2014 US National Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

  339 Tony Carroll | August 07th, 2014 | Featured, National, News, Previews & Recaps

2014 US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAY 2 – FINALS

Day 2 of the 2014 U.S. National Championships in Irvine, California will feature some big-name showdowns. In the women’s 200 backstroke it will be Beisel versus Pelton versus Franklin; in the women’s 200 free it will be Franklin versus Ledecky, and in the men’s 200 breaststroke it will be Cordes versus history.

The first day of this meet was an explosion of speed, with all but one of the winning times faster than last year’s National Championship meet. So far, if prelims are any indication, it looks like we’re going to have more of the same on Thursday.
Michael Phelps, the man everyone wanted to see, didn’t have a prelims swim today, but there’s a chance we’ll see a surprise appearance in an NBAC relay. Most of the other stars at this meet are on the lineup, so there will still be a good show for the nearly sellout crowd.

Women’s 200 Freestyle – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 1:55.56 – Missy Franklin
  • Meet Record: 1:54.40 – Allison Schmitt – 2012
  • World Record: 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrini – 2009
  • American Record: 1:53.61 – Allison Schmitt – 2012
  • US Open Record: 1:54.40 – Allison Schmitt – 2012
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 1:58.41 – Maya DiRado

At the 100, it was neck and neck between Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin. The pair flipped at 56.64 and 56.74, respectively. On the third 50, Ledecky pulled a little ahead, but Franklin kept it close. At the end of the race, Katie Ledecky reached the wall for the win at 1:55.16. Missy Franklin finished second at 1:56.40. Leah Smith booked her ticket to Pan Pac’s with her third place finish at 1:57.57. Shannon Vreeland finished fourth with her time of 1:57.73.

Chelsea Chenault finished fifth with her time of 1:58.60, followed by Cierra Runge at 1:58.70 for sixth.

Rounding out the top 8 in the women’s 200 freestyle was Simone Manuel at 1:58.79 and Sarah Henry at 1:59.05.

Allison Schmitt won the B-final with her time of 1:58.36. Madisyn Cox finished second at 1:59.22.

Emily Allen dropped more than three seconds to win the C-final of the 200 freestyle at 1:59.35.

Men’s 200 Freestyle – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 1:45.97 – Ryan Lochte
  • Meet Record: 1:44.10 – Michael Phelps – 2008
  • World Record: 1:42.00 – Paul Biedermann – 2009
  • American Record: 1:42.96 – Michael Phelps – 2008
  • US Open Record: 1:44.10 – Michael Phelps – 2008
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 1:47.59 – Michael Wynalda

At the 100, Clay Youngquist and Conor Dwyer were pushing the lead, flipping at 52 low. Matt McLean had a huge back half to reach in and win the race. He hit the wall with his time of 1:46.93, booking his ticket to Pan Pac’s. Conor Dwyer was second at 1:46.93. Reed Malone surprised a lot of people today in prelims, and was able to do it again tonight during finals. He finished third, securing his trip to the Gold Coast, with his time of 1:47.41. Michael Weiss had the fourth fastest swim of the night, grabbing the final Pan Pac spot with his time of 1:47.87.

Clay Youngquist had an aggressive first 100 and wasn’t able to hang on through the final 50 meters. He finished fifth at 1:48.08. Michael Klueh was sixth with his time of 1:48.30.

Michael Wynalda and Drew Cosgarea round out the final of the men’s 200 freestyle with their times of 1:48.66 and 1:48.73, respectively.

Frank Dyer won the B-final heat of the men’s 200 freestyle. The race was close the whole way and it came down to the touch at the end of the race. Connor Jaeger finished second at 1:48.41.

Townley Haas dropped close to a second to win the C-final of the men’s 200 freestyle with his time of 1:48.75.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 2:23.44 – Breeja Larson
  • Meet Record: 2:20.38 – Rebecca Soni – 2009
  • World Record: 2:19.11 – Rikke Moeller Pederson – 2013
  • American Record: 2:19.59 – Rebecca Soni – 2012
  • US Open Record: 2:20.38 – Rebecca Soni – 2009
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 2:26.52 – Annie Zhu

At the 100, Breeja Larson has close to a body length lead ahead of Micah Lawrence and Melanie Margalis. In the final 50, Micah Lawrence reeled in Larson and passed her, finishing with a body length lead at the wall. Lawrence reached in for the win with the 6th fastest time in the world this year at 2:23.05. Breeja Larson finished second at 2:24.16. Both of those swimmers will make the 2014 Pan Pac’s team. Melanie Margalis finished third with her time of 2:25.27.

