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Armstrong Rally’s, Walsh and Foster Earn First Olympic Berths (Day 2 Race Videos)

USA OLYMPIC TRIALS 2024

Gretchen Walsh And Carson Foster were the two big stories to emerge from the Day 2 finals of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials, impressively qualifying for their first Olympic teams.

Walsh continued her world record performance in the women’s 100 fly semi-finals by achieving the second-fastest swim ever in the final, touching in 55.31 to book her ticket to Paris.

Second place Torri Huske and 3rd place finisher Regan Smith set new personal bests and now ranks third and tied for fifth all-time respectively in the event.

LADIES 100 FLY

  1. Gretchen Walsh (NAC), 55.31
  2. Torri Huske (AAC), 55.52
  3. Regan Smith (TXLA), 55.62
  4. Claire Curzan (TAC-NC), 57.47
  5. Kelly Pash (TXLA), 57.72
  6. Beata Nelson (UN-WI), 57.80
  7. Lillie Nordmann (ALTO), 57.92
  8. Emma Sticklen (TXLA), 58/44

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In the men’s 400 IM, Foster got some redemption after placing 3rd at the 2021 Trials and winning the event over the defending Olympic champion Chase Kalisz in a time of 4:07.64.

MEN’S 400 IM

  1. Carson Foster (RAYS), 4:07.64
  2. Chase Kalisz (TXLA), 4:09.39
  3. Jay Litherland (TXLA), 4:12.34
  4. Ian Grum (DYNA), 4:15.06
  5. Tommy Bried (UOFL), 4:15.15
  6. Kyle Ponsler (WOLF), 4:16.53
  7. Gregg Enoch (CSC-IN), 4:17.64
  8. Danny Berlitz (CM), 4:17.65

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In the semifinals of the men’s 100 back, Hunter Armstrong had to drive home after a slip off the start left me with a huge early deficit. Armstrong closed in 27.20 over the last 50 to reach 2nd place in the heat and advance to the semi-finals in 4th overall (53.57).

Ryan Murphy took the top seed for the final in 52.65, the only man under 53.

MEN’S 100 BACK – SEMI-FINAL

Final Qualifications:

  1. Ryan Murphy (CAL), 52.65
  2. Adam Chaney (FLOR), 53.08
  3. Jack Aikins (SA), 53.23
  4. Hunter Armstrong (NYAC), 53.57
  5. Tommy Janton (ND), 53.61
  6. Jack Wilkening (MICH), 53.70
  7. Will Modglin (ZSC), 53.83
  8. Justin Ress (MVN), 53.78

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In the semifinals of the women’s 100 breast, Lilly King got the Indianapolis crowd rocking with a stellar performance in the second heat, qualifying first by a wide margin in 1:05.57.

LADIES 100 BREASTS

Final Qualifications:

  1. Lilly King (ISC), 1:05.57
  2. Kaitlyn Dobler (TDPS), 1:06.42
  3. Emma Weber (CA-Y), 1:06.48
  4. Lydia Jacoby (STSC), 1:06.66
  5. Kaelyn Gridley (DUKE), 1:06.67
  6. Alex Walsh (NAC), 1:06.87
  7. Ella Nelson (NAC), 1:07.41
  8. McKenzie Siroky (UN-MI), 1:07.73

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The men’s 100 breast saw veteran Niek Fink locks up his second consecutive Olympic berth, winning the final in a time of 59.08.

MEN’S 100 BREASTS

  1. Niek Fink (NYAC), 59/08
  2. Charlie Swanson (NOVA), 59.16
  3. Jos Matheny (ISC), 59.23
  4. Liam Bell (CAL), 59.40
  5. Noah Nichols (CA-Y), 59.69
  6. Jake Foster (RAYS), 59.84
  7. Luke Rodarte (CAL), 59.85
  8. Michael Andreas (MASA), 1:00.11

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