2014 US National Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Results

  248 Troy Gennaro | August 09th, 2014 | Featured, National, News, Previews & Recaps

2014 US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAY 3 – FINALS

Click here for the full preview of the day 3 finals at the 2014 US National Championships in Irvine, California.

Katie Ledecky had the crowd on their feet this morning with a 3:59.89 performance in the 400m freestyle. The world record stands at 3:59.15 and if she’s faster tonight she could be around that mark. Her splits were extremely even this morning, but she fell off the world record pace after 300 meters.

Tonight there’s no doubt she’ll be going for that world record, or at least the American record that she set last year the 2013 World Championships in 3:59.82. She was seven one-hundredths off that time in prelims, so there’s tons of room for that record to fall.

If she breaks the world record tonight, she’ll be the first swimmer since Janet Evans to hold world records in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyles.

Matt McLean was your fastest qualifier this morning for the final clocking in a 3:49.32 to lead a very close field. Everyone in prelims was within three seconds of each other so tonight’s race should shape up to be a dog fight to the wall.

McLean won the 200m freestyle earlier in the meet so there’s no question whether or not he’s well rested. He’ll be a factor tonight, but one man you can’t count out is Conor Dwyer. Dwyer hasn’t been spectacular this meet only throwing down a 1:47.18 to finish behind McLean in the 200 free, but rested or not Dwyer is a racer.

Dwyer isn’t as fast as he always is, but granted that he has a spot on the team already he doesn’t need to be fully rested and should be come Pan Pacs. Throw Michael McBroom who won a silver medal in the 800m freestyle at last year’s world championships, Michael Klueh, and Ryan Feeley into the mix and this final should be a good back-and-forth battle to the wall.

Micah Lawrence has been on fire this meet in the breaststroke events. She won the 200, her specialty, and even took home a bronze medal in the 50 behind both Breeja Larson and Jessica Hardy. There’s no denying that Jessica Hardy has the speed to win this final. She should be out like a rocket and give it everything she has to hold on heading into the wall.

Breeja Larson had a similar strategy this morning. She held off a little on the first 50, but didn’t have too much speed coming home. She finished second in the 200m breaststroke so this middle ground in the 100 might be where she steps out to shine. Silver in the 50, silver in the 200, and fighting with a sprint breaststroker and a distance breaststroker should make things extremely interesting tonight.

Lawrence will have the middle lane after swimming a 1:06.97 this morning to be the only swimmer under 1:07. Flanked on both sides of her will be Larson and Hardy. All three have different strategies, which should make for a great race.

Kevin Cordes is going in as the defending national champion in this event, and without a doubt has the upper hand after a great prelim 200m breaststroke swim and a solid second place finish behind newcomer Brendan McHugh in the 50.

McHugh is the dark-horse going into this race, but definitely could be a huge factor. The two raced this morning and ultimately Cordes came out on top, but  McHugh was only about half a second behind him to be the second fastest qualifier so far.

The race will be between these two swimmers in the middle of the pool. Cordes should be able to dip under the 1:00 barrier again, and if pushed, McHugh may follow him.

This backstroke final is pretty much just a Cal backstroke set. Missy Franklin, Rachel Bootsma, and Elizabeth Pelton will all be battling it out in the middle of the pool. They’re all very familiar with racing each other which should make things extremely interesting tonight.

Olivia Smoliga was with the three girls tonight and she’ll be in lane number three. She finished ahead of Pelton this morning in the overall rankings, so she’s in a great position to spoil the Cal 1-2-3 podium sweep.

The men’s 100m backstroke has arguably the most depth out of any final at these championships. There are five swimmers who have represented the US in LC international competition, and the other three aren’t slackers either. Michael Phelps, Matt Grevers, Nick Thoman, David Plummer, Eugene Godsoe, Ryan Murphy, Jacob Pebley, and James Wells will be your championship finalists.

These are all big names, and all these swimmers have a shot at doing something big tonight. Coming in hot however is David Plummer after a 50m backstroke win last night. Plummer will be in lane five with Matt Grevers in lane four and Michael Phelps in six.

Grevers was the fastest qualifier, but you can bet he had a nightmare this afternoon of he took a after prelims nap about a charging Michael Phelps running him down on the last 50. Coming home, Phelps was fast. So fast in fact that he negative split his 100m back race.

The splits themselves don’t do justice to this. For anyone who watched the race, it seemed as though he was swimming against a field full of anchors coming home. He kicked it into a fifth gear and just flew home.

With Phelps’ back half speed he’ll be a major factor in this race if he can start that first 50 a little faster than he did this morning. Ryan Murphy was the third fastest qualifier ahead of Phelps and will have an opportunity to get on the podium again after he earned himself a silver in the 200m backstroke final behind Tyler Clary.

 Special thanks to SwimSwam contributor Mitch Bowmile for the preview above. 

 

WOMEN’S 400 FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 4:04.05 – Katie Ledecky 
  • Meet Record: 3:59.89 – Katie Ledecky – 2014 
  • World Record: 3:59.15 – Federica Pellegrini – 2009
  • American Record: 3:59.82 – Katie Ledecky– 2013
  • US Open Record: 3:59.89 – Katie Ledecky -2014
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 4:09.00 – Amber McDermott 

WITH A NEW WORLD RECORD OF 3:58.86, IT IS KATIE LEDECKY!!! Ledecky attacked the front half as she normally does, going out under WR pace. She stayed pace under the whole way, but the crowd was anxiously watching her splits as she approached the 300 and 350 mark. Pellegrini anchored her final 100 of her world record swim in 2009 with a 59.2 final 100 split. Ledecky had to close strong to break the record. The crowd went nuts when she touched the wall under 3:59. That time will stand as the new World, Junior World, American, US Open, National Meet, and 17-18 NAG Record.