Molly Hannis finished fourth with her time of 2:29.o6. Andee Cottrell added a fifth place finish with her time of 2:29.15. Emma Reaney was sixth at 2:29.27.

Kaylin Burchell and Annie Lazor round out the final 8 of the women’s 200 breaststroke with their times of 2:29.29 and 2:30.30.

Annie Zhu won the B-final of the women’s 200 breaststroke with her time of 2:27.83, dropping a second and a half from her morning swim. Andrea Kropp was second with her time of 2:27.97.

Emily Kopas won the C-final of the women’s 200 breaststroke with her time of 2:29.63, dropping two seconds from her morning swim.

Men’s 200 Breaststroke – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 2:08.34 – Kevin Cordes
  • Meet Record: 2:07.86 – Kevin Cordes – 2014
  • World Record: 2:07.01 – Akihiro Yamaguchi – 2012
  • American Record: 2:07.42 – Eric Shanteau – 2009
  • US Open Record: 2:07.86 – Kevin Cordes – 2014
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 2:11.70 – Clark Burkle

After the most exciting prelim swim of the meet, Kevin Cordes was suprisingly slow tonight to win the men’s 200 breaststroke. After a US Open performance this morning, he only finished with a 2:09.48, leaving the fans somewhat disappointed. Nic Fink had a good swim, however, dropping more than a second to finish second at 2:09.62. With those swims, Cordes and Fink will make the Pan Pac roster. Josh Prenot will be on the bubble for the Pan Pac’s team with his third place time of 2:10.43.

Bj Johnson finished fourth with his time of 2:10.77. DJ Macdonald was fifth with his time of 2:11.27, followed by Cody Miller in sixth at 2:11.41.

Will Licon and Matt Elliot finished 7th and 8th at 2:11.68 and 2:12.05, respectively.

Cody Taylor dropped just over half of a second to won the B-final of the men’s 200 breaststroke with his time of 2:12.73. Brad Craig reached in for second at 2:12.78.

Jonathan Rutter won the C-final of the men’s 200 breaststroke with his time of 2:14.45, a one and a half second drop from his morning swim.

Women’s 200 Backstroke – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 2:05.69 – Missy Franklin 
  • Meet Record: 2:05.69 – Missy Franklin – 2013
  • World Record: 2:04.06 – Missy Franklin – 2012
  • American Record: 2:04.06 – Missy Franklin – 2012
  • US Open Record: 2:05.69 – Missy Franklin – 2013
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 2:10.23 – Kathleen Baker

It’s a rough night for Elizabeth Beisel. She scratched from the final of the 200 freestyle to focus on her backstroke. Beisel slipped off the start, falling way back off the start. Missy Franklin won the race with her time of 2:08.38. In this writer’s opinion, Beisel should have won that race. After starting from behind, she ran down the field and finished sixth. She would have been right there with Franklin, and probably in front of her.

Kathleen Baker secured her spot on the Pan Pac’s team with a second place finish at 2:10.42. Lisa Bratton was third at 2:11.57, and she will be on the bubble for the Pan Pac’s team with that swim.

Finishing in fourth was Melanie Klaren at 2:11.58, followed by Liz Pelton in fifth at 2:11.99. Elizabeth Beisel came back for sixth with her time of 2:12.37.

Rounding out the top 8 in the women’s 200 backstroke was Kylie Stewart at 2:12.42 and Courtney Bartholomew at 2:13.49.

Hali Flickinger won the B-final of the women’s 200 backstroke with her time of 2:11.55. Sarah Denninghoff finished second at 2:12.99. Bonnie Brandon would have been in the mix if not for a bad slip off the start.

Danielle Gayler won the C-final of the women’s 200 backstroke with her time of 2:12.25, a three second drop from her morning swim.

Men’s 200 Backstroke – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 1:55.16 – Ryan Lochte
  • Meet Record: 1:53.08 – Aaron Piersol – 2009
  • World Record: 1:51.92 – Aaron Piersol – 2009
  • American Record: 1:51.92 – Aaron Piersol – 2009
  • US Open Record:  1:53.08 – Aaron Piersol – 2009
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 1:56.83 – Drew teDuits

Ryan Lochte took it out very strong for the first 100 of his 200 back. He went into the 150 with a .8 second lead ahead of Ryan Murphy and Tyler Clary. Tyler Clary powered through his final 100 to win the race with his time of 1:54.73. That will book him his ticket to the Gold Coast for the Pan Pac Championships. Ryan Murphy had enough of just missing making the team. He finished in the top 2 for the first time, earning himself a roster spot on the Pan Pacs team as well. He finished with a time of 1:55.99. Ryan Lochte finished third at 1:56.47, which isn’t the worst thing in the world for him, as he is already on the Pan Pac’s team and can go for a faster time again in a few weeks.

