2015 Winter Nationals: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap



Elizabeth Beisel of Bluefish Swim Club is the top qualifier in the 400 IM, after a second place finish in the consolation final of the 200 IM last night. She posted a 4:41.40. Next came Aggie Swim Club’s Sarah Henry in 4:42.13 and Trojan’s Haley Anderson in 4:43.50.

Last night’s 200 IM champion Maya Dirado of Stanford swimming, currently ranked second in the world in this event for 2015, won heat six for a fourth place slot, with a time of 4:43.74. Canadian record holder Emily Overholt followed in 4:43.85. Stanford freshman Ella Eastin (4:44.67),  California Aquatics’s Caitlin Leverenz (4:45.24) and Vien Nguyen (4:45.46), who represents Vietnam internationally, will round out the A final.

The top 19 qualifiers hit the Olympic trials standard of 4:54.99.

Many of the top competitors appeared to be conserving their energy for the finals tonight; an apt strategy for such a grueling event.

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North Baltimore’s Chase Kalisz, last night’s silver medalist in the 200 IM, posted the fastest time in the 400 IM this morning, finishing over five seconds ahead of the next prelims swimmer with a 4:18.40. Michael Weiss followed him in 4:23.94, and Max Williamson finished third in 4:24.22.

Other A final qualifiers include Gator Swim Club’s Dan Wallace, NCAA runner-up in the 500 free last season; Benjamin WalkerChristian Carbone; Max Miranda; and Kieran Smith.

The top ten swimmers (including Stephen Holmquist and Carlos Omana) came in under the Olympic Trials standard of 4:27.49.

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Cal Aquatics dominated the 100 fly prelim, as American record holder Dana Vollmer hit the top seed in the 100 fly, swimming a 58.06, one one-hundredth ahead of her season best.

Claire Donahue came next in 58.47, followed by Kendyl Stewart‘s 58.67. Other Cal A final qualifiers include Noemie Thomas (59.19), Farida Osman (59.30), and Kelly Naze (59.46). Amber Carter (59.22) and Stanford’s Felicia Lee (59.46) will also swim tonight.

The top 25 swimmers nailed the Olympic Trials standard: 1:01.19.

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Cal’s Tom Shields will be the top qualifier in the 100 fly, after posting a 51.83 in prelims this morning. He was closely followed by last night’s 200 IM champion Michael Phelps of North Baltimore, who clocked a 51.96. Tucson Ford Aquatics’s Masa Kishida finished third in 52.63.

The other A final qualifiers will be Santo Condorelli (52.70), Luis Martinez (52.77), Albert Subirats (24.80), Kyler Vanswol (53.32), and David Nolan (53.45), last night’s fourth place finisher in the 200 IM.

The top 26 swimmers hit the Olympic Trials mark of 54.79.

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Tonight’s women’s 200 free will be an exciting race among some of the biggest names in the sport. North Baltimore’s Allison Schmitt, after last night’s championship-winning 400 free, blasted ahead of the field, finishing in 1:57.88. Following her were Cal’s Camille Cheng in 1:59.05 and Siobhan Haughey (1:59.18) of Michigan, who represents Hong Kong internationally.

As always, you can’t count out last night’s 50 free champion Simone Manuel, who finished 4th in 1:59.45, and Missy Franklin, who finished her first race of the meet in 1:59.72. Franklin is now back with the Colorado Stars under coach Todd Schmitz, while Manuel is taking a break from Stanford to train for Rio. Following them were Haughey’s teammate Gillian Ryan (1:00.39), Schmitt’s teammate Sierra Runge (1:00.55), and Kennedy Goss of Indiana.

The top 24 swimmers came under the Olympic Trials cut of 2:02.39.

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Georgia’s 100 and 200 free record-holder and last season’s NCAA 1650 national champion Matias Koski took the top slot in the 200 free with a 1:47.72. Last night’s 400 free champion, Trojan Swim Club’s Conor Dwyer hit the wall next with 1:48.27, followed by this summer’s junior national champion in this event, Maxime Rooney, who swam a 1:48.71.

Michael Weiss (1:48.73), Takeshi Matsuda (1:48.86), Blake Pieroni (1:48.94), Darian Townsend (1:49.07), and Michael Wynalda (1:49.09) will round out tonight’s championship final.

Newly un-retired 35-year-old Australian phenom Grant Hackett came in 28th. He is reportedly training with Bob Bowman alongside Phelps at Arizona State.

The top 25 swimmers grabbed the Olympic Trials cut of 1:51.89.

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Trojan Swim Club’s Yulia Efimova, who represents Russia internationally, will swim in lane 4 tonight, after winning the prelims in 1:06.81. Indiana University freshman Lilly King, a national age group record holder in this event, came in second with 1:07.13, closely followed by Molly Hannis of the University of Tennessee, who clocked a 1:07.38.

Other qualifiers included Rachel Nicol (1:07.73) of Southern Methodist University, Miranda Tucker (1:08.05) of Indiana University, Breeja Larson (1:08.20) of the New York Athletic Club, Marina Garcia Urzainqui (1:08.47) of Cal, and Minnesota’s Kierra Smith (1:08.65).

The top 35 finishers made it in under the Olympic Trials mark of 1:08.39.

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Mizzou graduate Sam Tierney took the top seed for tonight in the 100 breaststroke, clocking a 1:00.27. He finished fifth at NCAA Championships in this event last season. Greater Philadephia’s Brendan McHugh will be seeded second in 1:00.50, followed by Club Wolverine’s Richard Funk, who hit a 1:00.67.

Also swimming tonight will be Nick Schafer (1:01.07), Carlos Claverie (1:01.26), Marcus Titus (1:01.27), Chuck Katis (1:01.49), and Miguel De Lara Ojeda (1:01.72).

The top 26 swimmers hit the Olympic Trials cut of 1:03.69.

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In an incredibly close prelims session, Carmel Swim Club’s University of Texas commit Claire Adams, who set the junior world record in this event back in August, hit the wall ahead of both third place Missy Franklin and fifth place Natalie CoughlinAdams swam a 1:00.44, followed by Michigan senior Ali Deloof, who finished 31st in this event at last year’s NCAA Championships. Franklin came next in 1:00.65, followed by her former Cal teammate Kathleen Baker (1:00.80). Kira Toussaint of Florida Gulf Coast University and Coughlin hit next in 1:00.84. Cal’s Rachel Bootsma (1:00.94) and Michigan’s Clara Smiddy (1:01.05) will round out the field.

32 swimmers hit the Olympic Trials qualifying time of 1:03.39.

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After finishing 6th in the 50 freestyle last night, Matt Grevers of Tucson Ford Aquatics posted the top time in the 100 back this morning, 53.74, nearly half a second ahead of Louisville sophomore and native Russian Grigory Tarasevich‘s 54.23. Club Wolverine’s Junya Koga, a 2009 world champion in this event who competes internationally for Japan, finished third in 54.37.

Also qualifying were Christopher Reid (55.02), Arkady Vyatchanin (55.14), Patrick Mulcare (55.33), Eugene Godsoe (55.46), and Luke Kaliszak (55.54).

29 swimmers came in ahead of the Olympic Trials cut of 57.19.

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That was an effortless 58.00 for Dana Vollmer. She might be feeling a 56.00 for finals.


56.00 I wouldn’t gamble much on that. It would be nice to see a 57 low though.

It’s no secret Phelps is holding back in prelims. Yet he still goes 51. I really don’t think a sub-51 swim is that unlikely tonight.

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