U.S. Olympic Trials: Gracie Weyant Joins Sister in Wave II With 200 Breast Title; Alec Cullen Gets Job Done

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U.S. Olympic Trials: Gracie Weyant Joins Sister in Wave II With 200 Breast Title; Alec Cullen Gets Job Done

When Wave II of the United States Olympic Trials open next weekend, Emma Weyant figures to be a contender for a trip to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in the 400-meter individual medley. Meanwhile, her younger sister will also be in action after putting together a superb performance during the Wave I competition on Monday night.

Racing at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, 15-year-old Gracie Weyant triumphed in the 200-meter breaststroke, thanks to a time of 2:31.10. Representing the Sarasota Sharks, Weyant earned the top seed in the event during the morning preliminaries and backed up that effort by surging over the back half of the final. Sitting third at the first turn and midway point, Weyant moved up to second place at the 150-meter mark and took the lead on the last lap.

Grabbing the second invitation to Wave II was Abigail Herscu, who came out of Lane Eight and benefited from the best closing lap in the field. Herscu touched the wall in 2:31.53 and completed a dynamic comeback that saw her rally from eighth after the first 50 meters. In qualifying for Wave II, Herscu held off third-place finisher Kristina Murphy (2:31.89).


1. Gracie Weyant, 2:31.10
2. Abigail Herscu, 2:31.53
3. Kristina Murphy, 2:31.89
4. Andrea Fischer, 2:32.10
5. Kate Steward, 2:31.12
6. Karina Kanary, 2:32.87
7. Ainsley Jones, 2:33.47
8. Annika McEnroe, 2:33.50

It was a down-to-the-touch affair in the men’s 200 breaststroke, where Alec Cullen of Cal-Santa Barbara narrowly beat Jakob Frick of Nation’s Capital. Trailing Frick by a small margin entering the last lap, Cullen pulled ahead and was timed in 2:14.38, with Frick right behind in 2:14.40. Both men advanced to the Wave II meet in what was their last opportunity.

Cullen and Frick were in a battle with Coleman Modglin through the first 100 meters, but the qualifiers for Wave II made it a two-man race over the last two lengths. Modglin placed third in 2:15.49.


1. Alec Cullen, 2:14.38
2. Jakob Frick, 2:14.40
3. Coleman Modglin, 2:15.49
4. Aidan Kreiley, 2:15.67
5. Peter Bretzmann, 2:16.85
6. Parker Macy, 2:17.98
7. Connor Dalbo, 2:18.21
8. Matt Murphy, 2:20.38

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10 months ago

They all were terrific!