Jacob Pebley finished fourth with his time of 1:56.68, followed by Connor Green in fifth and 1:67.60. Carter Griffin finished 6th with his time of 1:58.87.

Sean Lehane and Jonathan Robers were 6th and 7th at 1:59.01 and 1:59.78.

It came down to three in the b-final of the men’s 200 backstroke. Robert Owen got his hand on the wall first for the win with his time of 1:59.78. Jack Conger was second with his time of 1:59.90 and Drew teDuits was third at 1:59.96.

Curtis Ogren won the C-final of the men’s 200 backstroke with his time of 2:00.86.

Women’s 50 Butterfly – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 26.08 – Christine Magnuson
  • Meet Record: 26.08 – Christine Magnuson – 2013
  • World Record: 24.43 – Sarah Sjostrom – 2014
  • American Record: 25.50 – Darra Torres – 2009
  • US Open Record: 25.50 – Darra Torres – 2009

Kendyl Stewart won the women’s 50 butterfly with a new meet record time of 25.99. Although this is not a qualifying event for the Pan Pac Championships, it does put her in good position to make the 2015 World Championships roster. As long as there are enough doubles, she will have a spot on the world Championships roster.

Finishing second was last years champion, Claire Donahue, at 26.11. Kelsi Worrell finished third at 26.35, followed by Ivy Martin at 26.37.

Natalie Hinds won the B-final of the women’s 50 butterfly, followed by Beata Nelson in second at 26.88.

Janet Hu won the C-final of the women’s 50 butterfly at 27.27.

Men’s 50 Butterfly – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 23.29 – Eugene Godsoe
  • Meet Record: 23.29 – Eugene Godsoe – 2013
  • World Record: 22.43 – Rafael Munoz – 2009
  • American Record: 22.91 – Bryan Lundquist – 2009
  • US Open Record: 22.91 – Bryan Lundquist – 2009

To close the final individual event of the night, Matt Grevers sprinted through the final of the men’s 50 butterfly to win with his time of 23.50. That will put him in good position to make the 2015 World Championships team. Again, it will depend on the number of doubles that the swimmers have. The non-olympic events are third priority for World Championship team selection.

Tim Phillips finished second at 23.58, followed by Connor Black in third at 23.64 and Matthew Josa in fourth at 23.67.

Paul Davis reached in to win the B-final of the men’s 50 butterfly with his time of 23.77. Andrew Seliskar finished second at 23.96.

Michael Andrew won the C-final of the men’s 50 butterfly at 24.44

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339 Comments on "2014 US National Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap"


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1 year 11 months ago

Allison Schmitt is in the pool in the B final of the 200m free right now

Philip Johnson
1 year 11 months ago

Schmitt 1:58 in the b final

PK
1 year 11 months ago

She looked really smooth, that race was split really well.

Philip Johnson
1 year 11 months ago

I predict 1:54 high the Ledecky

Lazy Observer
1 year 11 months ago

Is Allison’s issue physical or mental? So sad about this.

1 year 11 months ago

I am not sure. I wish I knew what was going on with her?

We Love Phelps
1 year 11 months ago

yeah, feel bad for her too. 🙁

Charlii Jean
1 year 11 months ago

I think it’s more mental than physical. Maybe a little of both, but I haven’t heard anything about her being injured. I am sad about it too, she can be such a brilliant swimmer when everything is right for her.

jswim123
1 year 11 months ago

Im looking forward most to seeing Kevin Cordes swim the 200 breast. Anything faster than this morning would be a great swim. I can see a world record for him the near future. I hope Ryan Murphy can finally win his first national title i believe it will be his best shot with such a deep field in the 100 back.

Philip Johnson
1 year 11 months ago

Schmitt’s fall from glory is a hard one, a very big shame

JW
1 year 11 months ago

I wouldn’t write her off quite yet. I still believe in her.

Philip Johnson
1 year 11 months ago

I wish her the best as well!

Ella
1 year 11 months ago

Agreed! I wouldn’t write her off just yet either. Coming back from that big and public of a fall last summer, especially since she took time off, is no easy feat.

Philip Johnson
1 year 11 months ago

Ledecky 56 at 100

Philip Johnson
1 year 11 months ago

Ledecky!

Philip Johnson
1 year 11 months ago

1:55.16 for Ledecky

jswim123
1 year 11 months ago

wish she could have dipped under the 1:55 mark!

