Olympic Trials Day 6 & 7: Phoebe Bacon is an Olympian!
By Reach for the Wall Staff
Okay, we're a little late with the Friday and Saturday summaries because we were busy during the day attending the opening weekend of the Summer League season and shouting on our TVs for our local swimmers at night !! What two captivating nights of swimming we experienced. Friday night started with the women's 200 breaststroke and at the finish (between wiping away the tears) we couldn't hope for Annie Lazor and her 2016 comeback to secure her place on the team. Next we saw Cal teammates Ryan Murphy and Bryce Mefford take the top 2 spots in the men's 200 backstroke in an impressive manner. (We'll skip the semifinals for now and get to those in Saturday's recap.) The Men's 200 IM Final was an exciting race for a number of reasons. On the one hand, we were curious to see if Michael Andrew could set a new world record, on the other hand, would Ryan Lochte still have a big leap in himself to qualify for the team? and third, Andrew Seliskar had an equal chance to form the team in this event. As the race progressed, the number 1 was doubtful until it became clear in the last 25 meters of the race that Michael Andrew was giving everything he had, but not having the "next gear" in his freestyle to break the record. He won the event in 1: 55.44, 1.45 seconds behind Ryan Lochte's record from 2011. Speaking of Ryan Lochte, he also gave everything, but did not get past 6th place in the race and was 7th in the overall standings 1: 59.67. Andrew Seliskar swam out of lane 1 and was 3rd after Butterfly. In the backstroke, the field against the wall was very tight, but after the breaststroke, Andrew finished 6th, where he finished the race in 1: 58.35. It continues to the events on Saturday, where swimmers from PVS competed against each other in the Women & # 39; s 50 Freestyle, Women & # 39; s 200 Backstroke and Women & # 39; s 800 Freestyle.
The race of the night was (at least in our opinion) the women's 200 back between current world record holder Regan Smith, Phoebe Bacon (Wisconsin / NCAP), Isabelle Stadden (Cal) and Rhyan White (Alabama) who already teamed up in the 100 Move. Regan, Isabelle and Phoebe all took off quickly and hit the 100 curve, all under 1:02 (in the heats and semifinals no swimmer dived under 1:02 for the 1st 100). On the 3rd 50, Rhyan White made her move, dividing 32.15 into Phoebes 32.53, Regans 32.55, and Isabelles 32.86. The final turn was made with Rhyan and Phoebe accelerating it and pulling away from Regan and Isabelle. Rhyan's last 50 was swum in 31.96 and she took the first overall win in 2: 05.73, Phoebe split 32.67 and finished second in 2: 06.46 and Regan split 33.23 and finished in 2nd place : 06.79 3. Phoebe made the team! Phoebe made the team !!!
In the 50 women's freestyle heats, Torri Huske continued her outstanding meeting and qualified in 3rd place overall with 24.61. The teenage phenomenon Camille Spink, who had previously swam great in the 100th round, also made it to the semi-finals and qualified in 16th place overall with 25.45, faster than her in wave I! In the semifinals, Camille prevailed against Simone Manuel and Erika Brown (2nd place in the Women & # 39; s 100 Freestyle). Camille was right in her time and finished 16th with a 25.49. Keep it up, Camille !!
In the second round, Torri was on lane 5, next to Abby Weitzel (winner of the Women & # 39; s 100 Freestyle). Torri stormed at 24.45, almost 2 tenths better than her pre-swim and the second fastest time before the final tonight!
It was no surprise that Katie Ledecke won the 800 freestyle with 8: 14.62 and 5.74 seconds ahead of runner-up Katie Grimes. The race for second place wasn't as predictable as Katie Grimes (15 years old) was in fifth place for most of the race, behind Olympic team qualifiers Hayley Anderson and Erica Sullivan. It came down to the final 100 between Hayley and Katie, where Katie Grimes finished in 1: 01.46 to Hayley's 1: 01.83 and Katie grabbed 2nd place and Olympic team place! Many parallels have been drawn between Ledecky and Grimes as Ledecky qualified for her first Olympic team at that event at the age of 15.