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

2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS

On night three action returns to Omaha where six more roster spots are on the line for swimmers hoping to punch in their tickets to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The men’s 200m freestyle will feature Ryan Lochte‘s second attempt to try and add an individual event for Rio. So far he’s been unsuccessful, finishing third in the 400m IM on night one. If he makes it in the top six, he’s almost certainly a lock for a relay.

Olivia Smoliga will be looking to hold onto her top spot in the women’s 100m backstroke with two charging 100m backstroke Olympic gold medallists chasing her down from the outside lanes. Missy Franklin and Natalie Coughlin qualified for the final seventh and eighth.

Lilly King and Molly Hannis are in a great position to lead the new wave of American breaststroke swimming. Katie Meili and Jessica Hardy are the two swimmers who could displace either of the two leaders in tonight’s finals.

If the past two days are indicitive of tonight, anything is possible.

There’s plenty of semifinal action to be had as well including Michael Phelps first evening swim in the 200m butterfly.

WOMEN’S 200m FREESTYLE SEMIFINAL

Top seed: Katie Ledecky (1:55.60)
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

Katie Ledecky was even faster tonight than she was this morning, throwing down a 1:55.10 to easily win her heat ahead of Melanie Margalis and Cierra Runge. She looked cool and collected as she flew out to a body-length and change lead at the 100 and held onto that towards the touch.

Margalis was second in 1:57.35 to take fourth overall, Runge was 1:58.10 for seventh overall.

Although Ledecky stole the show with the fastest time, the first semifinal had the bulk of the finalists in it. Simone Manuel took things out fast, pushing herself way ahead of the rest of the field demonstrating the speed thats helped her become one of the fastest sprinters in the country.

On the back half, Leah Smith, Allison Schmitt, and Missy Franklin all began to catch up, and eventually passed her heading into the wall. Smith was the winner in 1:56.73 with Schmitt right behind her in 1:57.01. Franklin took third in 1:57.33 with Manuel fading to fourth in 1:57.82.

Katie McLaughlin was the eighth fastest, getting the last final spot. She was a 1:58.43 in the first semifinal.

TOP 8

  1. Katie Ledecky (1:55.10)
  2. Leah Smith (1:56.73)
  3. Allison Schmitt (1:57.05)
  4. Missy Franklin (1:57.33)
  5. Melanie Margalis (1:57.35)
  6. Simone Manuel (1:57.82)
  7. Cierra Runge (1:58.10)
  8. Katie McLaughlin (1:58.43)

For official results click here.

MEN’S 200m FREESTYLE FINALS

Top seed: Conor Dwyer (1:46.96)
World record: 1:42.00 – Paul Biedermann
American record: 1:42.96 – Michael Phelps
U.S Open record: 1:44.10 – Michael Phelps
U.S Nationals record: 1:44.10 – Michael Phelps
JR World record: 1:47.10 – Maxime Rooney
2012 Winning Time: 1:45.70 – Michael Phelps

For the second time this week, Ryan Lochte failed to qualify for an individual event for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

After 50 meters Lochte was out with the leaders; Townley Haas and Conor Dwyer. A huge first turn put him in front of them as they charged to the halfway point. Dwyer turned first in 51.09, Lochte was right behind him in 51.40.

With 100 meters to go, Townley Haas began to creep up on Dwyer and Lochte. At the 150 meter mark it was Dwyer-Haas-Lochte. A huge last turn once again put Lochte in the hunt for the win, but Dwyer and Haas chased him down. Texas’ Jack Conger began to rev his engines and catch up to the front pack. Heading into the wall it was all too close to call.

Twenty meters to go and Lochte began to fade. Haas passed him, and Conger passed him as they all raced towards the wall chasing down Dwyer.

Ten meters to go, and Haas began to really charge on Dwyer. As they all stretched into the wall Haas got the magic touch with a 1:45.66 to Dwyer’s 1:45.67 to punch in his ticket to Rio. Jack Conger ran out of pool and couldn’t take down the two leaders, ultimately finishing third with a 1:45.77.

