Thursday, August 28th:

  • 100 free
  • 100 breast
  • 400 IM
  • Finals Only – 800 Free Relay


Shayna Mack of Australia, the runner up in the 200 freestyle last night, overtook China’s Menghu Zhu coming home to touch first in 54.82. Zhu flipped in 26.40 to Mack’s 26.66, but Mack closed more than a half second faster to win. Fellow Aussie Chelsea Gillett was sixth at the halfway mark before coming home in 28.04, the fastest final 50 in the heat, to touch second in 54.93. Zhu settled for third in 55.14

Notably, Australia also had the third fastest time in the field out of the B-final, where Lucy McJannett crushed a 54.93. Stanzi Moseley was the highest finishing American, touching in 55.41 for fourth.


Paul Powers and Blake Pieroni went 1-2 for Team USA, but Townley Haas stole the show from the B-final. The 200 free champion blew away the field with a blazing 49.55, a personal best for Haas, giving him the anchor leg spot on the 4×100 medley relay later in the meet.

Not to be undersold, Powers and Pieroni duplicated their prelims finish to strike back against Australia, with Powers narrowly edging Pieroni, 50.29 to 50.30. Canada’s Mark Thormeyer snuck onto the podium, touching in 50.40 for third.


Team USA registered another 1-2 finish behind a statement swim from Lilly King. The 15-16 short course yards national record holder cut a couple tenths from her seed time to touch in 1:07.98, clipping the previous meet record of 1:07.99 by the narrowest of margins. Jorie Caneta dropped almost a full second from her previous best to touch for silver in 1:08.68.

Japanese youngster Runa Imai, who is just 14 years of age, finished third in 1:09.25. American Emily Kopas recorded the fourth fastest time in the event from the B-final, touching in 1:09.35.


The momentum for Team USA continued to role, as Connor Hoppe stormed home for win in 1:01.68.  After touching fifth at the 50 mark, Hoppe had the fastest back half in the field (29.49-32.19) to win handily.  Canada’s Matthew Ackman and Japan’s Ryuya Mura finished in a dead-heat for second in 1:02.05.


Team captain Ella Eastin got out in front early and didn’t look back, winning the women’s 400 IM going away in 4:43.13.  Eastin recorded the fastest split in the field over each of the first four 50’s, building a two second lead over the first 200.

Tianni Gilmour of Australia was the closest competitor through both the 200 and 300 meter mark before fading over the final 100 to finish third in 4:45.95.  Hiroko Makino of Japan hit the jets over the final 50 to pass Gilmour for second, touching in 4:45.23.


There’s no other way to put it: Team USA dominated the final individual event of the night, with Andrew Seliskar, Curtis Ogren, Sean Grieshop, and Corey Okubo recording the four fastest times in the field.  Seliskar and Ogren were close through the first 250 meters before Seliskar dropped the hammer, outsplitting the entire field by two seconds on the second breaststroke 50 alone.  When all was said and done, Seliskar touched first in a personal best 4:16.05, one of the fastest prep times in history.

Ogren, a career 4:17.7 400 IMer, gassed out a bit over the final 150, finishing a distant second in a very respectable 4:20.34.  In the B-final, Grieshop overtook Okubo with an impressive 58.2 final 100 for the win, touching in a personal best 4:20.25.  Okubo finished in 4:22.27 for second in the heat.



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