Cierra Runge finished second with her time of 4:04.97, which is an amazing time from her. That is a three second drop from her morning swim. With two 17-18 year old swimmers, the US distance group is going to be hard to compete with.

Leah Smith was third with her time of 4:06.28, followed by Elizabeth Beisel in fourth at 4:07.46. Becca Mann finished in fifth at 4:07.76.

Lindsay Vrooman was sixth with her time of 4:09.38. Rounding out the top 8 in the women’s 400 freestyle was Gillian Ryan and Sarah Henry at 4:11.19 and 4:12.15.

Amber McDermott won the B-final of the women’s 400 freestyle with her time of 4:08.90. Jordan Mattern finished second at 4:09.66.

The 2014 Junior National Championships High Point Award winner, Madison Homovich, won the C-final of the women’s 400 freestyle at 4:12.77. That was almost a five second drop from her morning swim.

MEN’S 400 FRESSTYLE – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 3:45.89 – Connor Jaeger
  • Meet Record: 3:43.53- Larsen Jensen -2008
  • World Record: 3:40.07 – Paul Beidermann – 2009
  • American Record: 3:42.78 – Larsen Jensen -2008
  • US Open Record: 3:43.53- Larsen Jensen -2008
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 3:51.14 – Nicholas Caldwell

The men’s race wasn’t quite a world record performance, but they did put on a good show for the crowd. Michael Klueh took out the race pretty hard and lead through 200 at 1:52.92. Michael McBroom came on strong during the third 100 to re-take the lead. He led through the final 50, but he had a tough battle with Matt McLean down the final strech. At the touch, Michael McBroom got his hand on the wall to win the race with his time of 3:47.19. Matt McLean finished second with his time of 3:47.30. Connor Jaeger finished fourth with his time of 3:49.42, and Reed Malone dropped close to a second to finish fourth at 3:49.67.

Michael Klueh was fifth at 3:50.82, followed by Sean Ryan in sixth at 3:52.30.

Ryan Feeley and John Lewis round out the top 8 of the men’s 400 freestyle at 3:53.82 and 3:55.54.

Frank Dyer won the B-final of the men’s 400 freestyle with his time of 3:50.54. Janardan Burns was second at 3:50.99.

Grant Shoults won the C-final of the men’s 400 freestyle with his time of 3:52.78. That is a two and a half second drop for Shoults.

WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 1:06.16 – Breeja Larson
  • Meet Record: 1:05.34 – Rebecca Soni – 2009
  • World Record: 1:04.35 – Ruta Meilutyte – 2013
  • American Record: 1:04.45 – Jessie Hardy -2009
  • US Open Record: 1:04.45 – Jessie Hardy -2009
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 1:07.97 – Emma Reaney 

Micah Lawrence and Jessica Hardy simultaneously won their second events of the meet, tying for the win at 1:06.51. Lawrence won the 200 breaststroke earlier in the meet and Hardy won the 50 breaststroke last night. The final was incredibly close, with the final four all within .23 seconds of each other. Breeja Larson finished third with her time of 1:06.73, followed closely by Emma Reaney at 1:06.74. The top four swimmers are now all ranked top 10 in the world this year.

Katie Meili finished fifth at 1:07.44, followed by Lilly King at 1:08.22.

Molly Hannis and Andrea Cottrell round out the top 8 in the women’s 100 breaststroke at 1:08.82 and 1:09.10.

 Kaylin Burchell won the B-final of the women’s 100 breaststroke with her time of 1:08.65. Katie Olsen was second at 1:08.80.

Bethany Galat, the 2013 Junior National Champion in this event, won the C-final with her time of 1:09.17

MEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE– FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 59.99 – Kevin Cordes
  • Meet Record: 59.o1 – Mark Gangloff – 2009
  • World Record: 58.46 – Cameron Van Der Burgh – 2012
  • American Record: 58.96 – Eric Shanteau – 2009
  • US Open Record: 59.o1 – Mark Gangloff – 2009
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 1:00.82 – Cody Miller

Cody Miller had the swim of a lifetime to win the men’s 100 breaststroke, out-touching last year’s World Championship team members Nic Fink and Kevin Cordes. Miller broke a minute for the first time, winning with a time of 59.91. Nic Fink finished second, securing his spot on the Pan Pacs team, with his time of 1:00.30. Kevin Cordes finished third with his time of 1:00.63, followed by Brad Craig in third at 1:00.63.

DJ Macdonald was fifth with his time of 1:00.83, followed by Zach Hayden at 1:01.00. Brendan McHugh finished seventh at 1:01.10 and BJ Johnson added an eighth place finish at 1:01.84.

Mike Alexanderov won the B-final of the men’s 100 breaststroke at 1:00.91. Marcus Titus was second at 1:01.63.

Connor Hoppe won the C-final with his time of 1:01.84.

WOMEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE– FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 58.67 – Missy Franklin
  • Meet Record: 58.67 – Missy Franklin – 2013
  • World Record: 58.12 – Gemma Spofforth – 2009
  • American Record: 58.33 – Missy Franklin – 2012
  • US Open Record: 58.67 – Missy Franklin – 2013
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 1:00.38 – Olivia Smoliga 

Missy Franklin led the Cal Bears to a 1-2-3 finish in the women’s 100 backstroke with her time of 59.38. Rachel Boostma and Liz Pelton were second and third at 1:00.71 and 1:00.76. That should give Pelton a spot on the Pan Pacs roster. Kathleen Baker was first to the wall at the 50 and held on to finish fourth with her time of 1:00.90.

Olivia Smoliga finished fifth at 1:01.08, followed by Clara Smiddy at 1:01.37 for sixth.

Cheyenne Coffman finished seventh at 1:01.57 and Ali Deloof was eighth at 1:02.21.

Melanie Klaren won the B-final of the women’s 100 backstroke with her time of 1:01.81. Sarah Denninghoff finished second at 1:01.99.

