2014 US National Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

  230 Tony Carroll | August 08th, 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.

Day 3 of the 2014 US National Championships features the 400 IM, 100 Butterfly, 50 Breaststroke, 50 Backstroke, and the timed final heats of the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay.

Elizabeth Beisel is on a mission to qualify for the Pan Pacs team after a slip last night in the women’s 200 backstroke off the start.

Chase Kalisz and Tyler Clary are set to face off in the men’s 400 IM. The race will be broken up in two parts. Clary’s front half vs. Kalisz’s back half. Clary told us in an interview that he isn’t confident that he can beat Kalisz tonight.

Claire Donahue will have to fend off the younger swimmers to defend her top seed in the women’s 100 butterfly. Felicia Lee and Kendyl Stewart will be anxious to make the team with a top 3 finish tonight.

The show of the night will be the men’s 100 butterfly, where Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will duke it out once again. Phelps has yet to qualify for the Pan Pac Championship team. Tonight will be one his best chances to qualify.

The 50 breaststrokes and backstrokes will be a game of chance as the finalists put it all on the line for one lap across the pool. Jessica Hardy is looking for an American record, along with several of the men’s breaststrokers. Brendan McHugh broke the US Open record during prelims this morning. Pay attention for SwimSwam’s own, Jared Anderson, in the A-final of the men’s 50 breaststroke.

Rachel Boostma scratched the 100 fly to focus on the 50 backstroke tonight. She had the fastest time of the morning to put herself in the middle of the pool. David Plummer is anxious for a win tonight to get another shot for a World Championships medal after an unfortunate slip off the blocks in the 2013 world Championships Semi-finals.

WOMEN’S 400 IM – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 4:34.34 – Maya DiRado 
  • Meet Record: 4:31.12 – Katie Hoff – 2008
  • World Record: 4:28.43 – Shiwen YE – 2012
  • American Record: 4:31.12 – Katie Hoff – 2008
  • US Open Record: 4:31.12 – Katie Hoff – 2008
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 4:40.85 – Sarah Henry 

Elizabeth Beisel led after the backstroke leg of the race, where she was just under WR pace through 200. Through 250, she continued under AR pace. She fell off of the pace during the breaststroke, but that didn’t stop her from posting the fourth fastest time in the world this year at 4:32.98. Maya DiRado had a good swim to finish second with her time of 4:35.75. Melanie Margalis finished third with her time of 4:37.84. Those three should all make the Pan Pacs roster, but that will not be official until the end of the meet. Becca Mann is already on the Pan Pacs team, but she adds a fourth place finish at 4:41.44.

Cammile Adams added a fifth place finish with her time of 4:42.00, followed by Sarah Henry in sixth at 4:42.31. Caitlin Leverenz was seventh at 4:43.23 and Kate Mills finished eighth at 4:44.41.

Hali Flickinger has looked good all week, just as she did tonight, winning the B-final of the women’s 400 IM with a five and a half second drop from this morning at 4:39.26. Chelsie Miller finished second at 4:44.12.

Brooke Zeiger won the C-final heat of the women’s 400 IM at 4:46.05, a four and half second drop from her morning swim.

MEN’S 400 IM – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 4:11.83 – Chase Kalisz
  • Meet Record: 4:05.25 – Michael Phelps – 2008
  • World Record: 4:03.84 – Michael Phelps – 2008
  • American Record: 4:03.84 – Michael Phelps – 2008
  • US Open Record: 4:05.25 – Michael Phelps – 2008
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 4:16.42 – Josh Prenot

You knew Clary was going to take out the first half hard. He cleared two body lengths between himself and Chase Kalisz after the backstroke. Chase Kalisz had a huge third 50 to run down Clary. Clary had a .03 second lead at the 300 meter mark. It came down to a 100 meter freestyle sprint to determine the winner. Coming off the final wall, Tyler Clary used his underwater to pull away, taking the win at 4:09.51. Chase Kalisz finished second at 4:11.52, followed by Josh Prenot in third at 4:14.85. Jay Litherland had a great swim to finish fourth with his time of 4:14.93. He now has an outside chance of making the Pan Pacs team.

