2016 U.S Olympic Trials: Day Four Finals Live Recap


Tonight will be Michael Phelps first chance to qualify for the Olympic team headed to Rio this summer. Phelps is the top seed and heavy favorite in the 200m butterfly and will be looking to qualify for his fifth Olympic team, something only one other American swimmer (Dara Torres) has done during their career.

Phelps’ 200m butterfly final will take place right after the women’s 200m freestyle where there’s plenty on the line. Katie Ledecky has been almost unstoppable in the event over the past few days. While Ledecky’s the favorite and a likely candidate to make the event individually, the significance of the event is in qualifying the 4x200m freestyle relay.

The 200m freestyle will be Missy Franklin‘s only shot at making the team tonight. She’s in a good position to make it as a relay swimmer, but will also be in the hunt to chase an individual spot if she’s able to take down Leah Smith and Allison Schmitt.

The 200m IM will be the third final of the evening where Maya DiRado will attempt to add a second event for Rio.

Besides the finals, there’s plenty of semifinal action to be had. Nathan Adrian, Ryan Held, and Caeleb Dressel are the top three qualifiers in the 100m freestyle and will be looking to ensure their spot in tomorrow’s final.

After a tough turn of events which resulted in Cammile Adams being disqualified, and then the disqualification being overturned, Adams will be back as the top seed in the 200m butterfly.

Kevin Cordes will lead the last round of semifinals. He matched world record pace after 150-meters in his 200m breaststroke this morning prior to turning off the jets. In the 100m breaststroke, he broke the American record in the semifinals, today will be a test as to whether or not he’ll be able to break another one tonight.


Top seed: Nathan Adrian (48.43)
World record: 46.91 – Cesar Cielo (Brazil)
American record: 47.33 – David Walters
U.S Open record: 47.58 – Jason Lezak
U.S Nationals record: 47.58 – Jason Lezak
JR World record: 48.25 – Matheus Santana (Brazil)
2012 Winning Time: 48.10 – Nathan Adrian

Nathan Adrian made an absolute statement in the men’s 100m freestyle; the reigning Olympic champion in the 100m freestyle has no plans to lose this final tomorrow night. With Caeleb Dressel right beside him, Adrian had an incredible last 50, separating himself from the field towards the end to touch the wall in 47.91.

That time for Adrian is the second fastest time in the world this season behind only Cameron McEvoy of Australia.

Dressel touched in second behind Adrian in 48.53 with Jimmy Feigen right behind him in 48.65. Dressel and Feigen take the third and fourth overall seeds heading into tomorrow night’s finals behind NC-State’s Ryan Held.

Although Anthony Ervin was out quick in the first semifinal, Held chased him down towards the end in order to get his hand on the wall first. Ervin faded to second behind Held with a 48.71, and goes into the final as the fifth seed overall.

Conor Dwyer just snuck into the final by one one-hundredth touching eighth overall. Matt Grevers did not make it.


  1. Nathan Adrian (47.91)
  2. Ryan Held (48.48)
  3. Caeleb Dressel (48.53)
  4. Jimmy Feigen(48.65)
  5. Anthony Ervin (48.71)
  6. William Copeland (48.75)
  7. Blake Pieroni (49.07)
  8. Conor Dwyer (49.18)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Katie Ledecky (1:55.10)
World record: 1:52.98 – Frederica Pellegrini (Italy)
American record: 1:53.61 – Allison Schmitt
U.S Open record: 1:54.40 – Allison Schmitt
U.S Nationals record: 1:54.40 – Allison Schmitt
JR World record: 1:56.12 – Shen Duo (China)
2012 Winning Time: 1:54.40 – Allison Schmitt

After a tough week Missy Franklin has no secured an individual event for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games by finishing second behind Katie Ledecky in the 200m freestyle.

As per her strategy, Simone Manuel was out like a rocket, taking charge of the race through the first one-hundred meters in order to flip at the halfway point under world record pace. Ledecky turned second, Allison Schmitt turned third, Missy Franklin turned fourth.

