Olympic Trials Wave I Day One Prelims: Haebig Swims 1:01.5 100 Back; Spink, Massey Take Top Seeds

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Olympic Trials Wave I Day One Prelims: Haebig Swims 1:01.5 100 Back; Spink, Massey Take Top Seeds

The first morning of the 2021 Olympic Trials Wave I in Omaha kicked off Friday morning in Nebraska at the Chi Health Center with the heats of the 100 free, 200 fly and 100 back.

Nebraska’s Autumn Haebig had a nice drop in the heats of the 100 back with a 1:01.58, coming down from a 1:01.91 on her seed to grab lane four for tonight’s final. The top two in each event will earn a chance to swim in Wave II June 13 – 20 if they so desire. Haebig, who swam at Nebraska this year, is seeded ahead of Arkansas’ Kobie Melton (1:01.77) and Cal’s Tea Laughlin (1:02.37) with spots in Wave II on the line. Also in that final heat tonight is 17-year-old Tatum Wall (1:02.82) of Nation’s Capital Swim Club as a name to watch for the future.

Wall’s NCAP teammate Camille Spink was the lone swimmer to break 56 seconds in the heats of the 100 free as she swam a 55.63. The 16-year-old is ahead of a trio of swimmers born in 2004 with 17-year-old Kristina Paegle (56.04) and 16-year-old Zoe Skirboll (56.13) seeded second and third with the original top seed Mykenzie Leehy of Houston in fourth at 56.17. It should be a tightly contested field with the top two advancing to the second Wave June 13 – 20 as 2018 juniors champ Christiana Regenauer (56.24) also in contention.

Nashville Aquatic Club’s Alex Massey swam a best time in the 200 butterfly with a 2:13.01 in the heats as she is ahead of Emma Sticklen of Texas at 2:13.20. 17-year-old Casey Cullen of Plymouth Whitemarsh is third with a new best at 2:13.76 while Caroline Sheble (2:14.08) is fourth ahead of Mackenzie McConagha (2:14.11).

Ohio State’s Sally Tafuto put in the top time in the 800 free timed finals with an 8:49.18.

Women’s 100 Free:

  1. 55.63, Camille Spink
  2. 56.04, Kristina Paegle
  3. 56.13, Zoe Skirboll
  4. 56.17, Mykenzie Leehy
  5. 56.24, Christiana Regenauer
  6. 56.28, Marina Spadoni
  7. 56.28, Sarah Shackelford
  8. 56.30, Trude Rothrock

Women’s 200 Fly:

  1. 2:13.01, Alex Massey
  2. 2:13.20, Emma Sticklen
  3. 2:13.76, Casey Cullen
  4. 2:14.08, Caroline Sheble
  5. 2:14.11, Mackenzie McConagha
  6. 2:14.30, Martina Peroni
  7. 2:14.71, Katie Trace
  8. 2:14.77, Kate McCarville

Women’s 100 Back:

  1. 1:01.58, Autumn Haebig
  2. 1:01.77, Kobie Melton
  3. 1:02.37, Tea Laughlin
  4. 1:02.42, Casey Chung
  5. 1:02.65, Emily Lenihan
  6. 1:02.69, Marie Schobel
  7. 1:02.82, Tatum Wall
  8. 1:02.83, Bayley Stewart

Women’s 800 Free:

  1. 8:49.18, Sally Tafuto
  2. 9:07.50, Michaela Mattes
  3. 9:12.33, Emily Gjertsen