Andrew Seliskar dropped some time to finish fifth at 4:16.73. Michael Weiss came in at 6th with his time of 4:16.97.

Max Williamson and Curtis Ogren round out the top 8 of the men’s 400 IM at 4:18.17 and 4:21.38, respectively.

Gunnar Bentz looked the best he has all week. He improved by four seconds to win the B-final of the men’s 400 IM with his time of 4:15.24. Corey Okubo finished second with his time of 4:18.43.

Sam McHugh won the C-final of the men’s 400 IM with his time of 4:21.90.

WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 57.53 – Dana Vollmer
  • Meet Record: 56.42 – Dana Vollmer – 2012
  • World Record: 55.98 – Dana Vollmer – 2012
  • American Record: 55.98 – Dana Vollmer – 2012
  • US Open Record: 56.42 – Dana Vollmer – 2012
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 59.30 – Christine Magnuson

Claire Donahue and Kendyl Stewart were both out fast at the 50, but the race really geared up in the final 25 meters. Felicia Lee started to gain on the leaders, and right at the end, Kendyl Stewart reached in to win her second event of the meet, securing her trip to the Pan Pac championships, with her time of 57.98. Claire Donahue finished second at 58.03, and Felicia Lee was third with her time of 58.14. Katie McLaughlin added a fourth place finish with her time of 59.03.

Tina Bechtel finished fifth at 59.05, followed by Kelsi Worrell in sixth at 59.34.

Rounding out the top 8 was Gia Dalesandro at 59.35 and Shannon Vreeland at 1:00.00.

Amber Carter had a best time to win the B-final of the women’s 100 butterfly with her time of 59.58. Noelle Tarazona finished second with her time of 59.71.

Kara Kopsco broke 1:00 for the first time to win the C-final of the women’s 100 butterfly with her time of 59.92.

MEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY– FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 51.66 – Eugene Godsoe 
  • Meet Record: 50.22 – Michael Phelps – 2009
  • World Record: 49.82 – Michael Phelps – 2009
  • American Record: 49.82 – Michael Phelps – 2009
  • US Open Record: 50.22 – Michael Phelps – 2009
  • Time to make the 2013 US National Team (#6 Nationally At Selection Meets): 52.32 – Kyler Van Swol

You knew Michael Phelps would be out towards the back of the pack, and he was (7th at the wall), as expected. His back half is so strong, and he was able to run down five of the six swimmers in front of him. It came down to the touch, and Tom Shields was there, getting his hand on the wall first for his second win of the meet. He touched at 51.29, only .01 seconds in front of Michael Phelps, at 51.30. Tim Phillips finished in third with his time of 51.54. Matt Ellis dropped .04 to finish fourth with his time of 51.73.

Ryan Lochte finished at 52.21 to finish fifth, followed by Giles Smith in sixth at 52.51.

Rounding out the top 8 in the men’s 100 butterfly is Matthew Josa and Santo Condorelli at 52.57 and 52.88.

Seth Stubblefield won a great race between the B-finalist with his time of 52.40. Jack Conger finished second at 52.55, followed by Tripp Cooper at 52.62.

Alex Valente won the C-final of the men’s 100 butterfly with his time of 52.81. That time is .72 seconds faster than he was this morning.

WOMEN’S 50 BREASTSTROKE– FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 30.24 – Jessica Hardy
  • Meet Record: 30.21 – Jessica Hardy – 2014
  • World Record: 29.48 – Ruta Meilutyte – 2013
  • American Record: 29.80 – Jessica Hardy – 2009
  • US Open Record: 29.80 – Jessica Hardy – 2009

Jessica Hardy pulled ahead towards the middle of the pool to separate herself from the other swimmers. She finished first with a new national meet record time of 30.12. That should add her to the World Championship Team roster in 2015. Breeja Larson finished second with her time of 30.64. SwimMAC teammates Micah Lawrence and Katie Meili tied for third place at 31.00.

