2014 U.S. Winter Nationals: Day 4 prelims live recap

by Christen McDonough 4

December 06th, 2014 College, National, News

The final day of U.S. Winter Nationals gets underway from Greensboro, NC this morning, with five more individual events and one relay in each gender.

Day 4 is highlighted by the 1650 freestyle, where Katie Ledecky will have a shot at the American records in both the 1000 and 1650 frees. Ledecky won’t swim that race until tonight, though, as the top 8 swimmers compete with finals and the rest immediately following prelims.

Nathan Adrian will crank it up in the morning though, as he looks to sweep the sprint free events. He won the 50 and 200 so far and will aim for the 100 title today.

Reigning NCAA champs Brooklynn Snodgrass (women’s 200 back) and Dylan Bosch (men’s 200 fly) will also be in action, trying to stay atop their thrones. Snodgrass, an Indiana Hoosier, will have to fight off Big Ten rival and Michigan freshman Clara Smiddy for the title.

In addition, Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell is slated to pull a 100 free/200 fly double, and is the top seed in both.

Keep refreshing this page for event-by-event updates from Greensboro.


Women’s 200 Back

  • American: 1:47.84 – Elizabeth Pelton, 2013
  • U.S. Open: 1:47.84 – Elizabeth Pelton, 2013
  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:52.52

Prelims Snapshot: Clara Smiddy of Michigan finished first in a time of 1:52.94, a half second ahead of Erin Voss of the Greater Holyoke YMCA  Vikings (1:53.44) and Brooklynn Snodgrass of Indiana (1:54.55). Smiddy also achieved the NCAA A standard with her swim this morning. In fourth was Hannah Moore of Michigan in 1:54.57, followed by Kennedy Goss of Indiana (1:54.90), Claire Adams of Carmel Swim Club (1:54.92), and Cynthia Pammett of Indiana (1:55.61). A swim-off will be required between Grace Ariola of the Waves of Bloomington/Normal Y.S.T. and Caroline Arakelian of Queens University for eighth place (1:55.78).

Swim-Off Results: Grace Ariola will compete in the A final tonight. Both girls dropped time from their prelims swims; however, Ariola’s time of 1:54.92 beat out Carolina Arakelian’s 1:55.23.


Men’s 200 Back

  • American: 1:36.81 – Ryan Lochte, 2007
  • U.S. Open: 1:36.81 – Ryan Lochte, 2007
  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:40.88

Prelims Snapshot: The University of Louisville claimed the top two seeds in the men’s 200 Backstroke this morning. Grigory Tarasevich finished first in a time of 1:41.52 followed by teammate Aaron Greene in 1:42.18. Rounding out the rest of the A final for tonight are Tristan Sanders of Michigan (3rd – 1:42.85), Rowan Williams of Ohio State (4th – 1:42.88), Eric Ress of the Santa Clara Swim Club (5th – 1:42.97), Nolan Tesone of Louisville (6th – 1:43.41), James Wells of the Badger Swim Club (7th – 1:43.45), and Pedro Oliveira of Cardinal Aquatics (8th – 1:43.57). None of these swimmers achieved the NCAA A cut of 1:40.88 this morning; however, all of their times were well below the NCAA B cut standard.


Women’s 100 Free

  • American: 46.62 – Simone Manuel, 2014
  • U.S. Open: 46.61 – Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, 2012
  • NCAA “A” cut: 47.85

Prelims Snapshot: There were several ties in the top 8 of the women’s 100 Freestyle seeds. In the first event of her double this morning, Kelsi Worrell of Lousiville claimed first in a time of 48.36. Linnea Mack of UCLA touched second in 48.46, just ahead of the tie for third place between Katie Ledecky of the Nation’s Capitol Swim Club and Katie Meili of SwimMAC (48.61). Faith Johnson of Tennessee clocked a 49.03 to claim fifth, followed by Michigan’s Ali Deloof (49.28). Finally, there was a three-way tie for 7th place between Carmel Swim Club’s Veronica Burchill, Phoenix Swimming’s Rhi Jeffrey, and St. Andrew’s Swimming’s Megan Moroney (49.44). A swim-off will take place later during this session.

Swim-Off Results: After the three-way tie between Veronica Burchill, Rhi Jeffrey, and Megan Moroney, it will be Jeffrey and Burchill who compete in the A final tonight. Jeffrey touched first in a time of 48.83, followed by Burchill in 49.05 and Moroney in 49.70.

Men’s 100 Free

  • American: 41.08 – Nathan Adrian, 2009
  • U.S. Open: 40.76 – Vlad Morozov, 2013
  • NCAA “A” cut: 42.51

Prelims SnapshotDaniel Kanorr of Counsilman Center Swim Team clocked a 42.60, the fastest time this morning in the 100 Freestyle prelims. Junya Koga of Club Wolverine was second in a time of 43.18, followed by SwimMAC’s Mark Weber (43.26) and California Aquatics’ Nathan Adrian (43.30). The rest of the top 8 for tonight’s A finals are as follows: Ohio State’s Josh Fleagle (5th – 43.41), Monarch Aquatics’ Sidni Hoxha (6th – 43.32), YOTA’s Joe Bonk (7th – 43.38), and Indiana’s Anze Tavcar (8th – 43.39).


