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

2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS

After three days of intense competition it’s finally time to see what speed the men’s 100m freestyle has to offer.

Plenty of scratches pave the way for plenty of athletes to step up their games in hopes of qualifying for tonight’s semifinal. Nathan Adrian is the top seed, and has been swimming fast all-season long.

Following the 100m freestyle is the women’s 200m butterfly where Cammile Adams is the definite favorite. Kelsi Worrell, who earned her spot on the Olympic team earlier this meet with a 100m butterfly victory, will try to dispute that.

After breaking the American record in the semifinals of the 100m breaststroke and then making the Olympic team, Kevin Cordes is primed to lead the way in the 200m breaststroke as well.

MEN’S 100m FREESTYLE

Top seed: Nathan Adrian (48.00)
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

Top seed Nathan Adrian showed his speed this morning in the heats of the men’s 100m freestyle with a 48.43 performance which leads the way to tonight’s semifinals.

The most impressive swim came from NC-State’s Ryan Held who dropped a 48.46 to almost come par with Adrian and take the second seed overall.

American record holder in the short course 50 and 100m freestyles, Caeleb Dressel, was also sub 49-seconds this morning with a swift 48.69. He looked very strong on the first 50, appeared to ease up a bit, and then finished strong into the wall.

Anthony Ervin was the last swimmer to go under 49-seconds with a 48.73 performance.

Matt Grevers, who missed the team last night by placing third in the 100m backstroke, just squeaked through to the semifinals, touching 16th overall. Grevers was a 49.55

Although Grevers made it in, 2015 Pan American Games team member Michael Chadwick is out.

TOP 16

  1. Nathan Adrian (48.43)
  2. Ryan Held (48.46)
  3. Caeleb Dressel (48.69
  4. Anthony Ervin (48.76)
  5. Jimmy Feigen (49.03)
  6. Ryan Lochte (49.13)
  7. Maxime Rooney (49.14)
  8. William Copeland (49.16)
  9. David Williams (49.28)
  10. David Nolan (49.31)
  11. Seth Stubblefield (49.35)
  12. Blake Pieroni (49.39)
  13. Josh Schneider (49.45)
  14. John Murray (49.46)
  15. Conor Dwyer (49.51)
  16. Matt Grevers (49.55)

For official results click here.

WOMEN’S 200m BUTTERFLY

Top seed: Cammile Adams (2:06.33)
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

In a surprising turn of events defending Olympic trials champion Cammile Adams was disqualified after putting up the fastest time this morning in the heats.

With Adams out of the picture, Hali Flickinger took the top seed in a 2:09.20 just ahead of Cassidy Bayer‘s 2:09.29. 100m butterfly champion from day two, Kelsi Worrell, took the third seed overall in 2:09.40.

Katie McLaughlin, who went into this meet as the second seed behind Adams, squeezed into the semifinals with a 2:12.41.

Following the announcement of Adams disqualification it appeared as though her coach and head women’s coach of the U.S Olympic team, David Marsh, was on deck with Adams attempting to protest the decision.

**UPDATE**

Cammile Adams disqualification was overturned, making her the top seed at 2:08.29 and pushing Dakota Luther out of the top 16. The results below have now been updated.

TOP 16

  1. Cammile Adams (2:08.29)
  2. Hali Flickinger (2:09.20)
  3. Cassidy Bayer (2:09.29)
  4. Kelsi Worrell (2:09.40)
  5. Hannah Saiz (2:10.07)
  6. Lauren Case (2:10.36)
  7. Taylor Pike (2:10.84) TIE
  8. Sarah Gibson (2:10.84) TIE
  9. Jen Marrkand (2:11.26)
  10. Christina Betchel (2:11.41)
  11. Ruby Martin (2:11.62)
  12. Kate Mills (2:11.89)
  13. Noelle Tarazone (2:11.94)
  14. Maddie Wright (2:12.31)
  15. Katie McLaughlin (2:12.41)
  16. Megan Kingsley (2:12.54)
  17. Dakota Luther (2:12.60)

For official results click here.

MEN’S 200m BREASTSTROKE

Top seed: Kevin Cordes (2:07.86)
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

It’s not often that you’re on world record watch during the prelims, but Kevin Cordes took the crowd for a ride down world record lane this morning.

For 150-meters, Cordes was right on pace. His 150-meter split was the exact same as the world record, but he shut things down on the way home to ultimately go a 2:08.54. That time leads the way to the semifinals ahead of Texas’ Will Licon.

Licon was a 2:09.43 this morning to be the only swimmers besides Cordes to go under 2:10. He took down Nic Fink who dropped a 2:10.10 right beside him to take the third seed overall.

Josh Prenot is fourth in 2:10.68. Andrew Wilson is fifth in 2:11.27.

Cody Miller, who already made the Olympic team, finished well behind Cordes in their heat in order to take sixth overall with a 2:12.80.

TOP 16

  1. Kevin Cordes (2:08.54)
  2. Will Licon (2:09.43)
  3. Nic Fink (2:10.10)
  4. Josh Prenot (2:10.68)
  5. Andrew Wilson (2:11.27)
  6. Cody Miller (2:12.80)
  7. Reece Whitley (2:12.85)
  8. BJ Johnson (2:12.92)
  9. Brandon Fischer (2:13.72)
  10. Brendan McHugh (2:13.85)
  11. Alex Evdokimov (2:14.00)
  12. Ethan Browne (2:14.33)
  13. Sam Tierney (2:14.46)
  14. Jacob Montague (2:14.65)
  15. Nick Zito (2:14.67)
  16. Daniel Roy (2:14.70)

For official results click here.

