2021 ATLANTA CLASSIC
Reported by Nick Pecoraro.
WOMEN’S 400 IM — FINALS
- Meet Record: 4:33.55, Elizabeth Biesel (ABF), 2016
- Wave II Cut: 4:47.72
- Wave I Cut: 4:51.79
Kentucky’s Lauren Poole came in with a strong breaststroke to pass up backstroke specialist Summer Smith, setting up a race for the last 100 yards freestyle. Under the flags, stroke-for-stroke, it was Poole who out-touched Smith by 0.21s for the win, 4:42.32 to 4:42.53. Tennessee’s Alexis Yager (4:45.83) and Kathleen Golding (4:46.12) both swam under the Wave II cut for 3rd and 4th, respectively.
Poole and Smith now rocket up to No. 10 and No. 11 in the nation this season. At the same time, 18-year-old Smith now moves up to No. 29 in the all-time 17-18 age group rankings.