Lochte touched fourth in 1:46.62, short of an individual roster spot, but good enough to be a lock for America’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

Gunnar Bentz touched in for fifth, Clark Smith finished right behind him. Both swimmers are going to have to wait to see if they’re added to the Rio roster for the relay.

Tyler Clary finished seventh, outside of a relay position, and has yet to make the team.

  1. Townley Haas (1:45.66)
  2. Conor Dwyer (1:45.67)
  3. Jack Conger (1:45.77)
  4. Ryan Lochte (1:46.62)
  5. Gunnar Bentz (1:47.33)
  6. Clark Smith (1:47.53)
  7. Tyler Clary (1:47.78)
  8. Jonathan Roberts (1:49.50)

For official results click here.

WOMEN’S 100m BACKSTROKE FINALS

Top seed: Olivia Smoliga (59.16)
World record: 58.12 – Gemma Spofforth (Britain)
American record: 58.33 – Missy Franklin
U.S Open record: 58.67 – Missy Franklin
U.S Nationals record: 58.67 – Missy Franklin
JR World record: 59.37 – Minna Atherton (Australia)
2012 Winning Time: 58.85 – Missy Franklin

Olivia Smoliga and Kathleen Baker are going to Rio.

In one of the most anticipated finals of the night, Smoliga and Baker managed to hold on to their positions as the top 100m backstrokers after the semifinals by finishing first and second. Smoliga charged on the last 20 meters and pushed out in front to grab the win in 59.02.

Baker wasn’t far behind her in 59.21. Amy Bilquist touched in third in 59.37 just 0.16 seconds off qualifying for her first Olympic team.

After taking the seventh and eighth seeds in the 100m backstroke after semifinals it was clear that Missy Franklin and Natalie Coughlin were going to have their work cut out for them.

Between the two of them, they make up the last three Olympic gold medals in the 100m backstroke, and neither of them will get the chance to add another one this time around. Franklin turned in eighth, and wasn’t able to make much of a push at the end of the race, ultimately finishing in seventh with a 1:00.24. Coughlin faded to eighth, clocking in a 1:00.48.

  1. Olivia Smoliga (59.02)
  2. Kathleen Baker (59.29)
  3. Amy Bilquist (59.37)
  4. Ali DeLoof (59.69)
  5. Hannah Stevens (59.97)
  6. Clara Smiddy (1:00.12)
  7. Missy Franklin (1:00.24)
  8. Natalie Coughlin (1:00.48)

For official results click here.

MEN’S 100m BACKSTROKE FINALS

Top seed: David Plummer (52.12)
World record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol
American record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol
U.S Open record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol
U.S Nationals record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol
JR World record: 53.67 – Javier Acevedo (Canada)
2012 Winning Time: 52.08 – Matt Grevers

With all the buzz around the pool deck centered around the men’s 100m backstroke and the possibility of a world record, stakes were high. David Plummer‘s been amazing this year, Ryan Murphy has been amazing this year, Matt Grevers is the reigning Olympic champion.

Flying across the pool on the first 50 with the fastest turnover in the entire field, Plummer took the lead turning under world record pace. Right with him was Murphy who also turned under world record pace as the two churned for home.

Plummer and Murphy began to distance themselves in the final stretch from Grevers as Jacob Pebley began to creep up. Murphy got his hand on the wall first securing his spot on the Olympic roster  in 52.26 with Plummer second just two one-hundredths behind him in 52.28.

Grevers finished third in 52.76 with Jacob Pebley also dipping under 53-seconds in 52.95.

  1. Ryan Murphy (52.26)
  2. David Plummer (52.28)
  3. Matt Grevers (52.76)
  4. Jacob Pebley (52.95)
  5. Michael Taylor (54.04)
  6. John Shebat (54.20)
  7. Sean Lehane (54.72) – TIE
  8. Jake Taylor (54.72) – TIE

For official results click here.

