2014 Mesa Grand Prix: Romano Grabs Three A Finals, Lochte Two In A Day Full Of Doubles-LIVE Prelims Recap

  82 Christine Wixted | April 25th, 2014 | Featured, National, News, Previews & Recaps, US Grand Prix

Refresh this link frequently, as we’ll be updating results live as we go through the morning session.

Swim fans everywhere had to wait until the last race of the first finals session last night at the Mesa Grand Prix to get the excitement going.  While there were great times swum in great races throughout the evening, the men’s 100 fly, featuring none other than Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, was the race everyone was waiting for and it did not disappoint.  Luckily, we’ll get to see the two superstars in action again today.

Friday morning looks to be the session of grueling doubles and even triples for some of the nation’s best.  We’ll see Lochte in the 200 free and 200 back, Elizabeth Beisel in the 400 IM and 200 back, Megan Romano in the 200 free, 200 back, and 50 free, and Tyler Clary in the 400 IM and 200 back. One of Russian’s bests, 30 year old Arkady Vyatchanin, is also putting up an impressive triple today as well, swimming the 200 free, 200 back, and 50 free.

The women’s 200 free could potentially be another star studded field filled with NBAC members, just like yesterday’s 400 free.  Allison Schmitt, Lotte Friis, Gillian Ryan, and Cierra Runge find themselves in the circle seeded heats and if they can kick their short twitch muscles into high gear, they have a great shot of making the A final.  However, Katie Ledecky is on fire and could definitely toy with the top seed for tonight.

After one of the most powerful yet smooth 100 freestyles we saw from Nathan Adrian last night, all are wondering what he has in store for the 50.  While we were all hoping for a Michael and Michael (Andrew and Phelps) showdown, scratches and Phelps’ decision to swim a lap of fly instead of free put that dream on hold.

The races to be swum on day 2 are the 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke, and 50 freestyle, in that order. All will be swum as a single A-flight, with the exception of the 400 IM which will swim 2 men’s heats and 4 women’s heats as a B-Flight after the completion of the rest of the prelims.

Women’s 400 IM

As of now, results are unofficial due to the four heats that still have to swim in the B flight.  While some of those swimmers may have a chance of making the C/D and maybe even the B final, there are most likely no A-finalists.  The majority of the top eight were a little off of their seed times in hopes of leaving it all in the pool tonight.  Becca Mann, another superstar out of NBAC, is the top seed as of now with a 4:46.29.  Stina Gardell and Elizabeth Beisel will rehash their 400 IM rivalry from NCAAs tonight, grabbing the next two spots in 4:49.32 and 4:49.50.  Another high profile name will be in tonight’s fastest heat, Caitlin Leverenz, who sits fourth with a 4:53.70.  Tanja Kylliainen, an All-American at Louisville this year, swam a 4:54.30 which is good enough for fifth place, while Iryna Glavnyk and Sonia Wang grabbed the 6th and 7th spot, swimming 4:56.57 and 4:57.34, respectively.  Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou was the only swimmer to drop from her seed time, swimming a 4:59.18, which is good enough for 8th place as of now. Results will become official after the four B flight heats swim later this session.

Men’s 400 IM

Conor Dwyer ran away with his heat, as well as the top seed in the 400 IM this morning.  Posting a smooth 4:25.55, Dywer secured lane four for tonight but needs to be careful on his back to breast turn tonight if he wants to secure the title tonight.  Jakub Maly had a big morning swim, grabbing second with a 4:26.16.   Tyler Clary, who still has the 200 back to swim this session, touched in a 4:27.97, which has him seated third for tonight.  Sean Grieshop could potentially be the youngest swimmer in the final tonight at 15 years old, is currently fourth with a 4:28.16.  Curtis Ogren out of Palo Alto its fifth with a time of 4:30.15.  The rest of the heat fell off a bit, a good three to four seconds behind the field with Hayden Palmer (4:33.00), Michael Weiss (4:33.81), and Diago Decarvalho (4:34.60) currently sit sixth through eighth.  Just like the women, the men’s results will become official once the two B flight heats swim later on today.

