2016 Atlanta Classic: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap

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Everything you need to follow along with day one prelims of the 2016 Atlanta Classic.


  • Women’s 200 Free
  • Men’s 200 Free
  • Women’s 100 Breast
  • Men’s 100 Breast
  • Women’s 100 Fly
  • Men’s 100 Fly
  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 400 IM

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Women’s 200 Free:

Distance phenom Katie Ledecky soared ahead of the competition in prelims of the women’s 200-meter free. Ledecky stopped the clock at 1:54.85 to grab the top seed for tonight’s final. Her time sits close to her 2016 best of 1:54.43 from the Austin stop of the Arena Pro Series.

Stanford’s Simone Manuel cranked out a 1:59.35 to post the second fastest time of the morning.

Shannon Vreeland and Brittany MacLean turned in similar times for third and fourth in prelims. Vreeland posted a 1:59.86 over MacLean’s 1:59.91 for third and fourth respectively. MacLean has posted a 1:56 this year at the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials and could very well lower her prelims time tonight.

Hali Flickinger grabbed fifth going into tonight’s final with a 2:00.04, while Sarah Henry was sixth this morning with a 2:00.43.

Shauna Lee (2:01.11) and Madisyn Cox (2:01.34) return as seventh and eighth respectively.

Men’s 200 Free:

The men kept a tight field in prelims of the 200-meter free with tonight’s top four qualifiers posting times within .03 seconds of each other. Jack Conger claimed the top seed with a 1:50.84, just ahead of teammate and NCAA 200 free champion Townley Haas (1:50.86).

Walker Higgins and Jay Litherland posted matching times of 1:50.87 for third.

Jacob Pebley of Cal grabbed fifth in prelims with a 1:51.08, while Kevin Litherland finished sixth with a 1:51.20.

Cal’s Ryan Murphy posted a 1:51.27, good for seventh in tonight’s A final. Matthew Adams rounded out the top eight with a 1:51.33.

Women’s 100 Breast:

Molly Hannis posted the only 1:07 in this morning’s prelims of the women’s 100-meter breaststroke, stopping the clock at a 1:07.77. Hannis currently sits at fourth in the world rankings for 2016 after posting a 1:06.16 at the Southern Premier in Knoxville.

Breeja Larson grabbed the second place seed with a time of 1:08.04, while Melanie Margalis posted a 1:09.32 to earn herself the third place seed.

Laura Sogar finished fourth in prelims with a 1:10.00, and Annie Zhu claimed the fifth place seed with a 1:11.17.

Kayla Brumbaum (1:11.29), Allie Raab (1:11.32), and Emily Cameron (1:11.83) rounded out the top eight qualifiers.

Men’s 100 Breast:

Andrew Wilson led prelims of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke posting the top qualifying time, by more than a second, at a 1:01.41. Wilson currently sits at twelfth in the world rankings for 2016 with a 59.91 from the American SC Meet in Austin, TX.

Reece Whitley finished second overall this morning with a 1:02.56, while Moises Loschi grabbed the third place seed with a 1:03.07.

Chuck Katis posted a 1:03.13 to earn the fourth place seed, jsut ahead of Wyatt Hodges‘ fifth place prelims finish of 1:03.69.

Brad Craig turned in a 1:03.77 to return as sixth in tonight’s ‘A’ final.

Derek Hren (1:04.05) and Cameron Conners (1:04.15) finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Women’s 100 Fly:

The women’s 100-meter fly was a close field with the top six qualifiers posting sub-1:01 finishes. Lauren Case turned in the top time, stopping the clock at a 1:00.06.

Hali Flickinger and Felicia Lee posted similar times to earn the second and third place seeds in tonight’s ‘A’ final. Flickinger stopped the clock at a 1:00.27 over Lee’s 1:00.29.

Beryl Gastaldello turned in a 1:00.48 to earn the fourth place seed, while Christine Bechtel and Abby Meyers delivered matching times to tie for the fifth place seed. Bechtel and Meyers both stopped the clock at a 1:00.93.

Krista Duffield (1:01.06) and Natalie Labonge (1:01.07) completed the top eight qualifiers.

Men’s 100 Fly:

Tom Shields of Cal Aquatics delivered the top time of the morning, stopping the clock at a 52.54. His time sits just outside of the top 20 world rankings for 2016.

NCAA champion Joseph Schooling bested teammate Jack Conger to earn the second-place seed for tonight’s final. Schooling posted a 53.23, while Conger finished fourth i prelims with a 53.49.

Luis Martinez earned the third place seed with a 53.46.

Eugene Godsoe and Gunnar Bentz rounded out the sub-54 swims with times of 53.77 and 53.88 respectively, good for fifth and sixth in tonight’s final.

Caeleb Dressel squeezed into the ‘A’ final with a 54.23 finish, while David Williams rounded out the top eight with a 54.35.

Women’s 400 IM:

The women’s 400-meter IM featured a loaded field with distance and IM stars. NCAA Champion Ella Eastin topped the qualifier’s list with a 4:40.70, sitting just outside of the top 20 world rankings for 2016.

Grabbing the second place seed was Katie Ledecky, the top seed in the women’s 200 free, with a 4:41.00. Finishing close behind Ledecky for the third place seed was Maya DiRado with a 4:41.63.

Sarah Henry turned in a 4:43.89 for the fourth place seed, while Elizabeth Beisel finished fifth in prelims with a 4:45.21.

Mia Nonnenberg grabbed sixth with a 4:45.76, just ahead of Emily Cameron’s 4:46.28.

Kathryn Painter was eighth in prelims with a 4:49.56.

Men’s 400 IM:

Sean Grieshop topped the competition in prelims of the men’s 400 IM with a time of 4:21.31.

Posting the second fastest time of the morning was Josh Prenot with a 4:23.38.

A duo of 4:24’s earned the third and fourth place seeds. Sebastien Rousseau grabbed the third place seed with a 4:24.04, while Jay Litherland finished fourth with a 4:24.88.

Marton Barta grabbed the fifth place seed in tonight’s final with a 4:26.11.

Austin Snyder (4:27.04) and Colt Williamson (4:27.15) return as seventh and eighth respectively.

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Author: Taylor Brien

Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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