2014 US National Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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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… Read more »

Sean S

This is so perfect.

C Martin

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


Becky D

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


3 chugs during the men’s 4im.

I don’t think I’m gonna make it.

Steve Nolan

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.


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


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

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.


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


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


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

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

Sean S

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


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


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.

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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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