*UPDATE* Day One finals – results
Rachael Burnett (West Virginia/Potomac Marlins) finished ninth in the “A” Final of the 400 freestyle in 4 minutes 14.96 seconds, moving up one position from her prelims seed.
Also swimming in an “A” Final, Matt McLean (FAST/U-Va./SNOW) finished seventh in the men’s 400 free with a time of 3:52.73, improving upon his morning swim by nearly two and a half seconds.
In the previous heat, Michael Flach (South Carolina/FISH) finished third in the “B” Final, 13th overall, of the men’s 400 free (3:55.80).
Sarah Haase (Good Counsel/RMSC) finished fifth in the “C” Final, 25th overall, of the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:18.65.
All four Day One finalists will be back in the water Friday for another morning session, as well as many other Potomac Valley swimmers, including All-Met Men's Swimmer of the Year, Jack Conger, hoping to make his first finals of the weekend in the 100 back.
Results from prelims and finals are posted here each day.
2011 Winter Nationals: Area swimmers reach Day One finals
Four local swimmers advanced to tonight's finals at the 2011 Winter Nationals in Atlanta. Finals begin at 6 p.m.
Former SNOW swimmer McLean advanced to the “A” Final in the 400 freestyle in a time of 3 minutes 55.10 seconds, earning himself an outside lane as the tenth seed. Also seeded tenth, University of West Virginia's Burnett advanced in the women's 400 freestyle (4:15.13). The former Potomac Marlin set the AAA Virginia State record holder in the 500 freestyle (4:50.14) in 2009 while at Annandale High School.
Also making it back for tonight's 400 free finals are University of South Carolina's Flach. Flach finished 16th in this morning's prelims (3:56.03) and will swim in the “B” Final tonight. Earlier this year, Flach decided t
o step away from NCAA competition and take an Olympic redshirt, providing him more time to focus on his long course race technique without worrying about the grind of a SEC swimming schedule.
Only one area high school swimmer advanced on day one. RMSC's Haase earned a spot in the 200 individual medley finals (2:18.55). Seeded 49th in prelims, Haase moved up 26 spots to advance to tonight's “C” Final in the 200 individual medley. Haase will also be a threat to advance in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events on Friday and Saturday.
McLean is a graduate of the University of Virginia and currently trains with FAST swim team in Fullerton, California. He swam for Potomac Falls High School. Flach was a member of FISH swim club and O'Connell High School swim team. Haase was last year's All-Met Swimmer of the Year. She is a senior at Good Counsel High School.
To view the complete results from this morning's prelims, click here.