Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Day 8 Finals Live Recap

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

Sunday morning’s session marks the curtain call of the 2020 Olympic swimming competition in Tokyo, with medals up for grabs in the final five events of the program as some swimmers look to bolster their tallies and some aim to reach the podium for the first time.

The men’s and women’s 50 freestyle finals will lead things off, with Caeleb Dressel in position to win his third individual gold of the meet and fourth overall in the men’s event.

Dressel, the reigning two-time world champion, paced both the prelims and semi-finals in the 50 free, but he certainly will have to be on his ‘A’ game to secure victory.

2012 gold medalist and 2016 runner-up Florent Manaudou has looked powerful through the first two rounds of the event, and managed to swim his fastest time in five years in the semis, 21.53, which was only 11 one-hundredths slower than what Dressel went.

A second victory would put Manaudou in elite company, as he would join Alexander PopovGary Hall Jr. and Anthony Ervin as the only men to win the event on two occasions. The Frenchman could also become the second swimmer to medal in the event three times, joining Hall.

In the women’s 50 free, Emma McKeon comes in with the hot hand after lowering the Olympic Record in both the heats and semis, finishing in a time of 24.00 on Saturday morning.

McKeon is on track for a record-setting medal haul if she manages to reach the podium during the final session (also with a chance to do so on the women’s 400 medley relay), having already won five medals in Tokyo, including an individual gold in the 100 freestyle. A sixth medal would give her the most won by an Australian at a single Olympic Games.

Even more so than Dressel, McKeon will need to be at her best to win, with a competitive field lining up next to her that includes defending champion Pernille Blume, world record holder Sarah Sjostrom and McKeon’s teammate Cate Campbell, who holds the Australian Record.

Next up will be the men’s 1500 freestyle, which projects to be a mano a mano duel between reigning world champion Florian Wellbrock of Germany and 2019 world silver medalist Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine.

Defending champion Gregorio Paltrinieri will throw himself into the battle, coming off of winning silver in the 800 free, but he still hasn’t looked quite at his best over the course of the meet.

The Italian went out hard in the 800 and barely held on at the end, a strategy that likely won’t work out in the 1500.

Of course we can’t count out Bobby Finke, who upset the vaunted European trio to win the 800 free. If Finke emerges with another win, he would become the first American champion in the event since Mike O’Brien in 1984.

As always, the meet will be capped off with the 400 medley relays, where the American women aim for a third straight title and the U.S. men put their undefeated Olympic record on the line.

In the women’s race, the Americans and Australians are pretty well even on backstroke and butterfly, with the U.S. holding the advantage on breaststroke and the Aussies better on freestyle. Australia will potentially concede over 1.5 seconds on the breast leg, which could be enough for the U.S. to win three in a row.

The Canadians are the top seeds, with 100 fly champion Maggie MacNeil, 100 back silver medalist Kylie Masse and 100 free fourth-place finisher Penny Oleksiak in the lineup. However, similar to Australia, the Canucks lack a top-tier breaststroke option.

For the men, we’ll likely see a replay of the 2019 World Championships, where the United States and Great Britain traded leads throughout the race before an epic anchor leg battle.

The U.S. is favored, led by backstroker Ryan Murphy and flyer Caeleb Dressel, but Great Britain has game-changer Adam Peaty, the much-improved James Guy (he split 50.00 on fly in the mixed relay!) and the clutch Duncan Scott.

Two years ago at Worlds, Scott had to run down Nathan Adrian to win gold. This time, based on the way Guy has been swimming, the two teams could very well be even at the last exchange. That would set up an epic head-to-head showdown between Scott and Zach Apple. Scott has performed better at the meet as a whole, but Apple came up big in the 400 free relay (46.69 anchor), so who knows.

Anything can happen.

MEN’S 50 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  1. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 21.07 OR
  2. Florent Manaudou (FRA), 21.55
  3. Bruno Fratus (BRA), 21.57
  4. Michael Andrew (USA), 21.60
  5. Ben Proud (GBR) / Kristian Gkolomeev (GRE), 21.72
  6. Lorenzo Zazzeri (ITA), 21.78
  7. Thom De Boer (NED), 21.79

Caeleb Dressel launched himself off the blocks and into the lead in the men’s 50 freestyle final, gaining an advantage he would never relinquish as the American blasted his way to a gold medal victory in a time of 21.07.

