2011 Winter Nationals: Day Two Wrap-up
By Bryan Flaherty
*UPDATE* Day Two – Finals results
In Friday night's first heat, Rachael Burnett (University of West Virginia/Potomac Marlins) took second in the “C” Final of the women's 400 individual medley (22nd overall) with a time of 4 minutes 54.07 seconds, improving her time from Friday morning by over five seconds.
Curl-Burke's Janet Hu posted a time of 1:1.28 in the women's 100 butterfly, finishing in 26th place.
Matt McLean (FAST/U-Va./SNOW) moved up one position in the 200 freestyle (1:49.66), finishing second in his heat and 12th overall.
In a “B” Final packed with local talent, Jennifer Wilson (Northwestern University/Curl-Burke) out-touched RMSC's Sarah Haase in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:10.49, finishing 13th overall. Haase finished in 14th place, less than one-tenth of a second behind, in a time of 1:10.58. George Mason junior Ashley Danner (Mason Makos) finished ninth in the heat, 19th overall, in a time of 1:11.78.
The night concluded with the men's 100 backstroke, where Jack Conger (RMSC) finished 56.10 for tenth place in an “A” Final won by the event's 2008 Olympic silver medalist, Matthew Grevers (53.26).
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Day Two – Prelims results
Day Two prelims concluded at the 2011 Winter Nationals in Atlanta with several area swimmers earning a lane in Friday's finals, starting at 6 p.m.
This morning's big-mover was RMSC's Conger who jumped up ten spots to claim the fourth seed in the “A” Final of the men's 100 backstroke in a time of 55.34 seconds.
Jack Conger swimming backstroke (Ricky Carioti/For The Washington Post)
After a strong 400 freestyle last night, McLean (FAST/U-Va./SNOW) reached the “B” Final of tonight's 200 freestyle (1:50.72).
Curl-Burke's Hu finished 21st in the women's 100 butterfly in a time of 1:1.11 seconds. She will be the top seed in tonight's “C” Final.
The Potomac Valley will be well-represented in tonight's “B” Final of the women's 100 breaststroke. Former Curl-Burke swimmer Wilson (Northwestern) earned herself a center lane, finishing 12th overall in a time of 1:10.13. RMSC's Haase is seeded 14th overall with a time of 1:10.54. Danner (George Mason/MAKO) finished 17th in a time of 1:11.22.
Burnett* (West Virginia/Potomac Marlins) narrowly missed appearing in her second finals of the meet in the 200 freestyle (2:03.97), finishing 31st, just three hundredths of a second behind 30th position. As the first alternate, she will swim if any finalists scratch before tonight's races.
Michael Flach (University of South Carolina/FISH) did not return to the finals on his second day of competition. In the 100 butterfly (55:54), he fell well short of reaching the finals, finishing 42nd, despite being within half a second off his personal best time in long course. He is currently the first alternate in the 200 freestyle (1:52.63).
*Correction: Burnett earned the final spot in the “C” Final of the women's 400 individual medley with a time of 4:59.58.
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