Kasey Carlson added a fifth place finish with her time of 31.02, followed by Kaylin Burchell in sixth with her time of 31.22.

Bethany Galat finished seventh with her time of 31.44 and Molly Hannis was eighth at 31.61.

From the outside lane, Lilly King reached in to out-touch the field with her B-final winning time of 31.18. Emma Reaney finished second with her time of 31.47.

Nikol Popov won the C-final of the women’s 50 breaststroke with her time of 31.97.

MEN’S 50 BREASTSTROKE – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 27.26 – Kevin Steel
  • Meet Record: 27.10 – Brendan McHugh – 2014
  • World Record: 26.67 – Cameron Van Der Burgh – 2009
  • American Record: 26.86 – Mark Gangloff – 2009
  • US Open Record:  27.10 – Brendan McHugh – 2014

Brendan McHugh won the final of the men’s 50 breaststroke after breaking the US Open Record this morning in prelims. He reached in for the win with his time of 27.24. McHugh will most likely make the 2015 World Championship Team with that swim. Kevin Cordes finished second in this event for the second year in a row. He finished at 27.33. Zach Hayden was added back into finals after his DQ in prelims was overturned. He finished third with his time of 27.69. Marcus Titus was fourth at 27.76

Congrats to SwimSwam’s Jared Anderson for a fifth place finish with his time of 27.91. Mike Alexanderov was sixth at 28.00. Nic Fink finished seventh at 28.01 and Kameron Chastain was eighth with his time of 28.21.

Brad Craig drops to win the B-final of the men’s 50 breaststroke with his time of 27.90. Austin Temple finished second at 28.19.

Connor Hoppe dropped a half a second to win the C-final of the men’s 50 breaststroke at 28.40.

WOMEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 27.68 – Rachel Bootsma
  • Meet Record: 27.68- Rachel Bootsma – 2013
  • World Record: 27.06 – Jing Zhao – 2009
  • American Record: 27.68- Rachel Bootsma – 2013
  • US Open Record: 27.68- Rachel Bootsma – 2013

Rachel Bootsma dropped .11 seconds to win the 50 backstroke tonight. That should secure her spot on the World Championships roster, but that will not be official until later. Cheyenne Coffman was second at 28.42. Olivia Smoliga was third with her time of 28.49, and Ali Deloof followed in fourth at 28.70.

Liz Pelton finished in fifth with her time of 28.85. There was a tie for sixth at 29.00 between Courtney Bartholomew and Hannah Stevens. Sarah Denninghoff was eighth with her time of 29.01.

 

Clara Smiddy dropped .31 seconds from her morning swim to improve to a 28.95 for the win. Madison Kennedy was second at 29.15.

Taylor Garcia won the C-final of the women’s 50 backstroke with her time of 29.35.

MEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE – FINALS

  • 2013 US National Champion: 24.52 – David Plummer
  • Meet Record: 24.52 – David Plummer – 2013
  • World Record: 22.43 – Rafael Munoz – 2009
  • American Record: 24.33 – Randall Bal – 2008
  • US Open Record: 24.52 – David Plummer – 2013

In a very close race, David Plummer won the final of the men’s 50 backstroke with his time of 24.82. That should give him another trip back to the World Championships, where he will have a second chance to earn a world champs medal. Nick Thoman finished second with his time of 24.91, followed by Shane Ryan in third at 24.97. Matt Grevers was fourth at 25.18, followed by Kyle Darmody at 25.32.

Eugene Godsoe was sixth at 25.48. Rounding out the top 8 in the men’s 50 backstroke was James Wells and Adam Mania at 25.55 and 25.74.

Despite running into the lane lines under the flags, Bryce Bohman won the B-final of the men’s 50 backstroke with his time of 25.57. Chase Bloch was second at 25.77.