 

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skip payless
5 years ago

Time to find out if Missy Franklin is done or finished

Captain Awesome
Reply to  skip payless
5 years ago

In the 200 fly?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Captain Awesome
5 years ago

I suppose men’s 200 breast

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

LOL again – too funny guys

Irish Ringer
Reply to  skip payless
5 years ago

Quit disrespecting the great Skip Bayless 🙂

Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

My Men’s 100 Free dark horse picks:

Ryan HOFFER makes into the semi-finals
David NOLAN makes it into the Finals

Which is more likely?

HulkSwim
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

hoffer is more likely to final than nolan, for me

CheddaShredda
Reply to  HulkSwim
5 years ago

lmao

Swim
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

Not going to happen. The 100 back was rough

Thighs
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

I really want to see Ryan Hoffer make it to semis after his crazy short course swimming earlier this season, but so far he hasn’t proved himself long course yet. Good pick for a dark horse in that regard, but I don’t know if I see it happening.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

I’ll take Nolan over Hoffer on this one.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Irish Ringer
5 years ago

Looks like Nolan bettered Hoffer 🙂

G.I.N.A.
Reply to  Irish Ringer
5 years ago

I’m out of it already .Too many Ryans.

House
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

How about Held makes the relay

R&R
Reply to  House
5 years ago

I like this pick.

HulkSwim
Reply to  House
5 years ago

i like one of held and powers to make the final

Swim
Reply to  HulkSwim
5 years ago

Powers is ready.

HulkSwim
Reply to  Swim
5 years ago

oops

ct swim fan
Reply to  HulkSwim
5 years ago

you were right about Held. Holy S*** he was fast today. He actually has a shot. Good for him.

swimdoc
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

Don’t like Hoffer in LCM. Nolan had a decent 200 free here. I’m thinking 49.0-49.2 for him. Not sure that makes finals.

Gee
5 years ago

I thought the junior 100 free world record is for Kyle Chalmers when he swam 48.03 last April 2016.

Thighs
Reply to  Gee
5 years ago

I still can’t believe how fast that is. It looks meh just because McEvoy was on fire in that heat, but 48.03 would have beaten Adrian at trials in 2012!

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Gee
5 years ago

Chalmers 48.0 is not yet ratified, just like many other junior world records.
FINA is really terrible in this.

Irish Ringer
5 years ago

Curious to see how dressel does this morning. That 200 free he swam earlier was pretty rough.

HulkSwim
Reply to  Irish Ringer
5 years ago

he was out well, i think he just swam it hard early to burn some energy and get some nerves outz

Hint of Lime
5 years ago

Hoping Katie McLaughlin has recovered enough to put up a solid 2 fly swim. Also excited to see what Prenot can do in the 2 breast after his 1 breast swim!

HulkSwim
Reply to  Hint of Lime
5 years ago

we need a breakout here. mclaughlin and bayer have the highest ceilings, but adams and flickinger are more likely to be at the 6 low zone…

Hint of Lime
Reply to  HulkSwim
5 years ago

Oops — forgot about Kelsi (don’t know how I did that!). Excited to see what she can do.

swimdoc
Reply to  Hint of Lime
5 years ago

Not to mention his 1:07 breast split on the 400 IM.

russ
Reply to  Hint of Lime
5 years ago

I’m as excited as you are to see what Prenot can do. After his 59.6 100 breast and 1:07 breast split in the 4 IM prelims, I think he might even be able to challenge Cordes for the top spot! Of course, this is just prelims, but I think he will be special over the next 2 days in this event.

jdsmitty1
5 years ago

Anyone else having problems with the stream?

OLDBALDIMER
Reply to  jdsmitty1
5 years ago

yup…Stream not working for me either

Ervin
Reply to  jdsmitty1
5 years ago

YES!!!

wethorn
Reply to  jdsmitty1
5 years ago

Yes

wethorn
Reply to  jdsmitty1
5 years ago

If this were a football game NBC was covering, this would never happen.

CoachD
Reply to  wethorn
5 years ago

They also wouldn’t cut the game for America’s Got Talent.

leonardmatt
Reply to  jdsmitty1
5 years ago

thank god, I thought it was only me

itsnotbreaststrokeanymore
5 years ago

My NBC stream just went dead.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  itsnotbreaststrokeanymore
5 years ago

Same here…toes up on the stream.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Irish Ringer
5 years ago

Came back for a couple of seconds 🙂 Think MA is swimming now?

Lol
Reply to  itsnotbreaststrokeanymore
5 years ago

Same

ct swim fan
Reply to  itsnotbreaststrokeanymore
5 years ago

NBC sucks, every time I refresh, an ad plays just fine, but then nothing. Their schedule each night is crazy. Last night on TV no womens 200 free and no womens 200 IM. All the commercials were gotten in though. They need to extend TV coverage to at least 1.5 hours instead of cutting things out at night.

coach bambam
Reply to  itsnotbreaststrokeanymore
5 years ago

kinda makes one wonder why usa swimming wasnt doing the stream – they do not seem to have any issues when its a grand prix

Ferb
Reply to  coach bambam
5 years ago

$$$

H20tater
5 years ago

Live feed down?

SwimNerd
Reply to  H20tater
5 years ago

busch league

SwimNerd
Reply to  H20tater
5 years ago

most anticipated event of the morning as well, NBC dropping the ball on that one

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