2014 U.S. Winter Nationals: Day 2 Live Prelims Recap

An exciting morning of prelims are on tap in Greensboro, North Carolina, as the U.S. Winter Nationals resumes racing at 9am Eastern Time. Note that the women’s and men’s prelim events will be swum concurrently, with the women’s events being run from the “main pool”, while men’s events will be held in the “scoreboard pool.”  As such, check back and refresh this page often, as we will be updating with summary results as each race happens.


WOMEN’S 500y freestyle

  • American Record: 4:28.71 02/07/2014 Katie Ledecky
  • U.S. Open Record: 4:28.71 02/07/2014 Katie Ledecky
  • NCAA “A” cut: 4:36.45

Prelims Snapshot: As expected, Katie Ledecky ran away with her heat, as well as the entire field, this morning with a final time of 4:33.70. This is just slightly off her 4:30.92 best time this year, which she swam at the First State Cup Invitational in Delaware this past November. Ledecky swam a splendidly-split race (52.45, 55.64, 55.26, 55.53, 54.82) to put her in the top seed going into tonight’s final.  She is followed by Michigan’s Gillian Ryan (4:39.20*), Danielle Valley (4:39.54), Indiana’s Kennedy Goss (4:41.88), UCLA’s Katy Campbell (4:42.27), Indiana’s Haley Lips (4:42.33), Michigan’s Hannah Moore (4:42.98), and 15-year-old Courtney Harnish (4:43.37) to comprise the A final.
*Gillian Ryan’s time of 4:39.20 sets a new school record the women’s 500y freestyle for the University of Michigan.

MEN’S 500y freestyle

  • American Record: 4:08.54 02/09/2008 Peter Vanderkaay
  • U.S. Open Record: 4:08.54 02/09/2008 Peter Vanderkaay
  • NCAA “A” cut: 4:14.59

Prelims Snapshot: The men’s 500y free was led by Gator Swim Club’s True Sweetser, with the time of 4:16.63 he clocked in heat 8 this morning.  Michigan’s Connor Jaeger finished in a time closely behind in heat 10 (final heat) of 4:16.76 to set up a sure-fire thriller tonight. National Age Group record holder, Townley Haas, is in the mix as well, with his third-seeded time of 4:17.13.  Ryan Feeley (4:18.19) from Badger Swim Club, Trevor Carroll (4:19.27) from University of Louisville, Dylan Bosch (4:19.31) from Michigan, Aidan Burns (4:19.52), and Jackson Miller (4:20.17) from Indiana comprise tonight’s A Final

WOMEN’S 200y individual medley

  • American Record: 1:51.77 03/15/2012 Caitlin Leverenz
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:51.77 03/15/2012 Caitlin Leverenz
  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:55.35

Prelims Snapshot: SwimMAC’s Katie Meili earned tonight’s top seed, as swam the fastest time of the morning in 1:56.72.  Meghan Small of York YMCA is the second seed with her time of 1:57.22.  Katie Ledecky, in one of her off-events, clocked a 1:57.51 to earn the third spot going into tonight’s finals (should she swim the finals, that is).  Rounding out the top 8 are: Miranda Tucker (1:58.53), Clara Smiddy (1:59.54), Caitlin Casazza (1:59.68), Asia Seidt (1:59.78), and Danielle Hermann (1:59.85).

MEN’S  200y individual medley

  • American Record: 1:40.08 11/29/2007 Ryan Lochte
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:40.08 11/29/2007 Ryan Lochte
  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:42.76

Prelims Snapshot: Kyle Whitaker‘s time of 1:45.00 earned him the top time of the morning in the men’s 200 individual medley.  Nolan Tesone (Louisville) followed closely behind in his time of 1:45.51.  Teo D’Allessandro (1:45.52), Dylan Bosch (1:45.67), Matthew Josa (1:46.32), Josh Quallen (1:46.46), Evan White (1:46.59), and Carlos Almeida (1:46.92) also earned spots in tonight’s A-final.  For the NCAA swimmers, the field will need to drop around 3 seconds in order to clear the NCAA “A” cut of 1:42.76.

WOMEN’S 50y freestyle

  • American Record: 21.27 03/19/2009 Lara Jackson
  • U.S. Open Record: 21.27 03/19/2009 Lara Jackson
  • NCAA “A” cut: 21.90

Prelims Snapshot: Kelsi Worrell from the University of Louisville, threw down a 22.02 in the women’s 50y free this morning – just short of the 21.90 “A” cut.  22.02 beats Worrell‘s 22.27 she swam at last year’s NCAA Championships.  The “A” cut seems most definitely within reach tonight for Worrell, but also for UCLA’s Linnea Mack who touched in 22.03 for tonight’s second seed.  Still, Faith Johnson was not too far behind in 22.17, followed by Veronica Burchill in 22.47.  Also making the “A” final are Ali Deloof (22.61), Ashlyn Koletic (22.65), Lauren Poli (22.67), and Natalie Labonge (22.73).

MEN’S 50y freestyle

  • American Record: 18.66 03/24/2011 Nathan Adrian
  • U.S. Open Record: 18.47 03/27/2008 Cesar Cielo
  • NCAA “A” cut: 19.25

Prelims Snapshot: The force that is Nathan Adrian blasted to the top of the final heat this morning, winning in a time of 19.18.  That was well-ahead of the overall second-place finisher this morning, Simonas Bilis (NC State) and his time of 19.40.  SwimMAC’s Eric Knight sped to an impressive 19.45, which tied Eric McGinnis of Trinity Prep Aquatics.  Last night’s Mr.-20-point-backstroke-split, Junya Koga, clocked a 19.57 to make tonight’s A-final as well.  In a three-way-tie with Koga was SwimMAC’s Mark Weber and Michigan’s Bruno Ortiz, who each also touched the wall in the same 19.57 time.  Soon-to-be-retired NYAC’s Adam Brown (19.59), who announced he will be hanging up his goggles after this meet, rounded out the top 8 for the A-final tonight.


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Are they only live streaming the women’s pool during prelims?

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I think Nathan Adrian will break the American record in the 50 and 100. At Masters nationals last spring he went an 18.78 and a 41.13. I gotta believe he will be faster here. If Nathan Adrian is rested, he will go beast mode.

My prediction is 18.60 for the 50 and 40.87 in the 100.

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