Kylie Stewart won the C-final of the women’s 100 backstroke at 1:01.62.

MEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE– FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 53.10 – David Plummer
  • Meet Record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol – 2009
  • World Record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol – 2009
  • American Record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol – 2009
  • US Open Record:  51.94 – Aaron Peirsol – 2009
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 53.86 – Eugene Godsoe 

Matt Grevers won the men’s 100 backstroke to secure his spot on the Pan Pacs team. He finished with the third fastest time in the world this year at 52.75. Ryan Murphy finished second at 53.21, followed by Nick Thoman for third at 53.46. That should book Thoman a trip to Pan Pacs. David Plummer finished fourth with his time of 53.46. He dropped close to a second from his morning swim.

b finished fifth at 53.90, followed by Michael Phelps at 53.95 in sixth. Eugene Godsoe was seventh at 54.66 and James Wells finished eighth at 55.41.

Shane Ryan had a fantastic drop to win the B-final of the men’s 100 backstroke at 53.90. Thats over a second drop from his morning swim. Jack Conger was second at 55.26.

The 2014 Junior National Champion in this event, Michael Andrew, won the C-final of the men’s 100 back with his time of 55.73. That ties the 7th fastest 15-16 100 backstroke ever swum.

Comments

  1. DrSwim_Phil says:
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    Anyone catch NBC’s taped-delayed coverage today? 2 hours, and they chose to use 10 seconds of that to deliver a screen with the winners of all the 50’s of stroke. Really? Isn’t the point of the 50’s of strokes to be for TV purposes? And would they have really taken up so much time in the broadcast that was much more heavy on commercials (although this might be a good thing, from a total revenue-to-the-sport point of view) than actual competition?

  2. thomaslurzfan says:
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    Lauren Boyle has swum a 1500 free scm world record today 15.22.68, old one was 15.26.95 by Mireia Belmonte.

  3. Sven says:
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    Ready for more great post-race interviews! My predictions:

    “Talk us through your strategy for the dive and underwater phase of the start.”

    “How important is it to do well here at Nationals?”

    In the event of an upset in the mens 100 breast: “Who are you? You aren’t Kevin Cordes.”

    “How important is the turn in the 100 back?”

  4. liquidassets says:
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    All 3 Litheriplets made the C final in the 400!
    Kevin 3:53.35, Jay 3:55.22, Mick 3:56.53.
    They’ll be in lanes 1, 4, and 6. Mom and dad must be very proud!

  5. Philip Johnson says:
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    Will Kate do just enough to win or take on the WR? I believe it will be the latter and we may see something very special tonight. But the race of tonight for me is the men’s 100 back. So many stars and so many ways it can go. I’ll give Grevers the advantage though and I foresee and sub 53.

  6. Philip Johnson says:
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    Ledecky is not playing around 57 at 100.

  7. liquidassets says:
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    Ledecky looking stronger than I expected; she’s going for it again!

  8. Zanna says:
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    Ledecky’s going for it! Come on!

  9. Anon says:
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    Does anyone else just cringe when it switches from the pool anouncers to the webcast commenators?

  10. Philip Johnson says:
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    1:57.7 at 200!

  11. Sean S says:
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    Rowdy saying Katie needs to lay off the front half to get the world record is just idiotic. She doesn’t have the benefit of a floating suit so she needs to be out fast to have any real shot.

  12. EST says:
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    Come on, Katie!

  13. Philip Johnson says:
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    3:58.86 WR!!!!

  14. Zanna says:
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    Holy crap!!! Sub 3.59 !!!!!!!!

  15. C Martin says:
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    Ledeckey SMASH!!!! New world record! 3:58.86!!!!!

  16. law Dawg says:
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    Go home everyone. Katy Ledecky just swam the race of the meet.

  17. Sven says:
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    Atta girl. I do wish she’d stayed on the wall and not jumped out and made a wave until the swimmers next to her made it to the wall. Still, WR! 3:58.8

    • Sven says:
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      looking at the replay, it wasn’t that big of a wave I guess, and the girls were close enough that it probably wasn’t in their lane when they passed anyway. I think she’s officially a legend now, if she wasn’t before.

  18. Zanna says:
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    Cierra makes the team in another event!

    • klorn8d says:
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      yeah obviously katie is the story but 4:04!!!! that is so fast for everyone but katie and usually would be a strong winning time. GO CIERRA

    • Adam B says:
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      She’s had a great meet. I almost wish she wasn’t going to Cal. It’s a great school and a great program, but they don’t have much history with distance freestylers.

  19. Pvdh says:
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    Th all due respect to sarah sjostrom. We know who’s the best in the world is.

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      I don’t know…that 50m Fly from Sjostrom and the 400m Free from Ledecky are both insane.

      • DDias says:
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        Agreed.I was expecting Ledecky 3:58.I doubt if anyone was expecting Sara 24.4.
        Next barrier: Watch Cate Campbell sub 52 in 100free.

    • mcgillrocks says:
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      Ledecky has improved the textile world record by 1.20%, counting every improvement since Muffat’s 4:01.

      Mary Meagher improved the 100 WR fly by 2.19%

      Sjostrom improved the SHINY SUIT record by 2.55%.

      What Ledecky did is amazing. What Meagher did is legendary. But what Sjostrom did is arguably more impressive than either record.

      • Eagleswim says:
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        You’re right. The only counter to that in my opinion is how crazy the pellegrini record was when it happened. That was definitely one of the “wow, these records really shouldn’t be this fast” moments

        • Wahooswimfan says:
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          You really can’t use that basis for comparison with stroke 50s – they are such new events that records have not been around that long, many of the worlds best never even tried the distance when peaked, so as with any new event records are down to come down in large jumps as swimmers start to swim the event. Did Dane Vollmer ever swim the 50 fly when tapered and rested?

