WATCH: Night One Finals Race Videos From the 2021 Atlanta Classic

2021 ATLANTA CLASSIC

Day One Finals Recap

Missed out on the 2021 Atlanta Classic live stream or watched the 2021 Pro Swim Series in Indy instead? Fear no more, SwimSwam has night one race videos from the first finals session of the 2021 Atlanta Classic, featuring the finals of the men’s and women’s 200 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 400 IM.

Highlighting the meet was Gator Swim Club’s Caeleb Dressel, breaking his two-year-old meet record with season best of 51.15. Finishing in second place was Cal’s Tom Shields, posting a US No. 3 time of 51.55. Behind him was Guatemalan Luis Martinez at 51.75. Dressel moved up to 5th in the world rankings while Shields boosted to 15th.

Breaking Jay Litherland‘s 2016 meet record of 4:14.66 in the 400 IM was Chase Kalisz, stopping the clock at 4:13.64. Litherland settled for second at 4:14.94, just 0.28s off his previous record. Kalisz and Litherland now rank No.1 and No.3 in the nation behind 19-year-old Carson Foster (4:13.79) At the same time, Kalisz bumped to No. 12 in the world rankings while Litherland cracked the World top 20 times.

Winning the men’s 100 breast was Nic Fink, swimming the No. 2 US time this season at 59.52, taking down Michael Andrew’s 2018 meet record of 59.98.Fink also improved to No. 15 in the world rankings.

Yet the race of the evening was the women’s 100 fly, where Natalie Hinds tugged at Gretchen Walsh as Rhyan White inched towards the duo. At the finish, Hinds and Walsh tied at 58.61 for a new meet record while White took third by 0.17s at 58.78. Both Hinds’ and White’s season bests move them up to 10th and 11th respectively in the nation following the PSS Indy final. Meanwhile, Walsh remains the 4th-fastest American this season at 57.43.

WOMEN’S 200 FREE — FINALS

  • Meet Record: 1:54.82, Katie Ledecky (NCAP), 2016
  • Wave II Cut: 2:00.24
  • Wave I Cut: 2:01.69

Top 3:

  1. Olivia Smoliga (Athens Bulldog), 1:57.04
  2. Melanie Margalis (St. Petersburg), 1:58.85
  3. Cora Dupre (Alabama), 1:59.61

MEN’S 200 FREE — FINALS

  • Meet Record: 1:46.30, Kieran Smith (FLOR), 2021
  • Wave II Cut: 1:49.65
  • Wave I Cut: 1:50.79

Top 3:

  1. Kieran Smith (Florida), 1:46.46
  2. Andrew Seliskar (Cal Aquatics), 1:47.07
  3. Jake Magahey (SwimAtlanta), 1:47.30

C-Final: Zach Yeadon (1:51.06), Ryan Lochte (1:51.10)

 

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST — FINALS

  • Meet Record: 1:07.25, Molly Hannis (TNAQ), 2018
  • Wave II Cut: 1:09.55
  • Wave I Cut: 1:10.99

Top 3:

  1. Micah Sumrall (Gamecock), 1:08.47
  2. Zoie Hartman (Athens Bulldog), 1:08.49
  3. Melanie Margalis (St. Petersburg), 1:08.55

MEN’S 100 BREAST — FINALS

  • Meet Record: 59.98, Michael Andrew (RPC), 2018
  • Wave II Cut: 1:01.97
  • Wave I Cut: 1:03.29

Top 3:

  1. Nic Fink (Athens Bulldog), 59.52 *Meet Record
  2. Reece Whitley (Unattached), 1:00.53
  3. Andrew Wilson (Athens Bulldog), 1:00.76

WOMEN’S 100 FLY — FINALS

  • Meet Record: 59.06, Hali Flickinger (ABSC), 2019
  • Wave II Cut: 59.59
  • Wave I Cut: 1:00.69

Top 3:

  1. Natalie Hinds (Athens Bulldog)/Gretchen Walsh (Nashville), 58.61 *Meet Record
  2. (tie)
  3. Rhyan White (Alabama), 58.78

MEN’S 100 FLY — FINALS

  • Meet Record: 51.41, Caeleb Dressel (GSC), 2019
  • Wave II Cut: 53.37
  • Wave I Cut: 54.19

Top 3:

  1. Caeleb Dressel (Gator), 51.15 *Meet Record
  2. Tom Shields (Cal Aquatics), 51.55
  3. Luis Martinez (UNAT), 51.75

WOMEN’S 400 IM — FINALS

  • Meet Record: 4:33.55, Elizabeth Biesel (ABF), 2016
  • Wave II Cut: 4:47.72
  • Wave I Cut: 4:51.79

Top 3:

  1. Lauren Poole (Kentucky), 4:42.32
  2. Summer Smith (Bluefish), 4:42.53
  3. Alexis Yager (Tennessee), 4:45.83

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MEN’S 400 IM — FINALS

  • Meet Record: 4:14.66, Jay Litherland (DYNA), 2016
  • Wave II Cut: 4:23.24
  • Wave I Cut: 4:25.99

Top 3:

  1. Chase Kalisz (Athens Bulldog), 4:13.64 *Meet Record
  2. Jay Litherland (Dynamo), 4:14.94
  3. Bobby Finke (Florida), 4:17.36

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Irish Ringer
2 years ago

Geez, Lochte getting run down in the C final

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Reply to  Irish Ringer
2 years ago

He was hurting so bad lol

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Nick Pecoraro

Nick has had the passion for swimming since his first dive in the water in middle school, immediately falling for breaststroke. Nick had expanded to IM events in his late teens, helping foster a short, but memorable NCAA Div III swim experience at Calvin University. While working on his B.A. …

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