2014 US National Championships: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap


Day four of the US National Championships features the 400 freestyles, 100 breaststroke, and the 100 backstroke. For a full preview of day four prelims, click here. 

Women’s 400 Freestyle – Prelims

Katie Ledecky continues to impress on day four the US National Championships with the fastest time of the morning in the women’s 400 freestyle. She was .07 seconds off her American record from World Championships last year, but she did knock out Katie Hoff’s US Open and Meet record with her time of 3:59.89. The previous US Open/Meet records were both set in 2008. The meet record was 4:02.32 and the US Open record was 4:02.20. That also improves her own junior world record. The previous Jr World Record was 4:03.84 from the Mesa Grand Prix.

Leah Smith was right at her best to qualify second going into tonight. She touched the wall with her time of 4:06.90. Cierra Runge was second at 4:07.58, and Lindsay Vrooman finished third with her time of 4:07.82.

Joining them in finals tonight will be Elizabeth Beisel, Becca Mann, Gillian Ryan, and Sarah Henry. 

Chelsea Chenault had the 9th fastest time of the morning at 4:11.34 and Danielle Valley was 16th with her time of 4:13.12.

Men’s 400 Freestyle – Prelims

Matt McLean will be in the middle of the pool tonight as the top qualifier in the men’s 400 freestyle. He had the fastest time of the morning at 3:49.32. Five swimmers total dipped under 3:50 this morning during prelims. Ryan Feeley was second at 2:39.40, followed by Connor Jaeger at 3:49.63, Michael McBroom at 3:49.68, and Michael Klueh at 3:49.99.

Sean Ryan, Reed Malone, and John Lewis will be joining them in finals tonight.

Zane Grothe finished 9th at 3:51.45 and Clay Youngquist was 16th at 3:52.92.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Prelims

Micah Lawrence had the fastest time of the morning to earn the top seed in the women’s 100 breaststroke tonight. She finished with a time of 1:06.97. Jessica Hardy was second with her time of 1:07.23, followed by Breeja Larson at 1:07.39. Emma Reaney had the fourth fastest time at 1:07.47.

Lilly King had a breakout long course swim, dropping close to a second and a half to make the A-final tonight. She is the 15-16 NAG record holder (59.67) in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Joining them in finals will be Katie Meili, Molly Hannis, and Melanie Margalis.

Andrea Cottrell finished ninth at 1:08.62 and Emily McClellan finished 16th with her time of 1:09.35.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke – Prelims

Kevin Cordes was the only swimmer to break a minute this morning in the men’s 100 breaststroke. He touched the wall at 59.83. Brendan McHugh, the 50 breaststroke national champion, finished second with his time of 1:00.31. Cody Miller and Zach Hayden tied for the third seed this morning at 1:00.71.

Joining them in finals will be DJ Macdonald, Brad Craig, BJ Johnson, and Nic Fink.  

Mike Alexanderov finished 9th at 1:01.40 and Kameron Chastain was 16th with his time of 1:01.95.

Women’s 100 Backstroke – Prelims

Missy Franklin and Rachel Bootsma will be the favorites going into the final tonight. Franklin posted that fastest time of the day with her time of 1:00.38. Boostma was second with her time of 1:00.96. Olivia Smoliga had the third fastest time at 1:01.04 and Liz Pelton was fourth with her time of 1:01.28.

Cheyenne Coffman, Kathleen Baker, Ali Deloof, and Clara Smiddy will be joining them in finals tonight.

Maya DiRado finished 9th with her time of 1:01.76 and Lisa Bratton was 16th at 1:02.01.

Men’s 100 Backstroke – Prelims

It is shaping up to be fun race tonight in the men’s 100 backstroke. Matt Grevers had the fourth fastest time in the world this year to earn the top seed at 53.11. David Plummer tied the fifth fastest time in the world for second at 53.12, and Ryan Murphy had the seventh fastest time in the world this year at 53.20. Michael Phelps finished fourth at 53.76, but he negative split the race!! He took it out in 27.19 and came home at 26.57.

Jacob Pebley and Nick Thoman finished fifth and sixth at 53.89 and 54.28. Thoman was a second behind the pack, but he looked very smooth through the entire swim. He won the silver medal at World Championships last year, so expect him to be a player tonight.

Joining him in finals tonight will be Eugene Godsoe and James Wells.

Sean Lehane finished 9th at 55.00 and Jack Conger was 16th at 55.41.

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The 400m free prelims are in the water


Let’s go for another cool prelims morning !


What do you all think, WR in finals or pan pacs for Ledecky?

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