David Puczkowski won the C-final of the men’s 50 backstroke with his time of 26.34, a .34 second drop from this morning.

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PK
1 year 9 months ago

It’s Friday night! Do you know what that means? Feel free to crack open your favorite beverage and enjoy the…

ROWDY GAINES DRINKING GAME!!!

Sip your drink anytime Rowdy:
* Starts a sentence with “I’m telling you”
* Mentions that the race will be in the middle of the pool
* Talks about how breathing to one side means you can’t see the other side
* Mentions how a swimmer is doing in comparison to their prelims race
* Goes more than 50 meters without mentioning who the leader of the race is
* Mentions someone moving over to get a draft

Bonus sip: Anytime Sam Kendricks tells the fans to start cheering during the bonus/consie races.

Chug your drink anytime Rowdy:
* Starts a story with “I was talking to [Insert famous swimmer or coach]”
* Tells you to check out someone’s finish

Finish the case anytime Rowdy’s voice rises 2 octaves or more.

Be safe out there kiddies, alcohol poisoning is no joke! If you have to stop watching early, so be it. And feel free to add your own.

Sean S
1 year 9 months ago

This is so perfect.

C Martin
1 year 9 months ago

For those of you who haven’t seen this video of Rowdy, it’s hilarious. Guy really is enthusiastic…

Becky D
1 year 9 months ago

Chug whenever Rowdy:
– spends at least 1/2 the race talking about MP when MP is not in the race.

PK
1 year 9 months ago

3 chugs during the men’s 4im.

I don’t think I’m gonna make it.

Steve Nolan
1 year 9 months ago

Add something about reaction time off the blocks and we’re golden.

Every. Single. Race. And it doesn’t even correlate to a good start! Blah.

PK
1 year 9 months ago

Ooooooh that’s a good one!

The one I forgot (and I’m mad because I had it on my list earlier):
Chug every time:
* He says the crowd needs to get behind [swimmer] and that they need to really feel this record

easyspeed
1 year 9 months ago

PK- Don’t hate on Rowdy; he is a good commentator and good for the sport. Remember, not everyone who watches a swim meet is as “swim smart” as the know-it-all geeks on this site…

Sharon Robb
1 year 9 months ago

Pretty classless to diss Rowdy like that, would like to see you do the great job he does. Are you a bully in your spare time? Swimming doesn’t get enough respect as it is and this is how you spend your time.

iLikePsych
1 year 9 months ago

Anyone on this site respects swimming enough, and it’s all in good fun.

gooby
1 year 9 months ago

Lane 4 women’s C final clearly doing a fly kick on her breaststroke kick, hope that cheater gets caught.

POSITIVITYPLEASE
1 year 9 months ago

Posted this already but:
This site and many of the comments love harshly judging young swimmers in an irrational fashion. “Oooooooo Conger added in a back event so he better just stick to free forever!!!”
“Ohhh what happened to *insert young swimmer’s name*? They are so FLAT! US Swimming is DOOMED!”
You people can be ridiculous. Have some heart and empathy. No need to be so negative and mean. This is supposed to be the “funnest sport” so how about we breathe a little and do more ENCOURAGING instead of DISPARAGING..

Philip Johnson
1 year 9 months ago

There’s been a lot of negativity in the past couple of days.

Sean S
1 year 9 months ago

I think as far as comments sections/message boards tend to go I think this crowd (myself included) isn’t too bad.

floppy
1 year 9 months ago

Positivityplease – welcome to the internet. Everyone here is awful.

TheTroubleWithX
1 year 9 months ago

You really think mentioning that a swimmer’s stroke looks a little off, or suggesting that they might have better success in a different event, is irrational and mean? I’d understand your concern if someone here were to say that 18 year-old Swimmer X added three seconds, therefore is a lazy bum, and needs to retire immediately. But that’s simply not been the case, at least in any comments I have seen.

