh them back across the Mississippi if they try that nonsense.

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  NC Fan
1 month ago

Preach!

Bobo Gigi
1 month ago

Eyes on Claire Weinstein. She’s part of the best US prospects in women’s mid-distance freestyle.
Will the legendary and antique 200 free 13/14 NAG record of Sippy Woodhead finally fall this week?

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