Phelps vs Lochte 100 back set up after Athens Grand Slam day 3 prelims

  23 Jared Anderson | July 12th, 2014 | Club, Featured, News, Previews & Recaps

The marquee matchup of the day is Michael Phelps vs Ryan Lochte in the men’s 100 back, and prelims didn’t disappoint. Phelps, fresh of a big 100 fly swim a night ago, took the top seed in 54.86. Lochte is about a half-second back at 55.30, but the two will dual from the inside lanes tonight in an event that might be a nationals/Pan Pacs possibility for both (despite an already-crowded backstroking field in the U.S.).

Also in the hunt in that race will be Tyler Clary, the Olympic champ in the longer backstroke distance. Clary went 56.29 for the third seed this morning.

Clary is also the top seed in the 200 fly, where he’ll rekindle the ongoing rivalry with Georgia/NBAC swimmer Chase Kalisz. In the NCAA, Clary and Kalisz were each the best IMer of their generation, with Kalisz breaking Clary’s record earlier this year. Now the two extend their competition to the 200 fly, and sit just a tenth apart heading into finals, Clary at 2:01.14 and Kalisz at 2:01.28. NBAC’s Tom Luchsinger is just about a half-second back at 2:01.97 as well.

Olympian Cammile Adams is the top seed in the women’s 200 fly. She went 2:10.73 swimming for SwimMAC, but Georgia’s Hali Flickinger is just two tenths back.

SwimMAC also did well in the women’s 50 free, with Bahamian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace going 25.43. SwimAtlanta’s Amanda Weir is two tenths back, Madison Kennedy just a tenth back of that and Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga just one tenth behind Kennedy. Needless to say, it should be a great final tonight in the splash and dash.

Cullen Jones leads the men’s 50 at 22.56. He’s just up on Brazilian Auburn trainer Bruno Fratus (22.65), with Caleb Weir, younger brother to Amanda, third at 22.85. High school sensation Caeleb Dressel seems to be getting his feet under him a little more, going 23.10 for a spot in the A final.

SwimMAC youngster Kathleen Baker went 1:01.24 to lead the 100 back for women. She broke a minute for the first time in the 10 fly last night, and seems to be on a roll in Athens. She’ll have to fight off Michigan’s Ali DeLoof (1:01.49) and Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga (1:02.06).

Annie Lazor is the top seed in the women’s 200 breast, going 2:30.56. She’s followed by a whole pack of women at 2:32 including Melanie Margalis, Emma Reaney and Annie Zhu. Also keep an eye on Micah Lawrence, who was just 2:34.48 this morning for 5th, but has been one of the nation’s most dominant 200 breaststrokers this season.

In the men’s 200 breast, Nic Fink had a nice swim in his home pool, going 2:15.36 for the top seed over Kalisz (2:16.06).

Meet results are showing Maddie Locus as the top 400 free seed, but her time appears to be in error. Incoming Cal freshman Cierra Runge went 4:12.37 this morning, and is the next name after Locus. She’s followed by a pair of NBAC teammates, Becca Mann and Gillian Ryan.

The men’s 400 free looks to be a showdown between NBAC teammates. Conor Dwyer is the top seed in 3:52.42, with French Olympian Yannick Agnel behind at 3:53.18. Also in the hunt are Michael Klueh, Connor Jaeger, Charlie Houchin and Matt McLean.

Meet results available on Meet Mobile (“2014 Bulldog Grand Slam”).

Comments

  1. bobo gigi says:
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    Very happy to see Caeleb Dressel drop his times so much and so fast! :)
    Honestly, one month ago when he swam 24.72 for his return, I believed his summer was finished.
    It’s impressive to see him already in 23.10.
    HE’S BACK!
    Great! Great! Great! :cool:

    • ERVINFORTHEWIN says:
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      i would say the same ! Caeleb is back and i love to hear that . 23.10 is pretty damn good … I would love to see this guy next year in Kazan on 50 or 100 free .

  2. Nikki says:
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    You got this, Phelps! Do your thing out there :)

  3. We Love Phelps says:
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    um… Nick Thoman’s not competing??
    would love to see a 53-mid from Phelps in tonight’s final.
    go for it MP! :-D

    • MrFahrenheit says:
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      Thoman was 57.42 for 6th. Not a good sign after being off the radar for so long with an injury.

      • We Love Phelps says:
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        oh i see… thanks!

        • bobo gigi says:
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          I’m very sad to see Nick Thoman in that state.
          He was so great during the SCY season with a fantastic 100 back American record.
          I wanted to watch if he could confirm in long course.
          But now his hopes to qualify for worlds look very weak.
          Hopefully he will be fine quickly to prepare Rio under the best possible conditions.

  4. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:
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    54.86 for Michael in prelims !!! wowwwwwww i love what he is doing …… Go On Michael .

  5. TheTroubleWithX says:
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    Phelps goes 53.7 tonight, putting him 2nd fastest in the US this year, and top three in all five events he’s competed in.

  6. Diana says:
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    Showdown between Chase Kalisz and Tyler Clary! There’s an interesting storyline that might possibly include a motivational whisper from a certain fellow NBAC team-mate.

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    Tonight should be interesting in terms of times and placings. I hope that Nick Thoman can find some form eventually after his injury. Here’s hoping that Cullen Jones can pull off a win or a decent time ……finally.
    Glad to see that so many people have turned out to watch this meet. Even though it is not being streamed live it seems to have a lot of people interested in the results.

  8. Bossanova says:
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    Well, Braden Keith, Phelps went the time you predicted……

    In prelims. Sets him up well for that 54.3 I predicted later tonight! :-)

  9. David says:
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    Can’t wait
    I think Phelps should swim the prelims of the 100 breast at meets
    He used to do it in the old days
    It’s good for his IM

  10. bobo gigi says:
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    A lot of very interesting things to watch tonight!

    MP in the 100 back
    Caeleb Dressel in the 50 free
    The battle between the NBAC girls in the 400 free
    Emma Reaney in long course in the 200 breast
    And Kathleen Baker in the 100 back. She was great yesterday in the 100 fly with a big new PB. I think she will not be far from the minute barrier tonight.

  11. Rafael says:
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    David i think phelps is done with the IM

    • Braden Keith Braden Keith says:
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      Rafael – I don’t know if he’s for sure done with the IM. I don’t think he’ll swim it this year, but he might reconsider after 2015 Worlds once he’s really back into his grove and training cycle.

    • We Love Phelps says:
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      nope, he’s not done with the 2IM yet.
      dont know why but i have a feeling that Phelps will take on the challenge & swim it this year.

  12. Lane Four says:
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    Reading all of the comments and feeling the excitement, it is killing me that there is NO programming for the swim meet. I hope that the swim fans in the stands are prepared to video the 100 back as well as a few of the others and post here at SwimSwam.

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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career sixteen years and running wasn’t enough for this native Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for SwimSwam.com, covering swimming at every level. Read More »