Women’s 200 Freestyle

This is going to be a fun race to watch tonight with the star studded pack field, with almost half from NBAC.  Katie Ledecky brought some life to a rather quiet morning, swimming a 1:59.08 to grab the top spot.  With the impressive day she had yesterday, expect her to catch fire tonight.  Leah Smith, ACC’s freshmen of the year, bumped up a few spots to second seed, touching with a time of 1:59.77.  Allison Schmitt continued her comeback, grabbing third in 1:59.92.  With her big drop from prelims to finals yesterday to win the 100 free, Schmitt will be a force to be reckoned with tonight.  Our other “comeback kid’, Katie Hoff, had a great prelims swim for herself and is sitting fourth with a 1:59.95.  At Grand Prixs in 2012, Hoff found herself swimming 1:58s, which will be a great goal for her to get to tonight in finals.  Two NBAC teamers grabbed fifth and sixth; Gillian Ryan in a 2:00.50 and Cierra Runge with a 2:00.76.  Megan Romano, who is competing in a grueling triple today, sits seventh with a 2:01.57 while Katie McLaughlin rounds out the top 8 with a 2:01.66.

Notable B finalists include Sarah Shimomura, Chloe Sutton, and Stina Gardell.  Shimomura has been swimming lights out at this swimming, garnering a personal best in the 100 free yesterday.  She sits 12th and is only a tenth off of grabbing another PB.  Sutton, who failed to make the A final in her 400 free yesterday, hopes to get back on the saddle and shave some time off tonight in her 200.  Gardell, who is already swimming the 400 IM tonight, showed her versatility off and was able to jump up a few spots and claim a second swim tonight.

Men’s 200 Freestyle

After a great win in the 400 free last night, Michael McBroom finds himself at the top once again but this time in the 200.  Swimming a solid 1:51.35 this morning, McBroom is seated first ahead of Darian Townsend (1:51.63) and Ryan Lochte (1:51.96).  Matthias Lindenbauer is right behind them, seated fourth with a 1:52.02 along with Tom Luchsinger who is currently fifth with a 1:52.38.  Jason Dunford had one of the best swims of the morning, dropping three seconds from his seed time in an event we don’t normally get to see him compete in.  Dunford won his heat in a time of 1:52.47, which was good enough for sixth.  Bobby Bollier and John Foster rounded out the top eight with times of 1:52.93 and 1:53.17, respectively.

Women’s 200 Backstroke

There are some not-so-familiar names atop the women’s 200 backstroke prelim results.  Clara Smiddy, Carolina Colorado, and Abby Richter are your surprising top three for today.  Smiddy sits first with s 2:13.29 while Colorado was just off her seed time and sits second in 2:13.67.  14 year old Richter drop a second and half and is sitting pretty with a PB in third place with a 2:15.35.  Megan Romano, now two thirds done with her intense triple, is right behind Richter with a 2:15.25 and is followed closely by Fernanda Gonzalez Ramirez who is currently fifth with a 2:15.41.  Beisel, who finished up her double for the day, may be feeling her 400 IM a little and is currently sitting in sixth place with a 2:15.57.  Ally Howe and Isabella Arcilla finish out the top eight with times of 2:15.61 and 2:15.71, respectively.

Men’s 200 Backstroke

Tyler Clary finished out his double for the day with a top seed in the 200 back.  Swimming to the win in the final heat, Clary was just able to get under Ryan Murphy‘s leading time (2:01.26) with a 2:01.05.  Grigory Tarasevich is seated third with a 2:01.76 while Jacob Pebley grabbed fourth with a 2:02.48.  Ryan Lochte was able to claim another A final for ronight, finishing his double with a fifth place seed in a time of 2:02.54.  Arkady Vyatchanin, who has one more event to go on the day, is sitting sixth with a 2:03.38 while Kristian Kohn (2:03.95) and Jian Wang (2:04.96) rounded out the top eight.  It’s worthy to note that Sean Grieshop, the 15 year old who is already an A finalist in the 400 IM tonight, came back with another personal best in the 200 back and found himself a spot in the B final.

