Veronica Burchill Nabs Top Seeds at Day 3 Prelims of 2018 Charlotte UltraSwim

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Day three of the 2018 Charlotte UltraSwim, hosted by SwimMAC Carolina, continued with athletes participating in eight different Olympic events. Many of last night’s top stars, including Anton Ipsen, Veronica Burchill, Rachel Bernhardt, and more, picked up top seeds this morning to add to their medal haul from the previous night.

Veronica Burchill of Athens Bulldog opened the third morning of the Charlotte UltraSwim with a first-place seed in the women’s 200 free. Burchill posted a time of 2:02.38 to lead the qualifiers, followed closely by Cavalier Swimming’s Paige Madden (2:02.92). Madden’s teammate Megan Moroney rounded out the top three qualifiers with a 2:03.13.

One night after winning the 400 free, Anton Ipsen of Wolfpack Elite topped the prelims competition in the men’s 200 free. Ipsen posted a time of 1:52.89 to qualify first, followed by Tennessee’s Walker Higgins (1:53.61) and SwimMAC’s John Walker (1:54.81).

Gamecock’s Rachel Bernhardt continues to be the woman to beat in the breaststroke events, picking up the top seed in the 200 breast with a 2:35.98. Teammate Emily Barksdale qualified second with a 2:36.90, while Athens Bulldog’s Alexis Glunn was third with a 2:37.80.

Nils Wich-Glasen and GTAC’s Max Iida posted close times in the men’s 200 breast to qualify 1-2 for tonight’s final. Wich-Glasen turned in a 2:22.77 for the first-place seed, while Iida returns as second with a 2:22.96. Connor Dalbo of Marlins of Raleigh took third in prelims with a 2:23.69.

Auburn’s Alyssa Tetzloff flew to the top of the qualifier’s list in the women’s 100 fly, stopping the clock at a time of 1:00.77. Burchill posted a 1:01.15 to qualify second, just ahead of SwimMAC’s Julia Menkhaus and her 1:01.37.

Santiago Grassi continued his Auburn’s top times in the 100 fly with a 54.43 first-place seed in the men’s event. Athens Bulldog’s Camden Murphy turned in a 54.79 for the second-place seed, followed by Wolfpack’s Justin Ress and his time of 54.95.

Hennessey Stuart of Wolfpack Elite dominated the men’s 200 back prelims, finishing more than five seconds ahead of the competition with a 2:01.18. Christopher Thames, swimming unattached, grabbed the second-place seed with a 2:06.62, just ahead of Athens Bulldog’s Talmadge Davis’ 2:06.81.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2018 Charlotte UltraSwim.

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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