That showing marks Dressel’s third-fastest of his career, and obliterates the Olympic Record of 21.30 set by Brazilian Cesar Cielo in 2008.

Dressel’s time of 21.07 registers as the sixth-fastest in history, giving him three of the top-six of all-time.

Dressel’s margin of victory was a staggering 48 one-hundredths of a second—larger than the difference between gold and silver at the last six Olympics combined.

This was Dressel’s fourth gold medal of the meet, and he’ll have a shot for five later in the men’s 400 medley relay.

Frenchman Florent Manaudou looked to be in second the entirety of the race, landing on the podium for the third straight Olympics with a silver in 21.55. Manaudou swam his fastest time since returning to the sport after brief hiatus in the semis at 21.53.

Brazil’s Bruno Fratus grabs his first career Olympic medal at the age of 32, clocking 21.57 to narrowly out-touch USA’s Michael Andrew (21.60).

WOMEN’S 50 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  1. Emma McKeon (AUS), 23.81 OR
  2. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 24.07
  3. Pernille Blume (DEN), 24.21
  4. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 24.30
  5. Katarzyna Wasick (POL) / Wu Qingfeng (CHN), 24.32
  6. Cate Campbell (AUS), 24.36
  7. Abbey Weitzeil (USA), 24.41

Emma McKeon pulled ahead ahead of an incredibly tight final in the women’s 50 freestyle down the last 15 meters, fending off a charge from Sarah Sjostrom to win gold in a blazing-fast time of 23.81.

That time marks a third straight Olympic Record for McKeon, who brought the initial mark of 24.05 down to 24.02 in the heats and then 24.00 in the semis.

McKeon’s 23.81 also ties for the ninth-fastest swim in history and moves her up from seventh to fifth among the fastest performers ever, with her previous best time sitting at 23.93.

With her sixth medal of these Games, McKeon becomes the most decorated Australian Olympian at a single Games.

Sweden’s Sjostrom had a phenomenal swim to get herself on the podium for the first time in Tokyo, having battled hard just to get here after undergoing elbow surgery in February. The world record holder’s time of 24.07 matches her fastest from 2021, having also hit that time at the beginning of the year prior to her injury.

2016 champion Pernille Blume was a touch slower than she’d been in the earlier rounds, clocking 24.21 for a second straight podium finish in third.

2012 champ Ranomi Kromowidjojo was next in fourth, putting up a time of 24.30, and Poland’s Katarzyna Wasick and China’s Wu Qingfeng tied for fifth in 24.32.

Cate Campbell, one of the pre-race favorites, ended up back in seventh place (24.36).

Kromowidjojo and Campbell were two of just three swimmers (McKeon being the other) that entered the Games having gone sub-24 this year.

MEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record: Sun Yang (CHN) – 14:31.02 (2012)
  • Olympic Record: Sun Yang (CHN) – 14:31.02 (2012)
  • World Junior Record: Franko Grgic (CRO) – 14:46.09 (2019)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) – 14:34.57
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Men’s 1500 freestyle
  1. Bobby Finke (USA), 14:39.65
  2. Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR), 14:40.66
  3. Florian Wellbrock (GER), 14:40.91
  4. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), 14:45.01
  5. Daniel Jervis (GBR), 14:55.48
  6. Kirill Martynychev (ROC), 14:55.85
  7. Felix Auboeck (AUT), 15:03.47
  8. Sergii Frolov (UKR), 15:04.26

The men’s 1500 free final quickly turned into a chess match, as the top four swimmers broke away from the field and paced with one another for the majority of the race.

Germany’s Florian Wellbrock held the slight edge most of the way, with Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk and American Bobby Finke sitting right behind him, while defending champion Gregorio Paltrinieri lingered on their heels.

Wellbrock, the 2019 world champion, started to make a move on the third-last length, and held an advantage of about seven tenths at the final turn.