Wonen’s 50 Freestyle

The splash and dash for the ladies tonight will feature a handful of big names.  Amanda Weir, the American record holder in the 100, grabbed land four for tonight with a 25.33.  Natalie Coughlin will be right on her tail with her monster underwater tonight, grabbing second with a 25.43.  Cheyenne Coffman was just behind Coughlin, touching in a 25.44 for third while Amanda Kendall shaved a tenth of her seed to get fourth with a 25.50.  Jessica Hardy and Katie Meili, two outstanding breaststrokers, sit fifth and sixth with times of 25.59 and 25.88, respectively.  Megan Romano will swim in her third A final tonight with the seventh seed and a time of 25.97.  Teen sprint phenom, Simone Manuel, will be an outside smoke, grabbing eighth in a 26.01.

Men’s 50 Freestyle

This was Phelps’ only event of the day, and while he swam fly in his heat, he hung in there, placing seventh in the heat and 42nd overall with a 24.06.  But besides Phelps, there’s a packed field of Olympians tonight in the A final.  Roland Schoeman scorched the pool this morning and sits first with a 22.43.  Anthony Ervin sits second with a 22.59 and Josh Schneider is right behind him in third with a 22.70.  Nathan Adrian, who swam a powerful 100 yesterday, is fourth in a 22.74.  Places fourth, fifth, and sixth are almost identical with Karl Krug (22.89), Alex Coville (22.90), and Renzo Tjon A Joe (22.91).  Jimmy Feigen snuck in for eighth place with a 22.94. Something worth noting is Kevin Cordes‘ 24.36 in prelims, freestyle not breaststroke.  While he scratched the 200 breast yesterday due to an academic conflict, it’s rare that we would ever see him swim another stroke besides breaststroke.  He’ll swim the 100 tomorrow. Also, Damir Dugonjic did decide to stick to his primary stroke and put up the third fastest time in the world this year in the 50 breast in a time of 27.58.

 

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Comments

  1. samuel huntington says:
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    Where is Caelab Dressel??? has he raced at all in 2014? team USA needs some sprint depth after Adrian.

    • Hulk Swim says:
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      A few days ago Braden mentioned he was wrapping up his senior year, kicking back and not racing right now…

      He’ll be in the picture.

    • mcmflyguy says:
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      I was wondering the same thing. i’d like to have seen him at this meet at least. but it is important for a kid to be a kid sometimes.

  2. Rafael says:
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    Today some changes at 100 world ranking might change..

    Cielo
    Santana
    Fratus
    Will probably open their relays at Maria Lenk..

  3. aswimfan says:
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    I am surprised at how strong Dwyer’s breast is. I never really paid attention to Dwyer’s IM before.

    • Hulk Swim says:
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      I think Dwyer suffered from the same issues guys like Shanteau and Clary suffered from- being a great 200 IMer while Lochte and Phelps were around… so they have to find new events to focus on. Shanteau made the transition to breaststroke and Dwyer to freestyle… but both could theoretically have meddled at many elite international meets but could not make the team.

      I think around 2004 Shanteau may have been the 3rd best 200 IMer in the world… but couldn’t make an A team meet.

      Dwyer has focused so much on the 200/400 free lately that I wonder if he can get his groove back in the IMs… but he was awesome while at Florida (who isn’t a 200 IMer down there? ), and if Phelps forgos the 200IM in his comeback, I like Dwyer’s chances to make Rio.

      • anon says:
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        Dwyer has the potential to make individuals in 200/400 free and 200/400IM… on top of making the 4×100, 4×200 free relay.

        • Hulk Swim says:
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          Typically the 400 Free and 400 IM are incompatible schedule wise at the Olympics. I hope he just does the 2/4 free and IM (if Phelps swim it like I suspect, Dwyer won’t qualify).

