S&D: Nic Fink and Hali Flickinger Qualify for Tokyo

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S&D: Nic Fink and Hali Flickinger Qualify for Tokyo

Hali Flickinger – Photo: Georgia Sports Communications

With victories by Nic Fink and Hali Flickinger, the University of Georgia swimming team continued its outstanding run at the United States Olympic Swimming Team Trials Thursday evening at the CHI Health Center Arena.

In his final attempt to make Team USA, Fink pulled ahead in the final 50 meters of the 200-meter breaststroke final, earning the automatic berth with a personal-best time of 2:07.55. ABSC teammate Andrew Wilson followed Fink in second, adding a second event to his Olympic program with a time of 2:08.32. Fellow ProDawg Kevin Cordes placed fourth with a mark of 2:10.06.





Later in the session, Flickinger used a strong second half to prevail in the 200-meter butterfly final with a time of 2:05.85, setting a new PR and U.S. Open Record. In addition to the 200 fly, Flickinger had already earned a likely spot in the 400-meter IM on Sunday night. Rising senior Dakota Luther finished sixth in the final with a time of 2:09.40.

In the 100-meter freestyle semifinals, Olivia Smoliga turned in a terrific performance, tying with ProDawg teammate Natalie Hinds for first place with personal-best times of 53.55. One night after becoming the seventh American swimmer to make four Olympic teams, Allison Schmitt advanced to Friday’s final with a time of 54.08.

In other action, rising senior Andrew Abruzzo opened the evening with an eighth-place time of 8:01.81 in the 800-meter freestyle final. Chase Kalisz took second in the 200-meter IM with a time of 1:57.19, while Jay Litherland placed 12th at 2:00.51. Finally, rising junior Ian Grum earned the second alternate spot in the 200-meter backstroke final with a time of 1:59.02.





During the morning session, rising sophomore Maxine Parker finished 20th in the 100-meter freestyle prelims at 55.50. Rising senior Keegan Walsh placed 31st in the 200-meter backstroke at 2:02.26, while rising junior Zach Hils took 33rd in the 200-meter IM with a 2:03.15 mark. In the 200-meter breaststroke, rising junior Ashley McCauley (2:34.79) finished 39th with senior Danielle Della Torre (2:36.09) placing 43rd.

Trials continue Friday morning with prelims in the women’s 800-meter freestyle, men’s 100-meter butterfly, and women’s 200-meter backstroke, followed by four finals in the evening session. The action begins at 11 a.m. on NBCOlympics.com with finals starting at 9 p.m. on NBC.


Evening Session

Men’s 800m Freestyle Final

8. Andrew Abruzzo, 8:01.81

Men’s 200m Breaststroke Final

1. Nic Fink, 2:07.55

2. Andrew Wilson, 2:08.32

Women’s 100m Freestyle Semifinal

T-1. Olivia Smoliga, 53.55

6. Allison Schmitt, 54.08

Men’s 200m Backstroke Semifinal

10. Ian Grum, 1:59.02

Women’s 200m Butterfly Final

1. Hali Flickinger, 2:05.85

6. Dakota Luther, 2:09.40

Men’s 200m IM Semifinal

2. Chase Kalisz, 1:57.19

12. Jay Litherland, 2:00.51

Morning Session

Women’s 100m Freestyle Prelims

2. Olivia Smoliga, 54.00

11. Allison Schmitt, 54.78

20. Maxine Parker, 55.50

Men’s 200m Backstroke Prelims

8. Ian Grum, 1:59.23

31. Keegan Walsh, 2:02.26

Women’s 200m Breaststroke Prelims

39. Ashley McCauley, 2:34.79

43. Danielle Della Torre, 2:36.09

Zoie Hartman, DQ

Men’s 200m IM Prelims

4. Chase Kalisz, 1:59.14

10. Jay Litherland, 2:00.43

33. Zach Hils, 2:03.15





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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.