Philip Johnson
1 year 9 months ago

Was very impressed by the men’s 100 fly, just hopes someone will break 51 tonight. How long has it been since that’s happen? Like 3 years?

whoknows
1 year 9 months ago

Interesting… can’t get reception on my desktop, but I get it on my tablet!

1 year 9 months ago

Even cleaning your browser cache?

whoknows
1 year 9 months ago

Yeh, I did

jackppc
1 year 9 months ago

hey biesel…try not to slip again 😉

pvdh
1 year 9 months ago

probably wouldnt matter in a 400 im

Janet
1 year 9 months ago

Is Becca Man’s cap older than she?

Philip Johnson
1 year 9 months ago

Beisel is looking good!

1 year 9 months ago

Beisel is looking good

Philip Johnson
1 year 9 months ago

Beisel 4:32.98

1 year 9 months ago

That worked out how I thought it would

Philip Johnson
1 year 9 months ago

Dirado 4:35.75

Thanos
1 year 9 months ago

Beisel 43298
Dorado 43575

Philip Johnson
1 year 9 months ago

B finalist winner Hali Flickinger (4:39.26) swam a fantastic race, her time would place her 4th in the A final.

swimmer24
1 year 9 months ago

Thats the second time she’s done that.

Danjohnrob
1 year 9 months ago

Congrat’s on winning the C final, Brooke Zeiger!

Congrat’s on making the Pan Pac Team Elizabeth Beisel!

Go Bluefish!

hswimmer
1 year 9 months ago

Even though Brooke dolphin kicked in breaststroke!

joeMomma
1 year 9 months ago

They all dolphin kick at one time or another.

hswimmer
1 year 9 months ago

No through the whole race!

Sean S
1 year 9 months ago

Solid swim for Beisel, and nice to see her make it after the slip yesterday. On another note does anyone have any idea what’s going on with Leverenz? She hasn’t really been the same swimmer since London.

liquidassets
1 year 9 months ago

Not sure, but the Cal Aquatics women in general have almost all been off their best times, including Franklin.

Roger von Oech
1 year 9 months ago

On 8/8/88
(26 yrs ago today)
Matt Biondi set a US record at Olympic trials in Austin in the 200m free: 1:47.72

26 years later, that time would’ve finished fourth last night and earned Matt a berth on the 4×200 relay!

Thanos
1 year 9 months ago

Bentz 415
We need to give those young guys some slack and be patient with them

PK
1 year 9 months ago

Ugh, where has that Gunnar Bentz been? That was a monster back half.

swimmer24
1 year 9 months ago

Great swim by Bentz, I hope he continues this onto the 200 IM.

Zanna
1 year 9 months ago

Top 16 time in the world.

pvdh
1 year 9 months ago

Clary is going to die going that hard in the back

pvdh
1 year 9 months ago

or not

Justin Thompson
1 year 9 months ago

That was a fast front half by Clary….here comes Kalisz.

1 year 9 months ago

This is a battle in the 400IM

Zanna
1 year 9 months ago

Wow Clary’s breastroke has improved!

1 year 9 months ago

Excellent swim by Tyler Clary of Swimmac, 2nd fastest time in the world this year

Justin Thompson
1 year 9 months ago

Damn…another disappointing time. Kalisz was that fast in season.

Zanna
1 year 9 months ago

Clary! What a surprise!

Thanos
1 year 9 months ago

Regardless of the times which were fast that was a great race ! Clary is a fighter !!!

Lazy Observer
1 year 9 months ago

However I react to his personality, that was a terrific race by Clary. I am sad Kalisz wasn’t able to make it closer.

pvdh
1 year 9 months ago

NBAC had better not be tapered at this meet.

Zanna
1 year 9 months ago

3rd event he has qualified in and posting top times in the world! He is smokinggggg this year.

Philip Johnson
1 year 9 months ago

Clary threw it down, he swam a very good race.