Sven
1 year 11 months ago

Wow. Ledecky for the win in 1:55.16. I was wrong, Ledecky leading the whole way.

Rafael
1 year 11 months ago

Ledecky vs Missy at Pan, Pellegrini vs Sjostrom at Euro.. but… too bad we won´t see the 4 racing thos year

billy
1 year 11 months ago

Anyone having problems with the webcast? I am……….not happy either. Any solutions? I already cleared out my cache.

Help!

Thanos
1 year 11 months ago

No one can hang with Ledecky at any distance from 200 to 1500 free at this time

1 year 11 months ago

This interviewer is asking some stupid and dotish questions of Ledecky and Franklin! Steupes

lane 0
1 year 11 months ago

If anyone cares:
yesterday at the Eastern Zones swimming championship, Destin Lasco broke two NAG records, the 200 back, 2:10, and the 100 free, 55.0.

1 year 11 months ago
Philip Johnson
1 year 11 months ago

After Ledecky and Franklin, not really impressive times.

pvdh
1 year 11 months ago

lets see if we can get close to fraser holmes or mcevoy here

1 year 11 months ago

I admit it, I am bummed that Lochte and Phelps are not racing the 200m free tonight.

C Martin
1 year 11 months ago

The shot of the poolside photographers seems like they all are enjoying themselves.!

I didn’t see one remotely happy face.

pvdh
1 year 11 months ago

slowwwww….

C Martin
1 year 11 months ago

When Swimming World tweets “Matt McLean WINS 200 FREE! 1:46.93!! 15th in the world!” it kind of adds to the pain that our FASTEST man [as of now] in the 4×200 is 15th in the world this year…

1 year 11 months ago

nice swim by Matt McLean. I like his style

Thanos
1 year 11 months ago

McLean out touches Dwyer. Lochte could have won since time was slow

Justin Thompson
1 year 11 months ago

I don’t how fast Lochte can go in the 200m Free. He’s shown some decent speed in the 100m however 48.96 isn’t exactly great for Lochte and after fading in the 200m Back I don’t know if he’s in good enough shape to go a 1:45. His days of 1:44 I’m afraid have passed him by given his performances the past couple of years.

aswimfan
1 year 11 months ago

The claim by some people that the swimmers are not (fully) tapered in this trials in order to prepare for pan pacs is as silly as the claim that the australians were not tapered in the commonwealth games to prepare for pan pacs.

There are some explanations for the relatively slower swimming than expected, but not tapered is not it.

Maybe a couple of swimmers like Ledecky and Franklin can afford to, but who wants to risk not getting selected to pan pacs and thus 2015 kazan?
Some are forgetting that this trials is very important in that it also serves as the selection for 2015 Worlds.

So, is the explanation for Schmitt ridiculously slow swim is because she’s not fully tapered so she can destroy everyone else at Pan Pacs?

aswimfan
1 year 11 months ago

oopss…I wrote my comment in the wrong section

TheTroubleWithX
1 year 11 months ago

Is anyone else more concerned about the men’s 4×200 than the 4×100 free?

1 year 11 months ago

yep, they are in trouble internationally if neither Lochte nor Phelps swims in the 4x200m relay. These current group of swimmers has to be quicker in the water to be able to dominate and I am not sure that they have it come crunch time

Philip Johnson
1 year 11 months ago

Not a fast final, 1:46 winning time Matt McClean

Old swimmer
1 year 11 months ago

Good day for Reed Malone. Goes from using a short course time to make the meet to making the Pan Pac team

We Love Phelps
1 year 11 months ago

Matt Mclean very nice swim 1:46.93
Congrats!

C Martin
1 year 11 months ago

Matt McLean.
Conor Dwyer.
Reed Malone.
Michael Weiss.

A Pan Pacs team not many expected.

jswim123
1 year 11 months ago

Disaponted with the times from that 200 free…i wanted at least a 1:45, im sure they will be faster in Australia!

BDB
1 year 11 months ago

So if Lochte decides to swim the 200 free at pan pacs, and goes a 1:45 high, 1:46 low, do the coaches put him in the relay? Because the times just swam were really slow. The US needs Dwyer and McLean to step it up, or the is will lose to australia

PK
1 year 11 months ago

Of course they would.

Wahooswimfan
1 year 11 months ago

Lochte and Phelps – I’d be surprised if both were not on the relay in finals at PanPacs. Until someone else shows the ability to go 1:45 low, I think both those guys, if swimming well, are locks for the relay. Dwyer too as he’s been 1;45 low flat start. Mclean needs to book his 1:45 low flat start time too, or his relay spot in finals will be at risk.

