US Olympic Trials Wave I: Haebig Leads 200 Free Heats After Stellar 100 Back; Vereb, McCarthy Top Seeds

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US Olympic Trials Wave I: Haebig Leads 200 Free Heats After Stellar 100 Back; Vereb, McCarthy Top Seeds

Fresh off a win in the 100 back last night where she swam a lifetime best, Nebraska’s Autumn Haebig returned with a strong 200 free heats swim to grab lane four in tonight’s final with a 2:01.59. Haebig split a 1:00.1 / 1:01.4 on her swim as she is ahead of Jillian Barczyk (2:01.77) and 16-year-old Summer Cardwell (2:01.85). Haebig came in seeded at 2:00.5 as Barczyk and Cardwell were both seeded at 2:00’s, which put Cardwell 65th all-time in the 15-16 age group.

Anna Peplowski of Bloomington, Illinois, is seeded fourth for tonight’s final with a 2:02.64 as she was the second seed on the psych sheet and will have a chance to get to Wave II in this event. Perhaps the intensity of the race can get these swimmers under 2:00 in tonight’s final as Elle Caldow (2:02.69) and Ella Bathurst (2:02.98) will join the top four group in the final.

In the 100 breast, Virginia Tech’s Joelle Vereb swam a best time with a 1:09.65 in the heats to grab lane four in tonight’s final as she is ahead of Virginia commit and future in-state rival Zoe Skirboll (1:09.82) who also swam a best time, breaking 1:10 for the first time. Skirboll is now 36th all-time in the 15-16 age group in the 100 breaststroke.

Fellow ACC swimmer Heather MacCausland of NC State is seeded third at 1:09.93, also getting under 1:10 for the first time.

Florida International’s Taylor Grabenhorst (1:10.22) is seeded fourth after coming in as a 1:09.7 on the heat sheet as she will be in the thick of things come tonight to try and earn a spot to Wave II along with Kansas’ Kate Steward (1:10.41) and Texas A&M’s Kylie Powers (1:10.41).

In the 400 IM, 16-year-old Katie McCarthy of Edina Swim Club in Minnesota, swam a 4:49.94, just off her seed of 4:49.1 as she is just outside the all-time top 100 in the 15-16 age group. She leads Ohio State’s Katie Trace at 4:50.12, who was just 0.07 off her seed. 18-year-old Cal commit Annika McEnroe is seeded third at 4:52.36 out of heat 1 while 18-year-old Harvard commit Erin Cavanagh (4:52.92) is seeded fourth thanks to a strong freestyle leg.

Auburn’s Hannah Ownbey (4:53.68) and Tennessee commit Kate McCarville (4:53.90) should also factor into tonight’s final that could go any number of directions.

Women’s 200 Free:

  1. Autumn Haebig, 2:01.59
  2. Jillian Barczyk, 2:01.77
  3. Summer Cardwell, 2:01.85
  4. Anna Peplowski, 2:02.64
  5. Elle Caldow, 2:02.69
  6. Ella Bathurst, 2:02.98
  7. Addison Smith, 2:03.11
  8. Mali Rausch, 2:03.18

Women’s 100 Breast:

  1. Joelle Vereb, 1:09.65
  2. Zoe Skirboll, 1:09.82
  3. Heather MacCausland, 1:09.93
  4. Taylor Grabenhorst, 1:10.22
  5. Kate Steward, 1:10.41
  6. Kylie Powers, 1:10.41
  7. Kaylee Hamblin, 1:10.47
  8. Sally Foley, 1:10.73

Women’s 400 IM:

  1. Katie McCarthy, 4:49.94
  2. Katie Trace, 4:50.12
  3. Annika McEnroe, 4:52.36
  4. Erin Cavanagh, 4:52.92
  5. Hannah Ownbey, 4:53.68
  6. Kate McCarville, 4:53.90
  7. Michelle Morgan, 4:53.98
  8. Paige MacEachern, 4:54.71