But coming off the last wall Finke powered up the turbo, and used a motorboat-like kick to take hold of the lead and storm his way to victory, finishing in a time of 14:39.65 to smash his previous best of 14:46.06. The 21-year-old split an astonishing 25.78 on the last 50.

Finke is also the first American winner in the event since 1984, and completes the distance double after claiming the 800 free earlier. He also lands a spot in the men’s 1500 free all-time top 10, now ranking 10th-fastest among performers in the event after entering the meet outside of the top 20.

Romanchuk had a better finishing kick than Wellbrock, winning the silver in 14:40.66 to the German’s 14:40.91. Both men have been about four seconds faster in their careers.

Paltrinieri, who posted a world-leading time of 14:33.10 in 2020, couldn’t hold on to the pace over the last 150, settling for fourth in 14:45.01.

The remaining four swimmers all added time from the prelims, which is a common theme for the athletes that essentially have to go all-out in the heats in order to qualify, having to swim two 1500s within 36 hours (at the end of an eight-day meet, no less).

WOMEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – FINAL

  • World Record: USA (Smith, King, Dahlia, Manuel) – 3:50.40 (2019)
  • Olympic Record: USA (Franklin, Soni, Vollmer, Schmitt) – 3:52.05 (2012)
  • World Junior Record: Canada (Hannah, Nelson, Oleksiak, Ruck) – 3:58.38 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: USA (Baker, King, Vollmer, Manuel) – 3:53.13
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Women’s 4×100 medley relay
  1. Australia, 3:51.60 OR
  2. United States, 3:51.73
  3. Canada, 3:52.60
  4. China, 3:54.13
  5. Sweden, 3:54.27
  6. Italy, 3:56.68
  7. ROC, 3:56.93
  8. Japan, 3:58.12

The Australians came out on top in a barn-burner in the women’s 400 medley relay, setting an Olympic Record in a time of 3:51.60 as Cate Campbell edged out American Abbey Weitzeil on the anchor leg.

The three medalists in the women’s 100 back went to battle on the lead-off leg, with Kylie Masse touching first to give Canada the slight lead in 57.90, followed closely by Australia’s Kaylee McKeown (58.01) and American Regan Smith (58.05).

Individual 100 breast champion Lydia Jacoby then gave the Americans a half-second lead over Australia with a field-leading 1:05.08 second leg, but Chelsea Hodges (1:05.57) was significantly faster than her individual swims to keep Australia in the mix.

Emma McKeon (55.91) gained a bit of ground on American Torri Huske (56.16) for Australia, and then it all came down to the anchor, where Campbell dropped a split of 52.11 to out-touch Weitzeil (52.49) to win gold for Australia.

The Aussies time of 3:51.60 not only broke the Olympic Record of 3:52.05, set by the U.S. in 2012, but was also the third-fastest swim ever, lowering their Commonwealth, Oceanian and National Record of 3:52.58 from back in 2009.

The Americans finished just .13 back for silver in 3:51.73, the fourth-fastest swim ever despite it being their first time failing to win gold since 2008.

After Masse’s lead-off, Canada sat in a solid third the whole race, with Maggie MacNeil dropping a sizzling 55.27 100 fly split and Penny Oleksiak anchoring in 52.26, as they lower their National Record by a full second in 3:52.60 for the bronze medal.

Sydney Pickrem, who specializes in the individual medley events, kept Canada in the top three with a 1:07.17 breast leg, though it was the slowest in the field by more than a half-second.

Oleksiak’s medal is her seventh in her Olympic career, making her the most decorated Canadian Olympian of all-time.

Individual 100 fly runner-up Zhang Yufei put up a very fast 55.32 split for fourth-place China (3:54.13), while Sweden downed their National Record by almost a full second in 3:54.27.

After Michelle Coleman narrowly missed breaking her Swedish Record in the 100 back on the opening leg in 59.75, the Swedes got strong splits all-around from Sophie Hansson (1:05.67), Louise Hansson (56.12) and Sarah Sjostrom (52.67).

MEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – FINAL

  • World Record: USA (Peirsol, Shanteau, Phelps, Walters) – 3:27.28 (2009)
  • Olympic Record: USA (Murphy, Miller, Phelps, Adrian) – 3:27.95 (2016)
  • World Junior Record: Russia (Zuev, Gerasimenko, Minakov, Shchegolev) – 3:33.19 (2019)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: USA (Murphy, Miller, Phelps, Adrian) – 3:27.95
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Men’s 4×100 medley relay
  1. United States, 3:26.78 WR
  2. Great Britain, 3:27.51 ER
  3. Italy, 3:29.17
  4. ROC, 3:29.22
  5. Australia, 3:29.60
  6. Japan, 3:29.91 AS
  7. Canada, 3:32.42

After a couple of disappointing relay finishes over the last few days, the U.S. men came through in a big way in the 400 medley relay, winning gold, breaking the super-suited world record and remaining undefeated in the event at the Olympic Games.

Ryan Murphy got the Americans out to an early lead with a split of 52.31, with Italian Thomas Ceccon close behind in 52.52.

Then came the ever-crucial breaststroke leg, where Adam Peaty dropped a split of 56.53, the fastest in history, to give Great Britain the lead. The Americans sat in third, just over six tenths back after Michael Andrew clocked in at 58.49.

Swimming out in open water in Lane 1, Caeleb Dressel then blasted the fastest 100 fly relay split of all-time for the U.S. in 49.03, handing Zach Apple a six-tenths-of-a-second lead.

Apple went out with reckless abandon, flipping in 21.94 at the 50, and Great Britain’s Duncan Scott ultimately never got close, with Apple actually out-splitting him 46.95 to 47.08.

The final time for the Americans was 3:26.78, blowing by the world record of 3:27.28 set at the 2009 World Championships. It also smashes the Olympic Record from 2016 by more than a second (3:27.95).

Joining Peaty and Scott on the British team was backstroker Luke Greenbank (53.63) and flyer James Guy (50.27), as they win the silver in a new European Record of 3:27.51—the third-fastest performance ever. The Brits have now won back-to-back silvers in this event.

The battle for bronze came down to the wire, with the Italians holding off the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and Australia for their first-ever Olympic medal in this event.

After Ceccon’s strong backstroke split, Nicolo Martinenghi was strong on breast for Italy in 58.11, and Federico Burdisso (51.07) and Alessandro Miressi (47.47) closed things out as they lowered their National Record of 3:29.93 in 3:29.17.

The Russians had a particularly strong back-half after Evgeny Rylov was well off his best time on backstroke (52.82), with Andrei Minakov (50.31) and Kliment Kolesnikov (47.03) both recording the third-fastest splits in the field on their respective strokes (fly and free).

ROC clocked 3:29.22, just .05 off the medal stand, while Kyle Chalmers anchored Australia in 46.96 as they finished fifth in 3:29.60.

Japan broke the Asian Record in 3:29.60, breaking China’s 2018 record of 3:29.99.

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wow
1 month ago

My Awards (pending — with one night to go and subject to change)
Female Swimmer of the Meet – Katie Ledecky (USA) [& Emma McKeon (AUS) IF she performs in 50 final]
Male Swimmer of the Meet – Caeleb Dressel (USA)
Female Swim of the Meet – Zhang Yufei (CHN) 200 Butterfly & Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA) 200 Breaststroke
Male Swim of the Meet – Caeleb Dressel (USA) 100 Butterfly
Female Relay of the Meet – Australia 4×100
Male Relay of the Meet – GBR 4×200
Female Best Race of the Meet – 400 Free & 100 Breast
Male Best Race of the Meet – 100 Free
Female Breakout Swimmer of the… Read more »

Corn Pop
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

‘If she performs in the 50m” . Well I bet she thinks ‘ Yes I’d better perform so I can get equal listing on some geezers list .

Big T
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

I think Titmus had a better week then Ledecky beat her 2-1 head to head and won same amount of gold

Oceanian
Reply to  Big T
1 month ago

and her times were more impressive

Miss M
Reply to  Big T
1 month ago

It was 2-2 Head to head. Ledecky and the USA had the upper hand in the 4×200.