WOMEN’S 100m BREASTSTROKE FINALS

Top seed: Lilly King (1:05.94)
World record: 1:04.35 – Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania)
American record: 1:04.45 – Jessica Hardy
U.S Open record: 1:04.45 – Jessica Hardy
U.S Nationals record: 1:05.34 – Rebecca Soni
JR World record: 1:05.39 – Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania)
2012 Winning Time: 1:05.92 – Breeja Larson

One more event, two more first time Olympians.

Lilly King has had an incredible season; she was electric at the NCAA Championships, and now just a few short months later she’s secured her spot on the Olympic roster to represent the stars and stripes in Rio.

King was out first with Katie Meili hot on her trail, but in the last 25-meters she closed strongly to put up a 1:05.20. That time for King is the fastest time in the world this year, distancing herself from previous world number one Yulia Efimova by exactly half-a-second.

Meili was a safe second behind King in 1:06.07, putting up the sixth fastest time in the world this season. Molly Hannis touched behind Meili in 1:06.65 for third.

Breeja Larson took advantage of the opportunity she was given to swim in the championship final. She qualified ninth after prelims, but a scratch by Melanie Margalis bumped her into the final. The 2012 Olympic Trials champ finished fourth in 1:07.53.

  1. Lilly King (1:05.20)
  2. Katie Meili (1:06.07)
  3. Molly Hannis (1:06.65)
  4. Breeja Larson (1:07.53)
  5. Andee Cottrell (1:07.59)
  6. Jessica Hardy (1:07.73)
  7. Sarah Tucker (1:08.19)
  8. Miranda Tucker (1:08.19)

For official results click here.

MEN’S 200m BUTTERFLY SEMIFINAL

Top seed: Michael Phelps (1:56.68)
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 cruised through the second semifinal of the men’s 200m butterfly smooth as can be in the water, dropping a 1:55.17 to lead the way through the semis into tomorrow night’s finals.

While he looked great in the pool, his turn at the 100-meter wall was off. Rather than glide in for a long touch, Phelps opted for a half stroke into the wall and came in hard. This morning he wasn’t pleased with his third turn, “third turn was bad. Awful. Killed all the momentum,” Phelps said.

At the touch tonight, Phelps looked disappointed in his swim before he even turned around and saw the time.

Although he might not be 100 per cent pleased with his turns, Phelps is still the heavy favorite heading into the final, the real race is a race for second.

Pace Clark was the second fastest this evening, dropping a 1:56.27 to win the first semifinal ahead of Cal’s Tom Shields. Shields was a 1:56.35, right on Clark’s tail. Chase Kalisz wasn’t too far behind them either sporting a 1:56.48.

The race for second will be a tight one, also in the mix is Gunnar Bentz who went a 1:56.82 in the second semifinal and Zach Harding to clocked in behind him in 1:56.99.

  1. Michael Phelps (1:55.17)
  2. Pace Clark (1:56.27)
  3. Tom Shields (1:56.35)
  4. Chase Kalisz (1:56.48)
  5. Gunnar Bentz (1:56.82)
  6. Zach Harting (1:56.99)
  7. Jack Conger (1:57.02)
  8. Andrew Seliskar (1:57.10)

For official results click here.

WOMEN’S 200m IM SEMIFINAL

2016 Top seed: Maya DiRado (2:11.66)
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

In the final event of the night Maya DiRado once again topped the list and is one more swim away from establishing herself as the current undisputed best female IMer in the United States.

DiRado came in with a 2:10.09 tonight, over a second faster than what she was to lead the heats this morning.

Melanie Margalis finished second behind DiRado in the second semifinal with a 2:10.41. Margalis’ breaststroke split of 37.23 is what put her in contention with DiRado.

Madisyn Cox was third in the same semifinal with a 2:11.39.