Heading towards the third wall, Ledecky surged to a lead as both Franklin and Manuel flipped at the same time in second.

After the turn Ledecky was out in front, but Franklin came on strong to pass a charging Schmitt. Ledecky touched first in 1:54.88, Franklin was second in 1:56.18.

Leah Smith made a move and passed Schmitt to clock in for third in 1:56.63. Schmitt grabbed the final relay position with a 1:56.72.

Although Smith and Ledecky already made the team earlier this week, this final marks a sigh of relief for both Franklin and Schmitt who are now both officially on the team.

  1. Katie Ledecky (1:54.88)
  2. Missy Franklin (1:56.18)
  3. Leah Smith (1:56.63)
  4. Allison Schmitt (1:56.72)
  5. Cierra Runge (1:57.16)
  6. Melanie Margalis (1:57.65
  7. Simone Manuel (1:57.84)
  8. Katie McLaughlin (1:57.84)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Michael Phelps (1:55.17)
World record: 1:51.51 – Michael Phelps
American record: 1:51.51 – Michael Phelps
U.S Open record: 1:52.20 – Michael Phelps
U.S Nationals record: 1:52.20 – Michael Phelps
JR World record: 1:55.92 – Andrew Seliskar 1:52.20
2012 Winning Time: 1:53.65 – Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps will be heading to his fifth Olympic Games after a first place finish in the 200m butterfly.

At the first 50, Phelps was just 0.19 seconds ahead of world record pace. At the 100-meter mark, Phelps was once again just 0.19 seconds ahead of his world record pace. At the 150, Phelps fell off his pace but was still in the lead, holding off all advances from Tom Shields.

In the last 20-meters Phelps began to tighten up, but still managed to get his hands on the wall first for a winning time of 1:54.84.

Shields also tightened up towards the end but managed to hold on for second with a 1:55.81 ahead of Jack Conger‘s 1:56.45. Gunnar Bentz was fourth in 1:56.46, Chase Kalisz was fifth in 1:56.64.

  1. Michael Phelps (1:54.84)
  2. Tom Shields (1:55.81)
  3. Jack Conger (1:56.45)
  4. Gunnar Bentz (1:56.46)
  5. Chase Kalisz (1:56.64)
  6. Pace Clark (1:56.66)
  7. Zach Harting (1:56.92)
  8. Andrew Seliskar (1:58.34)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Cammile Adams (2:08.29)
World record: 2:01.81 – Zige Liu (China)
American record: 2:04.14 – Mary Descenza
U.S Open record: 2:05.96 – Mary T. Meagher
U.S Nationals record: 2:05.96 – Mary T. Meaghe
JR World record: 2:06.51 – Yufei Zhang (China)
2012 Winning Time: 2:06.52 – Cammile Adams

Cammile Adams is looking very smooth heading into the championship final of the women’s 200m butterfly tomorrow. Tonight, she was what looked like a comfortable 2:07.31 to beat Cassidy Bayer.

Bayer clocked in at 2:07.97 in order to take the third fastest overall seed.

Hali Flickinger, who won the first semifinal of the night, goes into tomorrow’s final second overall. Flickinger had a great race to distance herself from 100m butterfly champion Kelsi Worrell.

Flickinger dropped a 2:07.79 to Worrell’s 2:08.94. Worrell was fourth overall.

2015 World Championship team member Katie McLaughlin touched in at 2:10.35 to take the six seed overall.


  1. Cammile Adams (2:07.31)
  2. Hali Flickinger (2:07.79)
  3. Cassidy Bayer (2:07.97)
  4. Kelsi Worrell (2:08.94)
  5. Christina Betchel (2:09.48)
  6. Katie McLaughlin (2:10.35)
  7. Hannah Saiz (2:10.44)
  8. Ruby Martin (2:10.67)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Kevin Cordes (2:08.54)
World record: 2:07.01 – Akhiro Yamaguchi (Japan)
American record: 2:07.42 – Eric Shanteau
U.S Open record: 2:07.86 – Kevin Cordes
U.S Nationals record: 2:07.86 – Kevin Cordes 
JR World record: 2:09.84 – Anton Chupkov (Russia)
2012 Winning Time: 2:09.01 – Scott Weltz

Kevin Cordes played with Akhiro Yamaguchi’s 200m breaststroke world record in the second semifinal, turning significantly under it through the first 150-meters. Cordes looked long and controlled heading towards a new U.S Open record with a time of 2:07.81.

