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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8 years ago

No one hates you, that was just an ignorant thing to say. They may not be living up to their expectations, but each of them has her own circumstances, and each clearly believes she has more left in the tank. Not living up to expectations for one meet is no reason to suggest retirement. Especially for Schmitt, who definitely has not reached her peak. You may believe in quitting while you’re on top, but none of these ladies has any obligation to retire until they feel their work is finished.

8 years ago

Some people may hate me but i believe on stopping at least professionally when you are not already living up your own expectations. When foreign athetles retire it is ok. It is not if it is a us swimmer? If someone like phelps were swimming 50 on 100 free would be something to celebrate? If cielo were swimmimg 23 24 on 50 free i would feel sorry for him

8 years ago

Winner gets to pick where they eat dinner tonight? 🙂

8 years ago

I just realized that all 3 Litheriplets made the C final in the 400!
Kevin 3:53.35, Jay 3:55.22, Mick 3:56.53.

They’ll be in lanes 1, 4, and 6. Mom and dad must be very proud!

8 years ago

Hoff schmitt and coughlin made their mark but by the results we see they should retire. It is sad to see an athlete pride put them into this situation

Reply to  rafael
8 years ago

Rafael before you say something as ludicrous as that, why don’t you look at all the info. Katie Hoff has a intercostal strain, which is a very painful muscle tear that has sharp bursts of pain whenever you move your arms. Allison Schmitt posted a 1:56 this season in the 200 free, which is a world class time, especially for someone who did not start training seriously until January. Couglin has been training only sprint free and has only swam one event so far this meet, how about you wait until she at least swims the 50 before you tell them to retire.

Reply to  rafael
8 years ago

I disagree entirely. If they want to keep racing, they should keep racing. Period.

Reply to  rafael
8 years ago

“Everyone who adds time or doesn’t make the top 16 for any reason should retire.”

Philip Johnson
Reply to  rafael
8 years ago

That’s a shortsighted comment. Sure Coughlin for example may not be the swimmer she once was, but that doesn’t mean she could hang it up. She obviously loves the sport so why should she stop?

Lazy Observer
8 years ago

Good god. Just watched an interview of Allison Schmitt this afternoon where one of the reporters was just asking questions in the most insensitive, intrusive, horrid way. She literally said, “When you look at the times, like Katie going 3:59, is there a part of you that thinks, ‘No matter how hard I train, these young kids are just too much?'”

Allison handled it with 100 times more grace than I would have. I mean, I wanted to know what was up with her performance at this meet, but I can’t believe the way this reporter approached it. (Also, I would link to it, but I don’t know the etiquette for linking to other swimming news sites).

Reply to  Lazy Observer
8 years ago

I saw the interview and I was a bit taken aback by those questions. Allison handled it much better that I would have in that situation and I loved the funny little dig she took at the reporter.
Not sure what is going on with her exactly but she will be back

8 years ago

These guys must be reading my posts . This weeks forecast for from the 11th – 16 th 12-20 90% chance of rain & winds 20-30 kms .

In my experience living on the coast further south , it takes about a week to warup after a spell like that in winter. These are southerlies ( from the Antarctic) .it will depend if the northern warmer air displaces the chill .

I would definitely be in there trying for the top time tonight .Note there has never been even a state titles at Southport because of its inclement weather . ( I once went to a national diving comp in April that was beautiful one day & a hurricane… Read more »

8 years ago

Good lord Phelps’s splits… His second 50 was the same as Godsoe’s first, and just 3/10 slower than Thoman’s first 50. He could win this thing.

Reply to  Daaaave
8 years ago

he could but i bet a Murphy or a Plummer won’t agree so easely ; i don’t even mention Grevers , the Olympic and World Championship ! with the 100 butterfly final , this is the most incredible final in a long while . He has a super chance to be fast tonight …….nontheless

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Daaaave
8 years ago

Maybe he can pull out a faster front half in the evening, swim straight, have a decent start/turn, and come home like he did this morning. If he can do all those things he could dip below 53 and possibly win. Grevers had half a body on him at the start and a full body after the turn and then Phelps practically swam on top of the lane line and event then almost ran him down in the process.

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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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