Connor Kalisz Victorious in 200 Meter Backstroke With Olympic Trials Cut on Final Day of Greensboro Futures

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The fourth and final day of the first annual Futures Championships held in Greensboro, North Carolina concluded this evening at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Connor Kalisz of North Baltimore Aquatic Club sailed smoothly to victory and an Olympic Trials cut with a time of 2:03.76, three hundredths under the Trials time standard of 2:03.79. Kieran Smith touched the wall second with a time of 2:07.01, while Christian Ginieczki was right behind, finishing with a time of 2:07.56.

The first event of the session was the women’s 100 meter freestyle, and it was Claire O’Mara from Berkeley Aquatic Club who won first place with a time of 56.97. Second place went to Hannah Baker with a time of 57.32, while Sydney Lee took third place.

In the men’s 100 meter freestyle, Brian Lovasik of North Hills Aquatics grabbed gold with a time of 51.19. Behind him was Brent Benedict with a time of 51.84 for second place, and Lucas Reisch with a time of 52.29 to move into third.

The women’s 200 meter backstroke was up next, with Chloe Hicks from Machine Aquatics with the sizable win, touching the wall at 2:16.71. Swimming into second was Morgan Liberto with a time of 2:18.48, while Alyssa Helak finished third with her finishing time of 2:18.76.

Fifteen-year-old Miku Takabayashi from Blue Devil Aquatics took home the win in the 200 meter individual medley with a time of 2:19.79, with the competition over two seconds behind. Laura Schwartz moved into second place from her eighth place prelims finish with a time of 2:21.74, while Alexa Buckley placed third with a time of 2:22.38.

On the men’s side, an unaffiliated Michael Craddock from the state of Virginia finished first with a time of 2:05.46, three seconds faster than his entry time. Silver went to Christopher Wang with a time of 2:07.50, only nine hundredths ahead of third place Hassler Carroll and his finishing time of 2:07.59.

The women’s 400 meter medley relay was won handily by the Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics team of Krystal Lara (1:03.43), Carly Fried (1:13.15), Nicole Aarts (1:03.75), and Molly Brickman (59.05) with a time of 4:19.38. Second went to Machine Aquatics, dropping over seven seconds from their seed time to finish with a time of 4:21.47, while the Marlins of Raleigh took third with a time of 4:22.44.

However, on the men’s side, the Marlins of Raleigh touched out the competition, finishing first with a time of 3:55.04. The team was made up of William Countie (57.87), Connor Blandford (1:07.22), John Cobb (56.72), and Tyler Silver (53.23). The North Baltimore Aquatic Club finished right behind in second, touching the wall at 3:55.89, while Fairport Area Swim Team earned third with a time of 3:57.20.

The final team scores had the Marlins of Raleigh victorious with 716 points, Machine Aquatics finishing second with 596 points, and Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics placing third with 329 points.

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Author: Kaylie Noll

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Kaylie Noll is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay majoring in Communication and minoring in Business Administration. Before heading off to college, she trained with the Illinois club team Peoria Area Water Wizards (PAWW). After surgery last fall, she has decided to redshirt this collegiate season.

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