That time is a personal best for Cordes and ranks him second in the world this year behind Germany’s Marco Koch.

What’s going to make tomorrow night’s final even more exciting than Cordes’ semifinal is the fact that Cordes will have Josh Prenot right on his tail. The Cal standout also played with world record pace through 150 meters prior to falling short and ultimately touching in at 2:08.41.

Prenot’s time ranks him second heading into tomorrow’s final and puts him in front of third overall Will Licon by a decent amount. Licon touched second to Prenot in the first semifinal with a 2:08.41.

Cody Miller and Nic Fink were the only other swimmers under 2:10.

  1. Kevin Cordes (2:07.81)
  2. Josh Prenot (2:08.41)
  3. Will Licon (2:09.08)
  4. Cody Miller (2:09.91)
  5. Nic Fink (2:09.95)
  6. Andrew Wilson (2:10.70)
  7. BJ Johnson (2:10.77)
  8. Brendan McHugh (2:13.44)

For official results click here.


2016 Top seed: Maya DiRado (2:10.09)
World record: 2:06.12 – Katinka Hosszu
American record: 2:06.15 – Ariana Kukors
U.S Open record: 2:08.66 – Katinka Hosszu
U.S Nationals record: 2:09.34 – Julia Smit
JR World record: 2:11.03 – Viktoria Gunes
2012 Winning Time: 2:10.22 – Caitlin Leverenz

Maya DiRado added a second event to her schedule for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, rocking a swift 2:09.54 to give her the win by over half-a-second.

The real battle was for the second spot. On the final turn, Melanie Margalis turned in fifth, over a body-length behind DiRado and Leverenz who were leading the way.

Off the wall, Margalis started charging and she began to creep up on Leverenz. Leverenz didn’t budge, and the two went stroke for stroke into the wall. Margalis opted for a glide in, Leverenz took the extra stroke.

Margalis was second in 2:10.11, Leverenz was third in 2:10.16.

With the second spot going to Margalis, Leverenz will not be going to the Olympic Games.

  1. Maya DiRado (2:09.54)
  2. Melanie Margalis (2:10.11)
  3. Caitlin Leverenz (2:10.16)
  4. Madisyn Cox (2:11.24)
  5. Ella Eastin (2:11.49)
  6. Bethany Galat (2:12.82)
  7. Meghan Small (2:13.31)
  8. Emily Cameron (2:14.16)

For official results click here.

TritonWear Race Analysis

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4 years ago

In other news. My son has the fastest reaction time of the entire meet. .48! But, eh coulda been better.

Reply to  T-Rex
4 years ago

That’s pretty good

Reply to  T-Rex
4 years ago

That’s pretty good

Years of Plain Suck
Reply to  T-Rex
4 years ago

In track, if the reaction time is quicker than 0.18 (I think), it’s an automatic false start. Is there a similar low number in reaction times in swimming starts (non-relay) for DQ?

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

0.180 is pretty avg – I think it’s 0.130? Haha

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

There is not one

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

The way they calculate the reaction time is very different for track and field. Track and field the reaction time is the moment that the athlete actually reacts with their muscle whereas in swimming the “reaction time” is how long it takes for the swimmer to get both feet off of the blocks. So technically in swimming its not really the reaction time. That’s why in track you’ll see .1 or .2 reaction times versus swimming a .6 reaction time is considered pretty fast.