      • SoCalAdvRacer says:
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        I’m sure if you add up ALL 3 of Ledecky’s World Records from this year, there isn’t an argument. IF Sjostrom break 3 World Record this year, then you might have, just might, have a good point.

      • dmswim says:
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        Also the 50 fly isn’t swum at the Olympics so when athletes are arguably in the best shape of their lives (or at least their 4 year cycle) they aren’t competing in the 50s. I agree Sjostrom’s record is very impressive, I’m just not sure if you can compare it to Mary T’s or Katie’s swims based off of percentage under the previous record.

  20. liquidassets says:
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    Holy crap!! Even with her stroke starting to fall apart slightly at about 325 and she still did it!! I was so focused on her I didn’t even notice who got 2nd– Runge’s solid 4:04.67 will be competitive at Pan Pacs too and USA could go 1-2 there in this event.

  21. DrSwim_Phil says:
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    Rowdy has been in this sport for how long, and still doesn’t know how splits work?

  22. KD says:
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    Lauren Boyle better be ready. Ledecky is coming to play in Gold Coast. Wow.

    • Jg says:
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      Why the aggression? What has Lauren ever said /done to deserve being put up as some sort of oppositional ogre?

    • JG says:
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      Lauren’s journey is also admirable . I remember Terry accompanying Lauren to NZ trials & beaming when she did 4.11 . Since graduating Lauren undertook training under 2 famed Australian tough coaches Mark Regan & Bill Sweetenham . Now she has done a new programme in Belmonte’s squad .

      Who knew before Lauren would be a 4.03 / 8 .18 / 15.44 swimmer?

  23. C Martin says:
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    She just broke a world record and the interviewer is asking her about board games…Lord help us.

    Way to go Katie!!!

  24. Sven says:
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    longest hot mic ever

  25. Steve Nolan says:
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    Ooh, we got a live mic situation right hurr? Man oh man, please say something dumb.

  26. Aquaman says:
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    Swimswam peanut gallery: slow pool
    Katie Ledecky: Not so much

  27. bobo gigi says:
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    CONGRATS KATIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :shock: :shock: ;shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

    LET’S CELEBRATE NOW! :)

  28. TheTroubleWithX says:
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    Her 200 split would’ve placed 4th in the 200 free final.

  29. swimdoc says:
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    The live mic of the idiot announcer is nearly as annoying as the poolside commentator. You could get volunteers from the stands to do a better job.

  30. petriasfan says:
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    How exciting is women’s middle and long distance becoming – can’t wait to see how the European girls go in Berlin and hopefully we’ll get a showcase for Kazan 2015 and Rio 2016 at short course worlds this year. Hopefully the Aussie girls can go a little quicker (they won’t challenge Ledecky) at Pan Pacs. Boyle might possibly be on song for better performances too.

  31. bobo gigi says:
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  32. liquidassets says:
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    Runge is stepping up and filling the void left by Chloe Sutton in both the 400/800 and as an added bonus can also do a 1:58 200 for the relay. Very impressive.

  33. swimmer24 says:
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    I don’t know about anyone else, but I would like to be a fly on the wall for those scrabble games.

  34. Zanna says:
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    That record will hold for a long time. The only one who can break it at this point is Katie Ledecky herself. I predict at some point she may be a 200 free WR holder.

  35. klorn8d says:
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    All three litherlands in the same heat!!

  36. bobo gigi says:
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    ONE OF THE GREATEST WORLD RECORDS OF ALL-TIME!
    KATIE IS A LEGEND!
    And I have told you that Cierra Runge was the next American big thing on mid-distance! Great performance as well!

  37. Janet says:
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    The interviewer is doing a fine job. Did she take the job away from some aspiring swimmer commentator because the comments seem bitter?

  38. northswim says:
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    400 free mens! Lets see how this plays out.

  39. EST says:
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    Well, that swim started the night off right!! Katie Ledecky is such a special swimmer.

  40. theroboticrichardsimmons says:
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    Ledecky has perhaps the best walls of any distance swimmer I’ve seen. That last walk was legit…3 or 4 fly kicks going out about 8 meters.

  41. Sven says:
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    Let’s go, Connor! I do wish Conor had hit his taper and done this event, I think we could’ve seen a great race. Not that there’s any lack of competition as it is, though… Should be a solid field. Calling Jaeger/3:43.8 for the win.

    • Sven says:
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      wow, way off. McBroom held on for dear life, solid racing. McLean swam really smart, but I feel like he could have made his move a tad sooner.

  42. hswimmer says:
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    I was hoping Rowdy and other dude wouldn’t commentate again ugh!!!!!!!

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      They commentate every time swimming is televised on NBC or NBC Universal so I would get used to it. People complain about the announcers and pool side reporting, but they only televise swimming a couple of times per year so I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

  43. theroboticrichardsimmons says:
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    He breathes to his right! DRINK!

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    Rowdy is talking about breathing, what do I do? Chug or Sip, I forget!!?

  45. Zanna says:
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    Wow Mcbroom and Maclean 1st and 2nd.

  46. Sean S says:
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    Jaeger 5 seconds slower than his in season time. At this point I think we have enough evidence to say there is absolutely nothing wrong with the pool, so what’s up with some of these swims.

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      Not to mention the 400m Free for the USA men has been historically slow when compared to the rest of the world. Maybe one day we’ll get someone who will be the best in the world in the 400m Free.

  47. klorn8d says:
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    that was SLOW, very tactical i hope

  48. Lazy Observer says:
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    At this point I’m going to have to personally convince Rowdy to retire just so I don’t have to read 100+ comments about him every night.

    • Roger von Oech says:
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      Bring on Gold Medal Mel. I’ve heard him do commentary, and he’s pretty good. Of course, Mel would prolly be promoting SwimOutlet.com between consolations and A Finals.