Both had exceptional meets.

stubs
Reply to  Miss M
1 month ago

Firstly – how is a relay head to head? Titmus did swim a 154 flat start and the very likely possibility that they would have beaten US if Molly had swum.

torchbearer
Reply to  Big T
1 month ago

And the women’s 200m is the most competitive women’s event….as opposed to the 1500m…cant compare the depth of the field in the 200/400 to the depth of the 800/1500.

Reply to  Big T
1 month ago

But she is not MURICAN

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

Female Swimmer of the Meet – To Be Determined
Male Swimmer of the Meet – To Be Determined
Female Swim of the Meet – Zhang Yufei (CHN) W 200 FL
Male Swim of the Meet – Caeleb Dressel (USA) M 100 FL
Female Relay of the Meet – Women’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay
Male Relay of the Meet – Men’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay
Female Best Race of the Meet – Women’s 100 FL
Male Best Race of the Meet – Men’s 100 FR
Female Breakout Swimmer of the Meet – Lydia Jacoby (USA)
Male Breakout Swimmer of the Meet – Ahmed Hafnaoui (TUN)

Kraden Beith
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Men’s 800 Free for Male Best Race of the Meet.

Last edited 1 month ago by Kraden Beith
Bluefan
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Not Katie Ledecky. Last Rio and best female swimmer of all time maybe but definitely not this meet. For me it’s McKeon with the most medals and such a rock swimmer for the aussies relay team.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Bluefan
1 month ago

But but but …did she PERFORM ?

Ben
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

I would include the men’s 800m freestyle as a contender for the best male race. It was a 7:40+ long race with less than half a second between gold and bronze.

Josh
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Lol Katie ledecky? Winning the two least competitive events in the entire swimming program puts her at the top in your book?

Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Katie Ledecky? LOL

Sub13
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

It’s not Katie and Emma. It’s just Emma

Swim nerd
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Male relay is the medley, Emma McKeon is the swimmer of the meet

T S
1 month ago

McKeon/sjostrom/kromo
Dressel/manaudou/fratus (secretly praying for mandrew to medal)
Finke/finke/finke
USA/AUS/CAN
USA/GBR/ROC

Coach
Reply to  T S
1 month ago

With your 1500 free predictions, if we have a 4 x 1500 free relay, we would dominate!

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T S
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

I know right, just go finke/finke/finke and then anchor hunter armstrong

Pau Hana
Reply to  T S
1 month ago

What about Dean Farris?

Gen D
Reply to  T S
1 month ago

M 50 predictions 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼M andrew 0.03 off bronze…

T S
Reply to  Gen D
1 month ago

I know, kinda gutted for him, but he had a good swim despite finishing 4th

Eras
Reply to  T S
1 month ago

This is aging well…

swim2
Reply to  T S
1 month ago

you nailed it, hope that was on ur pickems

wow
1 month ago

Disappointments of the Meet
Dave Durden (where do I even start), Rohan Taylor (relays), Chris Nesbitt (what happened with TSS?)

Gadirova
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

What is with your hatred for Dave Durden, it’s the entire coaching staff, not just him!!!!! Let’s see you try coaching an Olympic team you coach potato!

Bigboi
Reply to  Gadirova
1 month ago

The implication is that he is the one who wanted to put Murphy on the mixed medley team because it was his own swimmer.

Which did lose them the race

Bobbie
Reply to  Bigboi
1 month ago

The thing is all the coaches have a voice and pitch in. They all had a part into the decision. So stop with the Durden hate and let’s just look forward to another great night of swimming!

Coach
Reply to  Bobbie
1 month ago

This really should fall on Tim Hinchey. He is the one who decided not to have a National Team DIRECTOR when Frank Busch retired.

CountryOldTimer
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

You are exactly correct. We need a strong National Team Director.

Lmao
Reply to  Gadirova
1 month ago

Ah the old “if you can do it, you can’t speak” comeback. It’s a classic on swimswam

stinky
Reply to  Gadirova
1 month ago

coach potato

Yabo
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Greg Meehan???