Caitlin Leverenz won the first semifinal and will take the fourth seed overall heading into tomorrow night’s final.

TOP 8

  1. Maya DiRado (2:10.09)
  2. Melanie Margalis (2:10.41)
  3. Madisyn Cox (2:11.39)
  4. Caitlin Leverenz (2:11.42)
  5. Bethany Galat (2:12.29)
  6. Ella Eastin (2:12.68)
  7. Meghan Small (2:13.00)
  8. Emily Cameron (2:13.36)

For official results click here.

TritonWear Race Analysis

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EliteSwimmer99

Looks like Phelps’ Semifinal will not be aired on TV given that NBC just runs from 8-9pm EDT again. How can I watch this? Being from Canada, I can’t watch the webcast due to the authorization requirement (even though I have a Canadian TV provider that includes NBC). This is such garbage. Any help?

Pvdh

Maybe if you use Google chrome and install the a vpn extension, you could catch the livestream on NBC website.

EliteSwimmer99

I use a VPN, but it still requests authorization for my cable network >_<

Pvdh

On the official stream site?
http://stream.nbcolympics.com

I used that last night when they cut out the backstroke semis and it didn’t ask for any authorization.

EliteSwimmer99

That’s what I used and it asked for authorization 🙁

rjcid

maybe you’re already logged into your service provider via your browse. I can’t get a dang feed anywhere. even my russian streaming sites are not showing it live…..

Cate

You probably have a cable provider. For those who don’t it will ask for an authorization.

Coop

send me an email and I will send you a link – dont want NBC perusing this forum and close something that is currently working for me – [email protected]

Irish Ringer

That would be odd because NBC usually goes out of their way to televise the GOAT. There maybe a chance he squeezes in there since we have 4 finals tonight and only one semi before it.

Irish Ringer

They hurried up and got that womens 200m free semi out of the way so the GOAT will be on.

You’ll be able to see it… here’s the schedule:

http://www.usaswimming.org/_Rainbow/Documents/9da381fa-d2f5-48ef-84dc-576bc5d9268e/Tuesday%20finals.pdf

Women getting the shaft tonight… two semis not going to be aired

Gary P

Yes, NBC is facing a bit of a conundrum tonight, with all 4 of their swimming poster children for the Rio Olympics (Phelps, Franklin, Ledecky, and Lochte) swimming in semifinals tonight. Can they figure out how to squeeze it all in? They do start the broadcast 15 minutes later than the session actually starts, so they could conceivably compress everything in, but only if the don’t show eighty-bazillion commercials (mostly their own, promoting the Olympics) in between each race.

SwimEagle

Try firstrowsports but definitely with an ad blocker. Working for me fine in South America!

tm71

dont worry it will be, MP pays their rent and the rest of their bills!

SwimmerForever

Actually it was aired, the women’s 200 IM semis is what was skipped

Pau Hana

The women’s 200 IM wasn’t skipped – it happened after the TV coverage ended. They specifically said that the women’s 200 free had happened “earlier” and they showed the finishes of each, but not the races.

Thatdude

Watch it on the nbc olympics page on facebook

xenon

I’m pumped for the 100 back

I was watching some old backstroke videos today. Whatever happen to the pre race lollygagging? They need to bring that back. Anything mid 90’s and before, they use to dive in and swim out to like 15 meters. They would jump up and down off the bottom, stretch in the water, do the spin drill, lol it was great. I wish they would bring that back for backstroke finals.

Pvdh

Can’t en lollygagging when you might need a world record to win the race.

Swimdoc

Mitch Larkin— who’s your daddy?

Irish Ringer

Papa Ringer.

swammer81

LOL I grew up swimming in the 90s and our coach actually encouraged this. He’d critique our lollygagging along with our race! We were all about who would do the best/most creative lollygagging. Age group stuff I guess lol.

samuel huntington

men’s 100 back is a final right?

yep

oh yeah

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