It was a full night of competition on day two of the 2018 Charlotte UltraSwim. Last night’s top eight qualifiers competed in the Super Semi-Final round of their 50s, while individual awards were given out for a total of ten Olympic events.
Anton Ipsen, Justin Ress, and Elise Haan each took home victories for the Wolfpack, while Madison Kennedy maintained her spot as the sprint queen in the 50 free shootout rounds.
Women’s 100 Back
Elise Haan of Wolfpack Elite maintained her spot atop the leaderboard in the women’s 100 back, posting a final time of 1:01.71. Erin Earley of the Cavaliers took second overall with a time of 1:02.48, shaving .99 seconds off her prelim time of 1:03.47, while teammate Megan Moroney was third with a 1:02.63.
Men’s 100 Back
The Wolfpack swept the podium of the men’s 100 back. Justin Ress stormed to a dominating finish of 53.67, earning himself a spot in the top 20 world rankings for 2018. Teammates Coleman Stuewart and Hennessey Stuart finished second and third with times of 55.38 and 56.04.
Women’s 50 Breast Super Semi-Finals
Rachel Bernhardt of Gamecock Aquatics topped the qualifiers in the super semi-finals round of the women’s 50 breast. Her time of 32.02 was followed closely by Wolfpack’s Olivia Calegan (32.12) and MSA’s Kaylee Hamblin (32.13).
WAVE’s Mikaela Fullerton also qualified with a time of 33.22.
Men’s 50 Breast Super Semi-Finals
SwimMAC teammates Nic Eriksson and William Chan grabbed the top two qualifying spots in the men’s 50 breast super semi-finals, clocking times of 28.26 and 28.71 respectively.
Itay Goldfaden of Gamecock Aquatics picked up the third-place seed with a 28.80, while TE’s Austin Rednour was fourth with a 29.33.
Women’s 200 Fly
Isabella Paez of Duke took home the victory in the women’s 200 fly, stopping the clock at a time of 2:14.18. She was followed closely to the wall by Athens Bulldog’s teammates Caitlin Casazza (2:14.52) and Margaret Finnon (2:14.67).
Men’s 200 Fly
18-year-old Zachary Brown, representing the Marlins of Raleigh, flew to victory in the men’s 200 fly, posting a final time of 2:00.77 and taking a stunning 4.39 seconds off his prelims time of 2:05.16.
Fynn Minuth, swimming unattached, grabbed second with a 2:01.82, also shaving more than four seconds off his prelims time of 2:06.28. Camden Murphy of the Athens Bulldog’s finished third with a 2:02.29.
Women’s 50 Free Super Semi-Finals
Madison Kennedy continued to highlight the women’s 50 free shootout rounds, topping the list of qualifiers with a 25.11. Veronica Burchill, representing Athens Bulldog’s, took second with a time of 25.85, followed by a tie for third between Gamecock’s Christina Lappin (25.94) and Wolfpack’s Ky-lee Perry (25.94).
Men’s 50 Free Super Semi-Finals
A trio of unattached swimmers highlighted the super semi-final rounds of the men’s 50 free, led by Aaron Greenberg and his time of 22.89. John Long (23.23) and Oliver Smith (23.35) qualified close behind.
Rounding out the top four qualifiers was Auburn’s Santiago Grassi with a time of 23.40.
Women’s 100 Breast
Bernhardt backed up her first-place seed in the 50 breast with a top showing in the women’s 100 breast. Bernhardt clocked a final time of 1:09.65, scratching 1.85 seconds off her prelims time of 1:11.50.
YOTA’s Jacalyn Schoening placed second overall with a 1:10.63, followed by 13-year-old Grace Rainey, representing SwimMAC, and her time of 1:11.65.
Men’s 100 Breast
Just like Bernhardt, Eriksson backed up his 50 first-place seed with a first-place finish in the 100 breast. The 24-year-old posted a final time of 1:02.77, scratching .44 seconds off his prelims time of 1:03.21. 15-year-old teammate Timothy Connery took second with a 1:04.10, followed closely by PKV’s Marko Blazevski’s 1:04.20.
Women’s 50 Back Super Semi-Finals
18-year-old Grace Countie dashed to the top seed in the women’s 50 back shootout round, posting a top qualifying time of 28.60. She was followed closely by the victor of the 100 back–Elise Haan (28.75).
SwimMAC’s Madelyn Flickinger (29.63) and Wolfpack’s Mackenzie Glover (29.72) completed the qualifiers list.
Men’s 50 Back Super Semi-Finals
Ress once again wowed the competition, finishing more than a second ahead in the men’s 50 back shootout round. He posted a time of 24.90, while second-place qualifier Maximillian St. George turned in a 25.97.
Cavalier Swimming’s John Whiteside was third with a 26.06, just ahead of Wolfpack’s Coleman Stewart (26.44).
Women’s 200 IM
Emily Barksdale of Gamecock Aquatics turned in a 2:16.58 to win the women’s 200 IM, taking 1.40 seconds off her prelims time of 2:17.98.
Marlins of Raleigh’s Julia Poole finished second overall with a 2:18.15, while IA’s Makayla Sargent posted a 2:19.57 for third.
Men’s 200 IM
NOVA’s Frederick Schubert was victorious in the men’s 200 IM, turning in the fastest time of the evening at a 2:07.99. Cavalier Swimming’s Robert Giller (2:08.13) and SwimMAC’s Chase Allison (2:09.70) rounded out the podium.
Women’s 50 Fly Super Semi-Finals
Alyssa Tetzloff of Auburn grabbed the top seed in the final women’s shootout of the evening, stopping the clock at a time of 27.30. She was followed closely by IA’s Abigail Dolan (27.61) and Athens Bulldog’s Donna Blaum (27.62).
Lappin rounded out the qualifiers with a 27.70.
Men’s 50 Fly Super Semi-Finals
Grassi earned his spot in yet another 50 shootout with a time of 24.53 in the men’s 50 fly super semi-final. Murphy delivered the only other sub-25 second time at a 24.80, while AAC’s Ryan Baker (25.00) and Wolfpack’s James Bretscher (25.05) took third and fourth.
Women’s 400 Free
Veronica Burchill, representing Athens Bulldog’s, claimed a narrow victory over Marlins of Raleigh’s Madison Homovich. Burchill cruised to a first-place finish of 4:17.49 over Homovich’s 4:17/92. Both athletes shaved more than three seconds off their preliminary times.
Cavalier Swimming’s Paige Madden picked up third with a time of 4:19.29.
Men’s 400 Free
Anton Ipsen of Wolfpack Elite dominated the competition in the men’s 400 free final, finishing more than eight seconds ahead of the competition. Ipsen touched in a time of 3:50.51, while Tennessee’s Walker Higgins was second with a 3:59.78.
Talmade Davis of Athens Bulldog’s posted a 4:00.38 to earn third overall.
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