Olympic Trials: Day three

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By Reach for the Wall Staff

The Tuesday night session started with the Women's 200 Freestyle Semi-Final, in which local hopefuls Erin Gemmell (NCAP) v Katie Ledecky (Stanford / NCAP) (her club teammate, high school alumnus, and many years) trained by her father). In the intro to the event, NBC showed a split screen showing Katie and Erin side by side as they prepare for the race.

Katie and Paige Madden (UVA) pushed each other through the first 150. After the final corner, Katie took command and finished 1st in 1: 55.83. Erin swam in 4th place in the heat and set a personal best of 1 : 58.67, which finished her 9th overall.
In the second round, Torri Huske continued her efforts to qualify for several events for Tokyo. With her lead time of 1: 59.48 (her best time of 1: 58.09 was swum in April) she was sixth in the heat. Torri fought the whole time, hitting the wall 6th in her run and 11th overall in 1: 59.27. We hope there is a late scratch and Erin gets another chance at the 200, if not, congratulations on a great swim !!!

In the final of the men's 200 freestyle, Andrew Seliskar started the race in sixth set with a semi-final time of 1: 46.95 (his best time of 1: 45.70 was 2018). In the first 100, Seliskar stayed in 6th and 5th on every consecutive turn, then made his move … on the 150 he spun in 3rd, split the field and was the only swimmer under 27 with only 6 tenths between places 2 and 4 at the finish. He got his hand on the wall with a time of 1: 46.34 in 4th place and secured a place in the Olympic team !!!

We saw on our Twitter feed that Andrew's NVSL Summer League team was cheering him on:

ANDREW SELISKAR GOES TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES! Forever a marlin, forever an Olympian!

– McLean Marlins (@McLeanMarlins) June 16, 2021 The Women & # 39; s 100 Backstroke was the next final on the schedule and Phoebe Bacon (Wisconsin / NCAP) finished with a semi-final time of 59.62 (her best time is 58.63, swam 2019) sixth place). Phoebe hit the wall on 50 in 7th position, only 0.58 from 2nd, but couldn't close the gap and finished 6th with a time of 59.58. Great job Phoebe!

The next event of the evening with a former PVS swimmer was the men's 200th butterfly with Jack Conger (Virginia Tech / NCAP / RMSC). Jack swam out of lane 8 in the second run, hoping for some smoke from outside. Trenton Julian thrilled the crowd by finishing the race quickly and building a lead of over a second by the 100th corner. Commenting on the event, Michael Phelps noted that his 2nd 50s split could haunt him at the end of the race. The preliminary winner Zach Harting tracked him down and touched him from 1: 55.21 to 1: 55.35. Jack finished the race strong but finished 7th in his run and 11th overall and did not qualify for the final tonight. Congratulations Jack !!

The last event was the women's 200 IM, where Torri Huske competed in the first round of the semi-finals. Her preliminary swim of 2: 12.51 qualified her for 8th place overall. As was to be expected, she was the first on the wall after the butterfly leg and held first place in the direction of the breaststroke despite problems with the train rope. At the 150 mark it was a four women race between Torri, Madisyn Cox, Beata Nelson and Meghan Small. The last 50 were a sprint home, Torri shared a 31.2 but failed to catch up with Madisyn or Meghan and finished the run in 3rd place in 2: 11.42, good enough to finish 8th tonight.

PVS swimmers who participated on Tuesday:
Men's 200 Butterfly:
Landon Gentry (NCAP) 26: 1: 59.85
Alexander Colson (State of Arizona / RMSC) 31: 2: 00.30
Women 200 IM:
Sophie Duncan (NCAP) 30: 2: 17.49
1500 freestyle women:
Madelyn Donohoe (FISH) 17.:16:43.72
Paige McKenna (NCAP) 18:16: 43.85
Chase Travis (Virginia Tech / NCAP) 20:16:45:20
* Katie Ledecky qualified 1st in 15: 43.10 and will compete tonight. We'll give a recap of this race in our next post

Today's events:

Wednesday June 16 Wednesday June 16
Men's 100 freestyle Men's 100 Freestyle – Semi-Finals
Ladies 200 butterfly 200 freestyle women – FINAL
200 men's breaststroke Men's 200 Butterfly – FINAL
Men's 800 freestyle Women 200 Butterfly – Semifinals
200 Men's Breaststroke – Semi-Finals
Women's 200 Individual Medley – FINAL
1500 Freestyle Women – FINAL
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