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Women’s 50 Fly:
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Women’s 200 Fly is led by Hali Flickinger who was out pretty quick this AM: .4 tenths faster than Mary T. went out in back in 1981 at the 100. She’ll turn that into easier speed and bring it back tough tonight. Dakota Luther is the 2nd seed — the youngster from Austin Swim Club that’s been breaking records set by Dana Vollmer. The future Georgia Bulldog put together the best 2nd half of the morning. Cassidy Bayer (NCAP) who was expected to be on the podium didn’t advance to Finals.
Men’s 200 Fly was nice and feisty. The Top 7 guys would have all made the 2004 Olympic team behind the GOAT of course. 50% of the Final 8 swim/swam for the Georgia Bulldogs. And the Top 2 women swam or will swim for the Georgia Bulldogs. Think Jack and Harvey know whats up?
Women’s 100 Free was slower than anticipated. The women’s 4×100 Free Relay took a direct hit with Abbey Weitzeil not making it back — that’s a 53.2 100 Freestyler. Thankfully, Mallory Comerford cranked out exactly that: a 53.2 100 Freestyle. And, Kelsi Worrell dropped under 54 for the first time in her career. Ledecky looked to be out kicking and out stroking everyone in her heat but 54.7 is pretty pedestrian. Have no fear, it was only Prelims. Simone looked very much in control from start to finish.
Men’s 100 Free was faster than anticipated especially with everyone swimming their own race. Tonight, everyone will be out faster. This morning only one person flipped under 23 at the 50 (Zach Apple) and nobody came back under 25. Nathan Adrian has talked a lot about changing up his race strategy so that he comes back faster (ala Chalmers). But, that’s not how he races and that’s not how he is built. He’s a big strong dude and he needs to be out really fast with a lot of oxygen. In prelims he stuck to the new game plan but expect him to be out faster than anyone tonight. In yesterday’s press conference he was asked: “So no more coming back in 24.7?” and he answered, “I would like to but I mean unfortunately when I came back in 24.7 I was out in 23 high or something…that’s not going to get it done.”