  49. Justin Thompson says:
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    Biondi looks like he’s in good shape! If that dude would have had a good program to swim in after college he would have been Phelps before there was Phelps.

    • Roger von Oech says:
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      Matt’s best 200 from 1988 (1:47.7) would’ve earned him a berth on this year’s men’s 4×200 relay!

    • Mcgillrocks says:
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      He graduated from college in 1987 or 88. He kept swimming until 1992, picking up multiple Pan Pac and world titles, and some Olympic hardware.

      • Justin Thompson says:
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        True, but he’s stated several times how difficult it was to get to ’92 because there wasn’t any good post-grad programs.

    • Lazy Observer says:
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      It is also worth noting that Phelps, as I understand it, set out to attract the kind of national/international attention that would allow for the kind of major sponsorships that now enable these folks to keep swimming. No idea how people stack up against one another as swimmers historically, but a big part of what Phelps did was leverage his era of peak performance to do something interesting enough to generate significant buzz around his sport.

      • Roger von Oech says:
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        In 1990, Biondi and Tom Jager helped to put together a made-for-TV “Dash for Cash” in the 50 free. 8 swimmers were invited (seeded 1 through 8) and they raced head-to-head two at a time (1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, etc), with the winners advancing to semis, and then finals.

        The finals consisted of Biondi vs, Jager. Jager won setting a world record 21.81, and Biondi went 21.85. I believe Jager won $10,000 and a car.

        Exciting stuff!

        • bigNowhere says:
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          I remember those Jager vs Biondi duals! They were fun. And to follow up on the comment about Phelps bringing attention to swimming, etc. That is 100% true, but Biondi was attempting to do the same in his era. Prior to Biondi, it was really unusual for swimmers to compete past college, because there just wasn’t any way to earn a living doing it. Also, they were usually swimming on their own, without a training group.

          Part of the problem was that Olympic athletes had to be true amateurs in the old days. That simply isn’t true anymore. I’m not sure when that changed, but I suspect it was in the late 80’s.

          I remember reading an interview with Biondi, in which he talked about how hard it was to train on his own for the 1992 Olympics. He even asked Eddie Reese if he could come and train with him at Texas. According to the interview, Reese thought about it, but ultimately said no, because it would “be unfair to his collegiate athletes”, or something like that. I suspect Biondi believes this played a role in why he lost to Popov in 92. Jump ahead to the mid-2000’s and you’ve got a bunch of post-grads swimming at Texas and at a bunch of other places. Things change.

          Phelps certainly helped with that, but the overall trend towards post-grad professional swimming was there before him, and would have been there without him.

  50. petriasfan says:
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    That surely is different – handing out a medal to top 8 swimmers. Never seen that happen before.

  51. PK says:
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    While I wish we were a bit stronger in that event at the international level, the lack of a true stud does result in really cool races at every national level meet since we have so many guys that are capable of finishing in the same range.

  52. 1
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    my stream just went down as they were playing Queen. I am vex!

  53. northswim says:
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    lets see micah lawrence thrown down tonight

  54. 3
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    Spice Girls?!! Really?

  55. Sean S says:
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    Announcer just called Jessica Hardy a USC grad but didn’t she graduate from Cal and not move to USC until later?

  56. 0
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    Jessica and MIcah tie for 1st

  57. Justin Thompson says:
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    Hardy fading…….and it’s a tie at 1:06.51 between Lawrence and Hardy.

  58. Zanna says:
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    A tie!! Hardy and Micah!

  59. Sean S says:
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    Hardy looked like she was hurting badly that last 15m.

  60. PK says:
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    Gutted for Reaney, she looked so good the whole way, finishing 4th by .01 to someone already on the team is brutal.

    • klorn8d says:
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      yeah i was rotting for REaney, I like Larson and don’t blame her for beating her but she’s on the team so it would be nice to give rwaney the spot

  61. ADM says:
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    GREAT REACTION TIME :)

  62. DrSwim_Phil says:
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    Micah Lawrence doesn’t do a full pull-out

  63. Justin Thompson says:
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    I predict Cordes will go 59.2 tonight. I can’t see him going under 59, but would be pleasantly surprised if he did.

    • PK says:
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      I predict he head-cases a 1:00.1. I’d vastly prefer it if he went 59.2, and am rooting for it, but if I’m making honest predictions, that’s where I would land.

  64. Zanna says:
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    No DQ for Micah!

  65. C Martin says:
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    How close was that…Hardy and Lawrence tie for first, and Larsen beats Reaney for third place by 1/100!

  66. nemofish says:
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    Did anyone else notice that little dolphin kick Reaney does after her breaststroke kicks? You can see it in the underwater video

    • C Martin says:
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      I remember reading a Mike Gustafson article a while back about how the Japanese were revolutionizing breaststroke by adding more and even extreme undulation (almost like a dolphin kick).

  67. Sven says:
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    Crazy backhalf from Lawrence. The fact that the 200 breast champ would bring the heat on the back half didn’t surprise me, but the magnitude of ground she made up sure did. Also, Breeja Larson’s pullouts were amazing. It’s easy to see why she’s so good in yards, glad she can back it up in the big girl pool.

    Sidenote: when the race video for Ledecky’s 400 free gets online, look for her foot position on the start. It looked like she didn’t use the wedge. I can’t imagine that, and I’m probably wrong, but I swear it looked like it.

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      Breeja should go on the world cup SCM circuit when she gets out of college considering her pullouts and turns.

    • JDM says:
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      I’ve noticed that before too, but I think she just keeps her back foot flat until the “take your mark”.

  68. Justin Thompson says:
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    Will we see a NAG from Vissering tonight?

  69. Roger von Oech says:
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    I’m cheering for B.J. Johnson in the A Final. He’s a really cool dude — currently finishing up his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford. He works out with the Stanford grad swimmers at the same time our masters team practices. BTW, he’s a big Richard Sherman fan!