Lazy Observer
1 year 11 months ago

“Or should I say Katie’s name first because she won?” I love live mics.

wave rider
1 year 11 months ago

Probably won’t happen but I hope Cordes can break the world record tonight somehow. People are so hard on him. I’m really pulling for him to break through and shine on the international level.

jd14
1 year 11 months ago

At the very least an American record.

Thanos
1 year 11 months ago

After watching this final there is no question that both lochte and phelps will be on the 4 x 2 free relay at the pan pacs

Sean S
1 year 11 months ago

Quite a few lackluster performances so far, but it is nice to see Reed Malone get third there and he is better at the 400, I’m tempted to pick him over Dwyer for the second spot.

chinesesupreme
1 year 11 months ago

Chinese junior relay is faster than this american Pan Pacific relay

law Dawg
1 year 11 months ago

Don’t count on it lasting. This meet seems to just be slow for some reason.

Barry
1 year 11 months ago

What would it take to get Bobo Gigi to provide live commentary instead of Rowdy? I’ll chip in for his flight.

Lazy Observer
1 year 11 months ago

Sorry to ask so many questions, but out of curiosity, why does Rowdy bother people so much?

Justin Thompson
1 year 11 months ago

I like Rowdy, I’m not sure what the issue is with him for some people in the forum. Not that I wouldn’t be interested in hearing Bobo give it a shot, but Rowdy does a fine job.

jswim123
1 year 11 months ago

Is it just me…or so far, there have been many many races that have finished with disappointing final times

Lazy Observer
1 year 11 months ago

I was just thinking it was more fun watching the Grand Prix events. Are people saving up for Pan Pacs? Or is there maybe just a natural dip in the transition between generations?

pvdh
1 year 11 months ago

well, when you you transition from Phelps and Lochte, there is going to be an obvious dip. outside of the breaststroke and distance free, those guys could be thrown into any event or relay and save it. thats just not there anymore

whoknows
1 year 11 months ago

Last year Reed Malone was a 1:53 in the 200 free ; this year 1:47.4! However he was a 1:50.7 as 16 year old!

Sean S
1 year 11 months ago

Is Laura Sogar sick?

law Dawg
1 year 11 months ago

What is it with all the slow times in the A finals? All these guys keep saying how the times are not what they’d expect, yet we continually see them underperform. Better hope the tide changes, or the US men are in some trouble. Which is a real shame too, as the talent is all there.

Shadia
1 year 11 months ago

hmm quite a grand prix feel to the meet very slow start to the meet

1 year 11 months ago

Micah Lawrence is behind already in this race. Come on Micah

Wahooswimfan
1 year 11 months ago

200 was a tactical race by Mclean and Dwyer – both went out first 100 almost a second slower than their am swims – and both had plenty of energy at the end. I think both will be faster at Pan-Pacs. With a spot on the team clinched, I think Lochte passed to be fresh for the 200 back – he has a chance to do the 200 free at Pan-Pacs, then he’ll have a choice of either or both at the worlds (or may just want a relay spot at worlds since it doesn’t like like any American can give Yangel, Yang,or Park a battle for first..

Bobthebuilderrocks
1 year 11 months ago

Dwyer can.

pvdh
1 year 11 months ago

dwyer most certainly can. but he needs to drop to 1:44 mid/high

Thanos
1 year 11 months ago

That piano was on breeja’s back thy last 50

C Martin
1 year 11 months ago

I’m almost positive the man doing the commentating with Rowdy is the same guy who does NBC’s coverage of the action/extreme sports and Red Bull series…not sure who’s idea this was

1 year 11 months ago

Nice comeback from Micah Lawrence to pull it off. Her training at Swimmac is paying off. Breeja did well too

Sven
1 year 11 months ago

Breeja Larson held on a lot longer than I thought. Looked good the whole way, but it’s Micah for the win in a 2:23 low. Fun race to watch

pvdh
1 year 11 months ago

usa really needs dressel to save the 200 free. Hopefully he becomes more of a 200 swimmer under greg troy

Sven
1 year 11 months ago

Amanda Beard rocking the Aqua Sphere shirt

1 year 11 months ago

Ahh Rebecca Soni come back!

C Martin
1 year 11 months ago

With the exception of Tom Shields, I’d say this meet hasn’t gotten started yet.

C’mon Kevin Cordes, let’s heat it up. New world record–we’re all rooting for you! (well, except for one certain parent 😉 )

pvdh
1 year 11 months ago

i wonder if psychodad has ever had someone go 2:07 under his direct advice

C Martin
1 year 11 months ago

Of course, many times! Short course yards 200 freestyle, right?

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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