Urlando Drops 3:52.9 400 Free, 1:55.7 200 Fly At Summer Super League Champs

2019 Summer Super League LC Championship

  • July 12-14, 2019
  • Santa Clara, California
  • George Haines International Swim Center
  • Results

Luca Urlando and Claire Tuggle were amongst the swimmers in action over the weekend at the Summer Super League LC Championships in Santa Clara, both coming away with three individual wins.

Urlando put together a swim of 3:52.96 to win the men’s 400 free, toppling past his previous best of 3:58.79 set at the meet last year.

The 17-year-old also won the 200 fly in 1:55.71, his third-fastest swim of the year (and fourth overall) trailing his 1:53.84 from the Clovis PSS in June and his 1:54.35 from the Mel Zajac meet in May, and he also claimed the 100 free in 50.50.

Tuggle, 15, won the women’s 100 free (56.69), 400 free (4:16.78) and 800 free (8:51.87), and added runner-up finishes in the 200 free (2:04.70, 2:04.32 prelims) and 200 fly (2:19.80, 2:17.99 prelims).

Three other women picked up multiple victories over the course of the meet.

Mikaela Dahlke won the 200 free in 2:02.32, just off her best of 2:02.16, and also topped the 100 fly in 1:00.76, just off her PB of 1:00.47.

Yulduz Kuchkarova doubled up in the backstroke events, posting up times of 1:03.64 (1:03.60 prelim) and 2:15.82 respectively, and Tara Halsted took the 200 fly (2:17.00) and 400 IM (4:46.19). Her 400 IM performance was a lifetime best by five seconds, improving on her 4:51.24 from way back in 2013.

For the men, in addition to Urlando, Alec Cullen of Palo Alto swept the breaststroke events with showings of 1:04.78 and 2:18.70 respectively, both the second-fastest swims of his career. Another notable swim came from Kyler van Swol, who produced a time of 54.30 in the 100 fly for his fastest swim since 2017.

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Backstrokebro
2 years ago

Kyler Van Swol has officially surpassed True Sweetser for the coolest name in swimming

Swimmer A
Reply to  Backstrokebro
2 years ago

He is pretty swol

That guy
Reply to  Backstrokebro
2 years ago

What about Fabian schwigenschlogel

PVSFree
Reply to  That guy
2 years ago

Van in Dutch translates to “of”. The kids name is literally Kyler of Swol. He is of the swoleness. How is that not hands down the coolest name ever

Jon Nap
Reply to  That guy
2 years ago

Gazuntite!

Swimmer
2 years ago

swimmerTX
2 years ago

Oh so he OUT HERE out here doing big things

DMacNCheez
2 years ago

Upvote if he goes a time that would win gold at worlds at US nationals. Downvote if not. Curious to see the results.

DEAN IS GOD
Reply to  DMacNCheez
2 years ago

It’s like Mariusz Kusch vs D1 in the 100fly but on a giant scale

Togger
Reply to  DMacNCheez
2 years ago

Downvoted just because I think Milak is going to go nuts and drop a 1.52 low or 1.51 high. He’ll definitely swim a time which would get silver.

Rafael
Reply to  Togger
2 years ago

Maybe bronze time depending on what kenderesi do

Andy
Reply to  DMacNCheez
2 years ago

Isn’t he swimming Junior Worlds? He might taper for that vs US Nationals…

Jambo Sana
2 years ago

This Luca kid has some moxie when a 1:55 in the 2Fly seems pedestrian for him now. I remember when Craig Beardsley set the WR 1:58 in 1980. Sadly, Beardsley as one of the athletes denied an Olympics due to the 1980 boycott. His trials time would have won gold in Moscow.

leisurely1:29
2 years ago

Remember last year when everyone was butthurt when this kid was mistakenly given the pan pacs spot over Austin Katz? Crazy how one year can change everything.

DRUKSTOP
Reply to  leisurely1:29
2 years ago

I don’t think the majority of people were. I think the majority were super excited to have a young up and comer on the men’s side make a senior national team. I think there were some upset people just because USA swimming announced the wrong name.

Knows Nothing
Reply to  leisurely1:29
2 years ago

Gianlucca was crazy fast even a year ago and on a monster improvement trajectory.

I don’t think anyone complaining thought that somehow Austin would swim faster than Gianlucca, but rather they complained about USA Swimming not honoring their established selection criteria (which was too complex for me to understand).

Suffice to say I’ve been a fan of Gianlucca ever since I first heard of him (a bit over a year ago?) After he totally stomped Justin at Clovis, he is our obvious #1 choice for Tokyo in the 200 fly.

KNOWS NOTHING
Reply to  Knows Nothing
2 years ago

Oh drat I misspelled Gianluca’s name 3 times in a single comment. Do I get any credit for consistency?

DMacNCheez
Reply to  KNOWS NOTHING
2 years ago

I’m sure our new lord and savior GianLUCA will forgive you

Justin Wright
Reply to  Knows Nothing
2 years ago

I felt that :'(

Samesame
Reply to  Justin Wright
2 years ago

I’m Australian but have a soft spot for you Justin and your sense of humour 😂

KNOWS NOTHING
Reply to  Justin Wright
2 years ago

I’m so sorry Justin: I had no idea you would be reading about such a back-water swim meet (its a bit surprising that GianLUCA would even bother with this) as you are approaching your swim at worlds.

Please accept my apology.

For what it’s worth, I’m a BIG fan of yours as well and intended to say that you will prove me (us) wrong this weekend in Guangjo (sure I’m spelling that wrong too–but I gotta go)

God Speed Justin: I’m certain you’ll hit a nice 1:52 or better :^)))

Swimfan
Reply to  leisurely1:29
2 years ago

Austin Katz earned the spot. Period. You don’t earn a Pan pacs or worlds spot because people like you or think that you’re going to be the next Michael Phelps. you get there based on rules and criteria that are established prior to the event. If people were butt hurt it’s because somebody mistakenly gave Austin Austin’s spot to Luca. It’s not a popularity contest.

The Man Himself
2 years ago

This man got trials by close to 5 seconds in like his 9th best event. Not fair lol

swimmerTX
Reply to  The Man Himself
2 years ago

I wanna see him get trials in the mile and the breaststrokes. While we’re at it, throw him into Open Water too.

Hugo
2 years ago

If he does it more, he’s gonna have a monster 400 IM

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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