          • anon says:
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            Between 400IM vs 400free, Dwyer is definitely doing the 400free. 400IM will be dominated by Chase Kalisz, with Clary in the mix. Depending on how much Kalisz improves in the 200IM, he could be dominant in that as well. But as of now, Lochte and Dwyer are the best 200IMers. This is why I don’t think Michael is going to do that race. He wants to have fun this time around. Maybe even walk the opening ceremonies! (Hey, he might even be the flag bearer!) 100fly individual with 3 relays is a good balanced schedule.

      • liquidassets says:
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        Dwyer’s always been a strong breaststroker in SCY. I remember him going at least a 53 back at FL and swimming breast on some relays.

    • Observer says:
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      Dwyer was a very strong breaststroker while at UF. He swam breastroke on their 2 and 4 medleys his sr year at SECs and NCs I believe.

  4. aswimfan says:
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    how many more heats of these 200 frees before I get to watch Ledecky and Schmitt….
    (I know the answer…it’s just a rhetorical question..)

  5. mesaheat says:
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    200 Free – Hoff – Yeah!!!

  6. aswimfan says:
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    Schmitt looked smooth and her rhythm is in place.
    I don’t even want to predict who’ll be on top tonight: Ledecky or Schmitt.
    But I am leaning a bit for Ledecky, just because she swam 55 low and 4:03 yesterday, so she clealry is in form, and so is Schmitt judging by her 54.46 yesterday but will she be able to go out faster and hold off Ledecky in the last 15 meters?
    Both can get into 1:56 territory this evening

  7. samuel huntington says:
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    Katie Ledecky isn’t on fire – dropping unreal times is the norm for her

  8. aswimfan says:
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    It sucks that Phelps events in both days come right at the end, I may fall asleep again before I get to watch Phelps doing 50 fly in 50 free. (It’s 12:40 am already here)

  9. aswimfan says:
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    MA in 1:57.86

    whats his 200 free PB?

    • anon says:
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      what was Phelps’ time in the 200free at that age? Just curious…and for comparison…

      Maybe it’s jus me…I know Andrew is breaking all the NAGs…but I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. If other swimmers like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Katie Ledecky, Katie Hoff, and Missy Franklin intentionally went to all these meets (specifically SCY) when they were younger, they would probably have amassed a similar number of records.

      Michael Andrew is obviously a good swimmer…but it’s a bit premature to start comparing him to Michael Phelps. Phelps made his first olympic team at the age of 15 and broke WORLD RECORDS at 16. I don’t think Andrew will be able to drop enough time to make Rio…maybe 2020.

      I guess we’ll see the beginning come Irvine in August…

      • aswimfan says:
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        I don’t know what Phepls swam in 200 free at 15 yo, but here’s US age records for 200 free:

        Tom Kremes (13-14) in 1:53.52
        Caeleb Dressel (15-16) in 1:48.64

        And this will make your jaw drop:
        The Australian 15 yo age record is 1:46.70 by Thorpe (at that time just 0.01 second off Giorgio Lambertti’s legendary 1:46.69 from 1989!)
        and that’s right, he swam it in speedo budgie smuggler too with rudimentary start and no underwater.

      • aswimfan says:
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        I am not trying to lessen the value of MA’s achievements or to compare, only to provide context, and by the time at MA’s current age:
        1. Ian Thorpe had won a silver in 400 free in Pan Pacs
        2. MP finaled and finished fifith at the Olympics.
        3. At the age of MA’s in a few more months this summer, Thorpe had become the youngest male world champion ever, Phelps became the youngest male WR holder ever, and Daniel Gyurta won olympics silver medal.

        Obviously, MA’s better events are more skewed towards/dominated by adult because they require more strengths (100 breast/back/fly/free and 200 IM), so MA may need another year or two before he can be competitive and qualify to senior team. I am intrigued by the Andrews plan of targeting 400 IM for Rio, because currently, 400 IM is actually MA’s weakest event.

