Women’s 100 Breast Prelims Sees First Wave I Swimmer to Make Semi’s


Heather MacCausland qualified from Wave I the other week, and just made the 100 breast semifinals with a time of 1:08.92. She placed 15th, about .6 off her lifetime best time from Wave I.

She is the first Wave I swimmer to earn a second swim at the Wave II meet.

There was a storm of lifetime bests in this race. Hannah Bach had the most extreme time drop, as she posted a 1:07.89 out of heat three. She crushed her lifetime best time of 1:10.03 from the May Pro Swim Series, one month ago.

Bethany Galat also took down her lifetime best time, snagging 2nd place after threatening to out touch World Record holder Lilly King for the last 15 meters. She dropped .52 from her best time from the 2018 Pan Pacifc Championships.

Annie Lazor finished in 3rd place with a new lifetime best by .11. Her previous best, 1:06.03, was from the 2019 Pro Swim Series.

Allie Raab also took down her lifetime best to get into the top 8 this morning, posting a time of 1:07.69 to drop more than a second from her previous lifetime best from the 2019 Los Angeles Invite. Raab makes three swimmers in the top eight who posted a lifetime best this morning.

Notably, 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby came in 4th place, within .02 of her recent lifetime best. King was a second and a half of her World Record.


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Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

This is good news. This system could be the “wave” of the future – possibly even permanently.

Last edited 2 years ago by Coach Mike 1952
mister man
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

Awful idea. As a wave 1 swimmer, it felt like we werent good enough most of the time. Didnt feel like trials

Last edited 2 years ago by mister man
2 years ago

Let’s go Heather! 🐺

2 years ago

NCST swimming very well! Congrats Heather!

2 years ago

I was just wondering how the wave 1 swimmers were doing. Good for her. Surprising she made it with a slower time than she swam last week. Would be a great story if she finaled.

Reply to  96Swim
2 years ago

Speaking of slower times, I was surprised by the high percentage of swimmers in Wave 1 who ended up being slower than their seed times. I think it was reasonable that the fastest among were conserving their energy in the prelims and then only had to worry about being in top two or not. But you would think the vast majority of them would go all-out in the prelims to get into the finals. Perhaps many of them only made Wave 1 by tapering very close to the Trials and had nothing left in the tank.

Reply to  TWU
2 years ago

I think it was more that the majority of people at the higher end of Wave I had likely attempted to make Wave II sometime in the weeks / months leading up to it.

2 years ago

I am glad you guys made an article out of this minor but cool story.

Reply to  AJThomas
2 years ago

Love seeing her success!! So impressive.

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