Giles Smith Moves to 4th in World in 100 Fly at Federal Way Sectionals

Jul 16, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Giles Smith of the United States competes in the men's swimming 100m butterfly final during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Aquatics UTS Centre and Field House. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
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Phoenix’s Giles Smith crushed the Olympic Trials cut in the men’s 100-meter fly at the 2016 Speedo Sectionals in Federal Way.

He won with a 52.10.  That swim shot him to fourth in the world rankings behind only Laszlo Cseh (51.40), Michael Phelps (51.94) and Zhuhao Li (51.97).

Smith then won the men’s 50-meter free in 23.49 while swimming the event butterfly.  That’s the third fastest in the world behind Ben Proud (23.26) and Florent Manaudou (23.44)

Wasatch Front’s Rhyan White captured the women’s 200-meter back in an Olympic Trials cut of 2:12.95.

White doubled up with another Olympic Trials cut with a 1:02.10 in the women’s 100-meter back.  Missoula’s Katharine Berkoff also cleared the Trials cut with a second-place 1:03.03.

Mount Hood’s Jamie Stone won the women’s 100-meter free with an Olympic Trials cut of 55.97.

King’s Mariah Lindsay claimed the women’s 200-meter breast with an Olympic Trials cut of 2:33.62.

King’s Chelsea Bailey put up an Olympic Trials cut of 25.72 in the women’s 50-meter free.

Coeur D’Alene’s Sarah Nicholls, 15, raced to a 1:11.09 to clear the Olympic Trials cut in the women’s 100-meter breast.

Bellingham Bay’s Emma Carlton, 15, clocked a 1:00.84 to win the women’s 100-meter fly with an Olympic Trials cut.

Spokane’s Daniel Roy topped King’s Ethan Dang, 14, in the men’s 200-meter breast, 2:17.09 to 2:17.18 – both Olympic Trials cuts.

Lake Oswego’s Curtis Klein just clipped the Olympic Trials cut in the men’s 200-meter back with a 2:03.74.

King’s Thomas Anderson turned in an Olympic Trials cut of 56.58 to win the men’s 100-meter back.

Aulea’s Aukai Lileikis topped the men’s 100-meter free in 51.11. Lileikis doubled with a 1:53.42 to win the men’s 200-meter free.

Coeur D’Alene’s Nicole Rozier won the women’s 200-meter fly in 2:17.99. Rozier doubled with a 2:18.89 to win the women’s 200-meter IM.

Tualatin Hills’ Evan Carlson snared the men’s 200-meter fly in 2:03.93.

Tualatin Hills’ Sara Metzsch took home the women’s 200-meter free in 2:02.56.

Phoenix’s Sydney Carlson, 15, topped the women’s 400-meter IM in 4:59.77.

Wasatch Front’s Jarod Arroyo won the men’s 400-meter IM in 4:27.75. Arroyo also won the men’s 200-meter IM in 2:07.26.

Phoenix’s Matti Harrison topped the women’s 400-meter free in 4:22.46. Harrison topped the women’s 800-meter free in 8:56.11.

Hillsboro’s Luke Thornbrue, 15, won the men’s 400-meter free in 4:05.10.

King’s Mitchell Hovis collected the men’s 100-meter breast title in 1:04.04.

Evergreen’s Alexander Wright claimed the men’s 1500-meter free in 16:17.69.


  1. Niles Keeran

    Just work a little on basic training fundamentals…pull outs, starts and turns…and he’ll be ready for trials and Rio!!

  2. avatar
    Love swimming

    Smith won 50 free doing the 50 fly stroke which would be 3rd in the world this year.

    • avatar

      Berkoff also clear the cut in the 200 during the prelims in 2:15.40

      • avatar
        Swim Mom2

        Great swims to Miss. Berkoff! She has backstroke in her DNA! Good 200 IM too.

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    Dang is within a second of Whitley’s 200BR NAG…figured he must be close. 2:17 is smokin’!

  4. avatar
    Bill Bell

    I think 2:97.26 forbthe “400 IM” us a tad fast, even for Muchael Phelos andorvthe defending Okymouc good – medalist.

    Perhaps you meant 200 IM?

    Nice swim by Smith but if Phelps goes the 100 fly @ Trials that leaves only one spot open and there’s Conger plus any other number of competitors… Shields, maybe even Lochte. Pretty tall order but Smith’s been swimming very well last few years so not at all out of the realm of possibilities.

  5. Paulene Fitchett

    A lot of great swimming in Federal Way this weekend! Giles’ 50 fly during the 50 free prelims had the crowd going crazy!

  6. Jody Braden

    His 50 fly at night was even better. Super nice to my swimmers, too!

    • Paulene Fitchett

      We headed home already so missed it:( 8 hour drives suck when your kid has to be in school the next morning.

    • Melodie Polidori Harris

      Signed autographs and posed for pictures. Humble athlete!! Treat to watch!!

    • Mike Wayte

      I regret not filming it … Awesome win.

  7. Rick Phillips

    I had the privledge to get to see that swim.. It was amazing in real life..,

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    Why was Giles swimming with mediocre kids? Find a Grand Prix or bigger meet with world class competiton vs a kids sectional meet.