        • Hulk Swim says:
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          I agree with most of that :-)

          What I will say is that we need to put it into context. Swimming in the late 1990s was not the same as swimming in the early twenty teens… mainly BECAUSE of Phelps and Thorpe, the sport is wildly faster and deeper… making any comparisons a little tough to make.

          Guys and women are swimming WAY longer into their 20s now… The quality and depth in almost every event is higher.

          A total guess based on nothing, but I suspect if you compared the 10th best time in the world from 2012-2013 cycle, and compared it to the age group NAGs from end of 2013, then did the same for 2000-2001… you’d see a much wider gap, despite the NAGs getting considerably faster.

          • theroboticrichardsimmons says:
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            agreed. the simple fact that phelps is still swimming 16 years later at or near his prime underscores how difficult it is for male teenagers to make waves (get it?) at the international level. all the teenage phenoms of yesteryear are sticking around to swim into their late 20s and early 30s rather than hanging up their speedo a year or two after the graduate college. these days, you don’t see that many college-aged swimmers making olympic teams, let alone kids just entering high school.

            question – has there been any research done into the average ages of olympic medalists over the years? i’m willing to be the average age for men has gone from around 20, 21 to 25, 26 in the past 20 years.

          • liquidassets says:
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            THEROBOTICRICHARDSIMMONS: Bobo crunched those numbers somewhere on here in the last week or two. The men’s average was up to 24.6 and the women’s 22.0, I think.

    • anonymous says:
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      I like USRPT even more than Hulk but I think it has a smaller edge over traditional training with the 200s of stroke, relative to 100s of stroke. The 200 involves much more lactate production. Rushall has stated that at the highest levels of elite swimming lactate tolerance training may be required. He has not enlightened us as to how that should be structured, maybe because MA is not at the highest levels yet. He should start working on how lactate training should be done soon though…

  10. aswimfan says:
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    I’ve just missed Hoffer’s time. the glimpse over the score board is very quick

  11. aswimfan says:
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    Justin Lynch 1:55.03

  12. aswimfan says:
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    Tom Shields can swim crazy fast 200 free/back/fly in SCY, but his LCM 200 events are pitiful.

  13. aswimfan says:
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    lochte’s turn and underwater in that last turns is sick
    I thought Lochte was going to die last few meters but he held off Luchsinger.

    SwimMAC 1, NBAC 0

    by the way, are we ever going to have SwimMAC vs. NBAC race meet one day?

  14. Luigi says:
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    Lochte going almost straight-arm on that 200!

  15. anon says:
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    I’m impressed with Luchsinger! I didn’t know he was a good 200 freestyler?

    Trying to figure out if we need Phelps in that 4×200. Lochte and Dwyer are locks…everyone else is up in the air. McBroom is doing well though.

    • Hulk Swim says:
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      I think we do. I’d feel a lot better with him on it (anchoring this time around? Channeling some form of lezak?)…

      I like Dwyer, Lochte and Phelps and it will be a battle for 4th… watch out for some of the youngins there…

      • aswimfan says:
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        This maybe a blasphemy, but I got a hunch that two of Dwyer, Lochte or Phelps may not swim in the 4×200 final in Rio.

      • ERVINFORTHEWIN says:
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        U all seem to forget Charles Houchin ( he was in London and in Barcelona !!! on those relays ) and Matt Mac lean . Usa has more gas on that relay considering the abundance of good 200 freestylers at hand .

        • Hulk Swim says:
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          Ervin, can those guys go sub 145? I hope so for the sake of the relay… but I wouldn’t be shocked by ASwimfans prediction and that some of these youngins break through… For some reason I think Conger can go big in the 200LCM. He hasn’t yet. But I just feel good about it.

    • thanos says:
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      of course it would great to have him on that relay especially now that berens is retired. connor jaeger, mcbroom, klueh, luchsinger can all swim on the 4 x 2 free relay but would be more suited for the heats. unless they can start splitting 146.