  70. pvdh says:
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    kevin cordes…you baffle me

  71. Zanna says:
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    Woah! Cody Miller and Nick Fink qualified!

  72. DrSwim_Phil says:
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    I hate to say it (and I’ll get down votes), but Cordes is a head case, and can’t swim when the pressure is truly on. He thrives when he dominates, but if there’s anyone near him, he folds when it matters.

    • C Martin says:
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      Dr. Phil needs to talk to him

    • pvdh says:
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      he might have been coasting. he’s already in.

      • Zanna says:
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        Yes but am sure he would like that top spot for the medley relay.

      • DrSwim_Phil says:
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        Sorry, I can’t accept that. He’s done for the rest of the meet, and was out sub-28 at the turn (right where he should be). Watch his stroke at night vs in the morning in both events. It’s a tighter, more “scared” version at night in these meets. He didn’t do that at NCAAs because he was just that much better than everyone else in SCY.

        • PK says:
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          It should be noted he went through the same thing at his first NCAAs in 2012 with a big prelims swim and a super tight finals swim where he barely won. The NCAA field was a lot stronger that year than it has been the past couple of years.

      • klorn8d says:
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        he would never just let people beat him. people need to stop saying people were coasting, NO THEY WERE NOT

    • PK says:
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      It would get more down votes if we had some evidence that it was an inaccurate statement. I’m rooting for the kid, and believe that he’s presently our best hope for developing the top breaststroker in the world, but we’re up to about a half dozen examples of weirdness at night in high-leverage spots.

  73. C Martin says:
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    Cody Miller…great swim, even greater celebration

  74. northswim says:
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    im so excited for the mens 100 back….

  75. Steve Nolan says:
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    OK, so “Cordes swimming blah at night” is definitely a thing now.

  76. Zanna says:
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    Seriously no Cordes in the 100 breast.

  77. Justin Thompson says:
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    I think the thing with Cordes is he’s a great front runner swimmer, but not a great racer. Whenever the field is tight he seems to get taken out of his race, but if he’s out in front by a body length he’s great.

  78. We Love Phelps says:
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    Miller wins 100 breast 59.91
    Cordes 1:00.63!

  79. Sean S says:
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    When Cordes gets away from his normal stroke he doesn’t do well. His 100 Breast from NCAAs was a slower tempo than that, but he was moving much more efficiently. When he gets caught up in trying to race the guys around him he ends up spinning and then shitting the the bed.

  80. C Martin says:
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    Kevin Cordes and Cody Miller both have that strange chest if anyone knows what I’m talking about

  81. Lazy Observer says:
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    Cody Miller’s interview just may be my favorite of the week. I love how amazed and shocked he is.

  82. 3
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    I have not seen Eric Shanteau since the London Olympics. I wonder what he is up to these days?

    • swimmer24 says:
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      I know Eric runs an open water swim that raises money for cancer ( I believe testicular cancer) and I think he works with Live Strong.

    • EST says:
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      He is working for a medical supply company, according to an article he tweeted a while back. And he has a young daughter.

  83. swimmermama says:
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    My new favorite swimmer…Cody Miller. Love the way he thanked his coaches, teammates and mother.

  84. mcgillrocks says:
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    Cordes is really inconsistent in LCM. Yards aside, he seems like he could either go 59 low in one race than 1:00.5 in the next. He’s put up two good times in prelims, but has failed to match them in finals. Reminds me of worlds last year when he vastly underperformed compared to his US Nationals times.

    If he wants to be an Olympic gold medalist, because if you want to win an Olympic final you have to put together one somewhat solid swim, a good swim and a very very good swim. I doubt his ability to rip off those three.

    • Believe This says:
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      Arizona doesn’t train enough to swim multiple days or even multiple swims in one meet. Go back and look at prelims and finals swims this weekend. 90%+ swims slower at night. They can pop one good one, but after that it’s over. Let alone prelims/semis/finals. Was much better under Hansen.

      • Jg says:
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        More 2am sessions for Senior Cordes !

      • Swimmer says:
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        Yes! Please listen to this guy right here. He’s clearly been at all of our practices and knows we just don’t train enough at all. We just can’t perform in finals ever! That’s why we have no one qualified for the pan PAC or world championship team. OH WAIT…….

  85. Justin Thompson says:
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    I think this is Peltons last chance to make the team?

  86. 2
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    I agree with Rowdy, many of the swimmers are not fully rested for this meet

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      Let’s hope they aren’t, but I’m not buying it. There’s too much to lose unless you are head and shoulders above the 2nd and 3rd place finishers.

  87. We Love Phelps says:
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    all 3 Cal bears are in this A final :-D

  88. Zanna says:
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    Missy and Bootsma!

  89. Sean S says:
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    Good to see that after a year at Cal Missy still has the worst backstroke start in the field.

  90. DrSwim_Phil says:
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    Ugh, Rowdy….Missy didn’t have a “bad” start, she’s never been a good starter for backstroke, and being sandwiched between possibly the 2 best starting backstrokers/underwater swimmers makes it “look” bad. How about you say it correctly…

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      I don’t think anyone could say it’s a good start, she was basically last after the first 20m. So I guess the question is for her is that a bad start or a normal start?

      • DrSwim_Phil says:
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        It’s been her normal start for seemingly ever. It wasn’t “bad” for her. It’s “bad” compared to the field, and you would think there should be some sort of room of improvement for it, but it wasn’t like she hasn’t done that before.

  91. Sven says:
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    Not to get too picky about a 59.3, but holy cow, she could have been 58 with a decent start.

  92. We Love Phelps says:
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    Franklin 59.38! 3rd fastest time in the world :-D

  93. Zanna says:
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    Pelton finishing 3rd, she is not definite to be on the Pan Pac team right?

