Lengthy Course Time Trials
- February 7, 2021
- Jason Turcotte Competitors Pool, Chamblee, Georgia
- Lengthy Course Meters (50 meters)
- Outcomes on Meet Cell: “Lengthy Course Time Trials”
After the conclusion of the quick course Georgia Excessive Faculty State Championship meets over the weekend, a trio of Georgia’s greatest groups obtained collectively on Sunday for a protracted course time trial. The meet was designed to make the most of the taper coming off the highschool championships, the meet had 121 entrants.
Most of these entrants have been highschool aged swimmers, although just a few others, notably Olympians Amanda Weir and Edgar Crespo, additionally raced.
Amongst these swimmers who took substantial benefit of the chance was SwimAtlanta 17-year previous Sebastien Sergile. The highschool junior swam 2:00.98 within the 200 meter fly, which will get below the US Olympic Trials Wave I minimize and marks his first Olympic Trials normal.
Sergile’s earlier greatest time was 2:01.82. The Wave I Olympic Trials normal is a 2:01.19, that means that he’s now eligible to swim within the early-June wave of the US Olympic Trials. He would wish to go 1:59.63 to qualify for Wave 2, which is the quicker wave of USA Swimming’s new two-tiered qualifying system that’s designed to scale back the variety of athletes on deck at any time amid COVID-19 pandemic uncertainty.
The highest 2 finishers in every occasion from the Wave 1 meet advance to the Wave 2 meet every week later.
Sergile is the #13-ranked swimmer in the highschool class of 2022, though he hasn’t announced his future college plans yet. The breakout in lengthy course follows a number of standout quick course swims over the past 12 months. That features a 1:45.0 in the 200 yard fly in December that ranked him 10th all-time within the 15-16 age group in that occasion.
His new lengthy course time ranks him simply outdoors of the highest 100 in USA Swimming historical past amongst 17-18s, although he has some time to climb that record as he’s simply previous his 17th birthday.
Sergile additionally swam 44.Three within the 100 yard free in December.
Earlier within the weekend, Sergile cut up 21.60 on the butterfly leg of Centennial Excessive Faculty’s successful 200 medley relay. He adopted that with a 1:35.36 within the 200 free, which is simply two-tenths shy of the State Report; and later a 4:23.30 within the 500 free. These instances are round three and 4 seconds quicker, respectively, than his greatest pre-pandemic bests.
Sergile was one among three swimmers to go below an Olympic Trials Wave I normal on the occasion. Within the ladies’ 200 IM, SwimAtlanta’s GiGi Johnson swam 2:16.93, which bettered the Wave I normal of two:17.39.
For Johnson, that took greater than a second off her earlier lifetime greatest of two:18.01 that was achieved on the 2019 Summer season Junior Championships. She swam the race on the US Open final November, however was solely 2:18.49.
Johnson beforehand has a Wave I minimize within the 200 breaststroke, because of a 2:30.69 additionally achieved at Summer season Juniors in 2019. Like most individuals, she swam only one race on the time trial meet, and opted to go after a Wave 1 minimize within the 200 IM. That’s regardless of being simply two-tenths of a second in need of the Wave 2 minimize within the 200 breaststroke. Based mostly on the transitive property of swimming, it’s possible that she may have dropped these two tenths, on condition that in the identical time interval she dropped over a second within the 200 IM, however Atlanta-area swimmers aren’t devoid of lengthy course racing alternatives, so she ought to nonetheless have extra possibilities to clear the Wave 2 minimize.
The opposite swimmer to clear the Olympic Trials normal was one other SwimAtlanta racer: Jack Aikins. He gained the 50 free in 22.95. That undercuts the senior and College of Virginia commit’s earlier better of 23.25, and provides him a fourth Olympic Trials minimize.
On the US Open in Huntsville, Alabama in November, he cleared the the 100 free Wave 1 normal with a 50.43 and Wave 2 normal within the 100 again with a 54.59. He additionally has a 200 again Wave 1 minimize in 2:02.01.
As a result of he has a single Wave 2 minimize, he should swim on the Wave 2 meet, and he’s eligible to swim all 4 of these races on the Wave 2 meet (even those the place he has solely a Wave 1 normal).
Different Time Trial Highlights
- 16-year previous Owen McDonald of the Dynamo Swim Membership, an uncommitted highschool junior, swam new lifetime bests of 1:54.56 within the 200 free and 56.22 within the 100 fly. Each swims clear the 2019 Summer season Juniors minimize. His earlier lengthy course greatest within the 200 free was simply 1:59.3, whereas his earlier lengthy course greatest int he 100 fly was simply 1:01.0.
- 17-year previous Peyton Curry, an LSU commit and the youthful sister of the defending SEC Champion within the 100 free Brooks Curry, swam a brand new greatest time within the 200 free. She posted a 2:05.42, which betters her previous greatest of two:06.20.