Tristen Ulett Hits PR Leading Off Dynamo 800 Relay at Atlanta Futures


Tonight marked the first competition session of the 2016 Futures Championships in Atlanta, with Dynamo claiming the women’s 800 free relay at 8:25.61.

Tristen Ulett, one of several very young talents who raced at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials earlier this summer, led off the relay with a lifetime best 2:03.40, improving upon her previous best of 2:03.76 from the Georgia Age Group Champs in mid-July. With that time, Ulett moves from 50th on the 13-14 all-time list to a tie for 43rd with Regan Smith, another elite youngster who competed in Omaha.

2nd place went to the Marlins of Raleigh, and anchor leg Brooke Rubendall blasted a 2:02.04 for the fastest split of the field. That time was over a second better than the incoming NC State freshman’s PR of 2:03.16.

Central Florida Marlins’ Katelyn Kilpatrick was locked in a tight race with Bryn Handley of Lakeside in the 800 free, but the 15-year-old Kilpatrick finished strong for the win at 8:53.58 over Handley’s 8:54.26. Abigail Grottle, a 14-year-old from Dynamo who later would anchor their 800 free relay, broke into the 8 minute range for the first time (8:57.67) to finish third overall.

In the men’s 1500 free, John Scanlon was one of two swimmers under 16 minutes. The T2 Aquatics swimmer finished with a lifetime best of 15:54.15, ahead of 2nd place Jackson Gunning of Stingrays. The final race of the night was the men’s 800 free relay, which went to the Metro Aquatic Club of Miami in 7:38.24– they were led by Aitor Fungairino‘s 2nd leg split of 1:51.07.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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