      • Hulk Swim says:
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        Those names all will be in the hunt for a preliminary swim I think… I’d feel better like you said with a solid 146 guy in there… Dressel has been 148 already… Some of his peers are similarly progressing that way. Hopefully one more guy blooms into a 145 type. Would be lovely to see 4 dudes under 145…

  16. morrow3 says:
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    Could someone in AZ poke the meet officials to upload to “Live” results? So far only W 2 Free is up

    • aswimfan says:
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      The others have to wait for the results of the super slow heats that will be conducted after all these fast heats.

      I share your frustration, this system is crazy for fans… too many heats and it’s all over.

  17. aswimfan says:
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    Beisel has not been looking too fantastic here, but we can expect that from Greg Troy’s training method

    • Hulk Swim says:
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      OR… they are a month past NCAAs and back to work… OR… they are a few weeks from graduation and not focused… OR… one of their coaches died tragically yesterday… OR…

  18. aswimfan says:
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    I like this second video which shows each swimmer/lane with their livetiming splits. Bravo!

  19. aswimfan says:
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    Murphy vs. Grevers!!

  20. Barry says:
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    Kinda lame to zoom in on Phelps like that. Couldn’t even see Adrian.

  21. Leonard Miller says:
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    Wait so is phelps swimming tonight?

    • Braden KeithBraden Keith says:
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      Leonard – no, he isn’t.

      • anon says:
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        Out of curiosity, even if his time was fast enough to make it into one of the finals, would he have been allowed to swim? Is swimming something different than the intended stroke considered a DQ?

        • Braden KeithBraden Keith says:
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          anon – no, in freestyle you can swim whatever you want presuming you follow the basic rules: up by 15 meters, no pulling on the lane ropes, etc. That’s the difference between a “freestyle” race and a “front crawl” race.

          The caveat is that in an IM, you have to do a different stroke than you did on the first three legs.

  22. bobo gigi says:
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    Oh no, they did it! :mrgreen:
    ESPN website headline in the Olympic sports news after day 2 prelims.
    MICHAEL PHELPS NOT IN THE 50 FREE FINAL. HE FAILED TO QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL.
    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • liquidassets says:
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      Hahahaha bunch of dumbasses. You’d think with all the free press Phelps has given them over the years going on how he watches SportsCenter like it’s a religion, and how honored he was to get a few minutes on one of their shows, they could at least put a little effort into understanding the nuances of his sport a little bit. Or, more cynically, (and more likely) they knew and went for the attention-grabbing headline anyway because technically it’s true. It figures, given how their ratings hit rock bottom last year yet they’re still running it literally a dozen times a day sometimes.

      Either way, they suck.

      • theroboticrichardsimmons says:
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        worse yet, i know for a fact that there are a handful of swimmers that work there who i’m sure are cringing at the headline.

        i’m sure the content editors over there were happy to have the click bait.

        and quick: somebody cue skip bayless.

        • liquidassets says:
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          A handful of swimmers? Wow, I guess they don’t have much clout, eh. Do you think Rowdy would fit in there?

          lol re: Skip Bayless!! I’ll never forget this Deadspin piece from 2012. Scathing headline about Bayless but on the money as ESPN and SportsCenter went rock-bottom in ’13: “The story of how ESPN fell in love with Tim Tebow is really the story of a breakup, between ESPN and the business of reporting the news.”

          How ESPN Ditched Journalism And Followed Skip Bayless To The Bottom: A Tim Tebow Story The link: http://deadspin.com/5929361/how-espn-ditched-journalism-and-followed-skip-bayless-to-the-bottom-a-tim-tebow-story

          There are the CNN of sports news.

    • liquidassets says:
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      By the way, Bobo, I assume you’re disappointed by Manuel’s 50 this morning. Her start and breakout were sluggish, as was her tempo throughout the race. I can now only assume that she is mainly using the meet as intensive training after seeing that she scratched the 2Free but kept the 2Back! I didn’t see much kick in the 50, and I’m sure her legs were also pretty far gone after the 2back. I hope she scratches it tonight so that she can contend with the 50 leaders, the 50 times were slow across the board this morning so she still has a chance if she wants it.

