Everything you need to follow along with day three finals of the 2016 Atlanta Classic.
Schedule of Events:
- Women’s 800 Free
- Men’s 1500 Free
- Women’s 200 IM
- Men’s 200 IM
- Women’s 200 Back
- Men’s 200 Back
- Women’s 100 Free
- Men’s 100 Free
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Women’s 800 Free:
With no Katie Ledecky in the mix the women’s 800 free was a much tighter field. Andreina Pinto turned in the fastest time of the day, stopping the clock at 8:36.19.
Picking up the silver medal was Stephanie Peters with a close finish of 8:37.59, while Madelyn Donohoe posted a final time of 8:40.44 for third.
Close behind Donohoe was Hannah Moore with a final 8:40.53.
Isabella Rongione picked up fifth with a time of 8:47.75, ahead of Kaitlin Pawlowicz and her time of 8:50.70.
Rachel Zilinskas (8:51.03) and Peyton Palsha (8:52.58) rounded out the top eight.
Men’s 1500 Free:
Sean Grieshop swam ahead of the competition in the men’s 1500 free, finishing more than fourteen seconds ahead of the competition. Grieshop posted a final time of 15:18.88 for the gold.
It was a close race for second with the second and third place finishers posting times .06 seconds apart. Andrew Gemmell was able to get to the wall ahead of Robert Finke to finish second with a 15:33.24. Finke settled for third and a 15:33.30.
Fourth was picked up by David Heron and his final time of 15:35.26, while fifth went to Taylor Abbott’s 15:36.06.
Alex Meyer (15:37.95), Arthur Frayler (15:38.10), and Kevin Litherland (15:43.89) finished sixth through eighth respectively.
Women’s 200 IM:
Ella Eastin, NCAA IM champion, picked up the win in the women’s 200 IM. Eastin clocked a 2:10.54 to rocket to seventh in the world rankings for 2016. That’s an improvement of close to one second from Eastin’s twelfth ranked 2:11.35 from last month’s Mesa stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series.
Maya DiRado, winner of the 200 IM at last month’s Mesa stop, grabbed second with a final time of 2:11.42. That time sits close to her 2016 best of 2:10.77 from the Orlando stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series.
Madisyn Cox and Sarah Henry turned in similar times in a battle for third. Cox got her hand to the wall first to stop the clock at a 2:13.24 over Henry’s 2:13.36.
After electing to not swim the 800 free, Katie Ledecky continued to improve at the IM with a fifth place finish of 2:15.20.
Fellow Olympian Elizabeth Beisel grabbed sixth with a time of 2:16.56, while Mia Nonnenberg was seventh with a 2:17.09.
Annie Zhu finished eighth overall with a 2:17.63.
Men’s 200 IM:
Josh Prenot maintained his spot at the top of the leaderboard in the men’s 200 IM with a final time of 1:59.51. Prenot was the only swimmer to post a sub-2 minute finish.
Marton Barta grabbed second with a time of 2:03.80, while third went to Mark Szaranek and his time of 2:04.22.
Christian McCurdy picked up a close fourth with a time of 2:04.52, and fifth fell to Andrew Winton’s 2:05.84.
Mick Litherland (2:06.37), Alexander Taylor (2:06.63), and Michael Duderstadt (2:06.68) rounded out the top eight.
Women’s 200 Back:
Not long after finishing sixth in the women’s 200 IM Elizabeth Beisel was back in the women’s 200 back and eager to win. Beisel cranked out a final time of 2:12.10 to hold off the young Alex Walsh. Beisel’s best time for 2016 still sits at a 2:09.75 which she set at the Orlando stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series.
Walsh hung close to Beisel to pick up a close second with a final time of 2:12.32. Lisa Bratton rounded out the top three finishers with a 2:12.50.
Tasija Karosas slipped to fourth after posting the top time in prelims. Karosas stopped the clock at a 2:14.04, just ahead of Brittany Maclean’s 2:14.15.
Bridgette Alexander and Hannah Moore kept it close to finish sixth and seventh respectively. Alexander stopped the clock at a 2:14.43 over Moore’s 2:14.62.
Danielle Galyer grabbed eighth with a 2:15.88.
Men’s 200 Back:
Cal teammates Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley produced another 1-2 finish in the men’s 200 back. Murphy finished with a time of 1:55.82, less than one second shy of his fourth ranked 1:54.94 in the world rankings. Murphy turned in that stellar time just after the NCAA Championships at the Canadian Olympic Trials.
Pebley flirted with his own 2016 best of 1:56.40 with a final time of 1:56.66. Pebley’s best is also from the Canadian Olympic Trials. The Cal teammates were the only two athletes to swim under the 2-minute mark.
Michael Taylor grabbed third with a 2:01.81, ahead of Taylor Delk’s 2:02.73.
Sebastien Rousseau turned in a final time of 2:04.99 to finish fifth.
Alex Robinson and Jason Park delivered matching times to tie for sixth. The two stopped the clock simultaneously at 2:05.15.
Sean Grieshop, the men’s 1500 free winner, rounded out the top eight with a 2:07.34.
Women’s 100 Free:
The women’s 100 free field was a star-studded event with the top five finishers posting times within .66 seconds of one another. Simone Manuel, who took a redshirt at Stanford this year to focus on the upcoming Olympic Trials, posted a 1-2 finish with fellow Stanford teammate Lia Neal. Manuel stopped the clock at a 54.11, finishing just shy of her thirteenth ranked time of 53.80 from the Mesa stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series. Neal clocked a 54.31 for second.
Moving up to third was freestyle superstar Katie Ledecky with a time of 54.55. Ledecky’s best time for 2016 sits at a 53.75 from the Austin stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series and is the fastest time posted by an American so far for 2016.
NCAA sprint champion Olivia Smoliga grabbed fourth with a time of 54.66, shaving .23 seconds off her prelims time of 54.89. Following close behind was Amanda Weir with a 54.77.
Natalie Coughlin turned in a 55.41 to finish sixth, just ahead of Shannon Vreeland’s 55.73.
Temarie Tomley grabbed eighth overall with a time of 55.86.
Men’s 100 Free:
Nathan Adrian and Marcelo Chierighini clocked the only sub-49 second 100’s in tonight’s 100 free final. Adrian delivered a final time of 48.29 to claim first, just shy of his fifth ranked 48.00 from the Mesa stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series. Chierighini finished second with a time of 48.69.
Townley Haas rounded out the top three with a final time of 49.72, just ahead of a tie for fourth between Jack Conger and Tom Shields. The two turned in matching times of 49.89.
NCAA sprint superstar Caeleb Dressel grabbed the sixth place finish with a time of 50.26, just ahead of Ryan Held’s 50.37.
Robert Howard was eighth with a 50.63.