Rafael
1 year 9 months ago

First sub 4:10 textile by Clary… now that put him as one of the medal contenders on this race..

mcgillrocks
1 year 9 months ago

2012 US Olympic Trials- 3rd place Clary 4:09.92

A textile personal best, nonetheless.

TheTroubleWithX
1 year 9 months ago

Personal bests for Bentz, Prenot, Jay Litherland, and Seliskar, I think!

Zanna
1 year 9 months ago

Great for the future. Relax people, they are not even in college yet.

iLikePsych
1 year 9 months ago

Prenot is.

PK
1 year 9 months ago

Bentz was 4:14.5? last summer I believe. Still a really nice swim tonight. Jay Litherland’s swim shouldn’t be overlooked-I believe he’s dropped like 5 or 6 seconds off his lifetime best today.

swimmer24
1 year 9 months ago

Bentz was just off his best (4:14.51), but best times for the rest! Great swim by Jay Litherland and possibly earning a spot on the pan pac team!

Zanna
1 year 9 months ago

Cal swimmers are doing well!! Congrats to Prenot, 3rd.

PsychoDad
1 year 9 months ago

Clary winning is a surprise to some here? It was obvious after prelims Kalisz had no chance with his weak backstroke. Clary is Lochte with better technique

Sean S
1 year 9 months ago

Lochte with better technique, but worse freestyle and breaststroke, less speed, worse underwaters, and better endurance at this point. Oh wait doesn’t that make them totally different swimmers?

Philip Johnson
1 year 9 months ago

I personally would still give Kalisz the advantage at Pan Pacs. We all know he can close better than he did today.

liquidassets
1 year 9 months ago

Anybody here old enough to remember Steve Furniss, who handed out the medals for the 4IM? He won the bronze in the 2IM at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and briefly held the world record for it ’74 before it was broken by his brother Bruce, who went on to be an Olympic gold medalist in ’76 in the 200 free and the 4x200FR.

We Love Phelps
1 year 9 months ago

amazing crowd tonight. love it!

Philip Johnson
1 year 9 months ago

Clary is having a fantastic meet thus far.

Danjohnrob
1 year 9 months ago

Apparently Tyler is better than Chase in the fly and back the SAME amount Chase is better than Tyler in the breast, because after those 3 strokes they were tied! I know Chase can finish his IM better when fully tapered, so we’ll see in Australia who’s rely best. Great race!

1 year 9 months ago

Dang Donahue lost that race in the last 15m IMO

Sean S
1 year 9 months ago

Donahue had the piano dropped on her back.

Zanna
1 year 9 months ago

Wow kendyl steward!!!

Zanna
1 year 9 months ago

* stewart

Zanna
1 year 9 months ago

PB by half a sec.

Thanos
1 year 9 months ago

Stewart huge win and below 58 !

Justin Thompson
1 year 9 months ago

Is Micheal Andrew going to take down Justin Lynch in this C final?

Zanna
1 year 9 months ago

Looks like no.

Rafael
1 year 9 months ago

Both got taken down by Alex Valente..

northswim
1 year 9 months ago

oh man, that last 15 meters were hard to watch…she didn’t have any gas left in the tank!

Sean S
1 year 9 months ago

Nice to see Stewart step up with no Dana around.

mcgillrocks
1 year 9 months ago

Not going to lie, I didn’t know who Kendyl Stewart was before this meet. Now she’s a double national champ and assured of a spot at Worlds. She’s the Eugene Godsoe of 2014. Congratz to her.

liquidassets
1 year 9 months ago

Congrats to Kendyl Stewart on her 2nd win, still a weak event for the US internationally with Vollmer gone, but at least we have someone under 58 now. I hope “Flea” can squeak onto the Pan Pacs team, she swam a great race to solidify her comeback, and almost passed Donahue for 2nd. I’d forgotten she won the national title in ’06 at the age of 14!! I think her 58.1 is a PB for her.

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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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