  94. klorn8d says:
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    That was feel good moment especially for Bootsma and Pelton. They didnt care about times, they had rough years and you could see a lot of relief to make the team and be top three with your team mates.

    • Calswimfan says:
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      Wondering if Cal’s elite sophomores (Bootsma and Pelton) put their emphasis on this meet as opposed as NCAA. In an interview, Terri expressed disappointment that Pelton seemed to focus LC as opposed to SC and was concentrating on LC Nationals as her primary meet. In many ways I can’t blame her due to the importance and stipend of National teams along with the benefits that come with it.
      I hope Pelton makes it on the Pan PAC team and now that the WC team will be determined before the NCAA season begins, hopefully, Liz can make NCAA’s as a top priority.
      With this being Missy’s last year and the insane recruits coming from Stanford, the Bears have a very small opportunity to get another NCAA title in the next 5 years.
      Kudos to Georgia in having both a solid NCAA and Summer season, Humphries and/or Bauerle have it down well and overall that program did exceptionally well.

  95. Bossanova says:
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    Missy Franklin smiles SO much. Her jaw is probably more sore than her body after every finals session.

  96. Becky D says:
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    I think I know what Liz Pelton’s problem is: She refuses to put her wet hair up in a bun.

  97. Justin Thompson says:
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    MA putting up a good swim at 55.73!

  98. SwimChick says:
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    Oh, man, Pelton totally would’ve gotten second if she hadn’t touched the wall with her head…

  99. PK says:
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    Say what you will about Michael Andrew, the kid consistently shows up ready to race at night, he’s been faster at night in basically every event for 2 straight weeks.

  100. Justin Thompson says:
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    Wow Ryan took it out! 53.90

  101. Sven says:
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    Michael Andrew with a very solid race. Looked really good, he was grabbing a ton of water. His other strokes will catch up, but for now his backstroke is looking the best right now, with fly not far behind.

  102. Coach-S says:
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    Different goggles for MP tonight.

  103. aswimfan says:
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    Crazy Swim by Ledecky! Congrats!

    At this point she is without a shred of doubt the swimmer of the year (male or female). Sorry Sjoestrom.

    Ledecky is the closest female swimmer to Shane Gould since 1972.

    (and I’m sure some imaginative posters would accuse me of being insincere with this.)

  104. Justin Thompson says:
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    And here we go…..come on Phelps put up a good technically sound evening swim!

  105. Zanna says:
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    It’s going to be a sick 100 back!

  106. Zanna says:
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    Grevers and Murphy!!

  107. DrSwim_Phil says:
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    Grevers hit the ropes and still went 52.7.

  108. 0
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    Grevers, Murphy and Thoman went 1, 2 and 3

  109. hswimmer says:
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    Rowdy: “I’m not making excuses for him.” YOU JUST DID! LOL

  110. Sean S says:
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    Grevers under WR pace at the 50 but all Rowdy can talk about is Phelps hitting the lane line for 75% of the race.

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      Yeah, Rowdy tends to have tunnel vision when Phelps is in the race which is too bad because he wasn’t expected to win and Grevers is the Olympic champ in the event.

  111. 2
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    Yay for Matt Grevers, good swimming

  112. Justin Thompson says:
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    Damn, even Grevers was on top of that lane line.

  113. pvdh says:
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    Matt Grevers-“Not just yet, youngblood”

  114. Zanna says:
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    Happy for Murphy!

    • SoCalAdvRacer says:
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      Murphy would have easily been under 53 if he hadn’t played with lane ropes at turn and again at finish.

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    Is this lady for real?!! These are questions she is going to ask Matt Grevers?

  116. Sven says:
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    My prediction is Phelps doesn’t try to swim that ever again until he knows it’s going to be an indoor race. And he was far from the only one, but man, the frustration is palpable.

    • Lazy Observer says:
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      Oh, I don’t know. This hasn’t been his main event ever and he may not love his swim tonight, but I mean, can you name anyone else who dropped this event 10 years ago and can still show up in the top 6 at Nationals? In fact, I find this performance waaaaay less stressful to watch than his fly and free. It’s like a bonus: however well he does, it’s something he could have afforded to try under his old schedule.

      • Sven says:
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        Oh, I’m not saying it’s bad or that he shouldn’t have tried it. With a 53.8 in season, there’s no reason not to. I’m just saying that going down the lane like a pinball in both prelims and finals is going to make him hate outdoor backstroke and not want to do it again. I don’t blame him. Give me a ceiling to guide off of, anyday.

    • Coach-S says:
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      My guess is he swims the entire program again at Pan-Pacs just because he’s so ticked off at the mistakes he has been making. This weekend will also probably make him increase his training going forward.

  117. Sean S says:
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    Murphy looked like he was bumping the tane line in that race too, I don’t think I’ve seen the top swimmers on the men’s and women’s side struggle to stay off the lane lines this much before .

  118. C Martin says:
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    Alright Rowdy, Phelps hit the lane line once. Ryan Murphy grabbed second and was grinding against it for the whole second 25. Excuses excuses excuses. Everybody makes them for Phelps, let him tell you what really happened in his races. He always does.

    I’d commend the great swims by other, lesser-known swimmers before doling out excuses as to why the greatest can’t medal in one of his least-swum events.

    Great job to Ryan Murphy and all the Cal Bears.

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      Just an observation but you scold Rowdy for talking about Phelps and then you proceed to talk only about Murphy, a Cal Bear, and don’t even mention Grevers. Aren’t you doing the same thing as Rowdy and talking about your favorite swimmer/College?

      • C Martin says:
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        I have no affiliation with Cal or Murphy. I’m just giving credit to swimmers who deserve it but weren’t mentioned. Grevers won the race, and between him and Phelps they were all he talked about. He didn’t even mention Murphy’s second until scrolling through the results.