  23. bobo gigi says:
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    A few predictions for the finals.

    Women’s 400 IM
    I pick Becca Mann because she was fast in the 400 free.

    Men’s 400 IM
    Probably Dwyer vs Clary.
    The young Sean Grieshop is one to watch this year. 4.26 at 14 last summer.

    Women’s 200 free
    Katie Ledecky vs Allison Schmitt
    I pick Katie in 1.56 low but Allison will fight until the end. So happy to see Katie Hoff already under 2 minutes. A 1.58 would be huge for her in final.

    Men’s 200 free
    The men’s race looks very pale in comparison.
    Probably a battle between Townsend and Lochte.
    USA really needs young fresh blood in that event on the men’s side.

    Women’s 200 back
    I pick Clara Smiddy for the win.

    Men’s 200 back
    Great field!
    Lochte will have the 200 free just before but I wouldn’t be surprised to se him play the win.
    The same for Clary.
    Ryan Murphy is also in final but I don’t think he’s ready to swim fast.
    I pick Vyatchanin for the win.

    Women’s 50 free
    Very close race to expect.
    Simone Manuel is probably in a very heavy training period after her fantastic SCY season.
    Coughlin or Hardy for the win.
    But slow times at the end.

    Men’s 50 free
    Great field!
    Adrian vs Schoeman
    I pick Adrian for the win.
    First time under 23 for Michael Andrew?

    I will not be here to comment live so still have fun without me. :)

    • liquidassets says:
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      Thx for the predictions, here’s mine:

      4IM:
      Beisel outtouches Mann
      Clary over Dwyer

      2Free:
      Ledecky over Schmitt, but 1:56 high/1:57.0
      Lochte over Townsend

      2Back:
      -Hard to get excited, but Smiddy over Colorado, I guess. (Romano only going for Grand Prix points here)
      -Vyatchanin over Murphy/Lochte. I hadn’t thought of Vyatchanin til I saw your prediction but that’s a shrewd pick Bobo, he doesn’t have a lot of events and has been good this season already, still shopping for a country so wants to keep make a statement, and didn’t have to exert much to make final.

      50:
      -Coughlin over Weir (unless Manuel scratches 2Back in which case she could contend with both of them)
      Adrian, with Ervin probably touching out Schoemann for 2nd. But Schoemann is hard to count out and always there to make things interesting still at age 33.

      Doubt Andrew will break 23.0 though it’s his only final tonight, so possible.

      We will try to have fun without you Bobo but it just won’t be the same. ;-)

  24. bobo gigi says:
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    I will not be here to comment live the finals so still have fun without me! :)

  25. Swimzlazy says:
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    Can someone help me understand the reason Bowman would have Phelps do a 50 fly instead of the 50 free other than thinking he might not be ready to shine in prime time? Bowman always plays is safe like I said in a previous post, but this decision is kind of ridiculous.

    And don’t give me something like “oh well maybe he thinks it would be helpful to prepare for his 100 fly the next time he swims it” because I’m just not buying it.

    • Hulk Swim says:
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      I think they always intended on swimming it fly. Just my opinion. It’s his first meet since London. No real urgency to jump in and race 9 events.

      He may be a 1 event a day guy through the summer, and then maybe try some doubles in the ’14-’15 season. What’s the rush?

    • lsswim says:
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      Or maybe he just wanted to have fun and swim a 50 fly.

    • liquidassets says:
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      Well the only thing I’m thinking is that the 50 fly is an official Pan Pac event this summer and he has no chance in the 50 free, so it’s just to see where’s he’s at as he will likely swim it at Pan Pacs. But I’m disappointed too. I was hoping he’d make the C or D final with his fly, then swim the final freestyle and have to fight it out to try to win his heat. But his 50 free may not be much faster at this stage. ;-)

  26. beachmouse says:
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    Given Phelps’ presumed reduced number of longer events, I could see him him trying the 50 fly at the elite/WC level just to have a new and different challenge since he’s got the schedule time to play with it.