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Yabo
1 month ago

I second this.

From Stanford, only Ledecky performed, but that’s because she’s Ledecky.

Jerry
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 month ago

Regan, Tori, and others still worked with him this whole time

Joel Lin
Reply to  Jerry
1 month ago

The whole 5 weeks.

Coach
Reply to  Jerry
1 month ago

That’s not how it works…

Facts
1 month ago

Bold Post Tokyo Predictions

-Michael Andrew is so fed up with everyone roasting his IM splits and training program, that he decides to change coaches. He enlists the help of legendary coach Shane Tusup who trains him with extreme yardage and weights. He becomes a formidable 400 IM and 200 Breast swimmer known for his closing speed
-Lydia Jacoby after her goggle mishap realizes her true quick speed without goggles. She ditches her lucky goggles entirely and becomes the first 21st century swimmer to break a world record, in the 100 breast, without goggles. Everyone is inspired and copies her, thus goggles become extinct
-Joseph Schooling, angry by his Tokyo butterfly performance, decides to swim a 100 fly… Read more »

T S
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

This is the best comment I have ever read on swimswam

Virtus
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

The 400 I’m and 200 breast back half part got me 💀

Mike Y
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

Doubt that ever happens. Michael Andrew home schooled and coached by his dad. He’d never leave his family. I think unfortunately that will always be his downfall

Streamliner69
Reply to  Mike Y
1 month ago

Sometimes you get the joke, sometimes the joke gets you. You gotta work on that last half like MA.

Last edited 1 month ago by Streamliner69
Mike Y
Reply to  Streamliner69
1 month ago

Or maybe it was a bad joke…

Mike Y
Reply to  Streamliner69
1 month ago

I only read the first sentence about changing coaches…

MAndrew fan
Reply to  Mike Y
1 month ago

No, just learn to swim that first 150 cartoonishly even faster, putting so much time ahead he can afford to continue going mid 30’s to a world record. People overlay themselves into his shoes, and can’t realize that just because we are taught to bring it home or swim the same split fly/free that is the only way. Or it’s absurb to go pro at 14, or have the whole family as part of team Andrew. For almost everyone, it would not be the right choice. But we can say it worked for him, while very other male 100br/200IM/50free in the country stayed home. He did it when it counted (Trials) and he has many years ahead of him. I… Read more »

Dom Toretto
Reply to  Mike Y
1 month ago

Did you say family??

Swim nerd
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

Best comment in a while

Khachaturian
1 month ago

I hope I don’t have to drink a whole pool today….. if some of you remember that comment.

Sub13
Reply to  Khachaturian
1 month ago

I’m going to guess you said you would drink a whole
Pool if Aus got more golds than USA? Don’t worry, I think you’re safe. But it is still possible haha

Last edited 1 month ago by Sub13
wow
1 month ago

Dave Durden just dropped a TURD on the men’s medley relay with selecting Andrew over Fink. Yes, Andrew won trials and “deserves” the spot – but his performances this meet – too risky especially with that 50. Fink had the early speed in the 200 that he didn’t have at Trials – which was a promising sign. I want to be proven wrong, badly. Andrew please rip a 57.

Tomek
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

I would like to see Fink on the relay but truly it was a toss-up

Drake
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

honestly Fink shouldve swam prelims instead of wilson

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

Dave Durden killed my puppy.

Coach Chackett
Reply to  wow
1 month ago

gold

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Gonna say this again: i should have put $100 on bobby finke winning tonight

Joe joe
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Yes. Snagged him at 5-1 before prelims

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Back to this comment again. I should have followed through. Ugh

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 month ago

While I have my fingers crossed for several other USA swimmers participating in events with the final outcome still TBD, for now I did want to ensure we properly recognized Phoebe Bacon, Katie Grimes, Gunnar Bentz, Michael Brinegar, Patrick Callan, Nic Fink, Townley Haas, Zach Harting, Drew Kibler, Bryce Mefford, Jake Mitchell, and Andrew Seliskar for their hard work and performances these past 2 months. Thanks for making USA fans proud.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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