Women’s 200 Breast

  • American: 2:04.06 – Emma Reaney, 2014
  • U.S. Open: 2:04.06 – Emma Reaney, 2014
  • NCAA “A” cut: 2:07.70

Prelims Snapshot: The women’s 200 Breaststroke was an extremely close event, with the top 6 swimmers finishing within a second of each other. SwimMAC’s Micah Lawrence claimed the top seed in a time of 2:09.02. She was just ahead of LCSC’s Miranda Tucker (2:09.11), SwimMAC’s Katie Meili (2:09.18), Molly Hannis (unattached; 2:09.27), Amanda Rutqvist (unattached; 2:09.89), and Badger Swim Clubs’s Bronwyn Pasloski (2:09.98). The final two spots for tonight’s A final belong to NSC’s Lilly King (7th – 2:10.47) and Clovis Swim Club’s Danielle Herrmann (8th – 2:10.95).


Men’s 200 Breast

  • American: 1:48.66 – Kevin Cordes, 2014
  • U.S. Open: 1:48.66 – Kevin Cordes, 2014
  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:53.68

Prelims Snapshot: Louisville once again dominated the top 8 places of a men’s event in the 200 Breaststroke. Louisville’s Thomas Dahlia placed first in a time of 1:55.40, followed by Carlos Almeida of Cardinal Aquatics in 1:56.39 and Marat Amaltdinov of Purdue in 1:56.84. Louisville’s Addison Brey finished fourth in 1:56.95, just .01 seconds behind Amaltdinov. In fifth through eighth place were the New York Athletic Club’s Mike Alexandrov (5th – 1:57.09), Louisville’s Carlos Claverie (6th – 1:57.24), Michigan’s Richard Funk (7th – 1:57.48), and Yucaipa Swim Team’s Trevor Hoyt (8th – 1:57.96).


Women’s 200 Fly

  • American: 1:49.92 – Elaine Breeden, 2009
  • U.S. Open: 1:49.92 – Elaine Breeden, 2009
  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:54.45

Prelims Snapshot:

Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell pulled off her double this morning with an impressive second event win in the 200 Butterfly. She was well over a second ahead of the rest of the field, finishing in 1:54.75, just off the NCAA A cut. Hannah Saiz of SSTY claimed second in 1:56.09, followed by FAST’s Bailey Nero (1:57.08) and Indiana’s Bailey Pressey (1:57.13). The remaining four spots will be held by UCLA’s Noelle Tarazona (5th – 1:57.35), the Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club’s Lauren Case (6th – 1:57.40), UCLA’s Katie Grover (7th – 1:57.51), and UCLA’s Anna Quinn (8th – 1:57.80).


Men’s 200 Fly

  • American: 1:39.65 – Michael Phelps, 2010
  • U.S. Open: 1:39.33 – Dylan Bosch, 2014
  • NCAA “A” cut: 1:42.85

Prelims Snapshot: Dylan Bosch of Michigan, the 2014 NCAA champion and US Open record holder in this event, ran away with the prelims of the 200 Butterfly, just half a second off the NCAA A cut time. His time of 1:43.31 was almost two seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Club Wolverine’s Kyle Whitaker (1:45.14). Navy’s Jonathan Debaugh claimed the third spot in 1:45.38, trailed by Josh Quallen of Louisville in 1:45.89 and Tamas Gercsak of Ohio State in 1:45.92. The last three spots in the A final will go to Indiana’s Max Irwin (6th – 1:46.58), Michigan’s Evan White (1:46.85), and NOVA’s Ted Schubert (8th – 1:46.87).

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Just looking at the American record in the 200 Back, it really puts Lochte’s career into perspective. He’s been competing at the highest level for over a decade, setting records that haven’t been beat since. Very impressive.


that record was actually set 12/1/2007

Lochte was fast in 2001, but not that fast


Tom Shields gets no love for his shared American record in the 200 fly?

bobo gigi

Picks for tonight’s finals.

Women’s 1650 free. I don’t know. Perhaps Katie Ledecky but it’s not sure. 😆 Seriously, American record or not is the only story of the race. Danielle Valley second.

Men’s 1650 free. Connor Jaeger.

Women’s 200 back. Brooklynn Snodgrass ahead of Clara Smiddy. Great prelims from 14-year-old Grace Ariola.

Men’s 200 back. Grigory Tarasevich.

Women’s 100 free. Linnea Mack

Men’s 100 free. Nathan Adrian Sub 41?

Women’s 200 breast. Micah Lawrence

Men’s 200 breast. Thomas Dahlia

Women’s 200 fly. Kelsi Worrell

Men’s 200 fly. Dylan Bosh

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