2018 ATLANTA CLASSIC
The 2018 Atlanta Classic concludes tonight with day 3 finals, as swimmers are set to compete in the 800 free (women only), 1500 free (men only), 200 IM, 200 back, and 100 free. Among the top swims to watch tonight is the men’s 100 free, where the top-10 prelims finishers include Michael Andrew, Caeleb Dressel, Dean Farris, and Maxime Rooney. will race for the title. Erika Brown will be one of the swimmers to watch out for in the women’s version of that race. NCAP’s 15-year-old Phoebe Bacon will battle Paige Madden and Maddie Homovich for the women’s 200 back title, and Dressel and Florida Gators teammate Mark Szaranek will challenge the field in the men’s 200 IM.
Women’s 800 Free
- Olivia Anderson – 8:42.79
- Courtney Harnish – 8:42.89
- Amanda Nunan – 8:48.17
This race came down to the wire, as 19-year-old Courtney Harnish made a push in the last 100 of the race, out-splitting the 18–year-old Olivia Anderson by nearly two seconds (1:02.21 to 1:04.19). However, Anderson, who was 7:38.60 to Harnish’s 7:40.68 at the 700-mark, was able to hold on.
The pair were significantly ahead of the rest of the field, with 19-year-old Amanda Nunan clocking in at 8:48.17, and 20-year-old Kahra Williams in fourth place with an 8:50.43. Maddie Homovich, the 2-seed in the event, gained over 10 seconds on her entry time to take 5th in 8:50.61.
Men’s 1500 free
- Ben Lawless – 15:23.94
- Taylor Abbott – 15:26.79
- Kevin Miller – 15:44.60
Taylor Abbot led the race all the way through the 1200-mark, where he led by only .02 seconds after leading by nearly 2 at points prior throughout the race. From there, Ben Lawless threw down consistent 31-lows and was able to close in 29.91 to win the race while Abbot faded to 31-mids, closing in 30.44.
Women’s 200 IM
- Emma Barksdale – 2:15.58
- Vanessa Pearl – 2:16.19
- Kelly Fertel – 2:16.34
20-year-old Emma Barksdale led from the get-go, splitting 28.87/35.40/39.04/32.27. Vanessa Pearl, 18, out-split her on breast and free (29.15/35.96/38.97/32.11), but it wasn’t enough to overtake Barksdale. 20-year-old Kelly Fertel also closed significantly faster than Barksdale (31.88), but took her first three stroked out in 92.64/35.65/39.17.
Notably, 16-year-old Abby Harter (NCAP) took fourth in 2:18.04 (29.39/36.46/40.10/32.09), and 14-year-old Meghan Lynch was 7th in 2:19.49 (30.53/36.71/40.49/31.76).
Men’s 200 IM
- Caeleb Dressel – 2:01.98
- Mark Szaranek – 2:03.12
- Santi Corredor – 2:05.49
Caeleb Dressel, the American record holder in the short course version of the race, went 2:01.98 in finals after going 2:07.68 in prelims. He split 25.68/32.30/36.20/27.80 for the win. His University of Florida teammate Mark Szaranek took second in 2:03.12 (26.44/32.54/35.75/28.39). 18-year-old Santi Corredor, also a Florida Gator, took third in 2:05.49.
18-year-old Andrew Winton was just behind him in 2:05.60, and 22-year-old James Guest followed in 2:05.71. Also under 2:06 was Eltan Yudashkin in 2:05.93.
Women’s 200 Back
- Phoebe Bacon – 2:14.04
- Sydney Sell – 2:14.46
- Maddie Homovich – 2:14.47
15-year-old Phoebe Bacon topped a tight race, splitting 1:06.14/1:07.90 for the win. Sydney Sell, 21, took second in 2:14.46, taking a different approach than Bacon by splitting 1:04.79/1:09.67. 18-year-old Maddie Homovich slightly negatives-split her race, going 1:07.29/1:07.18 en route to her 2:14.47.
Erin Falconer was 4th in 2:15.97, followed by Sherridon Dressel in 2:17.14. 14-year-old Natalie Mannion was 6th in 2:20.19.
Men’s 200 Back
- Joey Reilman – 2:01.50
- Bayley Main – 2:03.73
- Ethan Beach – 2:03.93
21-year-old Joey Reilman took his first 50 out half a second faster than anyone else in the field, and never looked back. He split 28.32/30.56/31.33/31.29 to win in 2:01.50, taking 1.35 seconds off his prelims time and 2.36 off his entry time. Bayley Main was second in 2:03.73 (28.80/31.07/31.55/32.31), taking 3.5 seconds off his prelims swim of 2:07.41. Ethan Beach, 18, was third in 2:03.93 (29.35/31.53/31.63/31.42).
John Healy was fourth in 2:05.40, and Nathan Murray fifth in 2:06.17.
Women’s 100 Free
- Penny Oleksiak – 55.54
- Stanzi Moseley – 56.26
- Amanda Weir – 56.48
17-year-old Penny Oleksiak split 26.70/28.43 en route to her winning time of 55.54. She was followed by Stanzi Moseley, 20, in 56.26 (27.11/29.15). Veteran Amanda Weir, 32, split 27.12/29.36 for her third-place time of 56.48.
Samantha Porter took fourth in 56.90, and Jordan Stout was fifth in 57.22. Sherridon Dressel took sixth in 57.22.
Men’s 100 Free
- Caeleb Dressel – 49.65
- Peter Holoda/Maxime Rooney – 49.94
- Shane Ryan – 50.19
After taking 7th in prelims, Caeleb Dressel topped the podium in finals, splitting 24.33/25.32 to win in 49.65. Peter Holoda and Maxime Rooney tied for second place in 49.94, with Holoda splitting 23.85/26.09 and Rooney 24.04/25.90. Shane Ryan was third in 50.19 (23.87/26.31).
After taking 2nd in prelims in 50.65, Michael Andrew fell to fourth in finals, going 51.03.
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