Washington State’s Chloe Larson Hits Wave II Cut at St. George Sectional Meet

St. George Sectional Meet – Long Course Time Trials

  • April 21, 2021
  • Dixie State University Human Performance Center, St. George, Utah
  • Long Course Meters (LCM)
  • Results on MeetMobile: “LCM Time Trials_2021 Sectionals-St George”

A senior at Washington State University, Chloe Larson made history earlier this year when she became the first member of her team to win a Pac-12 title, winning the 50 free in 22.18. Now, after swimming a 25.26 in the long course meters version of the event, she has qualified for Wave II of the Olympic Trials this summer.

Larson has seen dramatic improvement in her time in the event since entering college, in part due to a nearly three-year-long gap in between competitions of the event. Prior to her freshman year, her best time in the event was a 26.73, swum during the summer prior to her senior year of high school. Last summer she lowered her time to 26.05, before dropping nearly a second during her senior year to her time of 25.26.

While she was entered in both the 50 and 100 free at the time trials session, she swam only the 100 free, hitting the qualifying time with her split in the race.

Larson’s time ties her as the 12th fastest American performer in the event this year, ahead of names such as Kelsi Dahlia (25.30) and Alex Walsh (25.36).

Joining Larson in picking up an Olympic Trials cut was 17-year old Quintin McCarty of Pikes Peak Athletics. The class of 2022 NC State commit dropped over a second in the 100 back, finishing in a time of 55.88. That time puts him well below the Wave I standard of 56.59, and just off of the Wave II cut of 55.51.

With his time, McCarty currently stands as the 38th fastest performer in the event this year among Americans. He also now ranks within USA Swimming’s top-100 in the 17-18 age group in a tie for 59th.

The final Trials cut of the day came in the 50 free from another college senior, Brigham Harrison of Brigham Young University. The bronze medalist in the 100 free at the MPSF Championships earlier this year, Harrison finished just .01 under the Wave I cut, touching in 23.18. His previous best time in the event came from last month, when he took 3rd at the UNLV LCM Invite in a time of 23.46.

Other Notable Swims

  • The University of Nevada’s Donna DePolo narrowly missed the Wave I cut in the 100 breast, finishing in 1:09.74. She was the Mountain West champion in the 200 breast this year.
  • 17-year old Maxston Cannon of Cedar Swim Club dropped over a second in the 200 breast to touch in 2:19.15. The Wave I cut in the event is 2:17.89.

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25 days ago

go cougs!