        Cal women also went 1-2-3. I don’t know what else to say other than good job…

    • Lazy Observer says:
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      Leave poor Rowdy alone. He’s just going through the 5 stages of grief. I believe this stage is known as bargaining. ;-)

  119. PVK says:
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    Sorry, but this poolside “reporter” is a complete idiot.

    • Sean S says:
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      I don’t know why they can’t get some retired swimmer to do the interviews. Last year at Worlds I think Pieter Van De Hoogenband was doing interviews for Eurosport and he had some really insightful questions that he could ask because he KNOWS THE SPORT. I’ve seen Alain Bernard do well in the same role. This reporter hasn’t asked a good question all week.

      • PVK says:
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        Exactly. I don’t think it would be a tall task, as countless former national teamers are at the meet. They should have Aaron Piersol doing those interviews. The questions being asked are ridiculously rude to the swimmers, not to mention elementary.

  120. TheTroubleWithX says:
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    Wish they could publish the relay cards for everyone to see. Would be nice to know who is swimming before they dive into the water…

  121. Philip Johnson says:
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    Murphy was consistent, just 1/100th off what he swam in the prelims.

  122. Wild Bill says:
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    How will Michael do in the 200 IM? Would love to see MP win one.

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      I think the 200IM will be the most telling race of the meet for Phelps. You really can’t tell what condition he’s in with these 100’s, but if he can rattle off a 1:55 or 1:56 we’ll know he’s in decent shape.

      On the other hand I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t swim it and goes back to training a little early given the meet he’s had. After that backstroke I think the amount of technical mistakes are piling up and starting to impact him mentally.

  123. Philip Johnson says:
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    Thoman pulling through after swimming just 54.28 in the prelims, he saved it all for the final. Tough break for Plummer, posted a 53 low in the prelims and couldn’t improve.

  124. PVK says:
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    Cordes disappointing. He just can’t put it together consistently in long course. USA Swimming doesn’t have the Hansens and Gangloffs to fill in the gaps now. Someone needs to step up and it seems as though Cody Miller made the first step tonight.

    • PsychoDad says:
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      I am going to form Breaststroke Anonymous and all swimswam-ers can join but first they have to declare: “My name is XXX and I know nothing about breaststroke”

  125. swimmer24 says:
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    Braden I have a question for you. I have read the selection procedures for qualifying for Pan Pacs, but one thing that the procedures do not cover is open water swimmers. Do Becca Mann and Jordan Wilimovsky count into the pool’s team roster, if they get selected for their third place swims? This does not seem advantageous to the US swimmers since that will take a roster spot away, even though that person already has the opportunity to swim the race at Pan Pacs without even coming to Nationals.

  126. DrSwim_Phil says:
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    Is the backstroke/lane rope issue based on the lighting around the pool? It’s possibly it’s just blinding from the stadium flood lights, depending on how they’re situated.

    • Coach-S says:
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      It can be, it can also be sun placement. Sometimes they will adjust their head position to avoid the light which throws everything else off.

  127. Roger von Oech says:
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    Anyone know if the Rio 2016 pool (if it’s ever completed) will be an INDOOR or an outdoor venue? [It will be winter in Rio in July-August 2016].

    I’ve been in Rio in a June and found the weather to be delightful.]

  128. Prime Breaststroker says:
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    did anyone else notice how mad B.J Johnson looks when getting his medal after 100 breast

  129. Lazy Observer says:
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    I can’t tell why but I am signing off in a really good mood. Maybe Katie’s win plus Cody Miller’s delightful reaction plus just generally liking Matt G. And the fact that Phelps is on the team, which brings down my nervousness there. Feeling kind of sanguine. (Though a little sad for David Plummer – I have to give some <3 to my Minnesota brethren).

    • KeithM says:
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      Plummer is on the team for the 50 back. So he can take another crack at this race in Australia. Same with Phelps and probably Thoman. Yikes that’s going to be a mad prelim session for the 100 back.

      • Zanna says:
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        Didn’t he make the Worlds for the 50 back but not Pan Pacs?

        • KeithM says:
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          Yeah I may have gotten that backwards. But if he swims something big between now and Worlds next year he might be considered for the relay morning swim. At least he’s punched his ticket there.

      • NickH says:
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        I could be wrong, but I don’t think that they select swimmers for Pan Pacs based on their 50m stroke swims (except for freestyle).

  130. JMcKeough says:
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    Did anyone else notice how mad B.J Johnson looked when he got his medal after the 100 breast

  131. Ole 99 says:
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    I can’t find anything stating one way or another, but from the rendering it appears to be indoor.

    http://www.e-architect.co.uk/images/jpgs/brazil/rio_olympic_park_b250110_4.jpg

  132. Thanos Mihas says:
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    i am pissed i missed the WR by ledecky. i had predicted that the 400 free would be the only WR she would go after. i signed on late so i tried to rewind the webcast but it only went to the start of the women’s 100 breast. i am sure it will be on NBC tomorrow. i would have prefer for nbcsn to televise the meet live instead of having to rely on this unreliable webcast.

  133. Ole 99 says:
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    Can we get a little more cheese with all the whining about the pool, especially when it comes to backstroke. Most of the elite backstroke swimmers here train outdoors all year round, and for those that don’t i’m fairly certain there are outdoor pools they use in the summer. Even if they don’t train outdoors, don’t you think they prep for the conditions when they know their biggest meet is held in an outdoor pool.

  134. SWIMFAN says:
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    Interesting that the swimmers, should they be selected onto the pan pacs team, not meet the times that the Aussies swum at Comm Games and yet those athletes are NOT swimming at Pan Pacs. They have not met the strict times set by Australia Swimming to swim at the event. A lot of those swimmers would have placed at this event yet won’t have the same opportunity to compete.

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