Reply to  Anonymous
4 years ago

Track and field it is anything below 0.100 reaction time as a false start. This is because it’s been calculated that it’s impossible to hear the gun before that time. And in swimming a Anonymous said it is calculated differently than track and field.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

In swimming, anything below -0.03 RT is a DQ.
So, a swimmer can have a -0.02 RT and it’s not a DQ.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

The top sprinters usually go around RT 0.6 to 0.7 flat start
Inge de Bruijn had RT of 0.3 in her WR 50 free swim in 2000 Sydney.

Lloyd Goldstein
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

I believe that’s actually the RT threshold for relay starts. Not sure what it is (if anything) for flat starts.

Reply to  T-Rex
4 years ago

Looked to me like he left early.

4 years ago

Phelps needs to go at least 1.53 mid/high tonight imho. Otherwise he could be in trouble because 1.52 low probably will be needed to get gold in Rio

Reply to  Damiansport1
4 years ago

Why would he be in trouble? The point tonight is to make the team, not go the worlds fastest time (which he may do anyway).

Reply to  swammer81
4 years ago

I mean if he goes max and do 1.54 then its going to be hard to improve 2 seconds in 1 month

Reply to  Damiansport1
4 years ago

Just look at the trajectory of his season last summer.

Reply to  SwimNerd
4 years ago

Can you remind me? ;p

Reply to  Damiansport1
4 years ago

Not if he didnt do a full all out taper for this meet. Him and Bob have a veryvsplid plan as to what works for him to swim fast enough to qualify at trials and peak for the olympics. With him being older i wouldnt be surprised to see him not swim as fast with the partial taper and really needing that extra rest to really get back down to 1:52s. Phelps has been very consistent in his career. He is not the type of swimmer to work hard and get worse

Reply to  Q-tip
4 years ago

But he has already done two swims slower than he expected.

Reply to  John
4 years ago

and he knows exactly what he needs to do to improve them

Reply to  John
4 years ago

The look on Phelp’s face when that race ended tells you something is not quite right…you can hide it by holding up 5 fingers…yes sensational Michael…But your 200m Fly time won cut it in Rio.
But i won’t try to convince anyone on here or i won’t kill a good story with facts..not tonight anyway
Once again Michael you are the greatest …magnificent effort 5 Olympics

Reply to  swammer81
4 years ago

The WR is from the rubber suit era and not even MP himself is approaching that. At best 1.52.8 winning time in Rio.

Reply to  swammer81
4 years ago

May does it mean won’t?

Reply to  Damiansport1
4 years ago

My suspicion is that his times will be off a little from last summer. Its fine everyone can panic and then he will do some ridiculous swims in Rio.

Gary P
Reply to  Damiansport1
4 years ago

Phelps is a racer, and just needs to make it to Rio. The best way to get Phelps to swim a 1:52.low is to put him in a lane next to somebody swimming a 1:52.mid. Whether he swims a 1:53 or 1:55 against a field of 1:56ers one month ahead of Rio is all but irrelevant.

Reply to  Gary P
4 years ago

Chad will swim a 1:52 mid. For the Bronze.

Reply to  Damiansport1
4 years ago

1:52.00. It can be enough.

Teacher and Coach
4 years ago

No way to watch the 100 free semis, since NBC won’t start their coverage until 8:00. And Omega Timing has apparently cut off people like me downloading their .pdfs. I feel like I’m in the dark ages. (First world problems?)

Teacher and Coach
Reply to  Teacher and Coach
4 years ago

Has Omega made some sort of a deal with Commit so that I have to use their site? Is that why I am cut off?

Reply to  Teacher and Coach
4 years ago

I am using Omega livetiming.. works fine..

Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

48,48 by Held and 48,71 by Ervin.. rest all on 49

Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

47,91 by Adrian.. 48,53 by Dressel, 48,65 by Feigen and 48,75 by Copeland

Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Also In pieroni with 49,07 and Dwyer with 49,18..

Can´t say for sure if it is good for US to have Ervin and Feigen on the top 6..even when Feigen won silver his relay times were terrible..

Reply to  Teacher and Coach
4 years ago

It’s not working for me either. This is ridiculous.

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