  27. anon says:
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    Bob mentioned in yesterday’s interview that he had to sign up for these events for Michael in December…and it would be a waste of a day to not swim anything.

    Ideally he wanted to swim both 100free and 100 fly but since they’re on the same day, that wasn’t possible. They’re definitely not doing 50 free…ever. Bowman specifically said with a wink… “we’ve tried that before…”. Today’s 50fly was just for more race practice as well as working on his stroke.

  28. swmrmom says:
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    I pick Megan Romano!! For everything! Hey everyone, just love reading your replys!! Can’t help it had to say something!!! All of you seem so knowledgeable in swimming. . . Keep up the good work!!

  29. Rafael says:
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    Aswimfan.. just a little update from the relay (and tomorrow is 100 free individual)

    De Lucca opened at 48,90 and Santana at 49,02 (Tomorrow I think Dressel record will be broken)

    The big guys swam light today to save themselves for a big fight tomorrow
    Nicolas went 49,49
    On the splits..

    Cielo 48,56
    Fratus 48,51
    Arthur Mendes – 48,54
    Chiereguinni – 48,65
    Alcover – 48,98

    On women side.. Katinka AGAIN 54,43 opening the relay… and 16 year Giovanna Diamant went 55,73 at her split

    • Hulk Swim says:
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      Rafael… is the 100 the marquee event down in Brazil? It seems to be an event most of the top athletes have on their schedule… In fact, it seems to me your 7th and 8th 100m freestyler is probably closer to medaling at international meets than your 2nd or 3rd stroke swimmers…

      Is it a culture/training thing, or just athletes that fit that event? What’s the AG swimming scene like down there? It seems like larger regional clubs only- some affiliated with football clubs, rather than smaller sized local clubs… is that accurate?

      • Rafael says:
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        Well 100 free is very important.. but I think the 50 is actually stronger.. chiereginni is having a bad year but was 21,8 last years and a bunch of 22 low guys..

        Most is cultural… because sprint oriented training here in Brazil is almost a norm.. many of the swimmers who could excel on Longer swims actually go to Open Water Swimming.. which is pretty strong in Brazil.

        About the 100 medal chances.. I would not say that is accurate..

        If I had to pick the strongest events on having guys who could medal I would put at this ranking
        50 free
        50 fly
        100 free
        100 breast
        200 IM

        About the clubs.. in 10 15 years ago there were dozens of clubs who had good swimmers.. but mostly because of bad administration and the strenght of some clubs (Mainly Pinheiros, Minas and Corinthians) most of the smaller clubs struggle at pro level, they reveal some talents but they eventually move to powerhorses (add Unisanta, Gremio, Curitibano as powerhorses)

        Even the ones affiliated with soccer are not so good… the ones from Rio and in pretty bad financial shape (mostly because of a overall bad aministration of all sports by their presidents) like Flamengo, Botafogo, Fluminense

        • Rafael says:
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          On other strokes..

          100 Breast we have 2 guys who can go under one minute, and some that are around 1:00:50, it is a pretty strong event
          At 200 Im there is the Duo of Pereira and Rodrigues who are medal players even considering OG level..
          100 fly/Back apart from Pereira who excels on it there are some young guys 15/16 who are putting good times…

      • aswimfan says:
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        I would think 100 free is marquee event internationally.

  30. aswimfan says:
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    BRA should throw money at Vyatchanin and get him BRA passport pronto!

    RSA with Vyathanin would also be deadly, but I don’t think the RSA swimming federation is flush with money right now.

    • Rafael says:
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      Agreed

      Put Vyatchanin opening, Pereira can go 51 low relay start, Both Felipes have the range for a 58 high relay start and then cielo who can go 47 low maybe 46 high…

  31. aswimfan says:
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    100 fly is the best chance for Phelps to qualify for Pan Pacs and Worlds this summer, and I can imagine Bob and Phelps throwing everything to make sure his 100 fly is back to be as deadly as ever.

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